Last night was my Cadette/Senior Troop’s first meeting of the year. One of the awards that the Cadettes voted on earning this year was the Cadette Safety Award, and I thought that would be a great way to start the year. We had a couple of girls sign up to run the meeting, and the emails were flying fast and furiously over the past two weeks as they prepped. I made a point of thanking them for their wonderful communication with me, and how they used me as a resource, like Wikipedia, rather than as the person who tells them how to do it.
The girls were so excited to get started, they almost forgot to do the Pledge, Promise, and Law. 🙂 But one of the audience girls reminded us, and after the appropriate amount of facepalming, we did our normal opening.
Main Activity – Cadette Safety Award
- Babyproofing a room – the girls went around the table discussing ideas for making a room safe for younger children. There was much groaning about the door handle locks their parents used to have.
- Water safety – they went around the table again, this time reading out safety guidelines from this handout and explaining why they thought that was an important guideline. Then they talked about reaching assists and what could be used as an object to help with one. No one opted to get on the floor to role-play. *grins*
- Teaching younger girls about being lost and stranger danger – since this troop is not as multi-level as the other troop, instead of actually teaching younger girls, they talked about how they would teach younger children, and specifically mentioned that this could be something they talk about with younger siblings, or with younger Troops they work with while earning their LiA’s and Service to Girl Scouting bars, or at camp, when we usually share a space with a younger troop.
- Emergency Prep – the girls talk about what a 72 hour kit is, why we need one, what kind of emergencies we should prepare for in our area, and why a deck of playing cards is important. Many of the girls barely remember Hurricane Ike, which rocked our area 8 years ago and had our neighborhood without power for nearly a week. We talked about sheltering in place, and the girls then made deluxe sit-upons, what my Co-Leader and I are calling Version 3.0 (look for a tutorial later this week). These can be used at camp, but can also be used as a shelter in place style 72 hour kit. The girls were each given a card with items to be placed the kit listed on it, which was then laminated to the inside of the bucket lid with packing tape.
- Bullying – while the girls were crafting their buckets, they also talked about bullying, and created their anti-bullying pledge.
I kind of snuck in and spoke to the girls for 10 minutes while they were crafting to do Troop Business: updating them on our money earning efforts, discussing whether they would use a Google Hangout for outside of meeting discussion, voting on whether we should celebrate our Silver Award recipients on our own or with the whole Community, and reminding them that they will need to sign up to run 2 meetings, if they haven’t already.
After the duct tape free for all (OMG – have you seen the GALAXY DUCT TAPE?!?! This is apparently the coolest duct tape to my girls at the moment. And they did not like me bringing the s’mores duct tape because it made them hungry.*grins* Good thing I didn’t buy that mac and cheese duct tape.), we closed the way we always do: friendship circle, “Make New Friends”, and a friendship squeeze, started by the two girls who ran the meeting.
Trying to earn this award? Here’s the 72-hour kit handout I created using ideas from the ready.gov website: