Girl Scout Troop 4601

October 2014

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Troop Notes

A big welcome to our new Brownie, Anna Kate!

We have been learning about all things camping! In September, we covered general rules, safety, first aid, camp meals, and packing for camp. This month we will be covering campfire safety, campfire songs, kapers (camp chores), and minimal impact camping. Our overnight trip is October 25-26. We are staying in a lodge at Camp Dorothy Thomas, a Girl Scout owned camp in Riverview. We will be carpooling from the Roberts Academy, and parents are not required to attend. Please let troop leaders know if your daughter will or will not be attending. A final packing list and logistical info will be sent home (and emailed) at our October 15 troop meeting.

Packing for Camp

Below is a suggested packing list for camp. Please allow girls to pack their own things (with help as needed). This is part of the "learning to be independent and responsible for your things" process! Girls may not bring electronics, cell phones, perfume/make up, hair dryers/curling irons, candy/gum, or expensive personal items. Label all items, if possible. Comfortable, closed toe walking shoes, and weather-appropriate clothes that can get dirty, must be worn at all times. Please do not go out and spend a lot of money on any suggested items: improvise, borrow, or let troop leaders know if you need something and we can probably help!

Small Day Pack or Fanny Pack

Lip balm

Personal First Aid Kit (that we made in our meeting)


Rain Poncho

Hat or bandana

Insect Repellent (preferably non-aerosol)

Sunscreen (preferably non-aerosol)

Refillable water bottle

Overnight Pack

Sleeping bag or sheet/blanket, and small pillow

Long pants and sweatshirt for evening

1 complete change of clothes for next day


Personal grooming items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, soap, deodorant, etc.)

Small towel

Bandana or hair ties (hair must be pulled back around campfire)

Mess kit (plastic or metal plate, utensils, bowl/mug) with mesh bag to hang dry; lingerie bag works great

Bag for dirty laundry

One food item to share with troop (will be assigned by troop leaders on Oct 15)

Optional Items

Small stuffed toy for sleeping

Small game or deck of cards


Medication, sanitary items (please inform troop leaders about these needs)

Badge Work

We are continuing to work on the following badges with our camping preparations: First Aid, Camper/Hiker, Girl Scout Way (traditions), and Simple Meals/Snacks. Some skills will be learned in troop meetings and some at the camp site.

Campfire Songs

Singing around the campfire is a long-standing Girl Scout tradition. We are learning some songs for our camping trip: The Princess Pat, Girl Scout Camp, On Top of Spaghetti, Baby Shark, Ravioli, and others. If your girl forgets the words, you can reference them at

Fall & Winter Program Guide

The GSWCF Fall & Winter Program Guide is out. There are loads of programs for girls from a Dolphin Training Workshop to Scouts Day with the Bucs to Zombie Preparedness Camp. You can view the entire program guide here and should also receive one in the mail. Individual registration for all events is on the website under the events tab and starts October 13. If your daughter sees something she is particularly interested in, maybe another girl would want to join her, so let us know!

Upcoming Dates & Events

Oct 1- Troop Meeting (Powder Puff Derby** registrations due- optional event)

Oct 4 (Sat)- Confetti Fun Run, 10-11:30 am**

Oct 11 (Sat)- Pumpkin Painting, 10 am-12 pm**

Oct 12 (Sun)- Roller Derby, 5 pm**

Oct 15- Troop Meeting

Oct 25-26- Camping Overnight

Oct 31- Trick or Treat with Kappa Deltas @ FSU (still TBD)

Nov 8 (Sat)- Powder Puff Derby, 10 am-1 pm**

**Lakeland Girl Scouts Community Events (optional)- flyers were sent home/emailed

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Troop Leaders

Trish Goodwin

863-701-3336 (call or text)

Tekla Ericson

863-559-4174 (call or text)