Note: Each photo matches the numbered description below. Click the image to enlarge the photo collage.
1. Bright and early Monday morning, I hopped in the car and headed from Cypress to Seabrook to meet the resident camp staff at Camp Casa Mare - the same camp where I spent the summer of 2002 as a counselor myself. (I was known as Tink back then.) These girls were bright-eyed, bushy tailed and excited to start off their week of training, and I had a great time taking their staff photos. My favorite part of their group photo was their flip-flops - can you read what they say?
2. Tuesday morning at the Council's All Staff meeting, we learned the winners of the All Staff Work Day Silver Shovel! Each year in preparation for resident camp, Council staff can volunteer for a day at Camps Agnes Arnold, Casa Mare and Misty Meadows to help out with various chores. From cleaning fans at Camp Misty Meadows and clearing brush at Camp Arnold to hauling rocks at Camp Casa Mare, it's definitely no day in the office! The Silver Shovel goes to a staff member who went above and beyond his or her task. This year's winners (a rarity to have two!) were Aurora M. and Yeiny P. - congrats ladies!
In the evening, I headed out to Katy with our PR Manager and fellow blogger Mona Tolbert to meet some United Way representatives at a twilight camp. The United Way was interested in photos of Girl Scouts in their element at camp - canoeing, learning archery and having fun together - to use for future press materials. We were happy to take them to visit some of our Katy-area Girl Scouts doing just that - the rain barely even phased them, and these girls were happy to share their evening snack of trail mix and snow cones with us. More photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page.
4. Thursday morning, I headed up north near Conroe to meet the resident camp staffs at Camp Agnes Arnold and Camp Misty Meadows. At Camp Arnold, we had fun trying to fit everyone into this group shot on the Snake Island dock with the brand new slide in the background (I can't wait to give it a try! Check out more photos on Facebook). And surprisingly, I didn't back up over the edge and fall into the lake! (Trust me, if anyone would do it with a camera in hand, it would be me...) After finishing up at Arnold, I headed next door to Camp Misty Meadows where things didn't go quite as smoothly - lets just say some of our furry friends in the photo weren't so eager to have their picture taken. But after some coaxing and quick clicking to capture the perfect moment, we got the shot.
5. Today held the final exciting event of my week. As part of the Girl Scouts Forever Green partnership with Alcoa, some of their company employees came to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center this morning to learn about rain gardens. We (Mona and I) arrived just as the Alcoa employees were finishing up their rain garden presentation and heading outside to practice their new planting skills. After lunch, Alcoa employees walked two groups of girls through the planting process. In all, 120 native plants were put in the Arboretum's rain garden. Photos from today can also be found on our Facebook page.
Whew! Are you worn out just reading this? Cause I sure am! But it's always a great week when you get to spend it seeing Girl Scouting in action.
Next week we'll be back to regular blogging - look for some of our first guest posts from Girl Scouts in GSSJC, new features and the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout candy bar taste test results!