The girls and I are new to American Heritage Girls but I am already loving the program and the opportunities this group is going to provide for us. I loved being a Girl Scout and especially going camping. But as an Adult I wasn't overly thrilled with the Girl Scout program. I didn' find that it was promoting the characteristics and focus I wanted for my girls' lives. Well, I know other moms feel the same way because this is how American Heritage Girls got started. We joined only this past month but we have already been given this long list of activities, trips and so on that the girls can join in on. The most exciting of which was our first camp out. It was a bit concerned about the camp out at first because leadership kept falling through but a couple moms and myself stepped up to take the girls out for the weekend.
We drove alittle over an hour to David Crockett State Park in TN. The fall colors were beautiful and the drive was very peaceful. We camped at the scout site which was perfect. We had a pavilion, bathrooms and places to set up our tent. There were deer that would come through the site which was fun to watch.
It was pretty cold the first night so after foil chicken dinners, smores, and hot chocolate by an awesome fire, we all snuggled into bed for the night.
In the morning, the girls made pancakes and then warmed their feet up by the fire.
The girls worked on their outdoor cooking skills and fire safety badge.
We took an awesome hike to a waterfall.
PF learned how to use a saw.
Butterfly made an awesome play set out of acorns which kept her and Dragonfly entertained for the rest of the day.
We had a wonderful weekend and can't wait for the family camp out in April. I will have to skip the next camping trip in March unless of course I think at that point that delivering while camping is a great idea....very unlikely!
We have been enjoying our new library. There is an outside children's garden which is great when the kids need to make alittle noise. The girls loving being able to play games on the computer and I like that I can find games that have an educational point to them. PF's favorite right now is a time traveling history game. It is certainly below her level but I think she is learning some interesting facts about world history.
We received a free pass to the botanical gardens in the mail. I was thrilled because this is a place I wanted to take the girls and to be able to go for free was a major plus. We decided to wait until the scarecrow trail was up and running. From what I gathered, different people in the community create a scarecrow for the trail so they are all very unique.
PF loved the bonsai garden.
Next to the artist scarecrow. She hopes she can do one in the coming years.
I really liked this one.
The dancing ladies for breast cancer.
A pirate ship playground.
Huge lily pads
Toward the end of the day, we were all getting tired as we stumbled by the children's garden. We ended up spending another hour and a half playing in this area. There were several different water play areas and needless to say the girls were pretty wet after playing.
There was a storybook area and a maze as well.
Then we went into the butterfly house which was beautiful and we enjoyed all the butterflies flying around us. One even landed on Ladybug's finger. This was a great way to reinforce what we are learning about in Science right now.
The girls also loved the turtles they could touch. We enjoyed our time here so much that we are planning to get a season pass in the Spring!
After a couple days of rain, a day of the sun shining was a blessing. The girls worked hard in the morning to complete their school work and then it was off to the park. It was great to have some friends from church join us. We are really enjoying this park!
Today, we tested out how water tension works for a water strider bug by making a paperclip float on water. First we used a tissue to place the paper clip on the water and then they each tried to place the paperclip on their own.