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Volume I Issue II

MAY 2019

The Manitou


A letter from the editor... Hey Girl Scout sisters! I hope you enjoyed the first ever issue of the Manitou G.I.R.L. in February! I had so much fun creating this for you, and it was awesome to hear from you and your parents about how much you liked it. Our Girl Scouts featured on the cover and throughout the magazine especially loved seeing themselves featured. The weather is getting warmer and summer is on the way. I don’t know about you, but I am ready! This summer I want every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) to have an adventure, try something new, get outdoors and have fun! Camp Evelyn & Camp Manitou are perfect places to do this, and you might even see me there. Maybe your backyard will host games and lots of laughter. Maybe you are going on a trip to a place you’ve never been before. We’re getting ready for summer in this issue of the Manitou G.I.R.L. You’ll find all about summer camp, stories written by Manitou Girl Scouts, and lots of fun experiments, arts & crafts and activities. I hope you feel inspired and ready for summer! No matter what summer has in store for you, I know there will be lots of fun!

In this issue... 3 Summer Camp 5 Troop 8365’s Media Star Story 6 Troop 8392’s Media Star Story 8 Troop 8324’s Media Star Story 8 Be a Media Star 9 Alumni Spotlight: Klohie Kuehne 11 Ask Juliette 11 Raising Awesome Girls 12 The Fun Corner


Yours in Girl Scouting, Cassie Sterwald | Director of Communications Girl Scouts of Manitou Council

On the cover... Local Girl Scouts attended Cupcake Wars hosted by Troop 8098 and competed in three tasty categories! 2



What time is it?

Summer camp time! Summer camp registration is open, and I bet a lot of you are already signed up for a session. No matter what you are interested in and like doing, we have a session for you this summer. You’ll make new friends and so many memories. And remember, all girls are welcome at camp so invite your best friend, even if they aren’t a Girl Scout. This summer’s sessions include: • Girl vs Wild - Experience a dark nocturnal adventure, sleeping under the stars, a high ropes course and climbing wall, and a visit from a wildlife specialist. • Survivor Camp (6th grade and up) - Learn to survive in the wild, and enjoy a camp out in a state park and hike on the Ice Age Trail. • Wizards & Robots - Create a wand, attend potions class, play Quidditch camp-style, enjoy a Hogwarts Feast and learn about the world of robotics and coding. • Outdoor Art Attack - Let nature be your inspiration for painting, drawing and creating with glitter and every other art supply, and take a trip to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. • Just Add Water - Take a sunset swim in the pool, look for aquatic creatures in the river, enjoy kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, a floating lunch, a sprinkler dance party and making fruit-infused water. • Water Sportz (6th grade and up) - You’ll get to kayak, stand up paddle board, wind surf and create your own watercraft to compete in the Camp Evelyn Cardboard Boat Regatta Championship, sail on Lake Michigan with SEAS (Sailing Education Association), have a picnic on the beach and take the mile swim challenge.


• Unicorn University - Learn new dance moves, participate in confidence-building activities, Camp Evelyn’s Color Run, and lots of colorful, crazy and sometimes messy challenges. • Dr. Disaster’s Lab - Make slime, learn about chemical reactions, explore the world on a sensory level, and enjoy a soapy and sudsy game of slip-n-slide kickball. • Brains & Beauty - Enjoy Spa Evelyn, practice yoga, take a mud bath (river stomp), sample tasty and healthy snacks, have an indoor slumber party, and a visit from MilliporeSigma with Curiosity Labs to investigate DNA structure and the science behind flavors and scents. • The Big 12-Nighter (6th grade and up) - You will enjoy Water Sportz & Unicorn University, as well as a trip to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Midsummer Festival of the Arts, Sheboygan’s City Green Levitt Amp Summer Music series, and planning your own day trip. • Go G.I.R.L (grades 6th - 8th) - Take the first step from camper to camp staff with team-building activities, learning about the CIT program, and completing a Take Action project. • Bits and Bridles at Camp Manitou (5th grade and up) - You’ll learn basic horseback riding, grooming, stable management, and enjoy swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, geocaching, and playing disc golf. • Rock and Water Adventures at Camp Manitou (6th grade and up) - Enjoy a sunset paddle, stargazing on the beach, a sunrise swim, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, climbing a rock wall, a trip to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum to work with underwater robots, and a Segway tour along the Mariner’s Trail.

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Beginning to Make a Change By Troop 8365 To us, being a Girl Scout means to help people and make a change. We are already starting to do that.

We are Girl Scout Juniors, and this year, we’ve already done a lot. We made posters and announced to our school that we would be collecting canned food to donate to Making Spirits Bright in Sheboygan. We collected over 10 grocery bags full of canned goods that we went and donated ourselves, and then saw the lights together. We made boxes for collecting pennies and were able to make a $75 donation to the Humane Society in Sheboygan. Every year, we spend a day cleaning up a beach. We went on a fall hike and enjoyed being outdoors. We worked on earning our jewelry badge and learned to make jewelry. We just completed our Get Moving Journey, and now we are going to earn our Bronze Award! It can be hard to narrow it down to one idea. After we completed our journey and explored our community, we had a lot of ideas and were passionate about a lot of issues. We were interested in animals, helping the elderly, collecting hats and mittens for those in need, creating a little free library or pantry, food waste, garbage and clean up, anti-smoking, don’t drink and drive, standing up against bullying and global warming and pollution. We also brainstormed different things we could do to spread the word and work on our project. We wanted to make posters to raise awareness. We thought about hosting a bake sale to raise money and use our cookie sale proceeds as well. We thought we could write speeches and present them at school or at other events to help raise awareness. We even thought about creating one big event for our issue (kind of like a carnival) that would have activities for all ages, color your own posters and more. We knew we needed to narrow our ideas down and choose one thing to focus on so we could make the most impact. To be fair to everyone in our troop, we voted on the ideas. And that’s when the topic for our Bronze Award was decided. We will doing something with animals for our Bronze Award. For some of us in the troop, animals are our favorite thing in life. They are cute and people


love them. That’s one of the reasons we wanted to help animals. But we also want to help animals because there are a lot of stray animals. Some animals are abused. Animals are left in broken down houses or people move and leave their animals behind to starve. These animals end up in shelters. We want to help the animals in shelters because they don’t always get enough time with people. “The animals in shelters are lonely and need love,” says Kaitlyn. We would love to be able to take some animals home from the shelter and foster them, so everyone in our troop would have a chance. We would repeat this until all the animals felt what it’s like to have a family. This might not be possible, but it’s one idea we had to help give animals the love they need and a home. We have already visited the Humane Society this year. Our next step to earning our Bronze Award will be to have a representative from the Humane Society come to our next troop meeting so we can talk about options for helping. We can’t wait to show you what we accomplish! Like we said earlier, being a Girl Scout means to help others (and animals too) and make a change. We’re ready to do that! But being a Girl Scout also means a lot more. It means to be loyal. It means to have fun. It means to become better people and make better people. It means to help make the world and your community a better place. It means to be there for others. It means to be a leader. It means to do what’s right, to tell the truth, to be fair, to be kind, and to be hardworking. “My opinion about being a Girl Scout is that I am very lucky,” says Grace.

Girl Scouts Can Do It All By Troop 8392 We are Girl Scout Juniors, and we each have ideas on what it means to be a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts do what’s right, they are helpful, respectful and responsible, and true to all. We learn new things and have fun. It means to be a good citizen or person and make the country a better place. It means to be a leader and live by the Girl Scout Law and Promise. Girl Scouts should always have a can-do attitude, a kind attitude, and a willing attitude, but know that 6

it is ok to make mistakes. We all agree that being a Girl Scout means to be free, to have our own choices and be ourselves. We think it is cool how we each have our own things we like and care about. Here are just a few of the things we like: • Crafts • School • Swimming • Playing with our pets • Making slime • Dirt track racing • Art and drawing • Solving puzzles • Music • Spelling • Basketball • Horseback riding • Family, friends, teachers, troop leaders and neighbors • Ice oval racing • Animals • Camping • Reading and books • Fishing • Playing or being outside • Math • Girl Scouts • Bowling • Dance • Go karting It might seem like it would be hard to figure out what we should do as Girl Scouts since we have such a big variety of interests. But that’s what makes Girl Scouts awesome! We get to do a lot of different things. And the best part is we were able to decide what badges and activities we wanted to do. We’ve gone hiking. Some of us went to a STEM event for girls at the library where we heard from local STEM professionals and worked with Millipore Sigma scientists on chemical reactions, turning playdough into musical instruments, coding, and circuit art. During Christmastime we made hot chocolate ornaments and other Christmas crafts. Just recently we got to go to Kohler and do three awesome projects. We worked to create a product to solve a problem, we made a design out of stickers and gems which were then pressed into tiles for us to keep, and we learned about how Kohler uses casting to make their products and then we got to design our own cast iron hearts. We met with the Sheboygan Astronomical Society to earn our Space Science Explorer badge and learned about space, the planets and telescopes. They also helped us make our own mini telescopes! We went to Home Depot and made flower pot holders. When our Christmas parade was cancelled, we decided to have a parade at a nursing home where we caroled from room to room and passed out candy canes. We went camping at Camp Evelyn and made s’mores, went swimming, made some of our meals, made bracelets, and earned our Free Being Me badge. We sold Girl Scout cookies. We earned our Detective badge by touring the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s office, learned about fingerprinting, and solved a crime puzzle our leaders put together. We had a Halloween costume party with a lot of games and candy. We went to the Bead Coop and earned our Jewelry Making badge. We learned to anodize niobium metal to turn it different colors by varying DC current, so it is 7

super cool! Soon we will be going to Blue Harbor, practicing digital photography at Kohler and earning our Bronze Award. “Girl Scouts for me is awesome. I think that it’s amazing how we can make a small difference into a huge one,” said Erika. We are so proud of everything we’ve done so far and learned as Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts really can do it all! “I have been in Girl Scouts since third grade. I am happy I joined because I can be myself,” Said McClaren.

Project Angel Hugs By Troop 8324

Troop 8324 earned their Media Star patch by working with our Director of Communications to tell their story about Project Angel Hugs. They wrote, directed and starred in a video describing what Project Angel Hugs is, what they do, and the troop’s experience visiting the organization. Check it out by visiting our Facebook page!

We’re always looking for new troops and Girl Scouts who want to become Media Stars! This opportunity is available to all GIrl Scouts - from Daisies to Ambassadors. You will get to work with our Director of Communications to tell your story. She will help you every step of the way from choosing a great story topic, to figuring out how to tell your story, to helping create it. Then watch as your story gets shared on our website, newsletters, emails, social media, and right here in this magazine. The sky is the limit. You are a star! Share it with the world! 8

Alumni Spotlight: Klohie Kuehne We chatted with a Manitou Council Gold Award Girl Scout Alum about all things Girl Scouts, earning the Gold Award, life lessons and advice for younger Girl Scouts. Manitou: How long were you a Girl Scout? Klohie: I started in Girl Scouts when I was in kindergarten and was a Daisy. I then moved to Sheboygan Falls and joined a new troop which I stayed with through my Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Manitou: What did you do for your Gold Award? Klohie: For my Gold Award, I partnered up with Nourish out of Sheboygan County. Nourish is a non-profit organization that works with local farms to bring fresh produce to shelters in the area. I would go on what Nourish calls Farm-to-Table tours getting shown around the farms, picking produce, and learning about the industry. Then with other volunteers I would go to shelters in Sheboygan and with the residents, teach and cook nutritious meals. I also set up a booth at the local farmer’s market and made samples of meals to make with in season produce. From this, I made a cook book from recipes I collected with the help of others and organized them by season. The goal was to make the recipes simple, healthy and support local farmers. I brought copies of the cookbook to Sheboygan County libraries, the Sheboygan Falls School District libraries, Headstart programs, and many local doctor and dentist offices for patients to take.

Manitou: What did you learn from earning your Gold Award (or Bronze and Silver), and how has it affected your life? Klohie: I learned the importance of local farming and purchasing from those farmers to support my local economy. It also taught me the importance of giving back and seeing the opportunities my community can provide to people.


Alumni Spotlight: Klohie Kuehne Manitou: What you done since graduating and your time in Girl Scouts? Klohie: I attended UW-Sheboygan for my freshman year of college. I had the chance to spend this past fall abroad in Indonesia and Australia. While in Indonesia, I went on a jungle trek and observed orangutans. Here my group and I camped overnight and hiked during the days to a new location in Sumatra seeing monkeys, wild boars, beautiful birds and lots of lizards. Then while in Australia, I worked at a surf camp on the east coast in Crescent Head, New South Whales. I started in Sydney and made my way up, seeing many different cities for a month and a half. Once I returned home, I joined the Americorps branch called American Conservation Experience and moved to Santa Cruz, California. Here I worked along side other corps members doing conservation work such as trail building, planting, and removing invasive species. Manitou: How has being a Girl Scout/your time in Girl Scouts affected your life? Klohie: I am very proud of my Girl Scout achievements and the time I put in. I bring up my experiences to people quite frequently and encourage young girls to join because of all the opportunities it gave me. I was very fortunate to have such a great troop and troop leaders who truly put their all into the success of us. Girl Scouts gave me a lot of confidence speaking to large groups, survival skills, trip planning skills, and leadership skills. Manitou: What advice do you have for Girl Scouts working towards any of their highest awards? Klohie: Time management is huge for any girl working towards their awards. It is very important to document your progress and keep track of what there is to do. Be very appreciative of those willing to help you, and have a plan before you start every step. Manitou: What advice (in general) do you have for younger Girl Scouts? Klohie: I encourage younger Girl Scouts to stay in Girl Scouts and work towards their Gold Award. There is no instance where Girl Scouts won’t look good and help you in your future.


Ask juliette Dear Juliette, A new girl my age just moved next door to me. She doesn’t really know anybody. How can I help her make friends and be comfortable? - Friendly Neighbor Dear Friendly Neighbor, As a Girl Scout, you know being a friend to everyone and being kind is important. If you see your new neighbor outside, go talk to her. You can ask her name and what she likes doing. Think of something the two of you can do together to get to know each other more and have fun. Invite her over sometime and have her meet some of your friends. If you’re coming to camp, invite her to come along. The best thing you can do is respect her and what she wants. If she prefers smaller groups, spend time with just her, or invite just a few other friends over. Not everyone has the same personalities or hobbies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. Being friendly and saying hi is always the first step. - Your friend, Juliette.

Raising awesome girls: seven ways to prevent the summer slide The joy of a sunny summer vacation is hard to beat - but if you’re like many parents, you might be worried about your daughter falling back academically while school’s out. But believe it or not, there are easy (and fun!) ways that your daughter can not only stay on track, but also learn even more before the start of the next school year. Follow these tips and watch her soar! 1. Send her to camp. 2. Give her time to play. 3. Let her lead “book club.” 4. Encourage her to make something. 5. Find the magic in everyday life. 6. If she’s old enough, suggest she get a summer job. 7. Welcome a new (fluffy) member to the family. There’s no rule that says learning can only happen in a classroom! Let her curiosity, imagination, and passions lead the way, and she’s sure to have a summer full of enriching, educational moments. Find more advice on!

Local Girl Scouts work on an art project at Camp Evelyn!


The fun corner! STEM spot: What will freeze first The question: Which kitchen liquid would be the first to freeze? Gather your materials: An ice cube tray, freezer, and a lineup of different kitchen liquids (water, vinegar, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, ranch dressing or any salad dressing, dish soap, milk, juices, olive oil or other cooking oils, soy sauce, maple syrup, honey, broth, etc.) • Fill your ice cube tray with the different liquids. • Make a hypothesis or prediction about what you think will happen. Will each liquid freeze? Which will freeze first? Try to rank them in order of which will freeze first to last. • Freeze it! Check regularly and observe what’s happening. Which one forms crystals first? Which froze solid first? Did any not freeze? Did the texture change if it didn’t freeze? Did the thickness of the liquid affect how quickly it froze? Were your predictions correct? • Learn more about liquids and freezing at! Source: No Time for Flash Cards

Craft craze: sharpie art coasters Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day will all be coming up in the next few months, and we’ve got a fun and simple project that could make a great gift! You’ll need: • White ceramic tiles (from a hardware store) • Rubbing alcohol • Clear finish spray (hardware and craft stores) • Sharpies in any color • Felt Here’s what you’ll do: 1. Color in your tiles using the Sharpies in any random format. 2. When completely covered, add small droplets of the rubbing alcohol to your art and watch as it magically marbles. Let dry for at least one hour. 3. Spray with the clear finish spray. Let dry. 4. Since the back of the tiles are scratchy and uneven, add a little felt to the back so it doesn’t scratch any tables. Source: Paging Fun Mums


The fun corner! activity time: Camp word search Get excited for summer camp and all the fun activities that are in store for you with this camp word search! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

WORDS: adventure campfire games lake nature robotics songs archery cooking hiking marshmallows paint science swimming art friends kayak memories pool skits


The fun corner!

S’more Campfire Cupcakes Ready in 75 min

Makes 24 cupcakes

What you need:



1. Make cupcakes Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In a bowl stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt. Pour melted butter over and mix with a fork until incorporated. Press 1 tablespoon of graham mixture into the bottom of each liner. Fill muffin cups halfway with batter and put full marshmallow in the center of each. Bake as cake recipe instructs. Cupcakes will have a crater in the center when baked. Insert another whole marshmallow into the crater and bake for an additional 2 min. until melted. You will still have a dip in the top of cupcake, but no worries. Use a spoon to get them out of the pan and cool on cooling rack.

Cupcake: Devil’s Food cake batter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 lb. (16 oz.) of regular marshmallows 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon of salt 4 tablespoons butter, melted Buttercream Frosting: 4 cups of powdered sugar 1 cup of softened butter 2 teaspoons of vanilla 1-2 tablespoons of milk Decorations: 20 red cinnamon hard candies 20 yellow butterscotch hard candies 60 pretzel sticks, broken in half 48 miniature marshmallows 24 toothpicks 12 Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies (split open)

2. Make the fire Next, place unwrapped red and gold hard candies in a freezer plastic bag. Crush candies with hammer into chunks. Spread crushed candies in a thin layer onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F 6 to 8 minutes or until completely melted. Melted sugar can cause severe burns, so adult needs to remove from oven and candy must be completely cool before any handling. 3. Make the frosting and decorate To make frosting, mix the powdered sugar and softened butter until combined. Add vanilla and milk. Beat on low until powdered sugar is incorporated, then increase speed to medium-high. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When completely mixed the frosting may appear dry. Add more milk, a little bit at a time, until frosting is the proper consistency. Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag with a decorative tip. On each cupcake, arrange 4-5 pretzel pieces to create a campfire. Break cooled sheets of melted candies into pointed shards. Insert candy pieces around pretzels to create flames. Place two marshmallows on the end of a toothpick, insert the other end into the cupcake. Place one side of cookie on top.

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The Manitou G.I.R.L. May 2019  

This digital magazine is for Manitou Council Girl Scouts, their parents, and troops. Inside you'll find all about summer camp, stories writt...

The Manitou G.I.R.L. May 2019  

This digital magazine is for Manitou Council Girl Scouts, their parents, and troops. Inside you'll find all about summer camp, stories writt...

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