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Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Trip and Camp Readiness Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Trip and Camp Readiness

Welcome to Trip and Camp Readiness. This module will prepare you for simple overnight Welcome to Trip and Camp Readiness. This module will prepare you for simple overnight trips and camping events. The module will take about 90 minutes to complete. If you don’t have time to finish it in one sitting, that’s okay. Just make note of the last page you accessed (page numbers are on the bottom right of each slide) and continue from there. To move to the next slide, click the mouse, press “enter” or the space bar on your keyboard, or right click on the mouse and press “next” when the menu appears; To move to the previous slide, press backspace or right click on the mouse and press “previous” when the menu appears. 2

Welcome (cont’d) During this home study course, you will need access to the following Welcome (cont’d) During this home study course, you will need access to the following documents: • Safety Activity Checkpoints: Group Camping (pp 109 -112) and Outdoor Cooking (pp 119 -123). http: //www. gssemhub. org/sites/default/files/document/all_safety_activity_che ckpoints_2011. pdf • Volunteer Essentials, Part 2: The Program (Traveling with Girls section). http: //www. gssemhub. org/sites/default/files/document/The%20 Girl%20 Scout %20 Leadership%20 Experience%20 sept%201%202013. pdf • Volunteer Essentials, Part 3: Safety. http: //www. gssemhub. org/sites/default/files/document/Safety%20 Guidelines%20 sept%201%202 013. pdf Please be patient when downloading files; it may take a few minutes. 3

Welcome You will be asked to complete a learning log as you move through Welcome You will be asked to complete a learning log as you move through this module. Please refer back to your “course confirmation email” for the link to access your Learning Log. Either save it on your computer or print it and complete it by hand. Learning log questions will be identified with this graphic: 4

Welcome Complete the learning log and forward it to: GSSEM Attn: Adult Learning 3011 Welcome Complete the learning log and forward it to: GSSEM Attn: Adult Learning 3011 West Grand Blvd 500 Fisher Bldg Detroit, MI 48202 or you can fax to 313 -870 -2600 or email to [email protected] org To receive credit for this course, you must submit your completed Learning Log. 5

Course Objectives By the end of this course, participants will be able to: • Course Objectives By the end of this course, participants will be able to: • Determine the readiness of individual girls and the group. • Use the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to plan and execute a one day trip, overnight experience or extended experience. • Direct the girls in the planning of an overnight experience following the guidelines in Safety Activity Checkpoints and Volunteer Essentials, Part III: Safety. • Explain the development and use of kaper charts. • Teach girls safe kitchen skills including healthy meal planning, food handling, the use of knives and other kitchen tools and sanitary clean-up. • Instruct the girls on going “green”. • Describe how to handle unique situations such as encountering animals and poisonous plants, a separated girl, or homesickness. 6

Introduction Trips are important in Girl Scouting. They give the girls an opportunity to Introduction Trips are important in Girl Scouting. They give the girls an opportunity to take the skills they’re learning into the real world. In other words, trips and camping are the Girl Scout experience moved to a new environment, out of the home, school or other meeting place. Within the GSSEM jurisdiction, there is a wide variety of local trips worth checking out. Our Council and Communities also provide program opportunities for all grade levels. You can find information on these activities on the Calendar of Events on our website (www. gssem. org). 7

Introduction Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction Introduction Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! See Volunteer Essentials, Part 2: The Program (Traveling with Girls section) for information & guidelines for taking trips with girls. 8

Introduction While camping isn’t a required activity in Girl Scouting, it’s a great opportunity Introduction While camping isn’t a required activity in Girl Scouting, it’s a great opportunity for girls to gain confidence, develop character, learn new skills, and explore new ways to make the world a better place. The various types of camping experiences available for girls can be found at: http: //www. gssem. org/content/camp How else might a trip be of value to girls? (Record the answer on your learning log. ) 9

Your Responsibilities after Completing this Course Title Goes Here a Prepare girls to successfully Your Responsibilities after Completing this Course Title Goes Here a Prepare girls to successfully and safely experience a trip or camping event a Ensure troop/groups are emotionally ready to travel or go camping a Ensure event is the right length, and is appropriate for the grade level of the girls, to be of benefit 10

Your Responsibilities after Completing this Course a Ensure troop/group has had to time to Your Responsibilities after Completing this Course a Ensure troop/group has had to time to work on planning and that plans comply with Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints a Ensure that some of the activities selected by the girls enable them to develop values associated with their impact on the environment a Ensure that trips and camping events are inclusive – that all girls have the same opportunity to participate in all the activities 11

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the driving force Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the driving force - THE ENGINE – for everything we do. The focus of the program (creating girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place) is fueled by 15 short-term and intermediate outcomes. It is ignited by three keys – Discover, Connect and Take Action – and it runs on three processes – Girl-led, 12 Cooperative Learning and Learn by Doing.

It’s What We Do! It’s simple. Everything we do with the girls starts with It’s What We Do! It’s simple. Everything we do with the girls starts with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Every activity should: • involve at least one of the three keys (discover, connect, take action) - and • incorporate the processes (girl-led, learning by doing, cooperative learning). On the following pages, you will explore how camping experiences can incorporate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 13

Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Trips (1) Introduction GIRLS DISCOVER (cont’d) What is something Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Trips (1) Introduction GIRLS DISCOVER (cont’d) What is something a girl could Discover for herself while Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore participating in an overnight trip? the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their Plan and troop/group grade level. Measure Discover Fill in at least 3 rows on the Discover Outcomes chart. For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other Five Discover Outcomes Camp –related Activity Process countries would be a great Girl Scout Girls develop a strong sense of self experience! Girls develop positive values Girls gain practical life skills Girls seek challenges in the world Girls develop critical thinking 14 8

Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Trips (2) Introduction GIRLS CONNECT (cont’d) How can girls Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Trips (2) Introduction GIRLS CONNECT (cont’d) How can girls Connect during an overnight trip? Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their Plan and Measure Connect troop/group grade level. Fill in at least 3 rows on the Connect Outcomes chart. For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! 14 8

Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Trips (3) Introduction GIRLS TAKE ACTION (cont’d) How can Girl Scout Leadership Experience on Trips (3) Introduction GIRLS TAKE ACTION (cont’d) How can girls Take Action on an overnight trip? Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s Plan and Measure Take Action jurisdiction appropriate for their Fill in at least 3 rows on the Take Action Outcomes chart. troop/group grade level. For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! 168

Don’t forget the Introduction processes! (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel Don’t forget the Introduction processes! (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. Girl-led For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! Cooperative learning Learning by doing 17 8

The girls Introduction benefit from doing the work (cont’d) themselves. Troops/Groups are also encouraged The girls Introduction benefit from doing the work (cont’d) themselves. Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. For older girls planning a trip, traveling So, let them (girl-led) throughout the US or even visiting other work together (cooperative learning) countries would be a great Girl Scout to learn (learn by doing) experience! about how to take care of themselves in the out-of-doors. They make some mistakes along the way --- but the lessons will be valuable and provide the best benefit to the girls! 18 8

An important point to remember… Anything you can do in a troop/group meeting can, An important point to remember… Anything you can do in a troop/group meeting can, with advanced planning, be done on a trip or at camp in a one-day, an overnight, or an extended trip experience. 19

Trip Readiness Progression – Travel Progression Checklist If your group is thinking about travel, Trip Readiness Progression – Travel Progression Checklist If your group is thinking about travel, consider first whether the girls are mature enough to handle the trip. Determine a group’s readiness for travel by assessing the girls’: Ability to be away from their parents and their homes Ability to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings and situations Ability to make decisions well and easily Previous cross-cultural experiences Ability to get along with each other and handle challenges Ability to work well as a team Skills, interests, and language skills (where applicable) List one item from the checklist above that really stands out to you. 20

n Progressio Transitioning from Adult-Led to Girl-Led d d Le nne ult -Pla ies n Progressio Transitioning from Adult-Led to Girl-Led d d Le nne ult -Pla ies Ad ult lit i Ad ult nsib Ad spo Re Daisy Brownie Junior es ti ili d ed b Le ann nsi rl- l o Gi rl-P esp Gi rl R Gi Cadette Senior Ambassador It begins with the first experience away from the troop meeting place and progresses to more advanced camping and trips. The responsible adult must take the training appropriate for the planned experience. Allow enough time to teach new skills to the girls prior to the activity. Outdoor education emphasizes teaching the girls the skills they need to have a positive outdoor experience. 21

(Progression) It starts slowly… Explore Out Move Out Meet Out Look Out Wonder what (Progression) It starts slowly… Explore Out Move Out Meet Out Look Out Wonder what the world is like at our doorstep Look outdoors See trees, birds, buildings Plan a walk around the block Touch a tall tree Locate a food chain Listen outdoors Hear nature sounds and city sounds Watch the sky Feel outdoors Enjoy games and songs outdoors Trace neighborhood smells Learn ways to protect the environment Examine a micro-habitat Look for tracks, trails, traces of other living things Walk/hike with a purpose Rock hike Gadget hike Metric hike Penny hike Color hike Shape hike Compass hike Day pack Visit nature centers Plant a tree Plant a garden Find pollution problems 22

(Progression) …and then it soars! Pack Out Camp Out Plan meals, menus, shopping lists (Progression) …and then it soars! Pack Out Camp Out Plan meals, menus, shopping lists Prepare menus Prepare packing lists • For troops • For individuals Purchase and provide storage of food Prepare shopping lists Plan activities at camp Plan routes, transportation, travel arrangements Learn/try cooking No-cook meal Nosebag lunch One-pot meal Skillet Stick cooking Foil cooking Charcoal Box oven Propane stove Budget for troop activities and meals Use maps, charts, timetables, compasses Know safety and first aid rules Budget trip costs Cook Out Sleep Out Prepare for overnight List and prepare equipment Bedroll Sit-upon Toiletries Plan menus (NO cooking) Learn knot tying Spend night away from home Learn about Leave No Trace Learn knife safety Learn fire building Learn safety and first aid rules Prepare shopping lists Shop for menu items Establish campsite • Sleeping areas • Latrines • Kitchen areas Keep financial records Select and transport minimum personal and group equipment Pitch and strike a tend Use sound environmental policies 23

Progression at GSSEM Camps Council Sponsored Summer Camp Facility Rental Community Sponsored Weekend Camp Progression at GSSEM Camps Council Sponsored Summer Camp Facility Rental Community Sponsored Weekend Camp Council Sponsored Weekend Camp Activities are planned and delivered by GSSEM camp staff. Meals provided in dining halls. Activities are planned by a Community (older girls & adults). At Camp Hawthorn Hollow & Innisfree, meals are provided in dining halls. At Playfair community volunteers & girls cook their meals. Camp activities are planned and delivered by the troop/group. The troop/group cooks all their own meals. This is an outdoor experience for an individual girl. A girl chooses activities planned and delivered by GSSEM camp staff and eats meals in the dining hall. 24

Trip & Camp Readiness Introduction Ask yourself and the girls: (cont’d) • Are the Trip & Camp Readiness Introduction Ask yourself and the girls: (cont’d) • Are the girls ready for trip camping? Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore • Are you ready? the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their • Have you given yourself enough time to prepare/plan? troop/group grade level. • Do you have a checklist? For older girls planning a trip, traveling • What is your mode of transportation? Have you practiced yet? throughout the US or even visiting other • Are you including your parents/guardians in the planning? countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! What advance preparation needs to be done to prepare the girls for the activity planned? How long will that take? 25 8

Planning the Experience: Girl-led Introduction (cont’d) Planning involves the entire troop/group. Troops/Groups are also Planning the Experience: Girl-led Introduction (cont’d) Planning involves the entire troop/group. Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. Girls make the decisions – where to go, what to For older girls planning a trip, traveling do, what to eat, who will accompany them, throughout the US or even visiting other when they will go, what type of experience it countries would be a great Girl Scout will be, what they will get out of it. experience! 26 8

Speaking of Girl-Led, How about a Kaper Chart? KAPER CHART Girls work cooperatively to Speaking of Girl-Led, How about a Kaper Chart? KAPER CHART Girls work cooperatively to complete tasks. Adults supervise and answer questions. Rotate tasks throughout the trip through use of a Kaper chart. Sat. Breakfast Food and table prep Cook Clean up Sat. Lunch Busy Bees Crazy Caterpillars Artful Ants Modify it as necessary for the group’s size and activities. (See sample types of Kapers on the next slide. ) 27

Sample Kapers for the Camp, Trip or Travel Setting • Hostesses – Clear, wash, Sample Kapers for the Camp, Trip or Travel Setting • Hostesses – Clear, wash, and set table for meals – Place dunk bags randomly at the table – Add napkins, beverages, salt and pepper, and other condiments to the table • Cooks – Review menu and recipes – Gather/prepare food and set it up for easy access and cooking – Cook food according to recipe (girls should share responsibilities equally) • Dishwashers – Prepare dish line – Call groups to dish line – Wash dishes and hand them to owner 28

Planning the Experience Keeping It Safe Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Planning the Experience Keeping It Safe Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Review Volunteer Essentials, Part 3: Safety for the trip as well as the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s the activities planned. You are responsible for keeping the jurisdiction appropriate for their girls safe. troop/group grade level. Certain trips/activities may require personnel with documented For older girls planning a trip, traveling certifications to be present. When planning trips/activities you throughout the US or even visiting other must review and follow the guidelines as stated in the Safety countries would be a great Girl Scout Activity Checkpoints. Make sure he/she is up to-date on all experience! trainings prior to departure date and is emotionally ready to handle the types of emergencies that could occur at the planned event. List one item from Volunteer Essentials, Part 3: Safety or the Safety Activity Checkpoints that was new information to you. 29 8

First Aid Kit Each group should carry a first aid kit adapted to the First Aid Kit Each group should carry a first aid kit adapted to the kinds of activities that will take place during the trip. The contents of the kit will vary according to its intended use and the size of the group. Adhesive tape & bandages Alcohol wipes Band-Aids, assorted Bottle of distilled water Drinking cups First aid book Flashlight Instant chemical ice pack Disposable gloves List of emergency phone numbers Needle Oral thermometer Personal care products (sanitary napkins/tampons) Plastic bags Single-use pocket face mask or face shield Gauze pads & Roller gauze bandages Safety pins Scissors Anti-bacterial soap Splints Triangular bandages Tweezers How many girls and adults are going? Do you have enough supplies? Share safety knowledge freely with the girls. Even the youngest Girl Scout can be taught basic first aid. What items should be in your first aid kit? How will you involve the girls? What first aid skills are important for your girls to learn? 30

Involve the girls in the use of Safety Activity Checkpoints Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are Involve the girls in the use of Safety Activity Checkpoints Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. Involve the girls in the use of Safety Activity Checkpoints. (Print only the pages needed for the particular activities planned. ) For older girls planning a trip, traveling When working with Daisies and Brownies, read the information to the throughout the US or even visiting other girls. countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! Juniors will look at it with you. For example, they might say, “Can we go…. ” and your response is, “Let’s check the Safety Activity Checkpoints. ” Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors should be able to review the Safety Activity Checkpoints with their advisors. 31 8

Safety Planning with Girls Introduction (cont’d) Make sure they know the obvious – don’t Safety Planning with Girls Introduction (cont’d) Make sure they know the obvious – don’t Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore assume: the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their Who is the first aider for this trip? troop/group grade level. Is one required for the trip? What does the first aider do for us? For older girls planning a trip, traveling What to look for in an emergency throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout How to summon help in an emergency experience! How to treat basic injuries until help is available Where the first aid kit is kept, during transit and at destination. 32 8

Medications Introduction& Safety (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside Medications Introduction& Safety (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their • Refer to Volunteer Essentials, Part 3: Safety troop/group grade level. • ALL medications should be in original containers and For older girls planning a trip, traveling prescribed doses should be given by a responsible adult (usually US or even visiting other throughout the first aider) based on written permission of a parent or guardian countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! • Inhalers and other self-administered medications can remain with the girls with the leader’s advance knowledge • This applies to ingested or topical medications – do not give prescription or over-the-counter remedies to girls without parent permission. 33 8

General Safety Rules – Introduction ALL Trips! (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore General Safety Rules – Introduction ALL Trips! (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their The buddy system (girls always have “a buddy” to pair up with) troop/group grade level. should be in effect at ALL times. For older girls planning a trip, traveling Even better (in case of emergency), travel in groups of three or four. throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout All the girls should know your count-off system and, if appropriate, experience! remember their numbers. Remind them to watch out for each other and alert an adult if there is a concern! 34 8

Additional Notes for You and Your First Aider Introduction (cont’d) Be aware of girl Additional Notes for You and Your First Aider Introduction (cont’d) Be aware of girl health issues Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Special needs (physical, dietary, emotional) the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s Allergies jurisdiction appropriate for their • Triggers troop/group grade level. • Reactions • Treatment For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other Be aware of the energy level of the girls countries would be a great Girl Scout and balance the activities: experience! Too much stimulation leads to fatigue - leads to injury Too little stimulation leads to boredom - leads to injury 35 8

Travel by Introduction Automobile (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Most likely, your Travel by Introduction Automobile (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Most likely, your trip will involve travel by automobile. the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. Review Volunteer Essentials, Part 3: Safety and the ICE Toolkit Pay close attention to guidelines and policies related to For older girls planning a trip, traveling transporting girls and Girl Scout Activity Insurance. throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! What can you, as a leader, do to help create a safe travel space for the girls? 36 8

Safety Basics Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore For example: the travel Safety Basics Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore For example: the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. How to wash For older girls planning a their hands trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other OR countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! Stop, drop and roll (fire) Check out Grade Level materials for opportunities to teach safety in troop meetings & on trips! 37 8

More Safety Introduction Basics (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities More Safety Introduction Basics (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. Stay by a tree – don’t wander looking for group (The troop/group will be looking for the girl!) For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other countries would Yell – use a whistle – make loud noises be a great Girl Scout experience!(Animals are more afraid of us than we are of them. ) If Lost - Hug a tree If you give each girl a garbage bag at the beginning of the hike it can be used protect the girl from the elements. 38 8

Safety in the City or Country! Hiking/Walking Dress for the weather and environment Use Safety in the City or Country! Hiking/Walking Dress for the weather and environment Use etiquette and cross-walks Know the requirements from the Safety Activity Checkpoints Walk slowly and carefully through high grass and wooded trails Avoid beehives above and in the ground 39

Safety in the City or Country! Stray animals Avoid if possible If unavoidable, stay Safety in the City or Country! Stray animals Avoid if possible If unavoidable, stay perfectly still Make no sudden movements “Oh, look at that cute kitty!” 40

Plants, animals and insects • Poisonous plants and insects – Poison ivy • Learn Plants, animals and insects • Poisonous plants and insects – Poison ivy • Learn to recognize it • “Leaves of three, let it be” • Become familiar with the native species – Visit http: //www. michigan. gov/dnr/ and click on the wildlife and habitat selection on the left side of the screen to see pictures of species found in Michigan 41

A Word about Ticks are known to transmit infection from animals to people and A Word about Ticks are known to transmit infection from animals to people and person to person, such as Lyme Disease. They burrow under the skin and are often difficult to see unless you’re looking for the tell-tale signs. Instruct the girls on how to check for ticks and have them inspect themselves when they return from a hike in the woods. As protection against ticks, 1. Stay on paths when hiking 2. Wear long sleeves that are close to the wrist 3. Tuck pant/jean legs into socks 42

Planning the Experience – Safety Emergency Preparedness during Fires, Storms and Tornadoes Ensure girls Planning the Experience – Safety Emergency Preparedness during Fires, Storms and Tornadoes Ensure girls are aware of “stop, drop and roll. ” Hold fire drills during meetings and on arrival at site. Pack a battery-powered radio that’s tuned to a local station that broadcasts weather and extra batteries. Pack a battery-powered flashlight, extra batteries and an extra bulb. Locate emergency exits and sheltered areas for safety from fire, storm and tornadoes. If you’re inside when a storm or tornado occur, stay away from windows. If outside, stay away from trees and metal objects. Don’t try to out-run a tornado. Move out of its path and seek low ground (a ditch). 43

Cooking: Start with the Basics Good nutrition and drinking plenty of fluids are essential Cooking: Start with the Basics Good nutrition and drinking plenty of fluids are essential to any outdoor activity. When anyone is working hard and becomes very tired, it is easy to forget to replenish fluid or eat properly. A well-nourished person is more likely to healthy, energetic, aware, and strong. A day hike, overnight, or extended trip will be enhanced if food selection and preparation are done thoughtfully and carefully. Sufficient food for each person is critical. Everyone going on the trip should take an active role in planning the menu. Considerations include: • • • The level of physical activity planned and the sizes of appetites The kind of weather expected. Sources of food – products purchased at a grocery store or freeze-dried products Food preferences – likes and dislikes. Method and space for transporting food. Amount of space available for refrigeration Nutritionally balanced menus Amount of money to be spend on food Facility for food preparation 44

Cooking (Indoors or Outdoors) Refer to the Outdoor Cooking Safety Activity Checkpoints for safe Cooking (Indoors or Outdoors) Refer to the Outdoor Cooking Safety Activity Checkpoints for safe food preparation, storage and clean-up. Name 1 -2 new things you learned while reviewing this Safety Activity Checkpoint. Plan with the girls, not for the girls. They’re more likely to eat what they select and they’ll probably eat more than they think they will. This is an opportunity for them to learn about nutrition and good eating habits. Take them shopping. They enjoy it and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn about nutrition, finances and decision-making. 45

A Word about Food Allergies A food allergy can develop at any time. The A Word about Food Allergies A food allergy can develop at any time. The first exposure to a food (and it’s not always obvious when that occurs) causes the body to develop antibodies. Then the second or subsequent exposure triggers an attack. It’s very important that, if anyone with the troop has food allergies, the first aider and leaders are aware of what the allergy is and what the response is so the appropriate action can be taken immediately. 46

Cooking: Plan Ahead Introduction (cont’d) REMEMBER: KIS (Keep It Simple) Troops/Groups are also encouraged Cooking: Plan Ahead Introduction (cont’d) REMEMBER: KIS (Keep It Simple) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore First stage of progression in cooking: the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their No-cooking troop/group grade level. Sandwiches Trail mix For older girls planning a trip, traveling Ants on a log (celery, cream cheese or peanut butter, raisins) throughout the US or even visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout One pot cooking experience! Girl Scout soup/stew (each girl contributes a can of similar based soup or a stew item) Tacos Spaghetti sauce 47 8

Teaching Girls about Introduction Knife Safety (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the Teaching Girls about Introduction Knife Safety (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s Reminder: a dull cutting edge causes more harm than a sharp one jurisdiction appropriate for their because you put more force behind it. Don’t try to protect the troop/group grade level. girls by making sure you give them dull knives. For older girls planning a trip, traveling Demonstrate good knife usage yourself at all times. You will set a throughout the US or even visiting other good example and your actions will become automatic. countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! Progress the girls; they’re never too young to learn! The first knife they use doesn’t have to be a machete; a vegetable peeler will do. Teach knife use in a safety circle (Each girl should have enough space around her to extend the knife in any direction and not come in contact with another girl) 48 8

Teaching Girls about Knife Safety Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Keep Teaching Girls about Knife Safety Introduction (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Keep your thumb off back of knife to avoid injury; hold the handle the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their Always cut or peel away from the body troop/group grade level. Use cutting boards. The thumb has better uses than stopping a knife when you’re slicing a cucumber. For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other When passing a knife, the recipient should grasp the handle and say “thank you” so the passer can release it countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! Note: More about knife safety will be covered in the Outdoor 1 course. How will you help your girls “progress” in the safe use of knives for food preparation/cooking? 49 8

Cooking Once You’re There Reminder – Allow plenty of time for meal preparation. It Cooking Once You’re There Reminder – Allow plenty of time for meal preparation. It may take one person five minutes to make a sandwich. When you have five or more girls making sandwiches, the time expands exponentially. It’s smarter to allow too much time for meal preparation and have a back-up activity than to allow too little time and deal with hunger. You may save time by having the girls do a bit of preparation before the outing (veggie sticks, pre-cook ground hamburger, etc). Remember to store food safely. Refrigerate frozen, cooked or fresh meats. Girls should always eat freshly prepared meals that they made themselves. 50

Food for Thought Introduction Reflect on the previous information about menu (cont’d) planning, cooking Food for Thought Introduction Reflect on the previous information about menu (cont’d) planning, cooking and knife safety …. Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. What are 3 things to take into consideration when planning a For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even menu with girls? visiting other countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! What are 2 tips for ensuring that meal preparation is a safe, positive experience for girls? 51 8

Deciding What to Do Once You’re There Because the activity is girl-led, the girls Deciding What to Do Once You’re There Because the activity is girl-led, the girls choose the activities for the trip or camping event as part of the planning process. Potential resources available for them to use include, but aren’t limited to: – Safety Activity Checkpoints – Journey Books – Grade-level awards (Badges and/or Journey Awards, Daisy Petals, etc) – Camp programs (staff-led) – Service projects – Nature identification and scavenger hunts (look, don’t pick) – Crafts – Story-telling/puppetry – Organizations like National Wildlife Federation or Leave No Trace or Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Websites and books – Scout’s Own (Reflection ceremony) 52

Going Green Be aware of your host’s policies and adhere to them. Reduce - Going Green Be aware of your host’s policies and adhere to them. Reduce - reuse – recycle: Model this and encourage your girls to bring their own cup wherever possible! If Mother Nature put it there, it’s there for a reason. Take only pictures, leave only footprints Use environmentally and septic-friendly cleaning supplies and paper products. 53

Common Sense Introduction (cont’d) If you opened it, close it. Troops/Groups are also encouraged Common Sense Introduction (cont’d) If you opened it, close it. Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel If you turned it on, turn it off. GSSEM’s opportunities outside of Don’t open oven doors or lift saucepan lids jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/groupunless necessary. grade level. If the facility doesn’t recycle, bring recyclables For older girls planning a trip, traveling home. throughout the US or even visiting other Buy in bulk. countries would be a great Girl Scout experience!Don’t run water while brushing your teeth. Use reusable containers (including personal dishes and dish-bags). 54 8

What’s a Dish-bag, You Ask? A dish bag is an individual net bag for What’s a Dish-bag, You Ask? A dish bag is an individual net bag for each girl (And it’s a Girl Scout tradition to use them!). Options include: – Orange or onion bag – Laundry bag – Two medium-woven dishcloths sewn or woven together on three sides with a drawstring across the top Each girl brings her own unbreakable dishes (plate, bowl, hot/cold beverage container) and silverware (spoon, fork, butter knife). Make sure the utensils don’t slip between the mesh or out of the seems. When cleaning up after a meal, use 3 sinks for dishwashing. The first contains hot, soapy water; the second contains clean water for rinsing; and the third contains water with a capful of bleach to sanitize. After dunking in the bleach water in the third sink (one capful of bleach per gallon of water), the dish-bags can be placed in large bowls and carried to the drying area to avoid creating puddles on the floor. 55

What to Pack and Dressing for the Weather Along with the girls, you may What to Pack and Dressing for the Weather Along with the girls, you may find yourself teaching parents about dressing for the weather. Make them aware that weather and activities are the deciding factor in what gets packed. Also, the girls need protection from the elements, insects and sunburn. Girls can prepare their packing lists by using the Group Camping Safety Activity Checkpoints. The girls can even learn to pack and carry their own clothing! Practice at troop/group meetings. Girls have fun while learning if you help make it a game! Once a packing list has been determined, make sure to share it with girls and their parents/guardians. 56

Dressing for the Weather Faced with varying weather conditions in the outdoors, girls must Dressing for the Weather Faced with varying weather conditions in the outdoors, girls must be able to select and care for outdoor clothing and be prepared for sudden changes in temperature. Dressing appropriately can ensure well-being in cold or hot weather. It is important to be familiar with layering, the basic principle of dressing for the outdoors. Layering involves wearing layers of garments rather than one or two heavy ones. Each layer must provide warmth and ventilation without hindering mobility. Layering helps the body regulate temperature in warm or cold weather and can help prevent hypothermia or heat exhaustion. 57

Dress for the Weather Introduction Activities (cont’d) Foot Warmth: To demonstrate the importance of Dress for the Weather Introduction Activities (cont’d) Foot Warmth: To demonstrate the importance of warm footwear, Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore obtain several large jars of equal size and shape and fill each with the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s very hot tap water. Insert each jar into a different jurisdiction appropriate for their kind of sock (nylon stocking, cotton sock, wool troop/group grade level. sock, etc). Set the jars outdoors with a thermometer in each. Record water temperature in the jars every five For older girls planning a trip, traveling minutes. Which throughout the US or even visiting other jar cools more quickly? What kind of sock would keep countries would be a great Girl Scout feet warmer? experience! Outdoor Fashions: Girls can have fun learning about appropriate clothing by dressing up in items they choose from a pile of clothes for particular circumstances. Make a skit, fashion show, relay race out of it after girls learn the basics. 58 8

What to Bring – Personal ü ü ü Clothing based on weather and planned What to Bring – Personal ü ü ü Clothing based on weather and planned activities Comfortable shoes (enclosed – no sandals) or boots plus extra Pajamas -- Slippers – Extra day’s clothes and underwear Rain gear -- poncho and boots Medication (Labeled, and turned in to adult in charge) Toothbrush/toothpaste – Hairbrush/comb – Soap – Washcloth – Towel – Other toiletries Dirty laundry bag Insect Repellant and/or Sunscreen (non-aerosol) Blanket or pad to sleep on (if needed) - Sleeping bag (if needed) - Extra sheets/blanket - Pillow Flashlight with Fresh/Extra batteries - Sit upon Dishes and dishbag Optional - Handbook or Journey Book – Cards - Quiet games - Stuffed animal -Inexpensive camera 59

What to Bring – Troop/Group Whether your troop/group is camping overnight or staying in What to Bring – Troop/Group Whether your troop/group is camping overnight or staying in a hotel, you will find ideas on what to pack in: Group Camping Safety Activity Checkpoints (Camping Gear) Outdoor Cooking Safety Activity Checkpoints (Outdoor Cooking Gear) Make sure to pack for the type of trip you are taking! A troop/group equipment list will have some basic categories: Shelter Cooking Supplies Washing Supplies Group Tools/Supplies What are some things that should go on your group/troop equipment list? How can you involve girls in creating this list? 60

What to Bring – Troop/Group Ideas ü Troop roster ü Kaper chart/activity schedule ü What to Bring – Troop/Group Ideas ü Troop roster ü Kaper chart/activity schedule ü Menu and recipes ü First aid kit – First aid book - Handbooks - Song books ü Safety Activity Checkpoints (sections specific to activities) ü Alarm clock – Battery-Powered Radio – Extra batteries ü Sponges and towels – Dish soap – Bleach - Toilet paper ü Craft Supplies ü Plan “B” Activities to fill programming gaps ü Napkins - Plastic garbage bags – Can opener – Disinfectant - Pots, pans and utensils – Measuring cups and spoons – Bowls and serving dishes – Colander – Matches – Coffee pot/tea kettle – Cutting Board – Paring knives/vegetable peelers – Pot holders 61

The Most Contagious Dis Introduction -ease (cont’d) It starts slowly, probably when it’s dark The Most Contagious Dis Introduction -ease (cont’d) It starts slowly, probably when it’s dark and Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s quiet. First, there’s a sniff, then a sniffle, and jurisdiction appropriate for their maybe even a sob when a girl realizes she’s troop/group grade level. in a strange place. For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other BEWARE: Left unchecked, this dis-ease will countries would be a great Girl Scout experience! grow and spread. You must deal with it immediately. 62 8

Dealing with Homesickness Introduction (cont’d) Since it spreads so easily, pull the girl aside Dealing with Homesickness Introduction (cont’d) Since it spreads so easily, pull the girl aside and determine if there are fears that need to be dealt with. Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore Talk about the fun that’s been had and the fun ahead the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s (especially since for their jurisdiction appropriate she helped plan the event). The objective is to help her relax and go back to sleep. troop/group grade level. The next to last resort is to call family and have one of For older girls planning a trip, traveling the talk with girl (this frequently makes things worse; throughout the US or even visiting other countriesthat’s why it’s great Girl Scout would be a next to last). experience! As a last resort, allow the girl to go home. But, don’t ever, ever make her feel bad about the episode! 63 8

Check List for Planning Overnight Trips and Activities üReview (with the girls) and follow Check List for Planning Overnight Trips and Activities üReview (with the girls) and follow guidelines in Volunteer Essentials, focusing on Part 2: The Program (Traveling with Girls section) and Part 3: Safety. üReview (with the girls) and follow guidelines in the Safety Activity Checkpoints üMake sure the trip/activity is appropriate for the grade level, previous experience and progression üRecruit or make sure certified personnel are present (if needed) for activity/trip – make sure they have current certifications üDevelop (with the girls) and follow a budget üDevelop (with the girls) an itinerary to include specific dates, locations, and times of trip/activity üObtain permission slips and health forms 64

And now the Introduction adventure begins!… (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the And now the Introduction adventure begins!… (cont’d) Troops/Groups are also encouraged to explore the travel opportunities outside of GSSEM’s Stretch your own wings to help your girls learn how to fly! jurisdiction appropriate for their troop/group grade level. Have fun! For older girls planning a trip, traveling throughout the US or even visiting other The opportunities are tremendous and the payback to you countries would be a great Girl Scout and the girls will last a lifetime. experience! Think about it …… What are some first steps in preparing for our trip? How can I prepare myself and the girls for our trip? 65 8