Submitted by Tiffany Baker
Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch
During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colorado Girl Scout Cadette Hayden L. and her cousin Reagan M. came up with the simply brilliant Toast-Off Challenge idea while Facetiming each other. Hayden shared this boredom buster idea with her Girl Scout sisters of Troop 60059 in Highlands Ranch and their first Toast-Off was held on April 8, 2020 with an “animals” theme. From there, toast-off was shared on a “virtual Girl Scout activities” page by Hayden’s troop leader, where multiple troops across the United States.
Hayden’s original game rule suggestions for Toast-Off were:
- Allow 20 minutes during an online troop meeting to create your pre-determined group themed toast design.
- Any food ingredients at home can be used, as long as you eat a few bites after sharing your food art with the group.
- You must use a minimum of three ingredients, not including the bread.
- Share your designs with each other and take a photo for follow-up voting.
It has become evident that Toast-Off is a fun challenge for all age Girl Scouts with different levels of cooking skills, using only ingredients they had available to them when grocery store shelves were mostly empty and shipping was delayed. Each troop has put their own spin with rules and themes that work for them. Thank you, Hayden and Reagan, for being innovators (G.I.R.L) during a time period that has encouraged creative thinking.
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