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Cadette Book Club Bonus: Ghost-Catcher Challenge

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado online for Cadette Book Club in Fall 2020!

Register for November here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/november_2020_cadette_book_club_virtual

Register for December here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/december_2020_cadette_book_club_virtual

In October, we read the delightfully frightful “Ghost Squad” by Claribel Ortega. We bolstered our courage, cloaked ourselves in Girl Scout magic, and ventured along with Lucely and Syd to battle the devious demons that had descended on the town of St. Augustine. Now, it’s your turn to prepare for the paranormal by making your very own ghost-catcher.

We’ve just passed Halloween and the crisp fall nights are feeling a bit spooky. Your challenge is to use your Girl Scout magic to turn a mundane household item into a ghost-catcher strong enough to stave-off even the most sinister spirits.

You’ll need your courage and creativity, along with these indispensable items:

  1. Strong container
  2. Something light and bright
  3. Happy memory

While not absolutely necessary, these other items might be helpful in crafting your ghost-catcher:

  1. Tape
  2. Markers
  3. Scissors
  4. Washi Tape
  5. Stickers
  6. Paper

Activity Directions:

Your ghost-catcher can be made of any item that you can snap shut at a moment’s notice. A recycled jar, an old coffee container, or a wooden box would all make great ghost traps.

To disguise your ghost-catcher from suspicious spirits, you may want to get a little bit crafty. Use whatever craft supplies or decorations you have around the house to dress-up your ghost-catcher.

Now, you need to add power to your ghost-catching receptacle. Ghosts love dark, spooky places. So, you need to vanquish them with something bright. Get creative with what that means to you. You could grab a yellow or orange item, an unlit candle, a picture of a sun, or anything that reminds you of light.

Your ghost-catcher only requires one more thing to make it ready-for-use: love. Grumpy ghosts don’t hate anything more than joy, so use a marker and some paper to write down a happy memory and tuck it into your container.

Close-up your ghost-catcher and store it somewhere safe. It is now fully fortified and ready for any spooky spirits you may encounter. In case you want to add some extra courage to your ghost-catcher, take a picture of it with one of your pets and share it with Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Warm, cuddly pets are widely known as excellent paranormal protectors. And, be sure to join us for our November and December Cadette Book Clubs!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Book Club: Ghosts, Spells, and Spirits- Just in Time for Halloween

Things are getting spooky in the town of St. Augustine. Our leading lady, 12-year-old Lucely Luna has completely accidentally, conjured malevolent forces forth from an old spell book. With the help of her best friend Syd, Grandma Babette, and Chunk the Cat, Lucely must try to save the town before time runs out. Fans of “Ghostbusters,” “Goonies,” and “Coco” will love this frightfully fun adventure. Sensitive readers beware, there are some scary sections.

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado staff on October 8, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Cadette Book Club as we discuss “Ghost Squad” by Claribel Ortega. Please read the book in its entirety before the book club and come prepared with your brilliant thoughts, poignant questions, and outstanding opinions.

Register Here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/october_2020_cadette.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Book Club: What is the First Rule of Punk?

Be yourself.

That might be the only rule that our 12-year-old punk rocker protagonist, Malú, wants to follow. Conform to dress codes? She’d rather dye her hair green. Try to be popular at school? She’d rather start her own rad band.

Malú is sassy, irreverent, creative, and full of moxie. She loves pizza, skateboarding, and stealing her mom’s new magazines to make cool zines. Read up and rock out with our marvelous misfit as she learns to make her own rules.

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on September 10, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Cadette Book Club as we discuss “The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Pérez. Please read the book in its entirety before the book club and come prepared with your brilliant thoughts, poignant questions, and outstanding opinions.

Register Here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/cadette_book_club_vi_84369321.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Book Club Bonus: Things You Want to Remember Time Capsule Challenge

In Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first month of Cadette Book Club, we read “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. Alongside Miranda—the fearless main character—we unraveled the mysteries of friendship, family, and time travel. Now, it’s your turn to prepare for a trip through time by creating your very own time capsule.

Summer is coming to an end and we are all living through a unique and difficult time. Your challenge is to collect or create three different items that represent your 2020 Summer and place them into a time capsule. You will then unearth and revisit your 2020 Summer time capsule in one year (or longer if you choose)! See if you can find or make items that fit in these three categories:

  1. Note to Self
  2. Summer Sun and Fun
  3. Girl Scout Strong

Activity Directions:

Your time capsule can be any vessel (like a large jar, box, or bag) that will securely hold your items. Check your recycling for items that can be repurposed into your time capsule. Mine is an old cleaning wipe container.

If you want to give your time capsule some decorative flair, create a fun label to place on the lid or side of your chosen vessel.

Your first time capsule item (Note to Self) should be some type of communication to “future you.” You could write a letter or a poem, create and record a song, or maybe draw a picture. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to tell “future you” about what life was like for you this summer. You can also include your hopes for what next summer might be like.

Your second time capsule item (Summer Sun and Fun) should be any item that represents an awesome adventure you had this summer. Did you go on a crazy camping trip? Did you have a socially distant birthday bash? Take (or recreate) a memento that makes you smile and put it in the time capsule to send a bit of sunshine to your future self. I’m putting in a part of a flower arrangement I received.

Your third time capsule item (Girl Scout Strong) should be something from your time learning with Girl Scouts at Home. Did you make a sensational science project at STEM club? Did you pick up a superior skill during Tools for Independence? Put something from Girl Scouts in your capsule and send your future self some Girl Scout Spirit!

Once you’ve created or collected all of your chosen items, place them carefully inside your time capsule vessel. If you want to add other items that represent your 2020 Summer, feel free to do so!

After all of your items are safely tucked away in your time capsule, seal it up. Since we aren’t going to look at it for a year (or longer), you’ll want to securely close it up with ribbon, tape, or some other adhesive.

Now, place it somewhere safe and out of sight for the rest of this year (a closet, shed, attic, or garage are all good places). You might want to set a reminder on your phone or computer to check it in one year!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Book Club: Things That Travel in Time

Calling all Cadettes! Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on July 9, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Cadette Book Club as we discuss “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead.

Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/cadette_book_club_vi.html

In this month’s book, our 12-year-old heroine Miranda navigates the trials of growing up, family pressure, changing friendships, and… time travel? Get ready to depart on a journey to New York City in the 1970s, but remember, “the trip is a difficult one,” and you can’t bring much with you. Please read the book in its entirety before the book club and come prepared with your questions, ideas, and opinions.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.