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:
- Note to Self
- Summer Sun and Fun
- Girl Scout Strong
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.