‘Neath These Tall Green Trees

I will preface this by saying that I have NO idea if Girl Scouts still sing grace before meals at camp.  I’m guessing it depends on the area and the audience, so to speak.  Growing up and going to Girl Scout camp in California, we were always told that we could substitute “Earth” for “God” where appropriate.  This grace was always one of my favorites because it referenced the trees and didn’t say the word God, however it does make a reference to “thee above”.  Consider your girls before using this grace, if you still use grace, and whether or not this might offend anyone (the girls or parents).

‘Neath these tall green trees we stand
Asking blessings from thy hand
Thanks we give to thee above
For thy health and strength and love.

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Identifying Hypothermia

If you’ve been unable to prevent hypothermia, there are some telltale signs for identifying hypothermia.  Usually if a member of your group is complaining that they’re cold, be sure to check their temperature.  If their temperature is below 96° Some of the signs to look for are:

  • Confusion or sleepiness.
  • Slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing.
  • Weak pulse; low blood pressure.
  • A change in behavior during cold weather or a change in the way a person looks.
  • Excess shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs.
  • Poor control over body movements or slow reactions.

For more, read Basic Water Rescue, a booklet published by the American Red Cross.

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Craft Stick Picture Frame

Craft Stick Picture Frames are great introductory craft project for Daisy scouts, and can be completed in a 30 minute meeting.  It can be messy, so make sure the girls have old t-shirts that are okay to get paint on or smocks.  These are terrific crafts to do around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to frame cute pictures of the girls to give to Mom or Dad!  You can also use a permanent marker to write messages on the craft sticks, like names or holiday messages.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:


  1. Paint the pre-made wooden frame and craft sticks the same color of choice; let dry.
  2. Glue craft sticks to frame, two on each side.
  3. Choose the picture to insert.  Use framing backing as template to draw around picture and then cut out.
  4. Place picture in frame.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Be sure to use non-toxic paint.  The paints linked above are washable and non-toxic for children.
  2. Check the wooden frames and make sure that they’re sanded and splinters are minimized.
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