Monday, March 29, 2010

Girl Scout Week End

We were signed up for an over night at the Boston Science Museum. It was over booked and we were told no. So, we booked an afternoon at an artistic arts career fair to complete some badge work. Then the call came that we could go to Boston. So now we were doing both trips. So, Saturday two of us left in two cars with ten girls to New Fairfield an 1 1/2 away. Spent the afternoon learning about different careers in the arts - book editing, sewing, clay, and coffee roasting. Then we headed to Boston. With a stop for dinner on the Mass pike we arrived 3 1/2 hours later. Ever spend that much time in a car with 11 y/o girls. For two of the girls I had to make a no whining, shrieking, biting rule. As the batteries in all of their electronics died and they became bored it got really interesting. The other girls were fine - reading books or listening to music.

They had activities planned for the girls until lights out at midnight including the lightening show in the theatre of electricity at 11. We slept in the nature room with stuffed lions and jaguars guarding the entrance. They shut off all but two spot lights in the room that shone down on the girls. They slept right through it. We had them up at 6 so we could dress and pack the cars by 7 and head to breakfast. Then we explored the museum, saw the firefly presentation and the coral reef movie at the omni theatre.

At the museum store one girl needed to use her visa gift cards from her father to pay. She had five of them. The only problem is that you need to know the balance. The other leader couldn't be bothered. I called all five card companies to get the balances. I tried to explain that she should use one card at a time until the balance is gone and that way she could keep track of the balance. But, she was able to buy what she wanted and pay for her lunch. We used up 4 of her cards and threw them a way.

Though exhausting the trip was a lot of fun. The girls had a really good time.


Walk in the Woods said...

You mean *recycled* those cards, don't you?

Sorry - had to say it. It's a pet peeve of mine. These cards can be sent back to the companies that produce them with notice, and request for response, that they should be accountable for their re-use or recycling or other responsible disposal ... or, at best - not produce them at all.

I use some that I receive as junk mail (fittin, eh?) for scraping and burnishing in making art. I recently saw an upcycled mosaic mirror that used cut-up pieces of these ubiquitous bits of toxic waste.

I could go on. Like I said ... pet peeve.

Martha said...

That sounds like quite a weekend!!