To celebrate the start of a new Girl Scout year, the Carmel Service Unit hosted a Girl Power Fall Fest at the Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel. Girl Scouts from all across the council attended the event.
“The event was based on the Girl Power patch,” explains troop leader Barb Londa. The patch requirements explain Girl Power as “showing what you are really made of and being a great friend to everyone around you”. It encourages girls to take other people’s emotions into consideration, and to learn to be strong, smart, and independent.
Barb adds, “We had stations set up under the 2 pavilions for the girls to rotate through: Anti-bullying, caring cards, friendship game, kindness tree leaves.” While a Girl Power playlist set the mood, they rotated through the stations set up with props for making skits, making cards for veterans and friendship bracelets, playing hopscotch, hula hoop, and jump rope, and service stations for Sandy Hook Promise and Operation Christmas Child.
Stations were also set up by the Putnam County Land Trust, and Adaptive Sports Foundation. a Gold Award Girl Scout from NJ came with Adaptive Sports to explain her project and inspire the girls to take action in their own communities.
The day also included a full scale color run, which was a definite highlight of the day! The girls, drenched from the rain, were coated from head to toe in a rainbow of bright colors.
“The weather kept some away but those that came all had a great time. Huge downpour just in time for the color run!”
Despite the rain, they camped out with glow in the dark bracelets, glow sticks, tattoos, and of course a campfire and sing-along.