Thursday, September 25, 2014


Howdy and I am BACK!  After a nice long summer and avoiding the computer as much as I can, I finally kicked off the year.  My oldest daughter is now in Middle School, quite the transition.  And our service unit thought it was a grand idea to have a camp out this 3rd weekend of school!  It was FUN, but taxing and required a great deal of planning and coordination!  All of this kept me quite BUSY!  So what do I have in store for my girls this year....

Anyone doing the Cadette MEdia Journey this year?  Well we are and I think it is going to be a lot of fun based on my girls response to the Netiquette Badge last year.  This is their world - MEdia.  They are inundated with technology and this is a time for leaders to get a grasp on their reality and possibly make a big impact on how MEdia influences their lives.  So I have created a fun calendar for the girls and you are welcome to mirror or swipe some of my ideas.

As the girls have aged crafts and meetings are less enticing to the older girls, but we still have to have meetings to educate, remind the girls about the GS values, address general business and complete our Silver Award.  In order to mix it up and maintain their interest I have scheduled a field trip every other meeting.

My first meeting of the year I introduced the MEdia Journey and we talked briefly about the Journey. I included these topics:

Definition of Media
I had a poster board and allowed the girls to write down different forms of media in marker, from TV to bus signs to billboards to facebook, all the different forms of MEdia.
Then we talked about how much they think media affects or influences them?
I asked them have they ever watched TV and wanted a product from a commercial they probably did not need?
We then viewed several "As Seen on TV" infomercials and the girls immediately wanted the Wubble Bubble and Squeezy Freezy!  Then we watched YouTube Reviews of these products to find out if they really do what they say they will do.  Finally the girls LOVED watching a segment of the Ellen Show where she talked about the crazy products she bought late at night.

Wubble Bubble:
Squeezy Freezy:
Ellen Show:

I also posed these questions:
How much does media influence your life on the weekends, Summer, at school?
How much do you surf the web, watch internet videos or TV, go to the movies, browse on your phone, listen to pandora, download music, visit Instagram

Ask yourself these questions:
How many texts did you receive in the past week?
When you take a trip on a plane or in a car, what is your 1st inclination? To talk to your family, observe people and surroundings? Watch overhead video? Grab your phone or tablet?
School is cancelled because of snow?  Do you dress warmly and run outside to enjoy the snow?  Curl up on your bed with a real book?  Watch a rented movie?  Retreat to your room for a day of online chatting with your friends?  Develop a new Pinterest Board?
How much TV do watch on the weekends?  Too busy with sports, I have certain shows I record and like to watch, I watch anything and everything, I sleep with the TV on

Pg 15 Selena Gomez
If you were a celebrity and could use your notoriety to do good, what cause or organization would you want to donate your time or money?

Can you believe black & white TV was once the cool new thing!  Imagine how quickly new things are discovered and invented.  
What things have been invented during your lifetime?
The 1st cell phone used in 1984 weighed 2lbs, measured 13in long and 3in wide and cost $4000
In 2007 the first e-reader was introduced and changed the way books are read, bought, carried and shared
Later these 2 things were combined
When it comes to media, what updates are you grateful for? What has inspired, entertained 
or has educated you?

The next meeting we went on a field trip to Design Werks here in Southlake, TX.  This is a company built from the ground up by an innovative man named, Jeff Nicodemus.  He developed the company that uses vinyl to wrap and advertise cars.  Mr. Nicodemus was fabulous with the girls.  He was inspirational and enthusiastic and showed the girls everything about his company from editing photos to designing the car wraps to choosing the vinyl, printing the vinyl and cutting the vinyl and then finally the actual application.  It was probably the most interesting field trip to date, my daughter said she LOVED it.  This was a great way to show the girls how advertising affects them and how it can be applied.  

Next we have a field trip scheduled to Day Star Radio, a newspaper office where they plan to feature our girls Silver Award in a story for the newspaper.  We will walk through the process of creating a story from photos to writing the article to publishing.  I have a patent attorney and logo graphics guy coming to talk to the girls at a meeting.

The girls will create their own infomercial, logo and product too.