Fall Encampment (Juniors and older) – September
Come spend the weekend “roughing it” at camp. Girls will be staying in platform tents or small unheated cabins. All cooking will be done outdoors as well. This year we will also be adding rotations in archery and low ropes obstacle course. So pack up your sleeping bags and camp stoves and join in on the fun.
Investiture & Re-dedication Ceremony (All Scouts) – November
Investiture welcomes new members – both girls and adult volunteers – into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time.
Re-dedication is an opportunity for returning girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Troop 13482 is coordinating this year’s ceremony.
Holiday Boutique (All Scouts) – December
Prairie Sun’s Holiday Boutique gives troops the opportunity to create items and then donate them to be sold to other girls in the Prairie Sun service unit. This is the time to let your crafty side shine and then get some of your holiday shopping done as well.
Winter Fun Camp (All Scouts) – January
Prairie Sun Winter Fun is one of the main events of the year for our service unit. Daisies are invited to spend the Saturday with us. Brownies are invited to spend the day Saturday but they can add an overnight adventure to the trip and stay either Friday OR Saturday night as well.
Juniors and above are welcome to stay any or all of the nights. Saturday is filled with lots of fun and friendship for everyone – you may even be able to earn a patch or two. On Sunday we have special activities designed for Junior and above.
World Thinking Day (All Scouts) – February/March
Girls of all levels are invited to register for this event. Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to “think” of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Scouts. The delegates chose February 22 as the date for Thinking Day because it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and his wife, Olave, who served as World Chief Guide. To emphasize the global aspect of Thinking Day, members at the 30th World Conference, held in Ireland in 1999, changed the name from Thinking Day to World Thinking Day.
Although the official day is February 22 the Prairie Sun service unit usually holds this event one day in February or March to be determined by the troop planning the event. Last year 181 girls registered for this event and they collected over 200 pounds of food that was donated to PROP.
Daisy Day (Daisies)
Daisies are invited to register for this event. This event is always packed full of energy only Daisies possess! Usually organized by a Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador troop, this event gives the host troop an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and the Daisies love being led around the “grown-up” girls.
Brownie Smile Day (Brownies)
Brownies from the service unit gather to do what they do best – have fun while earning one or more Try-it badge. Try-it badges allow girls to explore the world around them and try new things. Usually organized by a Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador troop, this event gives provides the host troop with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. The troop organizing the event picks which try-it they would like to lead the Brownies through and they decide which activities will be presented in order to meet the patch requirements.
Junior Mystery Event (Juniors)
Who doesn’t love a surprise? That is just what this event is for the girls who register. This event is usually organized by an Ambassador, Senior or Cadette troop to do something special for the Junior girls. The girls planning the event keep it a secret and the girls attending only know what they are doing once they get there. Past events include cosmic bowling and an Eden Prairie scavenger hunt. The event is always a lot of fun for the Juniors and provides a great opportunity for the older girls to develop their leadership skills.
Spring Dance (All Scouts) – April/May
Each girl brings an adult escort (siblings may share an escort) to this event. Come and enjoy the party of the year! There will be lots of great music, dancing and refreshments. Each year a theme is picked and attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly. It is hard to tell who has more fun at this event – the girls or their escorts!
Bridging Ceremony (All Scouts bridging to the next age level) - May/June
Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. During bridging ceremonies, girls are honored for their progression and growth. All girls who move from one level to the next may attend this ceremony and bridge. Many troops will also participate in set activities that will earn them a bridging award. Bridging awards mark a girl’s transition from one leadership level to the next. An exciting time in a Girl Scout’s life, the earning of the award and completion of the activities are designed to emphasize the continuity of one Girl Scout program and to welcome girls to an anticipated “next level.” If you have any questions about the bridging award requirements just ask!
Leader/Daughter Event (All Leaders and their Daughters)May/June
Being a leader’s daughter can be a lot of fun but it can also be difficult at times. Having to share your mom with all of the other girls in the troop all of the time can sometimes be hard. This event celebrates these special daughters and gives them special one on one time with their moms. Past events have included scrapbooking, jewelry making and a special brunch. This year’s activity has yet to be chosen.