October 31, 2012

Up-cycling!

Chances are you already know that recycling is good for the environment. Why? It helps us reuse materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Depending on what it is, “trash” can take months to years to thousands or millions of years to decompose. That’s a long time and we have to have a place to put all of it!
“Up-cycling” is a new term that means taking waste materials or useless products and turning them into something new. Have you heard it before?


The carpet at the Elam Environmental Center is made from recycled pop bottles.

October 28, 2012

My Daisy Connection


I used to spend hours poring over my Brownie book, especially Juliette Gordon Low’s story. Her story connected with me, not just because she loved animals and art (just like me), but because of her hearing loss. What I remember the most is reading about how, at her wedding, a piece of rice lodged in her ear resulting in hearing loss. I must’ve re-read that story a hundred times, and in a way, it helped me feel connected to my grandma’s parents, who were both born completely deaf.

October 17, 2012

Girl Scouts at the Ohio State Fair

I had the pleasure of joining together with all of the Girl Scout councils in Ohio at the Ohio State Fair this summer.  We worked hard to create an exhibit that reflected the efforts of the adults and girls who look forward to this event each year.  We celebrated 100 Years of Girl Scouting with a big straw s’more at the main entrance of the fair and with daily parades showing our Girl Scout pride.


Even before the fair begins, the Ohio State Fair committee gets together to plan and execute a complex system of collecting fair projects, setting up our booth, training the program aides, decorating our GS golf cart, judging entries,  inventorying the cookies, and so much more!  There was even a contest for designing the Ohio State Fair patch for Girl Scouts.  This year’s winner was Abby Houser.

October 14, 2012

Views from the Top


The Eiffel Tower and the London Eye are two of the most famous landmarks in the world. They were built over a decade apart but have both been host to millions of visitors. The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 to serve as the entrance to the Universal Expedition (1889 World’s Fair)   It was named after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower in just two years. It was never intended to last more than 20 years but became such a popular attraction and was such an engineering success that it has been renovated and remains a constant on the Paris skyline. The tower stands 320 meters high, roughly equivalent to an 81-story building. Visitors who chose to venture up to the 3rd observation deck are 279.11 meters above the ground.

October 10, 2012

For the Love of Books


Last week I went to the library to pick up a few holds, City of Lost Souls and Divergent in case you were wondering, and before I even walked up to the desk, the librarian had pulled my holds for me. She knew who I was before I handed her my card! It made me wonder, just how often am I here?

October 1, 2012

Meet Chris, our new Outdoor Program Specialist!

Well hello!  I am just so excited to be here and I wanted to introduce myself as the new Outdoor Program Specialist at Camp Ken-Jockety.  My name is Chris and I can’t wait to get to meet as many of you as possible. 

Me (on left) pictured with my big sister