As spring arrives, we here at River Valleys are so excited to look ahead to the fun adventures in store for the next Girl Scout year! One of our favorite parts about spring is the emergence of the adorable tiny mallard ducklings that waddle around everywhere. Help your troop “get its ducks in a row” by thinking ahead for the next 2017-2018 membership year!
Early Bird season means that our members—girls, troop leaders, volunteers, parents, and so on—get the chance to renew their membership for the 2017–2018 membership year (and get a few perks along the way). This season starts on May 1 and lasts until July 16. Aside from not having to worry about registering your troop in the fall, there are numerous benefits. Any River Valleys members who register during this timeframe will receive the 2018 Early Bird patch and a shop punch card, which gives them 15% off any item purchased in the store on 12 separate visits, between August 2017–July 2018.
To get your troop more acquainted with this lovable, native bird, our Volunteer Support team developed an Early Bird Activity Plan, which is filled with mallard duckling fun facts, games, and activities like:
- Create Your Own Duck Call—all you need is a straw!
- Learn about why water rolls off a duck’s back! Girls can learn about why the preen gland on a duck is important and simulate how it works with a STEM activity involving water, oil, and other materials.
- Play a fun game of Duck, Duck, Gray Duck—it might seem silly but even my high school troop had fun playing this!
- Coloring sheet. Use crayons to color in the ducks, then spray the duck with water and observe what happens to the water.
We hope you and your troop have a fantastic spring and take advantage of these Early Bird perks. Troop leaders and Girl Scout families will receive the full scoop on this year’s Early Bird season via email. For now, try out these activities with your troop and save the date for May 1 when Early Bird registration opens!
Ellen Voermans – Ellen is a lifelong Girl Scout who joined River Valleys as staff a few years ago and is now a Troop Support Specialist. She also leads a troop of Cadettes through Ambassadors in the Camden Wirth Oaks Service Unit and serves on the Forever Green Breakfast Committee. Ellen has a Bachelor’s degree in social work and a MA in education from St. Catherine University. Ellen loves to rollerblade and has completed four in-line skate marathons. Her favorite TV show is (and always will be) Sabrina the Teenage Witch.