GSWO Girl Scout Service Trip: St. Louis

GSWO is repeating the Girl Scout Service Trip again this year.  With this, a select group of 7th-9th grade girls will spend time planning a service trip, travel and then spend one-week in St. Louis implementing the Service Plan.  Please see the attached application for more information.

Service Trip Application 2016 – 1


Campfire Cooking: S’more Edition

One great thing about Girl Scouts is discovering the differences that separate everyone and using this knowledge to respect others’ opinions and learn from them. One way we see differences in Girl Scouts follows us to every campfire and weaves its way into every scary story told by fire light: the age-old debate between golden brown s’mores or burnt, crispy s’mores. Although everyone has differing opinions on their s’more, we all come together and share our love of camping and respect for one another. Whether you love your s’mores blackened to a crisp or barely toasted, we have the how-to!

The perfectly cooked golden-brown S’more:

  1. First, take your roasting  stick and pierce the marshmallow onto the stick.
  2. Next, put the stick on top of the fire but not too deep to the point where it starts to catch fire.
  3. Slowly turn the stick until the marshmallow becomes golden-brown.
  4. Finally, get a friend to help put the marshmallow onto a graham cracker with chocolate. Put one graham cracker in one hand and put the bar of chocolate on top of the graham cracker, hold the other cracker on top. Then, put your stick in between the graham crackers and have you and your friend pull to create the perfect s’more.

The perfectly burned S’more: 

  1. First, get your roasting stick from your bag and put the uncooked marshmallow on top of the stick .
  2. Next, put the marshmallow straight into the fire until it catches on fire, waiting a few seconds for it to blacken before taking it out again and blowing out the fire.
  3. Then, get help from your friends to place the marshmallow between the chocolate and graham crackers as indicated in the directions above.

Comment below whether you love your s’mores burnt or golden! Also check out Some’more S’more Recipes: Five New Ways to Spice up your S’mores to come up with some fun new ways to prepare your s’mores.

Four Forgotten Camp Necessities

Whether you’re sleeping out under the stars somewhere in the Appalachians, snoozing in a tent in your best friend’s backyard, or eating s’mores at a Girl Scout camp out, there is always the chance that you’re going to forget something. Next time you go camping, double check for these items to keep your trip successful.
  • The first thing that you’re likely to forget is hair ties. Your hair has the ability to just get plain annoying, and you will want to get it off your neck. Sometimes, you will forget to bring hair ties with you except for that one in your ponytail. This hair accessory can easily be lost over the duration of your trip. If you have short hair, bring some pins to keep your hair out of your face. Put some in a plastic bag in your camping bag, so you don’t have to rely on one or two.
  • Another item to bring is a pair of extra socks. You never know what could happen to cause your feet to get wet, sore, or sweaty, and that extra pair or two of socks could be just the thing to help you stay prepared and keep your feet dry.
  •  A bug spray you spray on your skin to keep mosquitoes and other pesky bugs away from you can often be overlooked when packing for camp.
    • Pro-Tip: Bug spray may be confused with sunscreen. To make sure that you don’t confuse the two, put different colored tape on top of the spray bottles. You never know if an area is particularly mosquito heavy, so make sure that you’ve triple checked that you have bug spray and sunscreen, just to be safe.
  • Even if it isn’t winter, sometimes your lips get chapped, and it isn’t very fun. Chapstick can save the day, but not if you forget it on your dresser. Stick some tubes in your camping bag when you’re packing, so you don’t have to do a last minute scramble.
The next time you go camping or on any trip, ask yourself, “Do I have everything that I need?” before heading out with just one pair of socks. Camping trips are always more fun and successful when you make sure you’re prepared!

Some’more S’more Recipes: Five New Ways to Spice up your S’mores.


No campfire is complete without s’more’s. Although the exact origin is unknown, Scouts have reported using the term since 1925. Traditional s’mores can be spiced up in five ways with fun ingredients you can find in your pantry.

  1. Double trouble: Want to mix things up? Try replacing the typical graham cracker outer layer with popular S’mores Poptarts, placing your marshmallow filling between two of these breakfast staples. This gives double the flavor with double the S’more.
  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly S’more-wich: Lunchbox friendly and kid approved, spread peanut butter and jelly on the graham cracker outside to add a touch of sweet and savory to your s’more.
  3. Girl S’more: Include a touch of Scouting heritage into this traditional campfire treat. Either use your Girl Scout cookie as the outside or mash them up to sprinkle on top of the melted marshmallow for an accent of flavor that will make the Girl Scout in you sing.
  4. Smash some’more: Take an out-of-the-box and inside-out approach to the standard s’more. Place graham crackers in a zip-lock bag and crush with a spoon. Drizzle marshmallows with chocolate syrup and crumbled graham cracker pieces.
  5. Goodbye Graham Crackers: Leave out the typical graham cracker and replace the outside of the s’more with chocolate for a gooey, yet fun-to-eat marshmallow.

Have any other ideas to spice up your s’more? Do you have a Girl Scout campfire memory involving these tasty treats? Leave your comments down below.



Leadership Conference 2016

Leadership Conference 2016 is here! The theme this year is True Detective: Get a Clue about the Leader in You.

Spend the weekend solving mysteries, learning about forensics, exploring technology of robots, and the physics of toys. Choose from 18 unique workshops. Do you need service hours for school? Bring your forms to be signed after our service learning activity. Most importantly meet new friends and eat good food.

05-1337-01 Flyer for 2016 Leadership Conference Final

Cindy Smith: Can’t Wait To Meet Everyone!

This is me!
This is me!

Hi! My name is Cindy Smith! I’m am a Program and Partnerships Manager here at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Cincinnati Council Office. I’ll be working with CSA that meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
I’m especially looking forward to working with you all on Leadership Conference!

I started here at Girl Scouts in May 2012. Before that I homeschooled my youngest daughter, who is now 19. I also taught 1-3rd grade and was a Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

I’ve been married for 29 years, to Chris and have two daughters and a granddaughter. My oldest daughter, Tricia is a supervisor for a mental health facility in Middletown and Hamilton. My youngest daughter, Rebecca, works with horses training them to do dressage and jumping. My granddaughter, Ava has just turned 2!

I really look forward to helping you learn and experience all of the “things” you want to learn and experience!

Please feel free to email or call me! cindysmith@girlscoutsofwesternohio.org or 513.489.1025 EXT. 115