My daughter has been known to say, “The right pair of shoes turns an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.” While she’s usually referring to high heels with bling, her statement held true last Friday when our Girl Scouts laced up tennis shoes and went on a day-long adventure at Beed’s Lake State Park.
Other Girl Scout leaders and I had planned activities to help our troop members earn three badges – Geocaching, Field Day and Trailblazer – within eight hours. As Murphy’s Law would have it, we experienced the hottest day of the year. The mercury hit 94, and it felt like 104° F with the heat index. We beat the heat with plenty of ice cold water and fun in the shade.
One of the activities my girls enjoyed the most were Pinterest-inspired lawn games including Giant Jenga and Noodle Hockey. (We ran out of time to try Tic Tac Toe and Twister.Dominoes also looks like great fun. Honestly, I got a bit sidetracked by looking at all of the DIY lawn games. In fact, I was thinking we should add Lawn Games to our list of activities during Enchanted Acres’ annual fall Heritage Festival.)
Another highlight of the day was a pentathlon developed by Brody Bertram with Franklin County Conservation. Brody did an amazing job putting together fun, educational relay races that involved putting on life jackets and setting up tents. Not only does Brody have lot of experience leading youth programs as part of his day job, he also leads the Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club in his free time. We definitely appreciated the time he took to share his love of the outdoors with our Scouts.
Because we were burning lots of energy, we had to fuel our bodies throughout the day. The girls made trail mix and Energy Bites, which is a quick and easy no-bake recipe I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys peanut butter and chocolate chips. We also baked brownies in a box oven that we topped off with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Brownie sundaes provided the perfect ending to a fun day, and a great way to celebrate June Dairy Month. Did you know the average cow produces enough milk each day to fill six, one-gallon jugs? That’s about 55 pounds of milk! To produce that much milk, they must drink a lot of water. The average cow drinks from 30 to 50 gallons of water each day, which is about a bathtub’s worth. (Click here for more Dairy Fun Facts.)
What fun adventures are on your family’s Summer Bucket List? If you’ve never before visited Beed’s Lake, I encourage you to do so this summer! Runners might be interested in the annual Restoration Run; more details are available here. Walkers can follow a 2-mile trail around the lake. For more family-friendly ideas, check out the 2016 Summer Bucket List blog by Val on her Corn*Beans*Pigs*Kids blog. She’s provides links to similar blogs she posted in 2015 and 2014.