Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with a troop of Girlscouts this past weekend while helping them to earn a hiker badge. We met at beautiful Grobschmidt Park in Franklin, WI and talked about what it takes to be prepared for a hike. We then prepared a quick snack on a camp stove of oatmeal, honey, peanut butter, nuts and berries to provide the energy for the hike. A quick review of how to orient with a compass and we took to the trail!
The troop along with a couple parents walked the trail while I pointed out a variety of wild edibles from Bee Balm to Burdock and medicinals such as yarrow and plantain. It was perfect weather for the hike and we enjoyed a quick loop around the lake. The flies and mosquitoes didn't bother us too much as we came prepared with a lotion of citronella with a catnip infusion....an all natural and wonderfully scented bug repellent.
At the end of the hike I presented the girls with their Hiker Badge which they will add to the many that they have already earned.
To find out more about Girlscout Badge Programs through Resiliency Training, go to www.resiliencytraining.net.