Thursday, March 09, 2006
  "Mall Crawlers Summer Camp"
I just talked to my sister, who told me about my niece Amanda's trip to Orlando. She mentioned that the Disneyworld one-week park-hopper ticket cost nearly $300, so Amanda wasn't getting to go to summer camp this year. "She wanted to go to mall summer camp, but now she doesn't get to." Mall summer camp? "Yep, they go to a bunch of different malls."

With the help of Google, I discovered that it's a GIRL SCOUTS camp. The Girl Scouts are sponsoring weeklong shopping excursions. What a nightmare!

"Mall Crawlers

6 days/5 nights
Entering grades 7 - 10
Sponsor: Valley View Mall, La Crosse

Look out Mall of America—here you come! Bring your best walking shoes, because your feet are going to hurt. Your mall crawl will begin on Monday and end on Friday. Multiple malls in five days will be your goal. When you’re not shopping, you will spend your nights at camp or at state parks. You’ll also dine at the Rainforest Café and complete a mall scavenger hunt.

July 23-28 - Your Fee: $367.00 Actual cost: $476.00"

I am completely horrified, that anyone thought this was a good idea and that a bunch of little girls want to spend a week of their summer visiting the various Claires and Limited Toos at malls in the region. Especially considering they have a bunch of awesome programs, involving water skills, sports, canoeing, and horseriding.

Ahh, 13-year-olds.
That is so messed up. How much things have changed since I was a kid. I remember when summer camp meant roughing it and doing outdoorsy stuff. Now they have shopping and pampering (getting your hair and makeup done)???
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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