Locked In!!

I was locked-in at school with 25 girls ranging in age from 1st grade to 7th grade!! 

This weekend (Saturday-Sunday) I helped to chaperone a lock-in at my daughter's school. Her American Heritage Girl troop was sponsoring a "Friendship Lock-In." We had 25 girls that attended and I will admit it was a lot of fun. Being one of the troop leaders and the troop shepherd I really needed an effort to be there. 

Our Troop President had lots of fun activities planned, including a friendship obstacle course...

spin the bottle (to paint their nails)...

crafts (they made a Mother's Day gift for their moms and a friendship bracelet for their friends)...

pizza and salad picnic for dinner, and to cap off the evening they watched "Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast" on the big screen while munching on popcorn. 


We turned lights out at 11:30 with an anticipated wake up call at 7:30. The girls took forever to go to sleep. I haven't heard so much giggling since I was in school ;)  I think I got a total of about 2 hours of sleep. Most of the girls were awake by 7am as well. 

Sunday morning, the girls cleaned up their areas and got ready for mass. One of the things that sets the American Heritage Girls apart from other scouting groups in the emphasis that they put on the Christian faith. So we wanted to end the "lock-in" with all of us going to mass as a group. 

Before mass, two of the board members made homemade cinnamon rolls for the girls for breakfast and then the girls played marco polo before it was time for closing ceremony and heading to mass. After mass, all the girls got picked up by their parents and I came home and crashed. I was so tired, but it was well worth it to hear the laughter of all the girls. They all said that if we did another lock-in they would want to come back so I will take that as a success. 

Have you ever been "locked-in" as a kid or as a chaperone? 


  1. never been involved or been too a lock-in before. Mind you in Britain a lock-in generally refers to an after hours drinking session in a pub........I will admit to attending one or two of those!! Many, many moons ago, I don't drink alcohol now.

    1. Your British lock-in sounds fun :) Maybe I will have to suggest that to our leaders of our troop.

  2. Hi there! Linking through Sonya Ann's new group. I look forward to reading your blog

  3. I went to a lock in as a 7th grader. It was crazy fun!!!

    1. I never went to one as a kid.....this one was fun, but exhausting!

  4. I've never heard of a lock in before - it sounds like a really fun idea!

    1. The girls had a really good time and there were lots of memories made. We had lock-ins when I was little, but I never went.


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