Princess Genevieve at Warrenton’s Boys & Girls Club
Dressing up has always been our princesses favorite thing to do. Princess Genevieve says the fondest memories of her childhood are held in those long days that never seemed to end that were full of “pretend” and getting lost in a story in her own mind. Whether you have friends over or are playing in your room by yourself, a box of dress up clothes holds endless possibilities!
That’s why in 2009, we began hosting this twice annual event in Northern VA. We do it once, the spring for Easter clothes, and in the Fall for Halloween Costumes (our favorite)! It has since grown and expanded to the New River Valley in VA and inspired many others to start collections of their own.
Why It’s Important
We are firm believers that make-believe is vitally important in a child’s early years. Dress up and pretend are the times when children are able to escape from the reality of the adult world and get lost in their fantasies.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw Read
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. -Mark Twain
The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali
It would be nice if as adults we did a little more of this ourselves.
We start our collection for the spring a month before Easter weekend. Fall collection time begins in late September and runs until a week before Halloween. Here’s a few ways that you can get in on the fun.
If you are a Girl Scout troop who wants to get involved contact Jennifer. We are looking for libraries, churches, or businesses who wish to host a drop off box location.
Our quest to reach 500 “Likes” on Facebook is complete- which means we can now release our newest character! We dropped lots of clues all through the Fal last year, and even gave our Christmas card subscribers a sneak peek…
Sooooo…. Without any further ado… its now time for us to introduce you to our newest Princess. She’s a spunky girl with a lot of confidence to back her up.
Meet: Pirate Princess Clara!
Brave Pirate Princess Clara leads the Skylark and tells tales about her visits to many strange and exciting lands learning about many different cultures on our earth. The Skylark sails the seas doing good deeds for the people they meet. In exchange for her and her shipmates’ kindness they have collected many gifts – from all across the world from friends they have made on their travels. Clara believes having “things” isn’t really that important and that the true treasures in life are friends!
We’ve already had several requests for Pirate Princess parties and are sure this will be a favorite among the youngsters. If you need some Pirate Princess Party Ideas head on over to our Pinterest boards and get crafting!
Here is a list of some of Princess Clara’s favorite books so you can keep those little ones reading:
Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke (Author)
We are full of gratitude!
Thank you to all of our friends who helped out by sharing our page throughout the growing period. We couldn’t have done it without you- and that’s for sure. We are continually reminded of the support we have each day by our friends.