It was an afternoon of sniffing unusual scents and trying unusual flavors of ice cream...

All badge work and no play can make a scout a dull girl. So Juniors Troop #1914 leader Amy Jordan and co-leader Paula Wolfinger like to mix fun outings with badge-earning projects for their Girl Scouts. Last month it was an afternoon of sniffing unusual scents and trying unusual flavors of ice cream. The troop went from making scented soy-based candles in Powell's Candle Lab to scarfing down Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate ice cream next door at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Ayla Crabtree, 10, explained the key to creating a great candle scent: "We have to think about what would taste good." To that end, "cake batter" was the most popular scent with the 10 Girl Scouts, who have been together as a troop since kindergarten. They're all fifth graders now, most of them at Chapman Elementary School in Dublin. Elyse Slye dubbed her combination of cake batter, Anjou pear and rain scents as "Yum Dum Cake," but she admitted she had found the bacon scent very tempting. Watermelon was another popular scent - Ayla mixed hers with guava to create her own "Fruit Mixture" candle. Each of The Candle Lab shops in Central Ohio - there are now four - offers special candle-mixing parties for children, and Kristen Fishman, who runs The Candle Lab in Powell, explained they often host gatherings for Girl Scouts. "It takes about 30 minutes in the shop," Fishman explained, "to select their scents (from 125 possibilities) and mix them, then about 45 minutes for the candles to set. That's a chance for people to walk around town and see everything." This can include getting cookies down the street at Beehive Bread, which had been the original game plan that day, but inclement weather prompted a switch to Jeni's, co-located in the same building, where the girls bravely tried sample spoonfuls of flavors they never imagined possible. "I like that," said a wide-eyed Taylor Dugan after trying "backyard mint" and finding she didn't dislike its potent punch of flavor. But it was the candle-making that proved the most unusual activity of the day, and while the girls agreed that, as outings go, camping was more their Girl-Scout style, this was an alternative that made, well, good scents. Photos by Alysia Burton