An Experience to Remember: Girl Scout Camping

Troop 28156 made dog toys for the Sugar Land Animal Shelter.

Troop 28156 made dog toys for the Sugar Land Animal Shelter.

No matter how well you try to create them, the longest lasting memories are made when you least expect it. And that’s why girls remember GIRL SCOUT CAMP!  Camping is a cornerstone of Girl Scouting. At camp, girls develop independence, self-confidence and leadership skills while gaining an appreciation for nature and making lifelong memories. This year’s Brazos Valley Community Campout was held at Camp Agnes Arnold. The theme of the weekend was World Thinking Day, with most troops picking one of the WAGGGS countries to represent in SWAPs, skits, meals, and site decorations.  

Outdoor and experiential education activities build not only confidence in girls, but also teach the importance of setting and working towards goals, as well as enhance communication skills. All campers get to help plan their own daily activities and meals, get a chance to express their opinions and to contribute to the decision-making process as much as possible. Older Girl Scouts also took on leadership roles at camp.

Older Girl Troops hosted Daisy and Brownie crafts.  The older girls taught crafts from other countries or general information about Thinking Day.  Troop 3009 taught the girls about philanthropy while making piggy banks out of recycled Kleenex boxes.  Troop 28027 taught how to make Peruvian yarn bracelets, Troop 28083 taught how to make Brazilian Gods Eyes, and Troop 28155 taught how to make Mexican maracas.  At the 2014 Brazos Valley Community campout, troop 28156 made dog toys for the Sugar Land Animal Shelter.

During Skit Night, Troop 28028 welcomed everyone in many of the different languages represented at Camp.  Tehs kits includes a story from Tanzania, a lemur dance party from Madagascar, Mummies from Egypt, Skiers from Switzerland, Flamenco dancers from Spain, Salsa dancers from Mexico, a song about Italy, a counting lesson from France, a soccer/futbol match from Brazil, and even Leprechauns from Ireland.

They also had canoeing hosted by Troop 28103 and archery hosted by Troop 28081.  Flag Ceremonies were performed by Troops 28239 and 28235, Troops 28106 and 28156,  and Troops 28255, 28240, and 28083.  Troop 28235 organized a nerf war for the 3rd grade Brownies and Troop 28106 hosting a pasta eating contest Friday night.

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