GSNEO CAMP HISTORY
Sold or Relinquished by GSNEO:
Relinquished/sold by Legacy Councils: (Pre-Merger)
Lake Erie / Cleveland Councils
Lake to River Council
Great Trail Council
Unknown - origin
by Lisa Savarese http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27225.asp
In a world of computers, DVD's, IPad's, IPod's, texting and the like;, a good old camping trip may be just what is needed. Whether you are a first timer or a camping expert, there is always something new to discover at camp.
Camping is for all ages from Daisies to Ambassadors. The younger girls should feel comfortable enough to be away from home. If it is their first time, it may be best to find a camp with many comforts of home. A Cadette or Senior could join the trip, help the girls feel less nervous and an older Girl Scout sister will also inspire younger scouts to be more confident.
No matter what age, camps have so many miscellaneous activities to take part in and provide the opportunity to try new things. The girls get hands on experience to build their skills, make new friends, inherit an appreciation of nature, and make lasting memories. Activities can be something active like horseback riding, canoeing, or hiking. Or if everyone wants to take a break there is storytelling, bird watching, and various arts and crafts. Each camp's activities vary, but no matter where you decide to go, there will be something to satisfy everyone's diverse interests. Some of the different types of camps to choose from are; resident, day, weekend, travel, and minimal impact. It just depends on what the troop is ready for.
At camp, it is always good to give each girl a job. They can plan meals, help prepare them and if old enough, assist in cooking the meals. The scouts can facilitate activities, set up, and do dishes. When the girls help out and are a part of everything, it becomes important to them, it becomes their own.
Girl Scout camping proves to be such an invaluable experience for everyone. Girls get to try different things all while surrounded by trained adults looking out for their health and safety. Leaders watch the expressions on the girls' faces when they do an activity for the first time and see their self-confidence grow. It is a place where the girls' limitless imagination can become reality; a place where the noises of the outdoors are in high definition surround sound. It is a chance for girls to "be prepared" in the real world, not just the virtual world.
"It is in the open, where they learn woodcraft and nature lore, that a girl gets the best opportunity to understand life in a sound and wholesome way." Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the USA Girl Scouts in a speech given in 1924 at Mercer College in Macon, Georgia.
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