Girl Scout Camp: Treasured Moments with our Caroline

Caroline again participated in Girl Scout Day Camp at Camp Phillipo. I got to chaperone TWO of the three days this year!

Through the stifling heat and breathless humidity, a bit of rain, a bus that didn’t start, girls who got ill and

Ranch dressing dispenser that didn’t, well, dispense…

I was proud to see Cara and her fellow scouts truly living the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

(That, and singing Camp Songs at the top of their lungs. Way to go, girls!

A few verses in your beautiful voices are still lodged in my brain.)

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor,

I will try:

To serve God and my country,

More days ought to start with a flag-raising ceremony.

To help people at all times,

First Aid

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

“The Emmas,” part of C’s Troop. Smart, lively young ladies!

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be

honest and fair,

friendly and helpful,

considerate and caring,

courageous and strong,

“Look sad, mom. I just splinted your broken leg.”

and responsible for what I say and do,

and to

respect myself and others,

respect authority,

use resources wisely,

make the world a better place, and

be a sister to every Girl Scout.

‘Sounds like good words to live by to me. Thanks for letting me tag along, little Cara. It meant more to me than you can ever know.

“Mom, ‘member that money I saved for the Girl Scout Camp Store?
I spent it.”
Best. Award. Ever.
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A first with our third: Girl Scout Day Camp

Little Caroline, our third child, blazes her own path. She’s tried many things the other kids did not: cutting her own hair, cutting the dog’s hair, collecting gum wrappers, playing softball–and Girl Scouts. This week, she is spending three days at Girl Scout Camp. So of course mom chaperoned day one. Highlights:

Camp songs haven’t changed (much)

There are a few new verses to Princess Pat, but all the words come right back when the bus singing begins!

Caroline & neighbor/fellow Girl Scout Ella
Flag raising
No breeze, notice. Not a whisper. No air at all.
Learning a new “Do as I Do” ditty

Record-heat in a day away from a/c

This may be the time to share that this was not an ordinary day at Girl Scout Day Camp. The temperature hit 96 degrees F, the heat index 115 and we were not near a lake or any air conditioning. In fact, the temps, heat index and humidity levels hit record levels all over the state.

Of course we were outside all day. I can honestly say I have never been that hot in my life. And I’m an outdoorsy girl. I lived and worked at a camp for 4 summers. I grew up without air conditioning. But this was debilitating. The staff members did a great job improvising to keep the girls safe and (relatively) cool.

Our #1 activity

We drank water, we re-filled our water bottles, we turned on the hose to play in water and every activity included the instructions every few minutes: “Take a drink of water.”

... "old" friends ...
... New friends! ...

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Orienteering: Find Antarctica and let's go THERE, girls!
Building a shelterTrying not to giggle while playing Sleeping Lions.

On this day, the girls learned they can handle heat. Won’t that serve them well as students, professionals, spouses, friends and moms themselves someday?! Just don’t show your sweat, ladies.

I’ll always remember a very cool day with our neat little girl. Thanks for the experience, Caroline honey.

Summer Camp World Cup

The C Crew: Caroline, Counselor "Chuckles," Cousin Allison

Cousin Camp

Our little Caroline, age 6-and-eleven-twelfths (!), just completed a week at day camp with Cousin Allison. I picked her up Friday afternoon. She looked different, standing on “stage” for the family campfire program: Very suntanned. Very dirty. Very tired. More confident. And so incredibly happy.

The girls attended Camp Tanadoona, but they may as well have been in England, New Zealand, Scotland, Columbia or Israel. Those are just some of the home countries of their international counselor staff members. “Chuckles,” above, is from South Africa. Here is the girls’ other cabin counselor, “Sticks,” from England (they all have camp names; he plays drums):

The day camp was all day, every day, with an option to stay overnight Thursday. The girls did that, of course, and they’d have stayed every night if it was an option!

Before Caroline fell asleep on the ride home, here’s what I got out of her out her camp favorites:

Allison She loved the dedicated time with her spritely cousin. We don’t live super close, but the girls have always had a neat bond, and this time surely solidified it.

The songs! Nothing like a rousing “repeat after me/do as I do” song. They performed several songs and skits for us Fri afternoon, and she’s taught her friends so we’ve had several performances a day since then.

The water trampoline

Caroline really is a fish. She’s been confident and adept in water since she was tiny, and the waterfront was a great place to play and stay cool since it was a steamy week at camp.

Nature

Hikes in the gorgeous woods yielded neat discoveries for the campers.

Soccer!

The week was the watershed of World Cup soccer, with the final 16 teams being determined. Amidst energetic young people from around the world, soccer permeated free time, chants, cheers and celebrations. “I learned a lot about soccer, mom,” Caroline reported.

My favorite? Camp built her confidence, independence and enthusiasm for friends, smiles, songs, outdoors–and an appreciation for our very, very big world.

“Race you up the hill, mom!”

That’s our happy camper. I missed her desperately during the days and especially Thurs evening. Her siblings also admitted to being lonesome for “the little sister and her wild story-telling.”

Overall I highly recommend summer camp. You? Your experiences?