More GSUSA summer camp
Michelle M. Longley (michelle@CS.TAMU.EDU)
Sat, 6 Aug 1994 09:48:35 -0500
Since I worked fairly extensively with the local summer camps --
I thought I'd send a note on how things are run in the San
Background -- San Jacinto is the largest GS council in the USA.
Most of the girls in the council are from the Houston area. There
are also many girls from smaller rural communities. (For those
familiar with Texas, the council reaches north to Nacodoches.)
The council runs three summer resident camps. At these, the
girls can sign up with one "buddy" but not with an entire
troop. Each of the camps has a different focus. Misty Meadows
is geared toward horsemanship. Camp Agnes Arnold has a lake and
offers canoe classes. Arnold also has a large number of
bicycles. Casa Mare is located on the coast and offers Sailing
as one of it's major programs.
Each of the camps also offers "sub-programs." The girls can choose
between Archery, Games, Science, Ecology, Outdoor Cooking, etc.
I worked at the "horse camp" a few years ago -- things may have
changed some, but this was tthe procedure then:
Girls in the normal summer program were assigned to tent units
by age level. Each girl was assigned a swimming time and a riding
time. They each chose their other classes.
Girls in the Wrangler program (older girls with experience with
horses) also chose the tiem they wanted to assist in the riding
ring. They also fed the horses and tackeed them before the
morning and afternoon rides.
At the camps, the goal was not for every girl to complete a
single badge. We tried to match requirements for the badges
that matched the classes. Each girl took home a list of all
requirements she met (on each badge.) Swimming each day helped
the girls cool off AND earn their red cross swim cards.
I guess I didn't mention this earlier -- SJGS has a BSA style
camp program. It is called summer carousel. In this program,
troops can camp together at one of the camps that is not
used for standard resident camp.
Michelle M. Longley "To every thing there is a season,
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