Re: GS summer camp
Sat, 6 Aug 1994 22:40:01 EDT
Here in Hudson Liberty Council, BSA, we open our summer camp -- Camp Williams
at Rock Hill Scout Reservation -- to Girl Scout units for one week of the
summer. We've been doing this for about 6 or 7 years now. Up until this year,
it was used only by a group of units from a particular sponsor. We have had
everyone from Brownies to Seniors. This year we also attracted a GS unit from
outside our Council area who have promised to come back next year with even
What we do is provide an option for those GS Units who want to camp as units.
We provide a program very similar to the one we provide to Boy Scouts over
the rest of the summer. We do make adjustments to ensure that the camp staff
is farmiliar with GS requirements so tat the girls can earn badges in camp.
The units we do have seem to never say enough about how they prefer unit
camping to trying to get girls to go on their own. I'm glad we can offer this
to these units.
Girl Scout Week at Rock Hill is run almost identically to any other week in
camp(except the campers seem to want the staff's home phone numbers more
often). Our departments run the same programs. Scoutcraft seems to get a
little less action than usual, but Ecology/Conservation is busier than in any
other week. The girls seem to love the animals in the ECON center. Nothing
really changes in Aquatics. Handicrafts spends a lot more time on lanyards
and no time on Indian Lore. I find this to be a really enjoyable week to be
at camp. I'm there because this is also used as Explorer Week, and I have
never had any big problems with the girls at camp(almost sounds like a plug
for co-ed Scouting, eh?). The biggest problem this year was with a female
Explorer who was staying with my Unit. Seems her curiosity got the best of
her and she discovered that you can see into the male showers if you stand on
a washing machine in the laundry room. Not a big problem in itself, but quite
a few of the younger Girl Scouts were watching while this discovery was made.
The bigger problem we are facing now is that many of these girls have spent a
lot of summers here, and we are beginning to get Staff Applications from some
of them. Guess the Camp Director will have to deal with that one himself.
Jim Miller, Jr.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City