GS Summer Camp Experience
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 11:41:50 -0700
I wanted to follow up Lynn's excellent post about GS summer camping. My
daughter had her first try at GS resident camping this summer.
Our council has 2 resident camps. We are a big council and so also run
several daycamps (which Beth has done for 4 years). The resident camp
system has about 30 different programs the girls can choose from (although
there are age limitations on most of them but each girl still has about 8
programs to choose from).
Like Lynn's oldest daughter, Beth is really fond of horses but other than
trips to my brother-in-laws she hasn't had much of a chance to ride.
She picked a horse unit at camp. It was a 6 day camp. They stayed in cabins
(open door and window) all but one night where they did sleep open air.
They swam every day, did a couple of campfire meals, and so did get in some
more traditional camping experience but at least 3 hours a day were spent
riding or caring for the horses.
There were 4 girls to each cabin. There were 8 cabins in her unit. One
cabin had the 4 councillors and the rest were girls. One of the councillors
was from Sweden and the girls really enjoyed asking her about scouting in
her home country.
Beth camp back exhausted ("wow, Mom, they let us stay up as late as we
wanted" - a big thing for my night owl daugher), bug bitten, and filthy -
in short, she had a great time :-)
One thing I've noticed is that she also came back feeling a lot more
independant. I feel that going to resident camp has really contributed to
her growing up process (mixed emotions from mom). She came back wanting to
go next year and has decided that she wants to be a "rangler" (the
councillors who actually work with the horses) when she gets old enough.
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Celia Modell email@example.com
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