Girl Scouts of Maine hosted Celebrate Camp events at Camp Natarswi and Camp Pondicherry this fall, giving Girl Scouts an amazing opportunity to experience our beautiful camp properties, and to showcase all the awesome things you can do outside!
On two stupendous fall days, over 300 Girl Scouts explored all that camp has to offer at our Celebrate Camp events. We had the opportunity to speak with a couple troop leaders whose Girl Scout troop attended the events. Here is what they had to say about their experiences.
At Camp Natarswi, Troop 2041 enjoyed themselves immensely, said Troop Leader Jen Graham, and since most of the girls had never been to Girl Scout camp before, this was a great way for them to get a taste of camp life.
She says while the girls favorite activities were archery and crafts, some of the older girls in the troop also enjoyed the thrill of rock climbing. The girls thought that "the leaders of that event were very encouraging" and they had a feeling of accomplishment when they made it to the top. They also tried something new! Many girls had never been boating before, and while they were nervous about it, they gave it a shot and would do it again.
"As a leader, my favorite part was seeing the girls try new things and the smiles of pride that come from their accomplishing those activities," said Jen.
Troop leader Tonia Blake, said that Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 526 had a great time at Camp Pondicherry! Tonia said her troop decided together what activities they would sign up for, and she was impressed by the staff, volunteers, and programming at the event.
"Our girls voted unanimously to sign up for archery. None had held a real bow before, and along with the safety training and instruction, they were able to take many shots," said Tonia."They voted for the Challenge Course too, which kept the girls working cooperatively. We had plenty of time for more sign-up courses, but the fun stations for the in-between times were such a hit that we didn’t want to miss them. The girls were almost obsessive with the climbing wall, played in a gaga pit for the first time, learned how to bake apples on a fire, made sun-catchers from wire and beads, created printed bandanas with paint and leaves, and learned a few songs while munching on s’mores."
We are inspired to see so many G.I.R.L.s discovering the outdoors and tackling adventure!