Among the different educational activities that are organized as a part of Girl Scout program, the Girl Scout camps have become more significant. Those girls who participate in this program get a sound knowledge on the environment around us. The Girl Scout camps will create awareness on the importance of maintaining our environment and will teach some of the environmental friendly practices.
During Girl Scout camps, the campers are allowed to stay in troops, which helps them learn how to manage and become adapted to people of different backgrounds. This is an important quality that every person in this world should develop and the Girl Scout camps provide the best platform for those girls to cultivate these qualities at a young age.
Certain camping programs encourage the girls to come out with their own camping ideas and plans. The ability to plan and organize an event successfully requires certain special skills and these kinds of activities are aimed at developing those skills.
The Girl Scout camps help in developing some of the critical and unique skills that are required to lead an independent life.
It is fun to find ways to help your Girl Scout troop to stay connected this summer! One really popular activity for the girls is a Summer Scavenger Hunt. You can make up a list of items that teams of two or more girls have to find during their summer break. Make sure to include things at local parks, museums and eateries that will encourage the girls to plan fun outings with one another and stay connected all summer long. For example, they can “find” a pizza at a local pizza parlor to share together.
The teams should make sure to take photos of themselves with the object on their list to be presented at the first troop meeting in fall. All girls who find all the items on their lists should win a prize that can encourage even more fellowship. Things like tickets to the movies (complete with popcorn and soda!) or a day at an amusement park or a camp-out would be a great way of fostering even more friendship among the girls.
If you want to make the scavenger hunt even more meaningful, consider adding a volunteer event on to the list. Perhaps they have to “find” an elderly person to help, or someone with disabilities, or even an animal. Either way, they can take photos of their experience and share they way they stayed connected this summer at your next meeting.
As summer takes everyone into fifty directions at once, how will you keep your girls staying connected this summer? It is important to keep the camaraderie that you spent all year to build going throughout the warm summer months.
The first way to make sure your Girl Scouts stay connected this summer is to ensure that everyone has a list of each girl’s phone number, address, and email. You can type these up and hand out a hard copy to each girl as well as sending them by email as a back up. It is frustrating not to be able to reach friends in the summer and equally frustrating for the troop leader to be barraged by phone calls of girls trying to touch base with one another.
One way to put those numbers and addresses to good use in helping the girls to stay connected this summer is to arrange for a summer pen pal exchange. Have the girls pair up and commit to writing at least one letter a month to their “pal”. If some girls want to form larger groups, let them do a “serial letter” — a letter that one girl begins, sends to the next for additional information, then she sends it on to the following girl and so on until the letter goes back to the original sender.
The great thing about staying connected this summer using these techniques is that the letters and postcards become a great icebreaker at the first troop meeting in the fall!