Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for 57 Girl Scouts and 11 volunteers from the North Region’s St. Joseph Initiative program! Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes loaded up buses Friday morning, armed with lunch and their curiosity and headed out for a day in the great outdoors at Camp Winding River in Dearborn, Missouri.
Upon arrival, Daisies and Brownies teamed up for a meet and greet with our horses while the Juniors and Cadettes did STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. After enjoying a picnic style lunch in the beautiful 65 degree weather, the groups switched activities!
Girls loved learning about all of our horses, comparing their sizes, grooming and even giving them a treat! While riding the horses wasn’t in the schedule, many of them talked about going back to Winding River and saddling up on one of their “new friends!”
A Girl Scout’s favorite treat is obviously a Girl Scout Cookie, but we have strong evidence that the close second is ice cream! After building solar activated bracelets and learning how sunscreen works, girls tried their hand at making their own frozen creations. They combined ingredients, used a little elbow grease paired with a lot of patience (10 minutes worth, to be exact) to shake up cream in a bath of ice and rock salt to get a frozen final product! The girls were quite pleased seeing the culinary arts and science combine for a delectable and refreshing final product!
Girl Scouts who attended this fun getaway to Winding River are part of the St. Joseph Initiative, a new program we offer in some of our Title 1 schools across St. Joseph. Thanks to generous donors, we are connecting more girls to awesome Girl Scout experiences like this Camp Winding River getaway. For many of these girls, it was their first time to camp and meeting a horse up close and personal.