Summer Memories to Last a School Year

How can it be that camp season is over?! It seems like just yesterday that we were “dusting off Daisy” to get ready for camper arrival!

Junior Girl Scout Brooke Holliday just returned home from her first resident camp experience on July 31. Brooke was part of the last session at Camp Daisy Hindman this summer, but left camp with more than enough memories to last her until next time.

2015-07-26 13.54.09Brooke is well versed in outdoor activities. She has participated in day camp each summer and has been overnight camping and involved in cookouts with her troop. However, she had yet to attend a week-long resident camp. Like many Girl Scouts, Brooke was VERY anxious and eager to take the next step in her outdoor experience!

It was equally as exciting for Brooke to go away from home without her mom and brother.

“Camp was really fun! You don’t have to worry about adults looking over your shoulder!” Brooke said.

For the record, there are plenty of adults looking out for our campers! They just happen to not be their moms, troop leaders, service unit leaders, teachers, etc.!

Amy, Brooke’s mom and troop leader, was excited for her daughter to have the resident camp experience just has she had attending Girl Scout camps in Colorado.

“She’s a very independent girl,” Amy said. “We want to get her more involved on her own things, like the STEM and Adventure Programs. I think will ensure that she stays with it throughout high school, hopefully. There is so much that Girl Scouts has to offer.”

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Brooke (front ) learned all about lake and canoeing safety!

When Brooke’s mom and brother dropped her off, there was no looking back for Brooke. She was ready to dive into all that Camp Daisy had to offer!

Brooke participated in the Paddles & Puddles program doing everything related to the water! Her group learned how to canoe, went “creeking” (walking the natural creek and exploring its attributes and creatures) and fishing. As with every camp program, they also went horseback riding, learned archery and played at the spray park.

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Girls in the Paddles & Puddles program called the Iepsi unit home for the week. Brooke made friends with the other girls in her cabin as well as her unit. As an outgoing, personable girl, she kept her cabin-mates entertained! She is a great example of what it means to live the Girl Scout Law, being a sister to every Girl Scout. She didn’t just survive in the resident camp environment, she thrived, and helped her fellow Girl Scouts sisters do the same.

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Paddles & Puddles girls out on Lake Odonata for their first adventure!

The nights in Brooke’s cabin included young lady chit-chat, disco parties – shining flashlights on the ceiling and hair braiding parties. One evening the girls cooked dinner at their campsite and learned how to make walking tacos!

Although eager to leave her mom behind for a week, Brooke enjoyed receiving daily notes from Amy through the Bunk Notes system. She even received a unique care package that included nail polish, a stuffed animal, pick up sticks and horse necklace (which she is still wearing every day).

On the last day of camp, Brooke proudly escorted her mom and brother around the camp grounds, proudly sharing stories of her activities taking place at each stop!

Everything that she saw, experienced and felt at camp is her “favorite” memory of the week in some way. This girl knows no stranger and is destined for a lifetime of adventure and good times in Girl Scouts. We can’t wait to see where Girl Scouts takes her next!

While the camp season is over, there are many ways that you can get outdoors with your Girl Scouts. Our camps have a lot to offer for a fun fall ahead!


One thought on “Summer Memories to Last a School Year

  • August 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    this is a wonderful story of a girl’s experience in growing courage, confidence and character in the camp program. it is so exciting to envision Brooke’s future!


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