We saw some outstanding day camps this year led facilitated by dedicated volunteers and led by some seriously creative teen Girl Scouts! Below we bring you some of the highlights from around our council – from camps that saw rain every day, to ones who utilized outside partners to bring programs to Girl Scouts; camps who took creative photos to those that traveled the world – we saw it all!
605 – Camp Tongawood – Parkhill School District
Houston, we have lift-off! Service unit 605’s space themed day camp was a hit with girls! They made alien snot (glittery slime), created galaxy tshirts, shot off 2-liter bottle rockets with just girl power, made “space rocks” by heating the rocks then coloring on them with crayons that would melt. They also did a spacewalk using buckets and did an astronaut game where they tried to unscrew lids with gloves in a box – like astronauts handling dangerous chemicals.
611 – Wilderness Camping & Retreat Center – Excelsior Springs, Kearney & Liberty
Made the Most of the Weather
Service unit 611 hosted their day camp at Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center in Lawson, MO for the first time this year! The grounds were perfect for their Olympic themed activities, however the weather was less than ideal – it rained at some point every day of their camp! The girls didn’t let that dampen their spirits though! They played games, made goo, canoed, swam in the pool, cooked over hobo burners, and geocached!
631 – Camp Tongawood – Shawnee, KS
Awesome Teen Leadership
Teens from service unit 631 have been planning their day camp since September (read their blog story here)! Well their hard work and planning paid off for their “Once Upon a Girl Scout” themed camp at Camp Tongawood! Girls enjoyed this renaissance theme camp by whittling whistles, zip lining, archery, fishing, building edible campfires (and real ones for Juniors), learning a the closing flag ceremony and doing a science experiment!
632 – Camp Tongawood – Shawnee Mission
Beat the Heat
When the heat index reached 100+, Girl Scouts in service unit 632 didn’t really notice. They were too busy partaking in all the water activities that were available to them at their day camp at Camp Tongawood! There were stations set up all over camp that girls could beat the heat, run through a sprinkler, a human car wash or have an old fashioned water fight!
634 – Camp Tongawood – July 2 – Overland Park, KS
This “Little Camp in the Big Woods” themed day camp had girls in service unity 634 seein gif they could have lived in the pioneer days! They learned to make soap, how to weave, gardened, worked with leather, learned how to square-dance!
637 – Camp Prairie Schooner – July 9 – Lenexa, KS
Awesome Ambassador Recognition
Service unit 637 was focused on going back in time – to many different decades! Each group had a decade that they decorated a flag in and represented. At this day camp they played GAGA ball, learned acting skills, played water games, rappelled and did a “Skywalker Hike.” The girls also did a service project at camp where they helped stain new wooden tables! This Day Camp gave a special recognition of those graduating in their service unity by decorating signs with their names and placing them throughout camp!
638/639 – Camp Prairie Schooner – July 14 – Overland Park & Leawood, KS
Best Showcase of a Community Leader
Service unit 638 & 639 was all about the red, white and blue! This Day Camp had a special speech from Mayor Kay Barnes who talked about Girl Scouts, leadership and how important courage is. When asking the girls how many wanted to be president someday, most of the girls raised their hands! This camp had a lot of other great activities like GAGA ball, cooking, star craft making and of course, LOTS of SWAPS!
645 & 646 – Camp Prairie Schooner – Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Oak Grove, Missouri
Great use of Community Resources
Girls in service unit 645 & 646 enjoyed their Dare to Dream day camp at Camp Prairie Schooner and were led by a group of dedicated teens the entire week! In addition to their traditional camp activities, Girl Scouts got to learn new computer skills on the Blue Springs School District’s W.E.E. Bus!
649 – Camp Prairie Schooner – Lee’s Summit, MO
At service unit 649’s day camp themed “Cooking up Some Mystery,” Girl Scouts made traditional and STEM inspired culinary creations. They learned about healthy eating, easy ways to cook healthy treats and munched on organic fruits throughout the camp. The girls cooked over a campfire and did some awesome STEM activities. They even combined a Girl Scout tradition of campfires with STEM exploration of learning what makes fire burn and how to make their own fire starters.
671 – Camp Tongawood – DeSoto & Shawnee, KS
Most Passport Stamps
Girl Scouts went around the world in ust a few days at service unit 671’s day camp at Camp Tongawood! They made pretzels in Germany, rocket launchers from the Russian Space Station, had a tea party in Great Britain, made masks at the Carnival of Brazil and Churros in Mexico. Oh, and this was all led by teens in the service unit!
701 – Camp Daisy Hindman – Topeka, KS
Girl Scouts learned about Japan, Germany, Australia & Brazil at their Olympics/Around the World themed day camp. They had hands-on experiences learning to polka dance, use chopsticks, make a rain stick and wore grass skirts! For other activities they canoed, did a STEM study of Lake Odonata and did an obstacle course. The day ended with them taking a photo in grouped colors representing the Olympic Rings
808 – 4-H Groups in Troy, Missouri –– St. Joseph/Wathena/Troy, Missouri
Outstanding use of the Rainbow
The theme of service unit 808’s day camp was color war! They went fishing and did a STEM activity where they made the colors to be used in their color war. They also made color candy necklaces and did an obstacle course where they got covered with colored powder.
And, these are just a few of our council’s awesome day camps! Share your day camp with us below, and we will add your camp to our calendar next year!
While day camp season is officially over, it’s not too soon to start thinking about Summer 2017! What do you wish for your girl’s summer adventure next year?!