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GSHG Summer Camps Give G.I.R.L.s Opportunity for Growth

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Session 1: Survivor at Camp Tanglewood in Augusta, GA

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia kicked off our 2017 Summer Camp Season with a survivor-themed camp at Camp Tanglewood. Our go-getters put their skills to the test as they tackled land and water challenges including canoe races and obstacle courses. In addition to the games, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors honed their wilderness survival skills by practicing map and compass skills, building their own shelters and cooking over open fires before heading on an adventurous backcountry camping trip. Counselors In Training II (CIT) showcased leadership by learning to facilitate fire building, knotting and lashings.

Session 2: STEM-Sational Week at Camp Tanglewood in Augusta, GA

Planet saving science experiments, hands-on Geology lessons, squishy circuit experiments and robot building made STEM-Sational Week at Camp Tanglewood a big hit. Our innovators enjoyed programing geared toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which encouraged them to look outside of the classroom for learning experiences.

“Girl Scouts has given me so many opportunities to do things I never thought I would ever be able to do,” explained Jessa Patrick of Troop 12157. “Just last year, my troop went caving with our cookie money. I never expected to be crawling through a cave with a hard hat just like I never expected to be here building a robot that actually works!”

STEM wasn’t the only thing on the agenda for the week though. Girls still got to enjoy traditional camp activities like field games, swimming and archery, an activity that helped Nakeva Burston of Troop 50103 gain confidence in herself.

“The first one I didn’t get, but the second one I aimed better,” she said. “I got a bullseye, so I’m proud of myself for not giving up.”

Session 3: Aqua Nuts at Camp Low in Savannah, GA

Ask just about any camper what their favorite activity is and the answer is almost always swimming, so it’s no wonder that Aqua Nuts was one of our most anticipated camps. Camp Low on beautiful Rose Dhu Island provided the perfect backdrop for a week of swimming, marsh exploration, water games and paddle boarding. Our H20 Wow Resident Camp for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors even included a trip to Tybee Island for an introduction to surfing.

Session 4: Anything Goes at Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella, GA

Our final session of camp was Anything Goes at Camp Martha Johnston, which allowed girls to enjoy traditional camp experiences at their own pace. When girls arrived on Sunday night, they were able to choose their own adventure, electing a skill and a badge to focus on for the week. For example, Cadettes were able to choose between the Program Aide track and earning their Archery badge or Netiquette badge. When girls weren’t geocaching, shooting archery, firing pottery or canoeing, they were relaxing in our newly air-conditioned cabins or sliding down our newly installed waterslides, an experience that served as a great practice for their adventure at Sandy Beach Water Park.

“I took a healthy risk going down the waterslides,” exclaimed Ella Winstead of Troop 11876. “They were really fast and high, so it was scary. It was so fun though!”

Horse Camps in Columbus, GA and Savannah, GA

We also offered horse-themed camps in Columbus and Savannah. In addition to riding horses, girls got the opportunity to learn about the anatomy of horses, the different breeds of horses and how to groom and tack horses. Although many of our campers suffered through allergies and fears, they persisted through the week with a deepened appreciation for the animals.

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