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Hi, my name is Mary Virginia.  Last summer I went to the Brownie Sampler Camp.  There are four units at camp, Mariner, which is also called the Young Unit, Pioneer, Ranger, and Mountaineer.  Only one unit has cabins, the Young Unit.  That is where I stayed.  There is a unit house and 8 cabins.  I stayed in cabin 6 with one other girl.  We did not know each other, but we were camp buddies and we became friends.
 
When you first get to camp, your parent can put money in your account for the Trading Post.  You can get things like candy, toys, and other things.  The Trading Post is fun.
 
At this camp you can have two sessions where you choose what you want to do that day.  My favorite thing was probably swimming.  That is why both my sessions were swimming.  For me, swimming is a challenge and an activity.  I really like it.
 
Another thing we did at camp was arts and crafts.  I liked that because we got to pick out and decorate walking sticks.  It was also fun coloring caps with markers.  We could have also made bead buddies.  It was really fun.
 
We also learned some new songs at camp.  Some songs we sang were "The Marshmallow Song", "Fudgy the Whale", "Dry Bones", and "A Crazy Moose."  They were really funny.  I like them.
 
We also earned our hiking badge while we were at this camp.  We went on a hike and made trail mix to get it.  We received the badge at the end of camp.  It was fun getting it.
 
If you would like to try camping, I would recommend the Brownie Sampler camp.
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Susan was a GSSA Press Rep in 2013-14.  She LOVED camp then, and she still does!  She kindly contributed this blog entry with her thoughts on the camp experiences this summer.

Every summer, I get to enjoy an amazing week of hiking, singing, swimming, canoeing, banana boating, kayaking, zip lining, camping, archery, and meeting amazing new friends.

Where do I do all these amazing activities? Kamp Kiwanis, of course!  Kamp Kiwanis is located in Eclectic, Alabama on the beautiful Lake Martin.  I have been going every summer for the past four years!  My favorite part of camp is always going to be meeting new people.  My first year I even met one of my best friends!  

Camp is an amazing place to make memories!  One of my favorites is sleeping out under the stars one night, outside of the tents.  Another would be trying sushi for the first time.  If you are looking for something exciting to do next summer, camp is definitely the place to go!

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Dear Scout:

I hate creepy bugs.  What should I do about bugs at camp?


Signed, 

C.O. (Creeped Out)

Dear C.O.,

I'm not crazy about bugs, either. But I know they do good stuff for the environment. I try to change how I think about them so I won't be scared or creeped out.  I say, "Hello, Friend Bug, would you mind getting off the path in front of me?"  Then I just walk around them. No big deal. 

Of course, sometimes I eat them, but you might not want to do that.

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)

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Dear Scout:

I want to go to Survivor, but I don't want to be voted off any island.  What happens there?


Signed, 

Concerned about Surviving

Dear Concerned,

Our Survivor camp sessions aren't about competition -- they are about learning fun outdoor skills.  Like putting up a tent, cooking over a campfire, chasing squirrels through the woods...squirrels...um, what was the question?

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)

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Dear Scout:

I have never slept in a tent before.  What are tents like at night?


Signed, 

Indoor Girl

Dear Indoor Girl,

Tents are the greatest!  They are just like dog houses, only bigger.  You are cozy inside a tent, but get to hear all the cool night sounds, like the soft wind and the owl hoots.  And your counselors are near, so they can pet you if you start chasing squirrels in your dreams.

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)

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Dear Scout:

I think it would be fun to go to Camp Scoutshire's Got Talent or Kamp Kiwanis' Got Talent camp sessions, but I don't want to be judged or made fun of.  What  happens there?


Signed,   ATeensy Bit Nervous


Dear Bit,

Our Got Talent! camp sessions aren't about competition or judging - they are about having fun while learning about being on stage, and then you get to show your parents what you learned!  There are even voice lessons!  I learned how to project my bark so I sound really big, and how to look pitiful so I get lots of pets and treats.

 

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)
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Dear Scout:

I have never been to overnight camp.  Will I miss my family too much to have a good time?


Signed, 
Don't Know if this is Such a Good Idea

Dear Know
I remember when I was a puppy and my mom would go away to nap or take a walk.  I really missed her and even whimpered a little.  My puppy littermates told me what to do!  They said to think about my favorite parts of my day, and to tell MYSELF the happy story I would get to tell my MOM when I saw her again.  It helped a lot!

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)

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Dear Scout:

I will be going to Mermaids with a friend who is a better swimmer than I am.  I'm afraid I can't keep up!  What should I do?


Signed, 
All Wet

Dear All,

Don't Worry. Soon after you get to camp, the counselors will see how well you swim, so you can have fun learning with other girls who are about the same as you.  At Mermaids or Swimmerettes, you will become a better swimmer and learn new strokes

Personally, I think all you need to know is how to dog paddle

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)

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Dear Scout:

I want to come to camp, but I am afraid I won't know anyone or make any friends.  What should I do?

Signed,
A Little Shy

Dear Shy,

I know you will meet lots of new girls at camp.  Some of them will be your friends, if you are friendly to them.  The camp counselors try hard to help everyone get over their first shyness so they have a good time.  My best advice is to do what I do -- jump up and down, wag your tail, and lick their nose!  No one can resist the power of the nose lick! 

Your Camping Friend,

Scout

(Scout is an experienced camper who has spent many summers at GSSA camps, interacting with campers and staff.  Scout is happy to answer all your questions about Summer Resident Camp.  You may reach Scout by emailing communications@girlscoutssa.org)

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My week at Kamp Kiwanis was great! My friends and I enjoyed so many fun activities like arts and crafts, boating, nature, archery, swimming, singing camp songs, and banana boating. My favorite activities were probably boating, archery, and banana boating.  It's hard to choose which activities were my favorites because I enjoyed them all.

The session I signed up for at camp was called Night Owls. We got to stay up later than all of the other campers doing fun night activities.  We went night swimming, hiking in the dark, and stargazing. I really liked going night swimming. It was great!

While at camp, my group completed some badge work. We worked on the Cadette Girl Scout Way badge. One of the requirements was to throw a party for an adult Girl Scout volunteer. We worked hard to throw a surprise party for Bossy, the camp director. It was really fun! We planned activities for all of the other girls to do and even baked cookies. The party was awesome!

Overall, my stay at Kamp Kiwanis was great! I made new friends while doing some of my favorite outdoor activities. We all had so much fun and I can't wait to go back next year!

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