I'm sitting in my favorite office, the downslope between the Rec Hall and Echo Lake at Camp Scoutshire Woods. There's a group of girls behind me singing songs while they felt wool over a rock. It isn't everyone who has an office with this type of wonderful music as they work. They are all happy, giggling and talking. In front of me, the view is of girls who have practiced being rescued from the dock; now they are on all types of kayaks, pedal boats, stand up paddleboards, and canoes.
We are nearing the end of another week, and everyone is having a good time. I'm not saying they aren't hot sometimes, but they swim, boat, make crafts, zip line and cook out. This is a great time of year because the staff is able to see girls in action, growing, changing, and leading.
I was on a GSUSA CEO call recently when another CEO said they had done a survey in her council and found that camp was a niche area. She noted that there are longtime Girl Scouts who believe in the values that camp imbues, but others' interest in Girl Scouts is related to STEM. We try to provide a great camping program for those girls who have the sense of adventure and enjoy the great outdoors. We also work to offer a large number of STEM programs at the council level throughout the year, as well as other opportunities that lead to earning badges and patches.
We hope to offer more opportunities for girls to experience STEM and the great outdoors throughout next year, because the opportunities to learn while outside are limitless.