Those of us who work with cookies up close and personal are always thinking ahead. Cookie season is chaotic, so as we keep moving cookies around, our minds turn to spring and then summer. Those of us who work at the council office love summer because it is our opportunity to get out of the office and enjoy some fun with the girls. We do a lot of planning for summer camp now, while the cookie program is in progress. And that planning is a fun thing, working on programs girls love and thinking of new ones that will attract girls.
In an effort to save money, we will have only one camp staff this year. Our camp numbers are decreasing, and it doesn't make financial sense to have two summer camp staffs. We will have one staff who will do the first three weeks at Camp Scoutshire Woods and then the last two weeks at Kamp Kiwanis. We will also have the Mariners sailing program at Kamp Kiwanis near the end of the regular sessions.
Each year I have a parent say their daughter would attend camp, but the weeklong session is a lot for the first time out. We do have a three-day camp session for Brownies and Juniors, which is offered at both resident camps. It is aimed at the first-time camper and affords them the opportunity to try out camp activities such as cooking over a fire, singing camp songs, swimming, and canoeing. We do hope you will consider this. It is a great way to get a girl interested in camp without being gone all weeklong.
We are planning some STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at camp this year. If that sounds too much like school, it isn't. Girls will use the technology of fingerprinting during the CSI Detective program, learn about geography during the Letterboxing and Geocaching treasure hunt sessions, or use simulated space travel to explore the cosmos with our Astronomy program. So you can learn about science painlessly while having lots of fun in the woods.
There are two canoe trips planned, the first one being on the Okatoma River during the first week of Camp Scoutshire and the second one on the Tallapoosa during the first week on Kamp Kiwanis. This is an opportunity for older girls to test themselves on faster water than Echo Lake or Lake Martin. Those sessions require that you be a proficient swimmer and have experience in a canoe or kayak. These usually fill up quickly.
Another new session is Camp Theatre! Girls will open up their creativity by learning performance skills such as stage movement, improvisation, voice lessons, clown and mime. Girls will showcase their talents for their parents at the end of camp.
Those girls who sell more than 600 boxes of cookies receive 175 program credits toward a reduced camp rate. Applications for camp are due March25.
We also have some other big programs where girls can use their cookie program credits. One is an overnight trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. This is the first time we have offered this program in recent history. The cost is $129 per person, so you can use cookie program credits to attend. Another program to consider is a trip to see the hit Broadway show Wicked in New Orleans on June 1.
Hopefully, your girls are excited for these opportunities and others the cookie program provides.
Thanks for all your hard work during this time of year.