My view is of girls learning skills with boats and paddleboards, learning to swim, singing new songs, hiking trails, making all sorts of crafts, and managing bugs and spiders in their living quarters.
Last week, they had a Native American storyteller and were spellbound by the wonderful stories. Another day, they heard a paleontologist speak. Then there was a herpetologist from Auburn University, who brought her frogs and toads. They knew a lot about frogs and toads already, but she let them see their spade feet, or the bumps on their back. They learn so much while having fun.
One of the facets of Girl Scouts I appreciate most is that girls can learn by doing. They can collect bugs and create their own living environment. The things they see and experience can be applied when they return to school in the fall. In the meantime, they have been outside listening to birds, seeing the fish, and experiencing a lake. I've not heard one mention that she misses the television, a cell phone, or the Internet. Music at camp is made from nature or the girls that inhabit it. They do mention they miss their family, but only occasionally.
We are on a learning curve with the day campers. My notion of victory here is that those girls will want to attend resident camp next year. So far, we have had a number of them say they do. At the end of the day as our drivers talk to them, they discuss the fun they had. This was the first year for the day camp, and we had some early hiccups, but I believe we have determined it is worth offering again. We have had a number of girls who had so much fun their first week that they returned for a second. This is another victory.
Every day I take a photo of my new office and send it to my friends, calling it "my office today." Every one of them expresses jealousy because they can see from the photos the fun the girls are having. Please check out the fun at our Flickr.com account on line, share in the joy the girls are having in the outdoors.