This is a great time of year
if you work for Girl Scouts, because you have the opportunity to get outdoors
and ready for camp. It is always the
highlight of my year, as I get to spend time working on things to enrich the
girls' summer camp experience. Some of
the projects are in the early stages, others are not quite underway, but we'll
At this time of year, I like
to check with the rangers to see what wildlife we have on our properties. So far this year, we have had three
rattlesnakes on three of the four camps.
The only camp we haven't seen a rattler on yet is Kamp Kiwanis.
Last year Kamp Kiwanis had a
rattlesnake, which is fairly unusual and likely the result of their habitat
being destroyed with the tornado. A few
years ago, when we timbered Camp Humming Hills, the guys working on the timber
project said they saw a jaguar with two cubs.
Recently, Wanda Smith, the ranger's wife was on the property and saw two
jaguars. They are incredibly elusive,
to see them would be a tremendous gift, as their range is huge.
In an effort to document our
wildlife, we will be putting in some trophy cameras. They take photos of movement, even at night. They do that with an infrared flash, so they
don't spook the wildlife. I'm hoping we
will have some fun and education about what lives at the camps when we aren't
We have one zip line
installed at Kamp Kiwanis, and some of the board members took their fiduciary
responsibility seriously and tried it the afternoon before the annual
meeting. We are intentionally
installing the zip lines at girl level, and if they enjoy them, then we will
look at putting more in higher places. Right
now, we have the test line in, and once we figure out how that works, we will
install a few at Camp Scoutshire Woods.
For girls waiting to use the zip lines, since there's always a line at
such things, we have a slack line, much like a balance beam made of a narrow
tape between two trees. It's the new
hot thing on college campuses.
Paul Wright, the ranger at
Kamp Kiwanis spent a large chunk of his time this winter clearing out the trees
between the Pioneer Unit bathhouse and the lake to build a beautiful new dock
for the sailing program. This will keep
the sailboat traffic and canoe traffic separate. We also have more stand-up paddle boards
headed to both Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods.