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The USS Yorktown: An Exciting Girl Scouts Camping Destination!

January 27, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

USS YorktownHave you ever imagined what life is like on an aircraft carrier?  Did you know you can actually spend the night on one?  You can if you visit the USS Yorktown – also known as “The Fighting Lady” – at the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor, SC.   The Yorktown recently hosted the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Program Team on an overnight aboard the ship so that we could get the scoop on all the great programs they have to offer.

Girl Scouts have their own sleeping quarters on the Yorktown!   When you arrive, you’ll drop your gear at your bunk and explore the ship’s operating spaces and living quarters, followed by a meal and entertainment – there’s a theater on board that hosts movie nights.  After a fire-drill and roll call at the large American flag on the flight deck, you’ll head back to your quarters for lights out and “Taps” at 11:00 p.m.

Revile wakes you up bright and early the next morning with a bugle call.  You’ll line up to go to the Chief Petty Officer’s Mess for breakfast, and then start the day with all sorts of fun, hands-on activities that explore Oceanography, Astronomy, Aviation and more!

These activities support some of the Girl Scout Journey badge programs, including “Home Scientist” from Brownie Quest and “Gardener” from Get Moving.   The Program Team performed water tests, built a robotic arm and made some eco-friendly cleaning solutions, before attempting the “Collision Course” leadership challenge!

The Yorktown’s “Collision Course” Leadership program puts you in a real-life situation that tests your problem-solving skills.  Using math and GPS technology, you and your teammates must complete a mission by cracking a secret code!   If you want more challenges, the Yorktown also offers scavenger hunts, geocaching and a climbing wall. You can also take the role of a scientist studying the unique ecosystem offered by Charleston Harbor’s estuary environment.

We had a fantastic time on our shipboard camping adventure, and we think you and your troop will, too!  For more information, contact the Program Department at 800-284-4475.

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S’more Adventure with Troop 2430

July 17, 2013

By Jenifer Bubenik, Community Cultivation Specialist

DSC_0155Growing up, Girl Scout camp was always my favorite time of the year.  I can still remember the excitement I felt before each camp season.  Girl Scout camp is where I learned how to properly tie knots and identify poison ivy, paddle a canoe, ride a horse, and most of all, where I made new friends.

These memories are some of the many reasons I love sharing Girl Scouts with communities across the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines council region.  As I work to foster relationships in communities new to Girl Scouting, I am able to bring our leadership programs and opportunities like summer camp into households and families that otherwise know very little about Girl Scouts.

Over the last year, I have been fortunate to work with Girl Scout Troop #4230 from Southeast Raleigh.  This past spring, we presented our S’More Adventure program to the girls’ families and shared the many opportunities possible through our Camp Pathway program.  The girls and families were hooked from the start!

In the following weeks, Wake 16 Membership Director Meridith Orr and I met with the girls to ensure they were prepared for camp.  They made their first sit-upons, SWAPS to share with new friends at camp, and crazy hats for Wacky Wednesday – a tradition at Camp Mary Atkinson. We also had a guest speaker teach the girls about First Aid and CPR.  When it came time to leave for camp, the girls were ready.

As we headed to Camp Mary Atkinson the van was quiet – this was each of the girls first time at camp and it was clear they were taking the whole experience in.  Ooh’s and aah’s abounded once we reached the property, full of lush green trees and flourishing flowers. After check-in, the older girls ran off to Fox Leap without a good-bye or hugs — they were excited to get going!

Over the course of the next week all eight girls participated in archery, canoeing, cook-outs, and even used iPads to identify trees and outside plants.   They nick-named the Alpine Tower the “Eiffel Tower” and shared that swimming in the pool was their favorite activity at camp!

DSC_0166As we drove home, I asked what they had learned over the course of the week. I heard so many responses including, “I learned to face my fears” and “I learned to swim under water with my eyes open!”  And what had once been a quite car ride to camp, the return ride was booming with camp songs with each girl wanting, “My song next!”

Back in the girl’s neighborhood, there were lots of hugs and thank you’s, but most of all questions.  From Linda, “Miss Jenifer, can I go to every camp, every year?” From Camila, “Miss Jenifer, when do we get to go back to camp?”

I told them that I hoped each of them could attend camp again next year and for years to come.  But I also shared, that if they are like me and a Girl Scout for life, camping will be with them wherever they go.  I encouraged them to take what they learned at Girl Scout camp and use it in the future, whether they are hiking the Appalachian Trail or pitching a tent in their backyards.

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