By Chelsey Winstead, Girl Scout Brownie Troop Leader
What appeared to be a gloomy, rainy day turned in to a sparkling success at Camp Mary Atkinson for Fun in the Sun Day Camp. This six-hour mini-camp allowed Girl Scouts of all levels to canoe, swim, play games, learn about nature, make arts and crafts, and meet new friends while strengthening the bond between old ones.
The friendly camp staff of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines greeted my Brownie troop as we rolled in for our fun-filled day making the girls feel welcome and I, as a troop leader, was at ease. Many parents were slightly apprehensive about not knowing exactly the schedule and activities the girls would be doing, but at the end of the day when the girls ran back to their waiting parents begging not to leave, they sang praises for the camp and the experience it gave the girls.
A temporary downpour did not dampen the spirits of my troop for the camp staff led group games and sports under the new “airnasium.” Whenever a camper had a concern or question, camp staff member was there to handle any problem and answer any question.
The most memorable part of the day was after our picnic dinner when all the girls attending shared SWAPS. It was great seeing my troop return proudly with new SWAPS.
By taking my Brownies to this event, I learned more about the camp, its staff, and most importantly I learned more about the interest of my girls. All my Brownies are ready to return to camp with one girl even requesting “to move to camp” so she could continue having fun.
Fun in the Sun was true to its name – and what a perfect opportunity for both parents and girls to get an idea of what camp life is like without having to stay overnight. Maybe I’ll see you there next year!