Why go to camp?

Many great articles have been written about camp and the positive impact it can have on kids. There are so many options available to kids, and so many places to discover and friends to meet.

As an adult leader, I have seen and done things that I never thought I would do!  This past summer, our troop went to Iceland and stayed at Camp Iceland, the northernmost scout camp in the world. It was amazing!  When the girls were in second grade, and excited to use their cookie money to go to Build A Bear, this type of international trip did not seem possible.

I have seen our scouts learn.  I have seen them navigate through confusing language barriers.  I have seem them grow from the shy girls who would barely speak to each other to the confident young women who will gladly grab the microphone and express themselves clearly, regardless of the audience.

And now they share their love of scouting with others!  By helping run various activity weekends and camps, the troop has grown to be ready for running day camps.  What a wonderful experience as an adult to know that they are learning to plan, communicate and organize in ways that many of their peers cannot imagine. I’m so thankful Girl Scouts has been such a big part of my life and I hope to continue Juliette Low’s legacy to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

Yours in scouting, Zap!