A Peek Inside Family Camp Sampler! – A blog post by Outdoor Leadership Experience Intern Gabby B.

This summer Girl Scouts and their families have been getting outside and experiencing Girl Scout Camp Together! We’ve had several opportunities including two partner programs at our resident camp, Camp Little Cloud- He and Me and Girls Night Out, where a significant adult in a girl’s life can attend as a camper, to experience all we have to offer.

In addition, for the first time ever, we offered overnight events for the whole family. Family Camp Samplers took place at both Camp L-Kee-Ta and Camp Tahigwa this summer and we had a blast! Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles …everyone was welcome! Read on for just a taste of the fun we had at Family Camp Sampler.

One of the activities we did at Camp Tahigwa was floating down the creek. Sunny skies and cool breezes made for perfect floating weather!

tubing on creek

A fun group activity was learning all about solar cars from one of our awesome volunteers, Tracy W. a current University of Northern Iowa student who works for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at UNI.  Families even got to put together their own solar car and test it out!

trying out solar cars

Family Camp Sampler is all about including families in on all the great things girls get to experience at resident camp, like hayrack rides, campfires, and of course, making new friends!

Camp L-Kee-Ta’s session was a scorcher! It wouldn’t be a Midwest summer without heat and humidity.

 A favorite group activity was getting to relax in the beautiful pool. We spent extra time there to excape the heat and I think all our families would have spent the whole day there, if we didn’t have so many other fun things to do!

Families enjoyed learning all about the basics of archery and getting to test their skills! Parents and kids even got a healthy dose of competition and squared off against each other…

archery

 At both Family Camp Samplers, campers got to participate in a variety of hands-on craft stations, including learning how to make-your-own mobile and tie-dye a bandanna.

making a mobile

We also made sure to keep them well fed!

fruit bowl

Interested in attending a Girl Scout event as a family? We are in the midst of planning Family Fall Festival’s at each of our camp properties in October, and have other fun family activities planned all year. For a full listing check out our 2014-2015 Leadership Experience Guide- your guide to all our Girl Scout programs, events and activities.

Do you have a story about what your troop or group did outdoors this summer? Email Angela Ventris with what you did and include any photos you too! Send your e-mail to AngelaV@GirlScoutsToday.org

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