The Indian Rock service unit of Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council, encompassing all of Scioto County and the Eastern school district, hosted their annual Girl Scout Fall Camporee on Saturday, September 16th. The Camporee took place at the Girl Scout Camp Molly Lauman in Lucasville with approximately 100 girls in attendance ranging from Daisies (Grades K-1) to Ambassadors (Grades 11-12) . The Fall Camporee lasted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offered fun classes for Girl Scouts like soap making, archery, canoeing, doll making, and more, in addition to the group picnic and talent show.
Service unit manager Sandy Rayburn, who has been involved with Girl Scouts for nineteen years believes bringing the scouts together for events like the Camporee builds lasting relationships, and teaches them valuable life skills.
“These girls really grow up at camp. It’s a learning experience, but they also have a lot of fun,” said Rayburn.
For anyone who is considering becoming a Girl Scout, Rayburn believes it is an extremely worthwhile experience.
“It’s the most exciting time of your life. You’d be surprised what all Girl Scouts includes. It’s so much more than just selling cookies,” said Rayburn.
In addition to taking part in fun activities like the Fall Camporee, Girl Scout troops also create opportunities for their members.
“It got me more involved in things,” said ‘Senior’ member Jordyn Blake of troop 574. “Girl Scouts has helped me prepare for the real world. It’s made me become more independent. I’m currently working on achieving the gold award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts.”
Blake also looks forward to trips organized by her Girl Scout Troop.
“I’m excited to go to the National Girl Scout Convention in Columbus in October.”
‘Cadette’ Emily Scaff of troop 2061 likes the educational aspect of Girl Scouts.
“I like learning new things, and improving my social skills through Girl Scouts,” said Scaff. “I’m really interested in the History of how Girl Scouts came to be. Juliette Lowe knew they had Boy Scouts for boys but wanted to give girls the same opportunities.”
Troop Leader Amber Fillinger of troop 9312 believes that Girl Scouts is a good way for parents to get more involved with their children.
“I work a lot, so being the troop leader gives me more time to spend with my kids and their friends. Together we learn life skills, survival skills and they earn badges, said Fillinger.
Like Rayburn, Fillinger too believes Girl Scouts is a wonderful opportunity for both young girls and parents alike and encourages them to attend a meeting.
“Give it a shot. Come to a meeting, or an event, said Fillinger. “Come and see what it’s like to be a part of a Girl Scout troop.”
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932