Girl Scouts have fun day at camp

More than 100 Girl Scouts and 38 volunteer leaders and teen program aides came together for a fun-filled week of Warren Day Camp at Chapman State Park recently.

The camp theme was “GR8 2B a GRL,” and scouts participated in many self-discovery and confidence-building activities including fitness and fashion, swimming, hiking, recreation, songs, crafts and service projects. Several program providers visited throughout week with various presentations. Dr. Ruth Barnes-Shaw shared about textiles and fashion through the ages with girls modeling clothing styles. Kelly and Sarah Kopchick taught about skin care as they gave the girls facials. They also provided UV bead bracelets which change color in sunlight to remind the girls about the importance of applying sunscreen.

Chris Dolan and Jody Gardner from the Warren YMCA had scouts participating in kickboxing and exercise. David Donachy, from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, shared facts about bluebirds and provided bluebird house kits. Girls assembled bluebird houses, and several were donated to Chapman State Park. Sam Feeny, along with assistants Tim Korchak, Branden Dutchess and Carson Islam, taught fishing skills. Several girls were excited to catch sunfish, trout and bass. Piper Van Ord from Allegheny Outfitters shared about hiking basics and supplies. She also explained the importance of recycling through a decomposition guessing game. Jen Moore, Chapman State Park Education Coordinator, taught about red-bellied turtles and led the girls on a nature CSI activity. In addition to the bluebird houses, service projects also included litter clean up around the park.

The week ended with a boxed picnic lunch from Bob Evans, and families and friends joined the group for performances of favorite songs and skits at the amphitheater. Girls received numerous badges and fun patches an awards ceremony. Paula Cabzanas, an exchange student from Spain, joined Girl Scouts and attended camp. She was presented with a scrapbook of photos and memories of her visit.

Several community organizations donated supplies, monetary gifts and use of their buildings for meetings. Girl Scouts thanked to Chapman State Park, Ranger McCorkle and his staff, Girl Scout Trefoil Connection, First Lutheran Church, Ace Hardware, Lowes, Thorne’s BiLo, Warren YMCA, and the Marienville Volunteer Fire Company.

Are you interested in going where it’s GR8 2B a GRL? Join Girl Scout Camp next summer, July 7-11, 2014. Contact Tracy Slater, (814) 661-3541, tracylslater@hotmail.com for more information.