Friday, October 24, 2003
Girl Scouts visit Cedar Hill Camp for annual encampment
Ever wonder how Girl Scouts spend proceeds they receive from those cookies you buy and donations you make? Every fall the Girl Scouts in Carlisle try to schedule an annual camping trip with all site expenses covered by their local treasury. This year 122 girls attended a joint Concord-Carlisle event at the Cedar Hill camping site in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 18. Fifty-one girls from six troops made up the Carlisle numbers. These girls, ranging from third to seventh graders, stayed overnight in both lodges and tents.
In addition to money, the encampment undertaking requires two other major ingredients: an encampment director to handle the logistics and committed Girl Scout cadettes to run the activities. This year Li-Jen Lin from Concord stepped up to handle the adult leadership requirement. The cadettes on task included Carlisle seventh-grader Kelsey Erickson and Concord eighth-graders Kathryn Grove and Linley Gerber. Main events of the encampment included four activity stations, a star-gazing presentation hosted by the Patriots Trail Girl Scout Council (PTGSC), and a huge campfire.
"Encampment is great for girls to practice scouting skills, and renew friendship, goodwill and comradeship," says Lin. She took on the role of encampment director this year for the first time.
At one of the four activity stations, Erickson gave a presentation on map and tracking skills (based on work prepared by Concord sixth-grader Emily Bernard), and directed a silver-dollar hunt she had developed. Grove ran a craft station that included making beaded American flags and angel pins. Gerber, Lin's daughter, demonstrated fire-building. Carlisle parent volunteer Henry Cox ran team-building games for the girls at the fourth station.
The PTGSC star-gazing event included a talk and slide show about the rovers sent by NASA to explore Mars this January. After the talk, the Scouts in attendance visited a science fair. A planetarium-type presentation followed, and then the girls headed outdoors for actual star-gazing.
The Saturday evening campfire marked the highlight for most of the girls. Each troop was invited to present a skit or lead a song. Various groups gave encore presentations for the audience.
Last year four cadette Scouts from Carlisle ran the encampment for the town at Camp Wabasso site in Bradford, New Hampshire. These four girls recently received silver awards, the highest level ever achieved by Girl Scouts in town. The girls honored by the PTGSC were Heather Risso, Sarah Khederian; Cassandra Knight and Allie Bryan. Carlisle leaders Nancy Risso (with the group since the Daisy level during kindergarten) and Lynn Knight assisted with the presentation of certificates and pins.
Carlisle leaders on the PTGSC Concord-Carlisle service unit include Linda Kuramoto and Michelle Sobin. For more information on joining Girl Scouts in Carlisle, please contact register Andi Gettys.
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