The week of August 13 thru 17 is a blur. Every morning, we woke up early and headed out to Lucketts for Girl Scout Day Camp. Daphne was a camper, and I was a volunteer in the Arts and Crafts center. It was the first Girl Scout Camp experience for both of us, and I'm happy to say it was a (mostly) amazing one.
|Daphne and "Spirit."|
|Waiting for Morning Flag|
|Foam and Pipe Cleaners...Sigh|
On the last day, the girls traded SWAPS and signed each others' t-shirts, and I was lucky to be able to watch from the window above and get a few pictures.
I also got to take a break and go down to the pool to watch Daphne's group's "regatta" on the last day. But more on that later.
|Eyes on the Prize|
Daphne said she wished camp was 15 weeks long instead of one. I'd say that means she had a pretty great time.
My experience was slightly less amazing, as working in Arts and Crafts was not exactly what I was hoping for. The main problem was one difficult person on our crew, who was very negative and cranky, and who screamed at the girls. Screamed. At the girls. At Girl Scout Camp. It was pretty horrible and upsetting.
Also, I was disappointed that our team did not get together prior to camp to do any kind of planning, so I had no input in the crafts that were chosen or how they were organized. The Screamer planned everything in advance, without the rest of us. And I have to say, I was not impressed. Most of the crafts were things made of foam sheets and pipe cleaners. Somehow, I expected something more...um...substantial. I mean, it's GIRL SCOUTS. Girl Scouts existed long before foam sheets and pipe cleaners. I thought it was a real cop-out. And as it turned out, one of the crafts was exactly the same as one they did last year. Ugh. Almost everything Daphne made in arts and crafts is going to end up in our trash, and then eventually in a landfill where it will never ever biodegrade because it is made from foam sheets and pipe cleaners. It could have been SO much better. Girl Scout camp crafts should be keepsakes, not throw-aways. I have so many ideas. Maybe next year.
The one craft that WAS cool, was thrust upon our crew by one of the camp directors, much to the dismay of the Screamer, because it actually required some effort. The girls each got to paint a wooden regatta boat, which they would race in the pool on the last day. We actually had to set up paint tables (the horror!). There was a lot of stomping and muttering under her breath by the Screamer, but this was a great project that the girls enjoyed and will probably actually keep. Unfortunately, this project was also poorly planned, as no one bothered to open the kits prior to camp to notice that we were going to need to carve grooves into the bottoms of the boats to attach the rudders to the bottom. There was quite a scramble, some tense moments, and some minor incidents involving super-glue, but we got it done. Unfortunately, most of the boats capsized immediately upon entering the pool, but the girls didn't seem to mind.
|Look Ma! No Foam!|
I am so ready to start my own summer camp for adults. I just need a financial backer. Who's in?
OK...off to do something with this day. The house isn't going to clean itself. Pictures and tales from the lake coming soon!