Were you a Girl Scout? Do you have a Girl Scout in your family? Have you ever bought Girl Scout cookies?
I was NOT a girl scout, I have one in my family and yes, I have bought them for years. I never realized all the hard work and dedication that goes into Girl Scouts as a whole.
"On their honor" these girls serve in many ways, to show what they are learning and how it can apply to daily life. Service hours, donations collected, animals saved, trips, journeys, camps, cookie selling and much more. These girls put a lot of effort into all that they do with the support of their amazing troop leaders, it seems like the possibilities are endless.
This is our 3rd year in Girl Scouts and my daughter loves it. She is proud to be a Girl Scout and be part of a troop that promotes the Girl Scout way or code if you will.
These girls have donated cookies to our Troops and delivered them personally, collected socks for abandoned felines to help make toys or cat nip filled treats, collected cans for food drives, donated their earned cookie money to Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach and a lot more in just the 3 years these little girls have been a troop. They started out as Daisys and are on to their 4th year or second year as brownies. So proud of their leaders and all of the girls.
This year we were able to attend Camp Scherman - Zoe and I have looked at the fun that all of the camps have to offer, but she just hasn't been totally ready until this summer.
I was privileged enough to be able to attend the Camp Scherman weekend too. I was not sure what to totally expect so I packed up as much nausea meds and inflammation meds I could and said a prayer for the best.
Arriving at Camp Scherman on Friday at 5:30pm was perfect. We were able to check in and check out our cabin. It was much better than I expected. I was a bit worried we would have to creep through the woods and fight off woodland animals in the middle of the night as we made our way to the restroom... but... that wasn't totally the case.
|Night 1 Sunset - #Beautiful #Sunset|
The day itself was filled with so much fun. First up we headed to crafts. Here the girls were able to work on whatever craft they wanted since there were 4 crafts they could do. Our girls had a blast making lanyards, making sun catchers with beads, painting a starry night (the theme of the camp) and helping each other! Not going to lie, I was able to re learn the art of lanyard making and starting, a nostalgic feeling for me for sure.
After crafts we had the opportunity to head over to archery! So many first for us this weekend. This was one of the best moments spent with my girl at her camp. We were able to learn how to hold and shoot the bow and arrow. It was the best. I totally loved Archery and will most def do it again soon. So Disney Brave like in our fierce GIRL Power of shooting the bow - Loved it!
|Loved this so much! Yes I know, we are twins and I love it!|
After lunch we were so excited to head over to canoeing! Oh My! Talk about fun. It was our firs time and will not be our last. There were 3 girls and I in the canoe and we toured the lake and had fun re capturing one of our girls hats that fell off and started to float away. So fun. I can not wait to do this again . Being out on the lake was beautiful and the scenery was just surreal. Nature can be so calming when you take a moment to enjoy it.
|Can NOT wait to do this again!|
|View of the Lake we did Canoeing in.|
|Where the Indians of the area used to crush acorns.|
To end the activities it was our troops turn to take a dip in the pool. So refreshing and cool. The girls playing, swimming and laughing. That really is the best noise EVER! Right before we called the girls out for showers one of our troop leaders noticed a small frog in the pool. The girls thought it was so cool to see the frog swimming. We helped it out and saved it's non loving chlorine self - so cute, so little, so camping!
|Do you see what I see!? Our little Froggie!|
That's a wrap, the day's activities were done and we headed back to evening Flag ceremony and dinner. All meals also have hoppers. A hopper (not to be confused with Hopper in Disney's Bug's Life) is one girl scout at each table that makes the food runs, sets the table and leads the way in service at each meal. Once again teaching honor, respect, patience, service to others and working together. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Our girls were hoppers on Sunday morning for breakfast.
|Every meal was amazing! Shout out to the Kitchen staff at Camp Scherman!|
|These Camp Leaders really know how to have fun!|
|Our troops skit song - Hug a Polar Bear - So Cute!|
At 6am we were up and getting ready for our hike. The amazing camp leaders led us up and over and through to the bottom of red rock. The rock itself is beautiful and so large! It was a semi rock climb and we were told to keep 3 point of contact on the rock at all times. The girls went up ahead of us with a few of the leaders and I hung back at the bottom since I knew I would not be able to make it all the way up. My left side just isn't what it used to be and I cant take the weight and strength needed since my right side is much stronger than my left side.
|View From Red Rock - Rock Climb|
We started our decline and had to be very careful not to slip and slide down the rock.
We DID it! It was a huge accomplishment and the Camp Leaders were motivating and always happy to help or make you feel good about what you had just done! Seriously the best Camp Leaders that we could have been blessed to have leading us all weekend!
|The girls on the way down - slowly but surely|
After breakfast we all got together and did a final camp closing with "Scouts Own".... a reflective few moments that allow us all to see the beauty of the weekend inside out. It was beautiful to hear the troop that led the "Scouts Own" share their most memorable moments. I know that the girls had so much fun cause Zoe did not want to leave.
|Breakfast is served.. thanks Hoppers!|
Thank you Camp Scherman, Erin and ALL OF the girls. I have to say that they all rocked it and made our girls feel so comfortable and at ease with all the new things they tried and experienced over the weekend!
A shout out to FLO and all the Camp Leaders - want to say that all the leaders had a great attitude, always smiled and were so kind to the girls and us moms. I love how all of the leaders really loved what they were there for. They ALL showed our girls not only is Camp Scherman amazing but being a leader and a voice to be heard with respect and dignity is brilliantly welcome! THANK YOU LEADERS!
|Best CAMP Leaders EVER!|
Top 3 things my Girl Scout loved about Camp Scherman:
* The Outdoor Activities - She is now asking to go camping and is on a mission to get us outdoors in the wilderness more often. I'm okay with that too! She loved the different rocks she was able to find too.
* The Archery - she had so much fun learning how to use and correctly shoot the bow and arrow that I myself want to find a place where we can do this mom and me style! We love archery!
* The whole troop in one cabin sharing everything. She said "mom, were together and have a buddy and the buddy changes but we always stick with our troop and help one another" PRICELESS lesson learned and told by my 7yo. Teamwork makes the Dream Work!
We shared a lot of firsts over the weekend - Archery, Canoeing and rock climbing, among others and I am grateful and very thankful for all of them!
For more information on the Camp itself please visit HERE .
Thank you Kelly, Vanessa, our troop girls and the Camp Scherman TEAM for all the efforts put in and done to make such an amazing weekend unforgettable! See you soon!
OnTheGoOC & OnTheGoOCKid
|Vanessa and Kelly our Amazing Troop Leaders!|
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