Girl Scouts Host Successful Camporee

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Photo by Aaron Marcavitch
Campers enjoying their time at Camp Woodstock, Woodstock Valley, Conn.

The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of over 100 Girl Scouts from Suffield as they enjoyed an amazing weekend of fun at Camp Woodstock. Scouts ranged in age from Daisy (Kindergarten/1st grade) to Senior (9-10th grade) and enjoyed programs from archery to rock climbing. The weekend was like a mini-summer camp for many of the scouts as they were nearing the end of a successful scout year. A portion of the cost was defrayed by the Girl Scout Service Unit from funds raised by the scouts.

Scouts assembled at Camp Woodstock, located about an hour east of Suffield, at 9 a.m. arriving with unbounded enthusiasm for the exciting weekend. Assembling on the parade field, the group was met by the staff of Camp Woodstock. Scouts split up and headed off to several activities, which included boating, archery, camp games, climbing, bouldering, arts and crafts, and nature. Those fortunate enough to have started at boating were able to beat the rain before the boats were forced off the lake. Archery was moved indoors and was just as fun. Scouts sang and hiked in the rain to the massive dining hall where a hearty lunch and dinner was served by the camp staff.

Later that evening, scouts assembled in the program hall where they roasted marshmallows over the giant fireplace. Songs and skits were sung to the group and everyone enjoyed the fellowship. That night scouts were housed in individual cabins for the older scouts while a giant sleeping hall was used for the younger scouts – many of which were on their first overnight.

The next morning was bright and sunny – much like the spirit of the scouts – before they departed. The weekend was a great success and scouts are eager to return next spring. This fall, the scouts will assemble at Sunrise Park in September for a fall skills day before starting the next scout season.

The Camporee Planning Committee was made up of Sarah Benito, Emily Boone, Debra Dudek, Aaron Marcavitch, and Jess Turner. Erica Boucher is the Service Unit Manager. The scouts thank Camp Woodstock YMCA camp for providing a wonderful experience.

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