Girl Scout Unit 260- Little Falls held their 5th Annual Camporee at the East Herkimer Fish and Game Club in August. With Covid-19 restrictions eased, they were able to once again have the opportunity to camp overnight. Girl Scout Unit 262-Herkimer also joined in the fun. Over 40 girls attended between both service units.

The Camporee started with a day camp on Saturday from 10 am-4 pm. The girls were split into smaller groups and rotated between four different stations. This year they built birdhouses, made butterflies, and tie-dyed pillowcases. They also learned new knot-tying skills, including how to tie their shoes for our youngest daisy scouts. The scouts worked on team-building skills through fun outdoor games; the games that included water were especially loved because of the extremely hot day we were having. We concluded the day with a campfire and Girl Scout songs.

NYS Environmental Conservation Officer Katie Jakaub came and spoke to the girls about her job and what it means to be a DEC officer. She brought her 4-wheeler and explained what she had to do if she needed to rescue someone. She also brought deer antlers and a hat made from animal skins for the girls to check out. The girls were able to ask questions, sit on the 4-wheeler and check out her work truck. Each year we introduce the girls to female role models who hold positions that were once only considered for men; our hope is that we are empowering these girls. We want them to know there is an entire world out there, and they can do anything they put their minds to.

After day camp ends, the scouts wanting to stay overnight, set up tents with their troop leaders, and had time to connect with other scouts. We have an all-camp dinner where everyone helps and learns to cook over a fire.
For many of the younger girls, this may be their first overnight, or it may be their first time sleeping in a tent. It could be the first step of many camping trips to come with Girl Scouting. With help from troop leaders and registered volunteers, this is a tradition we hope to continue for years to come.