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Encampment


The town-wide Encampment is usually help in April/May for 3rd grade Brownies. The planned activities are all related to basic camping skills and Girl Scout traditions.
 

Girl Scout owned sites are used and have indoor plumbing. The cost of the weekend is about $25/ girl (or parent tag-a-long). This covers: rental of the camp property, supplies for programs (like building first aid kits), s’mores for all and fun patches to commemorate the weekend.

Troops will be responsible for:

  1. Supplying adult leadership in accordance with the Volunteer Essentials safety ratios for their level. However, you do NOT need your own troop camper. Cabin assignments will be made to share the certified campers.
  2. Their own food and meal planning. You WILL know who you are “bunking” with so you can coordinate meals & supplies with them if you wish.
  3. Taking a leadership role in planning/running one of the program stations.

Saturday evening we will come together for a “cook-out” where everyone plans their food but we cook using traditional campfire techniques like foil packets and Dutch ovens. Troops are encouraged to be creative and think about what it appropriate for the age of their girls. For those not familiar with camp cooking just ask. We will all eat as a community. Drinks and paper products will be provided for this meal, but girls are encouraged to bring a "mess kit."

At dinner time we will have SWAPs*. Troops will be asked to make enough SWAPs to share with everyone. After dinner we will enjoy a campfire and sing-a-long. All troops should plan at least one song or skit to perform. Again if you’re not sure what to do just ask.

Troops of younger girls are encouraged to come for one night or just the day on Saturday. This can give both girls and leaders a great feel for the event and Girl Scout camping.
 
Sample Schedule:
 

Friday

4pm-7pm

Arrival - set up,

Get your skills bracelet

Learn the safety rules of camp Wabasso and explore

7pm-9pm

Campfire & s’mores

Saturday

10:00am

Opening Flag Ceremony

Anyone arriving for Saturday night or day only is asked to arrive by the 10am opening

10:30-12:00

Morning programs ½ hr each – these programs require more direct supervision so troops will be signed up for a specific rotation

12:00-1:00

Lunch break – troop choice

1:00-3:00

Afternoon program – move from station to station at your own pace

3:00-600

Troop time – explore…

6:00

All meet to cook dinner on the campfire, camp stoves, etc

Drinks and paper products will be supplied

7:30-9:30

SWAPs

Campfire

Skits

Night hike / star gazing

Sunday

8:30

Jungle breakfast

9:00-10:00

Cabin/site clean-up – check out

10:30

Closing ceremony

11:00

Everyone heads home….


* What are SWAPs? Need some ideas click here—> http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/traditions/swaps/ 
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