When my sisters, Marie and Audrey, and I were growing up, our summers were spent at day camps. It was a win-win for my family that my sisters and I got to be outside all day, learning new things and making new friends, while my parents didn’t have to worry about us tearing up the house.
One of our favorite camps we attended each year was Girl Scout camp at Camp McMillen near Huntertown. The week of camp was always well balanced, with different group activities, enrichment and great food. There are a few memories that stand out:
· The massive rock-climbing wall that scared us to death but taught us that one of the best feelings is overcoming your fears and making it to the top of the wall.
· The songs that would get stuck in our head. Still today we can shout “Oh, a milkshake!” and get transported back to camp days.
· Tie-dyed shirts, ropes courses, taking turns cleaning the dreaded greenies, skits and laughs around the campfire during sleepovers.
The camp is rich with tradition, which makes it special knowing that the memories are shared with women all over. One tradition I will always remember is singing “I Want to Linger” around the evergreen trees at night under the stars with our new friends each summer.
Girl Scout camp was a tradition we loved to be a part of, and my sisters and I are glad to see it continue through the years, inspiring new generations.