By Guest Bloggers, Connie Jones and Kim Landis
Who says that Thanksgiving has to be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November? Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana Troops 00029, 00129, 20361, 20862, and 20036 might have to disagree with you. For the 5th year, girls in the Cadettes, Juniors, Brownies and Daisy grade levels have gathered at Camp Agnes S. McMillen for camaraderie, games and the excitement of turkey. The troop numbers and leadership have changed, but what hasn’t changed is the experience that the girls have of learning how to work together and with careful instruction, prepare dinner for their families.
After checking in on Saturday, November 2nd, the girls choose their bunk bed, enjoyed a hay ride, roasted hot dogs, made s’mores, and even found time to play hot potato and enjoy time with friends before settling in for the night. Early on Sunday, November 3rd, breakfast was consumed, the girls got dressed, cleaned the cabins, and found out what food they would be responsible for preparing. Our girls break up into groups for each different food dish or items on the menu. This year’s menu included turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, apple salad, and rolls. Pumpkin pie and dump cake desserts finished off the Thanksgiving meal. Once the girls were prepped and cooking was done, they were able to enjoy hikes, learn songs and prayers.
After families arrived to the Gathering Center, our girl scouts performed a Girl Scout opening with the pledge, promise, song and a prayer. Everyone really enjoyed some good ‘ol Girl Scout Repeat-After-Me Song selections! We had the privilege of providing delicious nourishment for 83 people.
This weekend teaches our girl scouts so many things such as bonfire safety, cooking, cleaning up after them selves, respect of people and property, friendship, fun and leadership. Although this event can be somewhat of an exhausting adventure, we were proud of how well the girls worked together. The older girls were so helpful to the younger ones and accomplished each task with smiles, and had looks of anticipation of coming back next year to do it all over again.