The airy night sky surrounding a camp fire and the taste of burnt white fluffy delicacies is only half of what alumnae can expect at the FOREVER Girl Scouts – Adult Camping Weekend, being held October 20 – 22, at Camp Marydale in St. Francisville and Camp Whispering Pines in Independence. Former girls, troop leaders, volunteers, camp counselors, and staff members are invited to hike down memory lane and relive their camp experience.
Campers will reminisce as they camp-out and participate in the activities they loved as girls. Activities vary to each camp, but include: archery, canoeing, kayaking/paddle boarding (CWP only), high ropes/climbing wall (CWP only), craft(s), singing, swimming in the pool, hiking, free time, cooking out, evening campfire, s’mores and lots of FUN!
“Last year’s Adult Camping Weekend was a walk down memory lane for me,” said Jeni Frederick, a former Camp Marydale director back in 2001. “Seeing friends who I worked alongside with and having a surf’s up during lunch brought smiles to everyone and warmed my heart.”
A surf’s up is a camp counselor favorite, according to Jill Pollard, Girl Scouts Louisiana East Chief Development Officer. She explained that a surf’s up is when everyone gets to jump into the pool with their clothes on right after eating lunch or dinner.
This year, alumnae will bring their photos and Girl Scout stories to share, decorate “Name Tags,” and participate in a variety of “get to know you” activities. There will also be a group photo taken with the “FOREVER a Girl Scout” t-shirt. Fee for joining FOREVER Girl Scouts is $100 and includes t-shirt, discounted pricing, GSUSA membership, and more.
The camping weekend, being held at both camps simultaneously, is open to all alumnae across the world, and they can choose to stay all weekend or Saturday only. Weekend stays include three meals and one cook-out meal for $56, or $28 for FOREVER Girl Scout members. The cost to participate on Saturday, only, is $36 and $18 for FOREVER Girl Scout members. This fee includes one dining meal and one cookout meal.
There is also a special package price for alum who plan to attend the council’s BIG event on Saturday, October 21. The cost to participate Friday evening to Saturday morning or Saturday evening to Sunday morning is $20 and $10 for FOREVER Girl Scout members. Registration deadline is October 6.
Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines is located at 56535 Highway 1054 in Independence and Girl Scout Camp Marydale is located at 10317 Marydale Rd., in St. Francisville.
For more information and to register for the Girl Scouts Louisiana East FOREVER Girl Scouts- Adult Camping Weekend, please visit www.gsle.org/alumnae, or contact Jill Pollard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 733-8220, ext. 2238.