When it comes to adventure, Girl Scouts can make it happen and with those adventures comes with a lot of benefits!
This summer, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors were given an opportunity to sign up for adventure camp sessions where they would have the chance to take excursion trips from our resident camps. Last week, four GSCCC teens who signed up for False Cape Fun had an adventure-packed few days. They spent several days at an amazing local state park that has six miles of unspoiled beaches in an ocean-to-freshwater bay habitat that includes dunes, woodland, farm fields, salt marsh, maritime forest and wooded swamps. False Cape State Park hosts 300 species of nesting and migratory songbirds, shorebirds and ducks, otters, white-tailed deer, red fox, loggerhead turtles, American bald eagles, feral pigs, wild horses, and a number of interesting reptiles.
While at the park, our Girl Scouts spent nights under the stars, had fun on the beach, did a swamp stomp with a park ranger, toured the Pleasure House Point nature area, paddle boarded at Rudee’s Inlet, learned knot tying, and, of course, had s’mores around the campfire! They were also able to travel into the heart of the park in a tram and then explore the grounds on foot.
This session is just one of many where Girl Scouts discover the wonders of nature, experience the thrill of adventure, and challenge themselves and one another to reach new heights in the outdoors. Did you know that repeat camping experiences, such as this one, are key drivers of girls’ leadership development? Plus, the challenge-seeking aspect of these experiences enhances a girl’s ability to better negotiate decisional ambiguities and to experience positive emotions.
Consider taking a day trip or doing an overnight excursion at False Cape State Park—or just plan to get outdoors more! You can add a visit to this park or another state park during Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 10-11, 2022.
Girl Scouts spent a day with the Blazing Blue Herons canoe team at Burke’s Mill.
We had fun exploring the outdoors at Jockey’s Ridge and Machicomoco State Parks.