For girl scouts, summer camp stands out as one of the biggest events of the year. To keep this time-honored tradition going for today’s girls, the Muscatine County Girl Scouts held their annual Camp Sacajawea day camp from July 22nd through the 26th at the Salisbury recreation area. A week full of fun, games, and many outdoor activities, this year’s camp focused around the theme the Wild Wild West.
Melissa McNally, one of the organizers of Camp Sacajawea, shared that sixty-four girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade participated in this year’s camp. With the help of fourteen adult volunteers, girls got to participate in a whole host of different activities.
Every morning at 9:00 am, the girls started their day with a flag ceremony. From there, they did something different and exciting each day. “We cram a lot of stuff in that week,” stated McNally.
On Monday, Dave Bakke from the Muscatine County Conservation Board came out and taught everyone how to fish. Tuesday, girls learned western style line dances, and created ponies of their very own out of pool noodles. A Camp Sacajawea staple, everyone had a water day on Wednesday. With creek stomping for those in kindergarten through third grade and canoeing for fourth through twelfth graders. Following their fun in the water, campers in fourth through twelfth grade got to spend the night in the Salisbury Recreation Area lodge. Thursday brought crafts galore with shrinky dink making, horseshoe decorating, and more. Finally, on Friday, campers enjoyed their final day together with shirt signing time, a SWAPS (special whatcha-ma-call-it affectionately pinned somewhere) exchange, and a talent show.
Packed in with all these activities, girls did many daily games
(including water games) and mini crafts as well. Group lunches made by a different unit of girls and volunteers each day, along with an end of the day flag ceremony at 3:30 each afternoon helped pull each day together.
With so much to do and so many enjoyable activities to participate in, McNally knew that every camper who came to Camp Sacajawea had an unforgettable experience. She found that girls had fun with every activity, but especially their afternoon water games. “I think it’s a god variety between hiking, crafts, and water games. I think they’d all say the water games were their favorites” McNally detailed.
As an adult volunteer, McNally felt nearly as excited as the campers about each project and game they did and loved giving the girls a chance to try out many different things. “I enjoyed just being out there with the kids, the girls have so much fun and do things they usually wouldn’t get to do,” related McNally.
Though the girls who attended Camp Sacajawea have “returned from the wild west” for this summer, the memories and friends they made will stay with them long after the summer ends. For McNally, she values the experiences she helped provide this summer, and looks forward to keeping this program going each and every summer.