After all the weeks and weeks of planning, making lists, practicing putting up tents, rolling up sleeping bags, cooking and learning safety lessons, it was finally time for our Camping Trip!
Of course, all of our tents were different and all went up in their own way. Thank goodness for Michelle though, she made sure we got them all up properly.
The next morning they woke up at 5:45am and I was woke up by the sounds of them giggling and laughing. Even though I had not gotten to sleep until about 4:30am (I'm a night owl and wasn't comfortable) I found it hard to be upset with them. They were having fun.
Other troop leaders did tell them to be quiet as most other troops were still sleeping. Because of that, I had to play meanie and tell them to be more respectful of others and whisper if they wake up that early again.
After we ate and cleaned up the girls took off to their different stations. They learned 9 different camping skills.
They learned how to tie knots, first aid, how to put up a tent, how to use a compass, how to build a fire, how to use knifes, how to pack for camping, lashing and one other thing...I can't remember what it was though.
They did four stations and then it was time for lunch. We had bean and cheese burritos, chips and salsa and pink lemonade.
After eating lunch, they all went on a scavenger hunt throughout the other camps to find different things in each camp that had been marked.
Then it was back for the rest of the lessons and then back to camp for dinner. We had hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips and of course S'Mores for dessert.
Though they were quick to say they didn't like to do dishes at home. Go figure.
The girls all made 6 SWAPS to exchange with the girls in our troop. So they had fun switching with each other and seeing what they came up with.
In the morning the girls would all meet together to walk over to the flag ceremony. In order to get there they had to cross under the "Bridge of Silence".
Once through there they could not speak at all and had to remain silent until told they could talk.
Hearing all the girls talking and being loud, I thought there would be lots of talking girls being told to be quiet.
However, once they walked under the "bridge" I didn't hear anyone talk.
So the girls, quietly played while waiting in line.
First aid taught them how to take care of each other should they get hurt and what to do if there wasn't an adult around.
The girls all slept in this tent.
They all did some craft things too.
The 2nd night we were there was time for all the girls to do skits. The girls had practiced theirs several times. They came up with the whole idea and everything they were going to say.
Here they are watching the other troops do their skits.
The three girl scouts are talking about how fun camping is and making SWAPS. Then the leader comes in and tells the girls it time to go to bed.
Trinity becomes a wreck, talking fast about how she just knows a bear or big squirrel will come eat them while they sleep. Tuppence is sleeping as fast as she is told lights out. The leader tries to calm the girls down and they go to sleep.
One by one the girls get woke up by a bear coming into their camp ground. They scream, wake the others up (though Tuppence never wakes up) and the leader calms them all down. That is, until the leader is woke up and sees the bear for herself!
She quickly wakes the girls up (Tuppence won't wake up) and gets everyone out of the tent to safety.
Tuppence is left alone in the tent sleeping. The bear returns. She wakes up and stays calm, gives the bear some Girl Scout cookies (which is all the bear really wanted) and goes back to sleep.
She then wakes up in the morning and says she had the strangest dream about a bear coming scaring everyone and all the bear wanted was to eat some Girl Scout cookies.
The skit is then over.
How cute! I was so proud of the girls! They did a super job.
We made it to bed much earlier as everyone was super tired.
In the morning we got up, got dressed, took our tents down and packed up everything, had breakfast and the girls went to the Flag ceremony and exchanged their SWAPS with the other troops.
It was then time to go home.
WOW! It was over so fast. Everyone said they wanted to go camping again.
I have to admit, that morning and even until the next day I thought I would never go camping again. But, after I rested up, I started checking out camp grounds and dates for our next outing.
This time it will be just our troop going. No other troops. We will be able to be on our time schedule and can stay up as late as we want, do what we want during the day and eat when we want. We can also do more camping things like hiking, cooking like the girl scouts are known to cook and play games.