Friday, October 28, 2011

CAMP SCHERMAN ~ A DAY OF FUN!

It was a beautiful morning.  The weather was lovely, the girls all in pink and everyone was excited to finally be at Camp Scherman!

The girls had fun finding little treasures left by Mother Nature.  Things like Pine Cones, rocks and flowers.

We got signed in and was put in a group.  Our groups name was The Pumpkins.  Each group would rotate to do different fun things and then move to the next fun activity waiting for us.

The girls were thrilled our first activity for the day was the canoes. 

Everyone was given a life jacket and showed how to row the canoe as well as turn around.  Everyone was going to take turns rowing.

The girls loved being able to go in their own canoe without the adults.

They were like pros out there.  Even the leaders said they did a super job and had no problems at all.

It was fun watching them getting the hang of rowing and working together to make the canoe work properly.

They all had so much fun.  They had big smiles on their faces and you could hear them giggling as they would go by.

It was almost like something out of a movie watching the girls having a great time out on the water as the sun sparkled off the water. 
It was very relaxing out there too.  Unless you were the one who was in charge of rowing.  Then it was serious business.


The time flew by.  All to soon, it was time to paddle back to shore and get ready for our next area of fun.

The girls turned around and headed in.

They all agreed they loved being in the canoe and wanted to go again some day.
After putting the canoes and life vest away, we gathered to meet up with the other girls in our Pumpkin Group.

While waiting for everyone to gather together they had the girls get in a circle to play a funny game.

The game was to say Pterodactyl without showing your teeth.  Then the next girl would say it.  If you showed your teeth (which many did when they laughed) then you got out.

I wonder how many of the girls even knew what a Pterodactyl was.  Which by the way, did you know it was spelled with a P?  I didn't.  Guess we learn something new every day.

We found out our next thing would be going on a hike.

It took awhile to get all the girls ready though.  Everyone had to fill up their water bottles and many made a pit stop in the BIFFY (which stands for bathroom in the forest for you).

Finally we were on our way.

Did your girls tell you about smelling the tree?  This is not any tree.  This is a yummy smelling tree.

The bark smells like butterscotch.  Funny thing is that whey you pull the bark off, it doesn't smell any more. 

Our leader guided us up the mountain.  We had to walk single file because sometimes the trail was pretty small and had trees that could scratch us or even cactus was on the side of the trail.

Our troop lead the way for all the girls.  It was fun seeing their bright pink shirts going up higher and higher.

Once up at the top, there was a nice view of the pond we were just in with the canoes.

The girls enjoyed rock climbing.  No it wasn't as dangerous or scary as it looks in the photos.

The leader/guide showed them the way so it was safe.

Just taking in the view of all of Camp Scherman down below.

You can see in this picture that it really wasn't that scary up there.  It was safe.  Girl Scouts wouldn't do things that are not safe.

Our girls helped one of the other girls in our group climb down as she was a bit scared.  How nice to know our troop really lives the Girl Scout Law and helps others.

Also, no girl is ever forced to do something they really don't want to do. 

After playing around on the rocks for awhile it was time to head back down.  The girls had worked up an appetite and our next thing to do was have lunch.

We ate our lunch by the lake.  It was nice to be able to rest a little bit. 

When lunch was over, the girls went through the museum and then it was time to head out for our next location.  A quick stop to fill up the water bottles.  This time there was lemon aid or water to pick from.

A few quick pictures were taken while we waited for everyone.

I'm so happy to see how the three new girls all fit in perfectly with our troop.  They seem like they have been part of our troop from the start.

Everyone getting a lesson in how to do archery.

For some of the girls it was their 3rd time doing archery.  For some it was the 2nd time and for some it was the first. 
They all did really good.  Some of the ones who had never done archery before even hit the target!  Way to go girls!

I think they all had fun.  It didn't really matter who hit the target and who didn't. 

We then moved on to the Veggie and Pumpkin field.  Everyone got to take home a pumpkin she picked herself.

It was pretty much the end of the veggie season.  But, there was still lots to be found. 

They even grilled some wonderful vegetables for us to enjoy.  Then there was a craft to do and finally off on the hey ride around Camp Scherman.

They showed the girls the cabins and dining hall.  Also, they did a tour of the whole camp. 



A tired from having fun all day.  From getting lots of exercise and from running around with friends. 

We then hit the road for our long drive home.   We hated to leave Camp Scherman but we know that one day we will be back!

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