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Cedar Creek Park hosts Girl Scouts

July 27, 2011
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - The theme is "Camp Like A Girl," which is fitting for the three-day Girl Scout day camp being held this week at Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont.

Putting up tents, building fires, and learning first aid and blade safety were prominently featured. But along with these handy skills, the 94 girls and dozen Girl Scout aides also were having fun.

"One thing we had Monday was geocaching," said Nancy Klemek, one of the Girl Scout directors. "It's a treasure-hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity, and we also used compasses to help."

On Tuesday, the older girls were spending the day learning archery at the Boy Scout camp south of town while the younger girls stayed at Cedar Creek Park making chocolate cakes in Dutch ovens.

"Part of the reason we sent them [to the Boy Scout camp] is because we're running out of room," Klemek said. "But today, they're learning to work with the bow and arrow."

Cedar Creek Park was scattered with deflated bright pink tents Tuesday after the girls learned how to set up their tents.

"The tents were great because all the Scouts got them last year, and they don't need to be tethered," Klemek said. "We had a few tents in the past, but they weren't as easy to set up."

The entire experience is aimed at the girls trying something new, be it learning survival skills to trying a new vegetable.

"We did the foil packs yesterday," said Nicki Kueker, director of the Girl Scout camp this year. "I had a girl tell me, 'I tried three different vegetables, and I liked them!'"

The camp wraps up today with the girls making a banner to note all of this year's camp accomplishments, and includes the girls' favorite event: Water wars.

"Most of the girls remember to bring their swimsuits," Kueker said. "They definitely remember in the second year."

Tug of war over wading pools, sponge tosses, and even water-bomb baseball highlight the end of camp.

"We're just happy that camp wasn't last week," Kueker said. "The weather's been nice, and it's going smooth."



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