Girl Scout Camping-Go Faux Camping With Your Troop

When I signed on to be a Girl Scout leader back in the fall of 2008, I did so under the following conditions…

1.  I do not sell cookies.

2.  I do not camp.

My co-leader is the outdoorsy one, so she is in charge of any camping related activities.

Last spring, my girls really wanted to experience the great outdoors.  One of my frequent Girl Scout volunteers had a great idea…why not set up a tent in our school’s courtyard for our last meeting of the year?

We got permission from the principals and I planned several activities for the great outdoors.

But Mother Nature had other plans.
We meet on Fridays after school, and it poured for five straight days.  My friend with the tent suggested we camp indoors.  The principals gave us permission to do this, and our faux camping trip was born!
We had already made Sit Upons when we earned the Girl Scout Ways Try It patch.  I used my teaching skills to create other indoor activities.
The faux camping experience was a big hit!  We made no-bake s’mores and had a ball.  I wrote about the experience in more detail in this articleFor those of you who want to do something different at a meeting, especially with younger Daisy Girl Scouts and Brownie Girl Scouts, this is a terrific activity.  It is even a fun way to beat the winter blahs if you live in a colder climate.
Let me know if you try it!

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