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Girl Scouts camp at Jolly Jungle
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From July 11 through 15, forty-four Girl Scouts in grades 1-7 and their leaders gathered in the Jolly Jungle behind the Smithville Church of Christ Annex to experience Girl Scout Day Camp. This year's theme, Forever Green, foreshadowed next year's 100th Anniversary of GSUSA while setting the young women and their leaders on a journey to greater ecological awareness.Led by Camp Director Amy Cripps, girls experienced the traditional Day Camp outdoor activities of hiking, outdoor cooking, tent pitching and exploration.Participants also took part in a camp wide recycling project, made crafts from found objects and learned ways to prevent water and air pollution, erosion and environmental decay.The week culminated with a sleepover on Thursday night for Junior and Cadette Scouts, a swim day for all campers at Smithville Municipal Pool on Friday and a cookout Friday night where campers were able to share Girl Scout prayers, skits and songs with their families.Local leader Melissa Wallace says, "Day Camp is a great way to share valuable lessons with our girls.There is a confidence and sense of worth developed through experiencing the world in new ways. It is always a pleasure to share that experience with them."Local Service Unit Manager Ronica Evans expressed her thanks to the 14 leaders and other adults who volunteered at the camp, "Our volunteers make it possible for Girl Scouts to build young women of character, confidence and courage.