Monday, July 21, 2014

Currituck Twilight Camp

Evenings during the week of July 14, the Moyock Library was filled with some of North Carolina’s youngest scientists, as a group of 15 Girl Scouts took part in a volunteer-led summer camp. The girls, who will be entering grades 4-8 in the fall, participated in activities all week long that introduced them to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Girls learn how to make a mold of a
shoe print from Detective Stallings.
Throughout the week, the girls worked together to solve a mystery using forensic skills that they learned along the way. On Wednesday evening, Detective Stallings from the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office came to teach the girls about casting footprints and taking fingerprints—two commonly used methods of gathering clues at a crime scene.

During the week, the girls also used chemistry to make bath soaps, explored how animal microchips function and learned how bone measurements can be used to determine a person’s height. The camp finished on Friday with a pizza party and a sleepover.

“I hope they remember that camp is fun, and Girl Scouts is for every age,” Michelle Santa, a Girl Scout volunteer who organized the camp, said.

Santa, who has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts for the past 11 years, decided to organize the camp so that Girl Scouts in Currituck would have a fun and engaging chance to explore STEM activities and careers.

Girl Scouts is committed to empowering girls to pursue any field of interest by offering a wide variety of activities and programs. In recent years focus has been placed on STEM subjects in order to encourage girls to explore and learn about fields where females are underrepresented.

Girl Scouts who attended Twilight Camp in Currituck enjoyed learning
about crime-solving techniques from Detective Stallings from the
Currituck County Sheriff's Office.