Thursday, August 14, 2014

Camp Apasus Pool Dedication

On August 13, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast hosted a dedication ceremony for their new pool at Camp Apasus in Norfolk. The pool was made possible through a generous donation from the Norfolk Sertoma Club, a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts and Camp Apasus. The pool dedication was followed by the annual appreciation luncheon hosted by Girl Scouts for the members of the Sertoma Club. During the luncheon, girls who are currently attending the day camp at Camp Apasus sang songs and handed out crafts that they had made to the guests. 

Girl Scouts and members of the Norfolk Sertoma Club
Last summer, members of the Sertoma Club presented Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast with a check for $10,000 to cover the cost of replacing the nearly 40-year-old pool at the camp. The new pool was installed in time for the beginning of the 2014 summer camp season, and was enjoyed this summer by the 54 girls who attend Girl Scout day camp at Camp Apasus, as well as over 300 Norfolk youth during five weeks of day camp hosted by the Sheriff Bob McCabe Foundation. This is the second year that the Foundation has partnered with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast to offer a free summer camp experience for girls and boys in Norfolk.

In addition to the new pool, a local Boy Scout raised funds and built a deck around the pool to create a safe and stable platform for swimmers for his Eagle Award project. The new deck and pool offer an updated and safer environment for girls to learn how to swim and enjoy the water at Camp Apasus.

Since the 1930s, Girl Scouts have been attending Camp Apasus, where they’re not only building campfires, swimming and making friends, but also learning how to work as a team, develop leadership skills and gain a sense of self-confidence as they try new things. Thanks to the generous support of the Sertoma Club and other community organizations, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast can continue to serve girls, building courage, confidence and character among them, one girl at a time.

Happy campers enjoy the new pool at Camp Apasus.

View more photos from the day here.