Monday, August 15, 2016

Sertoma Club at Camp Apasus

A dip in the swimming pool, yoga under the shade of trees– Girl Scouts know how to have fun at camp while staying cool! Last week at Camp Apasus, more than 50 Girl Scouts enjoyed a week of fun and adventure in the outdoors, including a special celebration in honor of National S’mores Day on August 10.

As part of the celebration, campers welcomed guests from the Sertoma Club of Norfolk for a luncheon program. The Sertoma Club is a long-time supporter of the camp, and Girl Scouts host the club annually to thank members for their contributions and support of the camp During the luncheon, Girl Scouts announced their newest cookie flavor, Girl Scout S’mores, and campers shared some favorite songs with guests. Mayor Kenneth Alexander joined everyone for lunch and enjoyed hearing the campers talk about their best camp experiences.

After lunch, Bobby Baker, president of the Sertoma Club of Norfolk, presented Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast with a check for $5,000.

“We thank you for what you do for girls,” Baker said. “We value being a part of the outdoor experiences for girls at Camp Apasus.”

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast plans to put the funds towards building a new shelter at the camp, after they receive approval from the City of Norfolk. Over the years, funds from the Sertoma Club of Norfolk have allowed Girl Scouts to make updates and repairs to the camp, build fire pits, purchase a new pool and more.

Before the end of the event, guests were invited to make s’mores around the fire and take tours of the Camp Apasus property.

Since the 1930s, Girl Scouts have been attending Camp Apasus, where they make lasting friendships, have new experiences, develop leadership skills and gain 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.