Monday, June 25, 2018

Explore the outdoors with The Wild Things!

Are you a Girl Scout who loves the outdoors? Do you enjoy challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone? Have you heard about The Wild Things?

Founded by Bonnie Taylor, a dedicated 13-year GSCCC volunteer, The Wild Things was organized after Bonnie and two former volunteers kept getting several requests from other girls to go camping with troops.

“I ‘almost’ always said yes. Then we realized that so many girls were missing out on so much simply because their troop leaders didn’t want to, or didn’t know how to do all these types of camping,” Bonnie explained.

Several girls came up with the name “The Wild Things” and the rest is history!

The group hosts a lot of different events, including hammock camping, hiking and even repelling. A group of girls recently camped in hammocks and Bonnie also took 13 girls repelling in Shenandoah National Park. Talk about fun!

As Girl Scouts, programs are girl-led which allows girls to have a say in what they do.

“I ask the girls what they want to do,” Bonnie said. I use my own daughters as sounding boards and ask ‘would this be fun?’ and I also get lots of emails from people asking if I could do this or that.”

Girls gain confidence, make memories and challenge themselves in so many ways when they join the fun! The best part is that because of Bonnie’s skill set, all kinds of adventures are available for girls. It’s no wonder why the events almost always have a waitlist!

A hard-working volunteer, outdoor facilitator, mother and wife, Bonnie now has two troops and still runs The Wild Things.

Thank you, Bonnie for helping us build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!

 Click here to register for upcoming events. Remember, spots fill up fast!