Sunday, March 15, 2015

Currituck Girl Scouts Make Improvements at Camp Darden

Last summer, Girl Scout Cadette Kilani from Currituck spent a week at Camp Darden, a Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast property near Franklin, Va., riding horses, canoeing, swimming, learning archery and making new friends around the campfire. She spent an adventurous week in the outdoors and had a wonderful experience, but she also noticed that the bunk beds in her cabin could use a fresh coat of paint. Two weeks later, Kilani was back at Camp Darden with her fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 64, and they agreed. After their weekend at camp, the girls took action to contact the property department at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and offered to paint the bunks.

Girl Scout Troop 64 at Camp Darden
After much planning, Girl Scout Troop 64 finally set out to see their plan into action last weekend. They packed paintbrushes and tape alongside their sleeping bags and pillows and headed back to Camp Darden. The 11 troop members, along with their two leaders, spent the weekend adding a fresh coat of “Girl Scout green” paint to the bunk beds at Camp Darden.

“They felt that the buildings should be as beautiful as the property itself,” Jesse Richardson, leader of Girl Scout Troop 64, said. “The girls really enjoyed putting part of the Girl Scout Law into action by doing their part to make the world a better place.”

Girl Scout Troop 64 among the freshly painted bunk beds at Camp Darden

While at Camp Darden, the girls also made sure to have some fun. They celebrated the 13th birthday of a troop member, Kenzie Faytik, and were invited by some Girl Scouts in Virginia Beach to join them around the campfire for s’mores and songs.

At all levels of Girl Scouting, girls are encouraged to identify community needs, be resourceful problem solvers and take action to make a difference. The hard work of Girl Scout Troop 64 will be enjoyed by hundreds of girls who choose Camp Darden for their annual camping trips, as well as the girls who attend resident camp there this summer.

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