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Local girl scouts take part in first camp of the year

June 19, 2012

Girl Scouts conduct the flag ceremony during their first day at camp. Girls who were not familiar with the ceremony learned from Girl Scouts and troop leaders who were. Proceeding the ceremony, the girls recited the Girl Scouts Pledge and started with a scavenger hunt. The camp, located near the fish hatchery, was held the evenings of June 13 and 14.

Mild temperatures and minimal precipitation made for perfect camp weather last week when the Valley City Service Unit Girl Scouts enjoyed two evenings at Camp Tonweya-Tiayta, which means “Scouts Home,” located near the Valley City National Fish Hatchery.

Troop leader Kirsten Dockter explained that some camps are affiliated through their headquarters, Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, but this one was held by the local troop leaders.

The camp, which was held Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 4-11 p.m., allowed girls to participate in a variety of activities, including crafts, games, a nature walk, and a campfire.

Girls from all ages attended the camp. The youngest was a kindergartner and the oldest was a ninth-grader. The camp allows girls to develop leadership and character through games and activities.

“Girl Scout camps help girls in making good choices, making friends and building relationships,” Dockter said.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts organization being formed, and so, the girls participated in some trivia from1912, the group’s first year, on which they did well. The girls also scavenged for dinner, learned about the flag ceremony and fire safety, and some girls were able to canoe.

Most activities took place outdoors, so the Girl Scouts were able to enjoy the sunshine and put their knowledge of nature to use. Amber Bruyea and Emma Mielke, both 9, of Valley City, said they enjoyed the bird watching station and were curious about some berries they saw in a nearby tree. Both girls were also on the lookout for poison ivy.

The Girl Scouts council plans to use the camp again in August, but no specific date has been determined.

Parents who are interested in learning more about Girl Scouts in Valley City can contact the Fargo Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons office. The local membership specialist is Janna Ahrendt at 701-293-7915.

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