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Camp In: Winter Carnival!

What an appropriate theme:  Winter Carnival!  Postponed due to… snow. How ironic.  Rescheduled and a huge success! The snow on the ground added ambiance to the winter Camp In.  Here are a few highlights from event organizer Erin Locke & Junior Troop 19.

Camp In 2013 took place on February 9-10, 2013, at the Centre National de Formation de Jambville, Scouts et Guides de France.  After being cancelled on January 19th because of a large snowstorm we were able to reschedule the event for February.

Sixty-seven Girl Scouts and 29 Adult Volunteers from 10 troops of USAGSO-Paris attended this annual event.  We had six Junior Troops, three Cadette Troops and one Senior Troop attend. Seventy-six girls and adults enjoyed spending the night in our “Camp In” facilities – the Orangerie and the Grande Ferme.

Saturday began with a flag ceremony performed by Junior Troop 19 from Marymount International School.  This was Troop 19’s first Camp In and also first flag ceremony in front of a large group. The scouts then had a choice to stay inside or go outside.

campin singingActivity highlights included Campfire Training with Kelly and Gynnie Garamone from Junior Troop 8, a hike entitled “Jambville in Winter” led by Ashlie Kaspereit and Cadette Troop 37, Winter Art led by Erin Locke and help from Senior Troop 15, a World Thinking Day presentation by Tamara Giles-Vernick from Junior Troop 1 and the Snowball Dance Party.  Junior Troop 29 was named “Best in Snow” for their Snow Queen costumes.

Tamara Giles-Vernick, Ph.D., Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Junior Troop 1, gave an amazing World Thinking Day presentation.

Girls also enjoyed trading SWAPS – Special Watchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere, making Valentines for Wounded Warriors at Landstuhl Army Medical Center and making friendship bracelets for the Sangnam Friendship Bracelet Project. We sent over 65 gorgeous Valentines and 12 care packages to the Wounded Warriors program at the Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany.

What was the girls’ favorite part of Camp In 2013?

My favorite part was the Jambville in Winter Hike led by Cadette Troop 37, dancing at campin skitsthe Snowball Dance, spending time with my mom, meeting new friends, seeing the 17th century Chateau de Jambville, telling spooky stories in our room before bedtime, the fun music led by Cadette Troop 12 during the Snowball Dance Party.

With snow flurries in the air on Sunday morning, Junior Troop 19 closed Camp In 2013 by retiring the flags. We all agree – Camp In 2013 was a success!