June 13, 2012

Exciting New Additions at Camp Molly Lauman

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s an exciting time to camp at Molly Lauman! Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland recently did an extensive property review and here’s what we heard: You like camping but want cool new activities and lodging options. Tradition is important but so is a need to keep camp fresh and exciting. You can check out more about the property review by visiting this link.
We heard you loud and clear… and guess what?  We’re adding some of these new elements to Camp Molly Lauman NOW! Check out some of the awesome new things campers will see at Molly Lauman this summer!

Imagine a cross between a tightrope and a trampoline.  That’s a slackline. Slacklining is becoming a popular new activity amongst rock climbers, skateboarders, snowboarders, surfers, and even yoga enthusiasts. Once you see it, you’ll see why so many different athletes find slacklining fun and challenging.

Slacklining is all about balance. The first challenge is just to stand on the rope. With spotters on hand you’ll get a chance to stand and walk the line. Once you get comfortable, you can challenge yourself to try simple tricks. Can you sit down on the line and stand back up? Give the line a bit of bounce… can you jump and stick the landing? What happens if you don’t (yes, I hear your worries from the back of the room)? The thing that makes slacklining remarkably safe is its distance from the ground. When you step on the line, the line stretches, giving it its bouncy feel. If you fall off you are only inches from the ground, so most of the time, you just step off when you feel off-balance. If you do fall, spotters are on hand to catch you.

GaGa Ball & 9-Square
Two new group games have been added near the tether ball and volleyball area. After meals, you’ll have free time outside and get to play until every table is done. Now there will be lots of free-choice games to join in on. Part of the fun of being at camp is getting to hang out with girls of all ages from all over. Free time mixed throughout the day will not only give you  a chance to mingle with new and old friends who may not be in your unit, but also give you a chance to pick and choose exactly what you do with your time.

GaGa Ball is a form of dodgeball played in a hexagon/octagon shaped pit. The catch is that you can’t catch the ball! You hit the ball with your hand and try to peg other people below the waist. If you get hit, you’re out! You can’t touch the ball twice in a row, so there’s lots of bouncing the ball off the perimeter wall. There’s a lot of jumping, dodging, ricocheting, and quick feet. The last person standing wins!

9-Square is a souped-up version of 4-Square (which has also been added on the basketball court in front of Brechner). 9-Square is played in a grid above your head. Just like 4-Square, you have to keep the ball from entering your square. If it comes in, you’re out and someone else will rotate into the game. Keep your hands up and use your volleyball blocking and spiking skills to see if you can make it to the top spot in the grid!

Poolside Climbing Wall
The pool has always been one of the most popular spots at camp and now it will be even cooler! The addition of a climbing wall will give you a chance to test your strength and courage in a safe environment. The wall is angled over the water so whether you fall or jump off, you’ll drop safely into the pool below. Our wall is going to be 3 panels high and two panels wide. Are you up for the challenge?

Archery is fun but don’t you get tired waiting around for your turn? This year you’ll get to work on your aim instead of just waiting in line. Next to the archery range, which has moved to a new spot by the pool, is a brand new slingshot range! Slingshots are a great way to practice sighting a target and following through with your pull-back and release.

Molly Lauman is getting brand new unit and it’s not tents! Yurts are being built and the first girls will get to sleep in them this summer (might not be until the end of the summer)!

Yurts are really cool round structures that are derived from Mongolian migrant herders’ homes. They have a canvas covering, similar to a tent, but are fully enclosed and have a domed ceiling.  The windows and doors are screened and there will be ceiling fans for added circulation. Each of the three yurts that are being built will sleep eight people in bunk beds.

We’ll be taking suggestions for the new unit’s name from campers this summer and then holding a contest in the winter to name the new unit!


As you can see, there is a lot to get excited about at Camp Molly Lauman this summer! Even more exciting is knowing that we have LOTS of space left in almost every week of camp, so it’s not too late to sign up! Visit our online registration website CORA to see what sessions still have openings and register a.s.a.p.  Be one of the first to try out all of the new and exciting additions to camp!

Do you have an idea for something new and different that you’d like to see at Camp Molly Lauman? Are you excited to try out these new additions? Tell us in the comment section below!


  1. Will troops be able to reserve the yurt this fall?

    1. Yes! We will start taking reservations as soon as they are up. We will keep you updated here too!