February 22, 2012
February 19, 2012
This curious, young doe watched me carefully one winter day through the picture windows in the lobby of the Elam Environmental Center before walking off into the woods.
February 15, 2012
“Why are you crying? Just stop crying!” I think to myself. “Thirty minutes ‘til bed, Johnny,” I yell. “You can’t tell me what to do!” he yells back. Gosh, can’t he just listen! “Oh my gosh, he’s choking. What do I do?”
Safe Sitter taught me how to handle a choking child, a child with attitude, even how to get safe babysitting jobs. This course provided me with a folder to guide me, and even supplies. I think this course really helped me learn all the necessary needs for handling kids of all ages!
- Written by Sage, age 12
I had the honor of spending the day with thirteen wonderful young women as they completed our Safe Sitter® babysitting course at the Zanesville Service Center.
February 12, 2012
Every season has its beauty, and winter is no exception. Many troops choose not to camp during winter because of the possibility of icy roads, getting snowed in, and otherwise dangerous travel. While all those are possible, if you can come, you may be rewarded with a unique and fun experience.
People are often concerned about what to do if they can’t go outside. After all, winter is a time of shorter days and sometimes frigid cold. However, there are many activities that you can still do in the winter all while enjoying a much quieter season of the year.
February 7, 2012
Let me introduce myself, I am a camp, Camp Wakatomika to be exact. This story is for the girls and adults who have travelled through my gates, hiked my rolling hills, cooked around crackling campfires, and dreamed under a sky full of stars. It is also for those of you who have never wandered my trails. Maybe after learning a bit about me, you will want to visit someday soon.
In the beginning, I was nothing like I am today. Years of farming had eroded my hills and young woods grew on the tired farmland. But a group of women from the Newark Area Girl Scout Council had a dream. They wanted a camp that would become a special place for girls. They formed a committee and on May 13, 1942, they purchased my 262 acres.
Through the hard work of Girl Scouts of all ages, thousands of pine, locust, and tulip trees were planted. My worn out farmland was on its way to becoming a beautiful forest. Before you knew it, trails were crisscrossing my hills and laughter echoed as girls made their way to the creek by the old red covered bridge. I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I was every time I heard a new group of girls driving down the road.
With all of the girls visiting me over the years, some parts began to wear out. It was exciting when I started getting a facelift. By 2005, I had a sparkling new pool that was even bigger than the old one. It came with a new shower house and then Aspen Grove replaced the old office and trading post. The four cabins are used by the camp director and other staff in the summer, but troops can use them to visit me the rest of the year
I would love to hear your stories about visiting my rolling hills. If you have a special story to share, please post it as a comment or send it to my current camp director at firstname.lastname@example.org.