August 30, 2012

She Can Do It

 Today I read a fantastic article, "If You Give a Girl a Hammer." The article talks about a five-year-old girlie girl using a hammer to help her father build a bookcase - and LOVING it!
The article got me thinking about all the great opportunities we give to our girls. Imagine watching a girl's face the first time she lights a match for a campfire, or when she and her friends finally puzzle out a solution on one of our challenge courses. Girls can do anything, and as adults, sometimes it's hard to think past those stereotypical gender roles. It's especially hard to look past character traits - just because a girl considers herself girlie, we shouldn't assume that she doesn't want to try camping or learn how to change the oil in a car.
Check out the article - it's a quick read and there's even a video of this little girl hammering away. It's amazing!

August 26, 2012

Troop Camping is a Memorable Experience

Troop camping is a fun and exciting experience to share with the other girls in your troop. I was a Girl Scout from the time I was seven and our troop would go camping at least once a year. Since I lived in Canton, Ohio, at the time, the camps we went to were part of the Great Trail Girl Scout Council (now Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio).

Girl Scouts Get Moving

Many of us watched the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and were inspired by the level of commitment and comradere of the Olympic atheletes. The 2012 Olympics mark the first time that women have been allowed to compete in every sport. Maybe you  even pictured yourself at the Olympics one day!  I know watching the swimming and diving competitions reminded me of my collegiate swimming career and how much hard work goes into the training for competitive swimming.

August 19, 2012

Girls’ World Forum 2012

 On July 12, I left for Chicago with hundreds of SWAPS that I’d made at home. My chaperone, Tracey Reed, and I were itching to meet new friends from all over the world. We had no idea that there would be so many amazing people to meet in Chicago. When we arrived there was hundreds of girls speaking loads of different languages and representing over 100 countries. The first night we heard from the CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, and the President of Girl Scouts. I got to meet Anna later and even got to swap and take a picture with her. Later that night I got to meet my roommate. She was rather short and petite and she represented Madagascar. I was so excited to talk with her and ask many questions but I then learned she spoke French. Sadly, I didn’t know any French, but luckily her English was fairly good. We were great friends by the end of the week and are still in touch.

August 6, 2012

Listen to Wakatomika

If these hills could talk
They would tell how like our beloved Bella (pronounced Baya), each of you grew strong, tall, and beautiful and how you’re now wise in the way of the wind and the weather.
If these trees could talk
They have seen how our bond of sisterhood grows stronger as we surround ourselves with other whom encourage us, stretch us to try new things, and show us how our similarities are bigger than our differences.
If these rocks could talk
They might share our memories of singing, swimming, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, cooking out, star gazing, rappelling, homesick hours, and friendships made.
If these trails could talk
They’d say you gained a little more courage, a little more confidence, and a little more character.
If these tents could talk
You’d hear of moments of quiet and reflection and oneness with nature, what the sky looks like as the sun comes up over the trees, how amazingly starry the night sky looks, how the breeze whispers through the trees and rustles the leaves and blows the grass.
If this campfire could talk
It would sing “make new friends, but keep the old,” “on my honor I will try,” “on the loose to climb a mountain,” “run come, run come see, run come see the sun,” “a gypsy’s life is free and gay oh faria,” “M-m I want to linger, mm a little longer, mm a little longer her with you.”
When these counselors and campers talk
For years to come they will tell of fond memories of Wakatomika. And they’ll recount stories of comedies, and friendship, and togetherness, and overcoming trials, and self-discoveries, and self confidence.
The magic of Wakatomika does not stop at the gate. The magic of Wakatomika lives in the hearts and minds of all whom have shared this magical place.
by Jennifer Dembinski Bostic
Camp Name: Twit
Camp Wakatomika staff 1995-2000

August 1, 2012

Camp Traditions Span the Globe - Cultures Unite at Camp

Girls come to camp from all over central and southern Ohio, but did you know that staff come to camp from all over the world!? This year we have staff from three different countries and seven states working at Camp Molly Lauman for the summer camp season.
Our international staff hails from the United Kingdom (representing England, Scotland, and Wales), China, and the Ukraine, giving us a total of six international camp staff members (two from England).  Our American staff come from as far away as New Mexico and Florida, as well as many who grew up right here in Ohio.
Many of our staff are college students and a working adventure gives them the great opportunity to travel, gain valuable job skills, and have plenty of fun during their summer break. Since many are studying to be teachers, camp is the perfect place to hone their skills working with kids. Plus camp counselors from faraway places bring different stories, games, songs, and traditions to share at camp and that really adds to our campers’ experiences!

Oxford, a Horseback Riding Instructor from England tries American chocolate for the first time. The verdict? “It’s not as bad as I was expecting.”