By: Jesse Cook, Media Intern
Girl Scout Troop 40004, from the Pegasus Service Unit in the Horseheads area, has made it a mission to boldly go where their group has not camped before. In their years as a troop, the girls have traveled to Camp Hoover, Camp Misty, Comstock Program Center, Camp Bayberry, and Camp Bailiwick. This year they were intrigued by a Yurt tent at Camp Trefoil and built a Thousand Islands vacation around it.
While in the Thousand Islands, the girls enjoyed a trip to Cross Island Farms to learn about organic farming for their “SOW What’ Journey, took a cruise of the St. Lawrence River, and toured Boldt Castle. While the cruise and farm were definite highlights, staying in the Yurt was a favorite part of the trip as well. Troop leader, Fran Lorey, says the girls loved the uniqueness of the Yurt – its wooden floor, tent exterior, high dome ceiling, and skylight. They also liked its “community living style and private location on top of [a] hill.”
While at camp, the girls hiked to the lookout over Lake Snyder and enjoyed cooking over a campfire. They had planned for a Saturday night fire with s’mores and banana boats, but a thunderstorm rolled in Saturday evening. Instead, they made pancakes Sunday morning and cooked fresh potatoes, onions, and garlic from the farm for a fantastic breakfast.
The trek to Harrisville was long, but the girls had a great time. Lorey says, “My girls really enjoy being together. Between the six Scouts, they go to three different schools, so [Girl] Scouts is a unique opportunity to experience new adventures together.” That sense of adventure will get these Girl Scouts far in life. Keep it up, girls!