Have a Marlis Day!

Archive for July 2012

How exciting to spend a day with the Knox County Girl Scouts at their day camp. I shared my own  camp adventures and activities and was surprised to find things haven’t changed much at all. Scouts still hoist the flag first and last each day, reciting their pledges. They swim, hike, do crafts, make flags, play games, sing, cook over camp fires, and even eat the same meals as yester years. I shared my old “mess kit” and told them how I worked Girl Scout camp into my Bailey’s Chase novels. I read about Sparky’s and Grey’s first day of camp, then hinted about the magic that occured later. I told them how much I enjoyed the storyteller from the library who came to my camp…and to Sparky’s and Grey’s camp.

When the leaders asked the girls to gather for my presentation, they asked them to bring their “Sit-upons.” I was delighted to find they still use them. Some of the younger scouts had made a flag and presented it to me. If you check out my facebook page, you will see it and more pictures. Girl Scout Day Camp was one of the happiest chapters of my early years.  Visiting them was like a breath of fresh air!

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