As the Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary, organizers at Mistletoe State Park in Appling are doing their part to honor local Scouts with an outdoor program.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on July 18, local Brownie Scouts are invited to participate in a “Ready, Set, Go Camping!” program to earn a Try-It Badge.
“Planned activities include sleeping bag races, bandana tricks, making knots and a nature hike,” said organizer Julie Ashley, a naturalist at the park. “We’ll roast hotdogs over a campfire for lunch and every girl will get to take home a bandana from the park.”
The following day, July 19, Junior Girl Scouts will earn their Earth Connection Badge by becoming ecologists on site at the park.
“They will identify all the plants living in the area from ground cover to trees and discover how these plants enhance or destroy the environment,” said Ashley.
Participants will continue the adventure on a nature hike and discover how pioneers used trees to survive. They will make foil dinners and cook on a campfire.
The cost of each program is $20, and registration is required by July 16.
The Girl Scouts were founded in Savannah in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. From the charter membership of just 18 girls, the organization has grown to a membership of more than 3.3 million, according to the official Girl Scouts Web site. There are more than 236,000 troops worldwide.
“This is just for the Girl Scouts,” said Ashley of the park programs. “It’s their 100th year, and we wanted to have something special for them. We hope this will give them respect for our natural resources and enjoyment of the outdoors.”
For more information about these and other park programs, call the park office at (706) 541-0321.