Tabitha Colbert, 11, chases the ball during softball practice at Camp Tanglewood. Girls attending the camp also learn horseback riding, canoeing and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Nearly 80 Girl Scouts recently descended upon Camp Tanglewood to learn horseback riding, sports and arts and crafts.
The camp, located on 184 acres in the Evans area off Columbia Road, opened its gates for the first of seven weeks of alternating overnight and day camps. Pre-teen and teenage girls will have the opportunity to learn and participate in such activities as swimming, archery and canoeing.
Greenbrier Elementary School student Morgan Pond, 10, participated in the camp's sports program. She worked on volleyball and softball skills but said she had the most fun improving her tennis game.
"A tennis pro came out and showed us how to hit the ball harder without it going out of bounds," she said. "I already know how to play pretty well, but it's always good to learn more."
Twenty-six counselors and staffers will lead the girls through various activities at Camp Tanglewood's Olympic-sized swimming pool, horse stable, riding and hiking trails, sand volleyball court, new sports field, natural pond, low ropes course and lodge.
"What's great about these camps is that it gives girls the opportunity to have fun while learning a sense of responsibility," CSRA Girl Scouts Director of Communications and Marketing Susan Simmons said.
"Many of our older girls are enrolled in our Counselors in Training program, which is counseling them in leadership techniques to one day be counselors themselves."
Each of the counselors and counselors in training adopt colorful nicknames similar to U.S. Navy pilot call signs.
A group of campers line up for a horseback riding lesson at the Girl Scouts' Camp Tanglewood.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Spirit, otherwise known as 13-year-old Molly Edenfield, is a counselor in training working with younger girls in the arts and crafts program.
"I do want to be a counselor one day," the eighth-grader at Jenkins County Middle School said. "I want to help girls find that special something inside of them like someone did for me."
Anyone interested in participating in Girl Scouts can call 774-0505, or visit www.girlscoutscsra.org.
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