Girl Scouts are taking summer camp to their homes this year, and Camp Directors Julia Mannes and Abbie Smith are focused on helping girls have a great experience. This summer, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (GSGI) has created Camp Kits, a way to provide campers with outdoor and camp related experiences to do while they’re at home.
“We certainly wanted to provide our campers with something this summer, especially without traditional camp. We’re also hoping to reach girls who have never attended camp before with these kits,” said Julia Mannes, Director of Camp & Outdoor Program at Camp Tanglefoot.
Camp Kits are a subscription service for any Girl Scout that signs up. The subscription includes three themed boxes plus a bonus box, sent every few weeks over the summer. Each box will contain multiple activities, some camp swag, a craft, and a favorite camp activity made easy for girls to do at home.
The first Camp Kit box will be a box of “survival” – activities will include making a fire starter, learning to tie knots, and making a survival bracelet. Girls will create their own compass and put together an at-home Kaper (chore) chart. The following kits will be themed “camp art” and “all things camp” and will include activities ranging from camp recipes to try at home, to tie dye projects and camp songs.
The Camp Kit Subscription to all three boxes (plus a bonus box) is $150 per camper. The first box is heading to mailboxes soon to help Girl Scouts jump right in to the at-home camp experience. GSGI and the camp directors hope these kits can be both a glimpse of summer camp and a way to stay connected this summer to Girl Scout campers across the state.
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