Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Connecticut Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 With International Camporee

In Connecticut, The Register Citizen reports that starting next week, girls from Canada, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Japan, and England will be arriving in Connecticut to stay with host families and explore the state, before heading off to Camp Laurel for the Girl Scout International Camporee.

Girl Scouts throughout Connecticut and surrounding areas will be gathering from August 5-11 for the International Camporee, a 100th Anniversary event to celebrate making new friends and changing the world.

Besides participating in traditional camp activities, girls will focus on “changing the world – one meal at a time.” Girls will learn about nutrition, food sources, and world food supplies. Activities and programs include workshops on sustainable farming, healthy cooking, and “hunger banquets” to showcase the inequities of food supplies around the world.

The opening ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 5. The Connecticut Governor’s Foot Guard will lead the parade of international and local guests, following with welcoming remarks from Girl Scouts of Connecticut Interim CEO Carol Keierleber, State Senator Edith Prague, and First Selectman Joyce Okonuk.

The International Camporee Visiting Day on Wednesday, August 8, will feature over 600 people gathering together at the camp to meet the international guests, sample international food, and view demonstrations of kung fu, tai chi, and singing. Two puppet shows featuring The Kids on the Block puppeteers will be featured during the day, along with a healthy lifestyles game show and an agricultural experimental station. Traditional camp activities like archery, boating, and soccer will also be available.