Wednesday, July 1, 2015

RECAP: Ultimate Girl Scout Campout at the White House

Yesterday, fifty Girl Scouts from across America’s cultural, geographic and economic landscape had a truly unforgettable experience at the White House.

 First Lady Michelle Obama, our honorary national president, was an amazing host!
She kicked off our day of outdoor fun with an inspirational talk on the importance of staying active, exploring the outdoors, and caring for our environment.

Soon after, she joined different groups of girls alongside Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, Girl Scouts' national president, for some hands-on learning and activities, including orienteering, knot tying, tent pitching and rock climbing.

After these action-packed sessions, Girl Scouts were treated to a healthy meal in the State Dining Room. In the spirit of health, fitness, and outdoor exploration, we were also given a tour of the First Lady’s garden.

And that’s not all!

After dinner we had a surprise guest join in on the fun: none other than President Barack Obama! The President and the First Lady participated in sing-a-longs and had a few laughs before he ended his visit with a memorable group hug with ALL fifty girls.

The adventure didn’t stop there! Astronaut Cady Coleman led an empowering “fireside” chat about her experiences in space. She then led us all on an amazing tour of the night sky as we settled down to do some stargazing with Cady and NASA pros.

After storms rolled in through the night, campers quickly moved into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the rest of the night.

Ready for adventure, the girls were troopers and made it an exhilarating experience.

It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no one who participated will ever forget!