Girl Scouts, Girl Guides Say Goodbye
August 14, 2012
Camp Laurel in Lebanon has said goodbye to the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides who attended the Girl Scout International Camporee.
Girls from the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Ghana, Japan, and Nigeria gathered from August 5-11, to make new friends, enjoy traditional camp activities, and focus on the International Camporee’s theme: “changing the world – one meal at a time.”
Girls learned about nutrition, food sources, and world food supplies. Activities and programs included workshops on sustainable farming, healthy cooking, and “hunger banquets” to showcase the inequities of food supplies around the world. For many of the international guests, this was an opportunity to educate people in their country to help change the world.
“You have to help people, even if it’s something small, to help change the world,” Nigerian Girl Guide Nonye said.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s honorary spokesperson for the 100th Anniversary, and United States Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were on hand to speak to a large crowd during the International Camporee’s Visiting Day on Wednesday, August 8. More than 500 visitors joined 300 campers and staff to learn about other cultures and taste different cuisines from around the world.
“This past week has been a shining example of what our sisterhood throughout the world can achieve when they come together,” said Carol Keierleber, Interim CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “These girls are our future leaders, and, as many have said, learned so much from our programming and talking to girls from other countries about how to tackle world hunger issues. We’re proud to have been able to host this once-in-a-lifetime event!”
The International Camporee was generously sponsored by 100th Anniversary Mission Sponsor, Travelers, Webster Bank, and Cablevision.