Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Girl Scout Promise

This weekend, my daughter and I embarked on her very first camp-out adventure with her Brownie troop (all 7-year-olds). Don't get me wrong, I love camping, but with my RA, I wasn't sure I would make it through a cold weekend in the woods. Fortunately we had 2 sunny days in the 40's, brooking 50, so it wasn't too bad. And we had a lovely, recently refurbished, heated cabin. Luxury! I was proud of my girl, working hard to help out with the chores and keep up on the hike. She couldn't wait to record some of the sights in her "journal". She drew the tree, the spider, the bear track (more likely a raccoon). It was precious. Of course she was the last one to bed that night. And then the adventure really began...

All the girls are asleep, except Maisie of course, and the troop leader and one of the moms are sitting out on the porch. Suddenly the mom comes in and whispers that she saw a man standing by the latrine (11:00 at night). The GS hosts are called. They call the police. After about an hour of scouring the woods and talking to the witness, the police suggest that we move the girls down to the Host house, which is closer to the road and 3 stories high. Then they utter those words that first struck terror in my guts--"We don't want another Amish School shooting situation..." What?!!!!! Holy crazy cow! One strange guy in the woods I can handle. Creepy, but I can handle it. But dredging up the Nickelmines tragedy--that's too much. That was only 8 miles from my house. And you never truly know fear until you have children.

So, we tell the girls that the heat broke. Of course it made no sense when they found themselves in a musty, freezing alternative a few minutes later! But we got through the night, me with maybe one hour of sleep, Maisie with 4 or 5, and in the morning we dragged ourselves back up to our cabin and through the next day and had a fabulous breakfast and lunch, learned how to make firestarters and tie knots and how to build a fabulous campfire.

So there is the adventure the Brownies never knew they had...and they won't know until they are much older!


  1. Sounds like a nice weekend (except for the part about the creepy guy being seen). Y.I.K.E.S!!!!

    Such a cute picture of your little girl!

  2. Wow! Sounds like quite an adventure! I hope you've caught up on your sleep by now.

  3. So glad you were safe! That must have been a terrifying night!

  4. Oooh! Maybe it wasn't a crazy guy -- maybe it was a GHOST!

  5. Wow! What a night! Scary stuff. I'm glad you're safe.

  6. I did the Brownie camp out thing with my seven year old a few years ago and I've never been so cold for so long in my entire life. None of the parents slept. Somehow the cold didn't bother the kids thank goodness and that's what matters most. T

    hanks goodness we didn't have any unwanted visitors. Glad you and the girls were all okay.



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