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Record Number of Girl Scouts Attend Annual Camp-out

Hopewell, NJ (October 21, 2017) – One hundred twenty-six Girl Scouts (1st to 11th grade) from 16 troops participated in the Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts' Annual Camp-out.  "This is the biggest turn-out we've ever had [for this annual event]," said Heidi Wilenius, HVGS Service Unit Manager. "We are very excited that so many girls and families participated!"

The weekend, planned and organized by older Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers, included a traditional flag ceremony, scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, a Juliette Gordon Lowe-themed scavenger hunt (GSUSA founder who would celebrate her 157th birthday October 31st), s'mores, and two STEM projects.  Parent and leader, Christy Stier, said, "A spontaneous friendship circle at the amazing Fall Campout by part of Troop 70129. This is what it is all about--strong girls enjoying their time together! So many memories made!"

Roxanne Clarke, event Chair and Service Unit Co-Manager noted the tremendous community support, "All of this was made possible by the truly dedicated and hardworking leaders, older Girl Scout troops, and extremely helpful parents and community members who attended the event!  The girls had a great time; we hope that this event has begun a life-long love of camping for the girls."

Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts are grateful to our many local community members for helping to make the weekend such a huge success, especially: Mary Innocenzi, owner of the Village Learning Center for letting us use her beautiful property and facilities for this event; Sansone's Farm Market for giving us a great deal on pumpkins, apples, and hay bales; HomeFront for providing clothing for our scarecrows (clothes not worthy for people, but perfect for scarecrows!); Hopewell Township Police Department for adding us to their patrol schedule over the weekend; Hopewell Township Bureau of Fire Safety and Zoning Office for processing our permit applications quickly; and Jessica Barzilai, science teacher at Hopewell Valley Central High School, for leading our rocket STEM project Sunday morning.

Ms. Clarke continued, "Thanks to all parents, volunteers, and business owners for helping HVGS achieve our mission: building girls of courage, confidence, and character - who make the world a better place!"

 

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