There’s no doubt things look a lot different than they did before COVID-19, but Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council has embraced the “new normal” by providing virtual formats of its iconic programming – including summer camp.
Badgerland Council, which comprises the greater Madison area, now offers opportunities for all girls (not only its Girl Scout members) to explore issues they care about, connect with experts on topics that interest them, and take action in their communities.
Rather than holding its regular overnight sessions at Camp Ehawee (Mindoro) or Camp Brandenburg (Dane) girls will have access to an abundance of opportunities to get a taste of camp life with its “Happily Ever Outdoors ‘Sneak Peek’ Camps.” These one-day virtual sessions will have girls completing activities and participating in camp traditions based on the same themes originally schedule for this summer – Mess Makers, Area 51, Sea Goddesses and Be YOUnique to name just a few.
Already, girls can choose from a spectrum of online webinars, Zoom meetings and live Facebook viewing parties almost daily that cover a spectrum of topics (i.e. All About Worms, Movie-Making Workshops, Scavenger Hunts, Knot-Tying, Card-Making). Adults, both volunteers and parents, can join enriching conversations related to Girl Scout activities and staying emotionally well during this stay-at-home period. Early this month, Badgerland released a ‘Stay- At-Home’ patch program, which encourages girls to get outdoors, get creative, learn about new things, and help others. To date, girls have reported completed more than 1,000 activities from the program.
Badgerland provides access to online resources and Zoom accounts for its troops to continue meeting and provide girls more stability and opportunities to socialize with their friends.
To learn more, visit gsbadgerland.org or call 800-236-2710.