Girl Scouts Celebrate their Love of the Outdoors | News |

2022-09-24 06:54:16 By : Ms. Joy Lian

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Girl Scouts from Huntsville, Willis and the greater Houston area enjoyed a weekend of camping and fun activities at Huntsville State Park during Girl Scouts Love the State Parks Weekend, Sept. 9-11.  

Every year at this time, Girl Scouts along with their troops, friends, and families, celebrate their love of the outdoors by visiting state parks across the country. 

Girl Scouts are encouraged to spend time outside, enjoy nature and care for our environment through activities arranged by volunteers from various Girl Scout communities in cooperation with state park staff.

This year, 60 participants including Girl Scouts and their family members enjoyed weekend activities such as yoga, bird watching, fishing, hiking, geocaching, and orienteering.  

They also helped clean up the park by picking up trash around the day use area.  Park interpreter, Ranger John, demonstrated campfire safety and shared a program about the alligators in the park.  

A highlight was two baby alligators that everyone had a chance to touch and take photos with at the end of the program. The Girl Scouts also had a chance to make and exchange SWAPS. 

SWAPS stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” 

Girl Scouts traditionally exchange SWAPS with girls from other troops as small tokens of friendship, and the SWAPS are typically made to recognize a special event.  This year’s SWAPS were crafted to look like miniature sleeping bags and compasses.  

Of course, no Girl Scout camping adventure is complete without a campfire, S’mores, and a sing-along! Girls took turns leading favorite camp songs and fun was had by all.  For more information about joining or volunteering with Girl Scouts contact Gina Murphy at 

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