Girl Scouts provide summer adventures

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Beloit area girls can transform their summer by going to Girl Scout Camp. This year, girls can choose from among 85 camps developed by Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council. All girls are welcome. Those who are not already a member can pay the $20 registration dues when registering for camp.

Day camp programs are held at the Girl Scout Service Center in Beloit and include art and nature programs and a five-week ‘twilight’ camp called the Green Team. Overnight resident camp programs are held at Girl Scout camps around Badgerland Council and include Fairy Tale Princesses, Midnight Mischief, Hunger Games, Splish Splash and more. Another offering this year is CampHERO — the first Girl Scout camp of its kind. The camp was created by Wisconsin female firefighters, paramedics, police officers and paramedics in conjunction with Badgerland Council. Part skill-building and part career exploration, Camp HERO allows girls of every grade level to get a hands-on, insider experience including search and rescue, fingerprinting, CPR and self-defense. CampHERO is held at Camp Brandenburg near Madison and sessions are held for girls in grades K-12.

Girls who don’t want to go to camp, can register for GIRLTIME! a summer-fun-by-mail program. Girls entering grades K-5 will receive three packets each month filled with activities and fun and a Girl Scout patch at the end of the program.Visit badgerlandcamps.org to see all programs offered this summer and to register. Or call Girl Scouts at 800-236-2710 Ex. 4303.

Beloit area camps all will meet at the Girl Scout Service Center in Beloit, 1201 Big Hill Court. The grade level indicates grade girls will enter in the fall 2013.• Green Team! is a five-week twilight program. Each Monday Scouts explore a new theme including art. They’ll have dinner together and discover new things together. Grades 1-5 June 10 and July 15 from 5-8 p.m. Cost is $50.

• Silly Senses lets girls see, smell, touch, taste and listen as they explore all five senses. They play silly games, sing songs, and put on their detective hats to find out what’s inside mystery boxes and more. For grades 1-5. Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $12.• Sense and Sensibility is a mission to discover how to keep bodies healthy and happy. Girls will exercise and strengthen their bones. For grades 6-8. Aug.7 from 3–7 p.m. Cost is $15.

• Animal Adventures teaches Scouts about animals. They get to join other animal lovers as they play animal games, munch on a healthy snack of vegetables and dip, make a pinecone bird feeder, create our own animal masks and learn about animals all around them. For grades 1-4. July 8 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost is $20.• Horse Lovers enjoy a trail ride and learn about tack, grooming and horse care. Girls get their picture taken on the horse and they then create a real horseshoe picture frame. They also make a snack and sing camp songs on the bus. Girls must be at least seven years old to participate. For grades 2-5. Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cost is $70.

• Art Explorations! encourages girls to get their creative juices flowing and explore their artistic sides. This is a full day of art fun as they design a tie dye T-shirt, “compose” a painting to music, sketch a comic strip, make jewelry and recycled paper, mold a piece of pottery and learn scrapbooking techniques. For grades 2-5. Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $25.

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