The Girl Scouts of Western New York started a special incentive program last year called the 222 Club. All girls that participated in both the cookie sale in the fall (selling a minimum of 222 boxes of cookies) and the magazine and candy sale in the spring (selling a minimum of $222 in magazine subscriptions and candy) are eligible to participate in a special "Taste of Camp Program." It is a unique program because the reward is not just for the girl or the troop. Every girl that qualifies along with her family is invited to spend the day at camp. Brownie Troop 20158 made up of Girl Scouts from Dunkirk and Fredonia was one of many troops that qualified for this incentive.
This year's Taste of Camp event was held last Saturday at Camp Seven Hills in Holland, N.Y. Girls, their families and troops arrived at the camp at 9 a.m. to register for the day's events. Family fun activities included: low ropes course, high ropes course (zip-line, catwalk and climbing wall), canoeing, letterboxing, family Girl Scout games, arts and crafts, swaps, bounce houses, obstacle course, hiking, fashion Show by 77 Kids & goodie bags, badge work and an outdoor cooking demo (popping popcorn, spider dogs and salad on an open fire), making cupcakes in solar cookers and hobo pies in pie irons.
Another special perk of the day was both America's Best Cookies and Ashdon Farms representatives were on hand with samples of Girl Scout cookies and candy that the girls sell during the year. The girls snacked on cookies, including a new mango cookie they will be selling this fall and candy and nuts. Ashdon Farms also gave the girls each a choice of a fun gift and a box of candy or nuts to take home. There were trivia contests about Juliette Low and her Girl Scouts and special prizes. Girls had the opportunity to skill build, learn about marketing and build confidence.
Brownie Girl Scout Lauren Miller and her mother Shari enjoy canoeing.