81 girls attended the annual Girls Adventure Camp that took place this week at Camp Jefferson of Fairbury. The theme this year was “The World Awaits” and each of the 11 cabins were decorated as a different country.
Upon arrival to camp a.k.a. the GAC International Airport, girls were checked in in airport fashion and the campers issued their passport which contained their picture and were sent off to their country (cabin) with their counselor. When the girls learned about the different countries, their passports were stamped with the corresponding countries.
The camp originated as a Girl Scout only camp, but dwindling scout numbers forced organizers to open the camp to non-scouts in order to maintain a girls camp. This has been the third year for Girls Adventure Camp and the numbers have been steady with 75-85 campers.
The theme, based on travel, allowed for some new and unique speakers and activities. Darby Davidson, who is the Fairbury High School English teacher presented a slide show with pictures and souvenirs from countries she has traveled to. Wildlife Encounters, from Gretna, brought with them creatures from the around the world including a Kookaburra, snake, tortoise, baby alligator, and a baby kangaroo. Girls were allowed to hold, touch see up-close the various animals. The campers even had the opportunity to go up in a hot air balloon.
The main goal of the camp is to expose girls to things they might not get to normally do. From handling and shooting rifle and black-power guns to outdoor survival, exotic animals, scuba diving to introducing them to different cultures and customs.
One of the organizers of the event, Laura Alsman says the things the girls will remember the most is the experiences they make on their own. “We are glad that we have a facility, such as Camp Jefferson, so close to provide these girls a break from social media and electronic entertainment.”
You can check out their facebook page for more picture of the week.