Yesterday was my daughter's first Girl Scout Daisy meeting. Technically, it was a parents meeting and the kids ran wild and jumped on a trampoline, but it was still very exciting. We have been trying for a while to help our older girls find some extracurricular activity that they would enjoy and help them be a little more social. I was thinking ballet, gymnastics, or karate. They decided on Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts is a fine organization and provides a great experience for many girls. They also make some outstanding cookies. However, my first thought was “Please let there not a camping component to this thing”.
I really like the idea of camping under the stars, making s’mores over a fire and telling spooky stories. I am not so excited about bugs flying around my face, sleeping on the ground, or being terrified I’ll run across ticks/snakes/bears in the woods. My daughter has said on more than one occasion that she enjoys staying in hotels and ordering room service (and I am pretty sure I know where she inherited that taste). I also enjoy indoor plumbing and hot showers, neither of which seems readily available in the wilderness.
The study areas briefly discussed involved touring gardens to learn how plants grow or a service project, but one can never be too careful. If we do end up on a camping trip, I’ll go with a smile and great attitude. And maybe an inflatable mattress in my backpack.