Girls and families invited to Girl Scout resident camp open houses

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2011

BATON ROUGE –Make plans today to attend Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Camp Open House and see what each Girl Scout camp has to offer. Open house for resident camp will be held at Camp Marydale in St. Francisville on Sunday, April 10, from 1 – 3 p.m., and at Camp Whispering Pines in Independence on today, and Sunday, April 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. Camp open house provides the perfect opportunity to ask any questions about resident camp, tour the camp’s living units, meet some of the camp staff, and learn about the different camp sessions.

According to Donna Dupre, resident camp director for Camp Marydale, Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts, ages 6 – 17, are eligible to attend resident camp which runs from June 5 to July 15 with sessions lasting three to 13 days and costing from $125 to $400.

Girl Scout resident camp programs are accredited by the American Camp Association which means they undergo a thorough review process by outside camping professionals every three years, achieving the highest standard in the areas of personnel, program, site administration, and health care.

Camp Marydale’s facilities include a sports field, archery field, low-ropes challenge course, hiking trails and swimming pool, in addition to its equestrian center with two riding arenas. Camp Whispering Pines’ facilities offer many program options including a high ropes challenge course and rock climbing wall, a junior Olympic pool, hiking trails and a stocked 23-acre lake for canoeing, fishing and rowboating. This year, there will also be a beginners’ resident camp program at Girl Scout Camp Covington.

Girl Scout’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The local council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls 5 to 17 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. For directions to the camps or to receive a camp brochure, call Dupre at 225-927-8946 or 1-800-644-7571. Session information is also available on the council’s website at www.gsle.