Update given on fundraising efforts for Canp Woodlands

Girl Scout adults in Northeast Michigan continue to raise funds for the renovation of Camp Woodlands. The total funds necessary to complete all projects comes to approximately $205,000.

Seed money for the projects came with a large donation of $25,000 from the Besser Foundation and $26,000 from the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore (GSMISTS) Council.

Since then, many families, friends and businesses have provided personal donations totaling nearly $13,000. This was from the sale of bricks that can have names, an honor statement or saying engraved on them, plus the sale of “branches” and “leaves” to honor any adult who has made a difference in anyone’s life.

The completed tree will hang on the wall at Camp Woodlands and hold many memories of scouting. Both women and men who have been involved with Girl Scouts appear on the tree and bricks.

The committee is looking to have the roof started in April 2018, and soon after that, have the handicap entrance, bathroom and showers completed. The fundraising will continue until money for all phases of the project have been obtained and the projects completed.

Camp Woodlands has been winterized at this time, but will reopen in May, hopefully with a new roof and some of the upgrades done. Plans are in the works to hold an annual Day Camp in June 2018. More information on Girl Scout Pioneer Day Camp will follow at a later date.

Area Girl Scouts continue with their volunteer programming as Hillman scouts recorded the Pledge of Allegiance on Hillman radio, went to help on Veterans Day at ceremonies and went to visit veterans at the two nursing homes in Hillman. Troops of girls also gathered together to make Christmas cookies.

Girl Scouts from Alpena, Atlanta and Hillman had a roller skating party and sleep over at the Hillman Community Center in November. Girls marched in the Christmas Parade in Alpena and will be wrapping gifts to help the Vietnam Vets Christmas project.

Scouts have volunteered at the Besser Museum’s Fall Fossil Fest and decorated a Community Christmas Tree there depicting the various activities of Girl Scouts. Scouts also have given gifts of thanks to many area servicemen and women as well as civil servants such as police and fire fighters.

They have toured the Lafarge plant and other area businesses. A number of Cadettes and Ambassadors traveled out west this past summer to tour four National Parks. They are now planning to attend an international event in England in 2020.

Adults in scouting also have been involved in travel as seven attended the National Convention held in Columbus, Ohio this past fall. Two adults also trained and attended events in Muskegon.

Scouting is the STEM of the future and much more than cookies, crafts and camping. New badges take the girls on exciting journeys through new worlds of science, technology, engineering and math.

Girls and women may join Girl Scouting at any time during the year by contacting the local registrar, Dani Ayotte, at 464-0023.