When 40 Girl Scouts ages ranging from 5 to 74 gathered recently for Day Camp in Forest City the girls and their leaders spent quality time together while earning camp patches and learning new skills.
The Scouts represented the Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. Senior Director June Sisk of Gastonia was among the adult leaders.
There were programs for scouts from kindergarten to 12th grade and some attending were new Gold Award recipients - the highest honor bestowed on a Girl Scout.
Girl Scout Day Camp brought girls from surrounding counties as well as Rutherford County.
Rutherfordton Girl Scout leader Susie Kernodle said it was a terrific week.
"Girl Scouts from 5 to 74 years old played, worked and learned together," she said.
"A special shout out to First Baptist Church in Forest City for allowing us to use their facility to host day camp this year," she said.
Susie is a Junior Girl Scout leader with Troop 20128 and has worked in the Girl Scout programs for several years.
Activities during the week long camp included sewing, crafts, outdoor recreation, archery (equipment donated by Dr. Chris Burley), swordsmanship (live action role play), Girl Scout traditions, soap/lotion/candle making and a cool down with snowballs brought by Serendipity Snowballs.
"They sang, learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, make a free standing circle out of a can of Pringles, how to use a sewing machine, and they learned about making new friends and renewing friendships from the past," Susie continued.
"The "Out T shirt and camp patches were designed by Promotions R Us of Forest City," said Jenny Griffin, day camp director.
Erin Harris of Rustic Lodge Soaps of Rutherfordton was among activity presenters as she brought her soap making skills to life with the girls.
Susie was joined at the sewing machines each day by Girl Scout leader Janet Jolley, also of Rutherford County, as they taught sewing skills to young scouts.
"They sang, learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, make a free standing circle out of a can of Pringles, how to use a sewing machine, and they learned about making new friends and renewing friendships from the past," Susie continued. "Adult GS volunteers were the backbone of camp, it happened because of them," she continued.
There were four program aides (grades 7-10); four volunteers in training (grades 10-12) and 15 adult volunteers, said Jenny.
Camp is an annual event, but the 2022 camp was the first day camp in two years because of Covid.
Girl Scout leaders helping with day camp from Rutherford County were Susie Kernodle, Janet Jolley, Carl Singletown, Jennie Greenway, Rachel Rogers, Cathleen Moreno, Candy Davis, Amanda Erwood and Madisen Miller.
From Cleveland County were Jenny Griffin, Amanda Sherbert, Stephanie Lovelace and Amanda Sherber. Kelsey Disk was from Gaston County and staff members from Peaks to Piedmont were Tera Bridges and June Sisk.
Of the 40 campers attending day camp 35 were from Rutherford County.
There are 38 volunteers in Rutherford County that support the Girl Scouts from Daisy to Senior Scouts.