|Coast Guard helicopter at Camp Casa Mare|
One thing I love about Camp Casa Mare is that it’s always full of surprises. When I was first told that we were possibly going to have a Coast Guard helicopter land at camp, I couldn't believe my ears. On the morning of the visit, I was rushing to Port to wait for and watch the helicopter land. The experience left me awestruck and gave me a new appreciation for not only the Coast Guard but also the people who volunteer their time at camp.
Piled in the dorm with 30 girls, I watched as a dot in the sky buzzed about the blue expanse above. The dark dot flew closer: first the rotor blades began to come into focus, then the stark orange colored paint of the body, and then suddenly its shadow was over camp. The nose of the large bird practically nestled into the wind blown grass as it landed left of our dock. After the blades stopped spinning and we were given the okay, all 30 of us were charging down the hill with excited curiosity.
|Mariners got the chance to explore |
every inch of the helicopter
|Members of the Coast Guard who visited with GSSJC Mariners|
were given a special "thank you" treat to take home
The sailing program has opportunities for older girls to become Mariners (Mariners are girls who have passed the Red Cross Basic Sailing certification) through Instruction weekends, Aquatics weekends and resident camp. All opportunities are offered at Camp Casa Mare in Seabrook. For more information, contact Melissa Hardy at 713-292-0376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.