By Michelle Sheena
Former Girl Scout, MarComm intern
|My troop, Troop 4532, experiments with light painting,|
a form of long exposure photography.
Every winter break since entering high school, my troop organized a camping trip at Camp Agnes Arnold. We made countless memories huddling together for warmth in the yurts and battling bugs in the tree houses, as well as cooking our own meals over a fire and finding engaging new activities in the area.
|My troop got to pet Koa, one of the wolves|
at the wolf sanctuary.
Another tradition my troop has while camping is shopping. The Conroe Outlet Mall is conveniently located right by Camp Agnes Arnold, so we make a point to stop by a few stores before leaving the area. It's always fun to try on new clothes with old friends, and one year we bought matching black shirts to decorate with neon paint. Those shirts later became our troop shirts, and we wore them to several meetings and events while back in Houston to commemorate our trip.
In addition to leaving the camp grounds, we always found ways to entertain ourselves at Camp Agnes Arnold. We have ventured to archery and raced in the canoes. It may sound cheesy, but picking a buddy to canoe with was always a challenge because everyone wanted to ride together. We have resolved this issue by aligning all the boats next to each other, holding on to the rim, and just coasting.
With Girl Scouting, it was never just completing activities to fulfill requirements. Every member of my troop was driven by a passion to grow and contribute to the world, and we all motivated one another to better everything in our lives. I loved spending time volunteering, earning badges, or camping with my troop, and I love how we all still spend time together.
Read Michelle's previous posts on Camp Agnes Arnold and Camp Casa Mare.