By Susan Williams

For most, Scouting takes a break once school lets out for the summer in June. But not for a handful of Girl Scouts who attend summer camps around the world. In July and August, three of our Singapore-based Girl Scouts attended Camp Lachenwald in Schmitten-Oberreifenberg, Germany, and one attended Camp Tama, outside of Tokyo, Japan. Many others traveled to the US, where they also attended various Girl Scout camps around the country.

Isabel and Katherine Yarbrough, and Lydia Bens, all attended Camp Lachenwald for one week in August. For Isabel, a Cadette (grades 6-8), the highlight of camp was the people, both counselors and fellow Girl Scouts. She also really enjoyed the ropes course, and the food was top notch. Katherine, a Senior (grades 9-10), loved building a fort in the forest using twigs, branches, and leaves. Though nervous at first, Lydia, a Junior (grades 4-5), found her first experience away from family and friends to be wonderful, and made good friends and memories. Her favorite activities were tie-dying t-shirts and archery.

Now that school is back in session and Troops are beginning to meet again, USAGSO has a fun-filled fall planned. In September, Songfest gathers the Troops to kick off the year with songs and cool treats. In early November, Founders Day celebrates Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts. And in mid-November, the Father Daughter Dance brings together girls and their dads for an evening of dinner, dancing and games.