MENDHAM, NJ -- Girl Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights held their annual town-wide encampment at Jockey Hollow campsite in Mendham. In all, 66 girls, ranging from third to 12th grade and adult leaders attended.

This is the second year the Hasbrouck Heights troops camped at Jockey Hollow, according to Gina Hernandez, the town's Service Unit Manager. There were 13 third graders who attended for the first time. 

Activities included ziplining, a challenge course, scavenger hunt, and archery. The nine Ambassador Scouts, girls in 12th grade, planned the theme, Harry Potter and ran ice breakers, helped the girls make 5 SWAPS (a small craft and token of friendship exchanged with other Girl Scouts,) and hosted an activity where the girls made their own boxes and a Hermione doll.

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"The girls had a great time participating in several events, ziplining, archery and a challenge course, among other things," said Hernandez, who is also the leader of two troops.

Saturday night there was the traditional S'mores by the campfire, each troop performed skits to entertain the group, and shared what they liked about being a Girl Scout. 

"Saturday night each troop got up and spoke about what they loved about Girl Scouts," said Hernandez "It was really great to hear them talk about meeting new friends, spending time together and having fun. The 12th graders all talked about where they were going to college and how they’ve been together since kindergarten. It was really heart warming."

According to Rita Perdomo, troop leader of the 12th grade Ambassadors, eight of of the nine girls attended their final camping trip.  Girl Scout Rebecca Victori designed the t-shirt for the weekend's theme.

"They had a great time at camp as they always do, but this time they were leading," Perdomo said. "They did a great job performing the activities with the younger troops throughout the weekend.  They performed the flag ceremony, organized an activity of painting keepsake boxes, made s'mores and sang Girl Scout songs around the campfire, and ran the talent show with several skits on Saturday."  

"I'm so proud of the independent, resourceful and caring young women they are becoming," she noted. "I'm happy they continued until senior year."


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