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West Summit STEM Encampment Encouraged Curiosity and Friendship

Submitted by June Klaphake, Volunteer

Nearly 200 Girl Scouts from St. Paul in grades 1–10 gathered at Camp Lakamaga this President’s Day weekend for West Summit Service Unit’s STEM Encampment. The girls, along with over 70 parents, had fun while exploring STEM concepts by building marshmallow catapults, designing packages to protect eggs as they dropped from the balcony in the Old Lodge, concocting different variations of polymer “goop”, exploring nature and observing the many deer roaming camp peacefully. Evening activities included  Zumba dance and exercise sessions that raised everyone’s heart rate.

Ideas for the encampment were generated and tested by a committee of Girl Scouts in grades 8–10 who have been involved in planning the Service Unit’s encampments for the past three years. Fifteen Girl Scout Cadettes led “units” of Brownies through the STEM activities on Saturday—much like girls experience at a Girl Scout day camp. Enthusiastic singing could be heard as girls hiked from building to building and around camp. The girls were Alive, Awake, Alert, Enthusiastic as they sang this familiar camp song each morning before breakfast.

With a specially designed package crafted from common recycled items, this team of girls took their turn on the Old Lodge balcony at Camp Lakamaga to see if their egg would land safely.

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