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Girl Scouts Takeover Day at REI: A Rundown by the Girl Scouts River Valleys Press Corps


Girl Scouts Takeover Day at REI

Written by Press Corps Members: Maddy Dietz, Keena Dietz, Megan Thomson, Ella Thomson, and Megan Phillips.

Girl Scouts Takeover Day at REI, on April 14, drew a huge crowd to the popular outdoor recreation store! The crowds of girls donned their vests and sashes to attend the event, and among their numbers were the members of Girl Scouts of River Valleys Press Corps. Check out our Press Corps page to learn more.

In a collaborative effort, the members of Press Corps each wrote part of this article, to better share the experience of a Girl Scout attending REI Takeover Day!

Here’s a helpful overview of the day’s fun from Ella: “The Girl Scout REI Takeover was an enjoyable event. Girls set up tents, made s’mores, and played games. They also practiced knot tying skills by learning knots such as the square knot, the sheet bend, the overhand, and the two half hitches knot. Girls became more knowledgeable through games where they attempted to guess how long different materials took to decompose. Not only did girls learn valuable outdoor skills, but they also had a good time.”

And, from Megan T., here’s some information on Every Girl In A Tent, straight from a representative: “When I asked a Girl Scouts River Valleys representative about her experiences with the Every Girl In A Tent program, she said that this program ‘challenges girls’ and ‘revitalizes the idea of Girl Scouts going outside and camping.’ She believes this program challenges all girls, whether they are beginners or experienced campers. There is the standard Every Girl In A Tent patch, as well as add on patches for 5, 10, 15, or 20 nights, so girls are challenged to get outside and explore as much as possible.”

Megan P. interviewed an attendee about the many events that REI Takeover Day had to offer: “On April 14 Lily, a Junior Girl Scout from Troop 17832, got to experience ‘Girl Scout Take Over Day at REI’ in Bloomington. Lily had never pitched a tent before, but she said it was fun to learn to pitch a tent. Lily had fun at REI and she did the memory path game, made S’mores, and pitched a tent. Lily would join next year, but she wished there would be more girls in her troop that would join. Lily thought the store was cool and she liked it. Lily liked pitching a tent the most at REI.”

And finally, Keena, with her interview of Ms. Breanne Hegg: “The REI Takeover Day was an amazing opportunity for Girl Scouts of all ages. There were slacklines, tent-pitching, and lots of fun activities teaching Girl Scouts how to be in the outdoors. This event was all centered around two programs: The Every Girl In A Tent program, and the Adventure Club program. I interviewed Ms. Breanne Hegg, Vice President of Programs for Girl Scouts. When she spoke about the importance of Every Girl in a Tent, Ms. Hegg said, ‘The skills will help you in all aspects of your life.’ Some ways that you could use these skills in everyday life are patience, pushing yourself, teamwork, and confidence. Thank you so much to Ms. Hegg for speaking to the Press Corps, and to REI for hosting this wonderful event!”

Overall, the day was jam-packed with fun activities, and all for free! REI Takeover Day was a great time for kids and parents alike, and we at the Press Corps sincerely hope it will be an opportunity for next year as well. For a visual look at the REI Takeover Day, check out our photojournalism piece below. This is Maddy of the Girl Scouts of River Valley’s Press Corps, signing off!

REI Photo Recap

Photojounalism by Press Corps members Megan Thomson, Ella Thomson, and Maddy Dietz.

Girl Scouts and other attendees roasting marshmallows

Girl Scouts and other attendees roasting marshmallows. - Megan Thomson

The rock climbing walls at REI

The rock climbing walls at REI. - Megan Thomson

The Press Corps hanging out in a tent. - Megan Thomson

An inspiring display from River Valleys at REI.

An inspiring display from River Valleys at REI. - Megan Thomson

Colorful kayaks and canoes.

Colorful kayaks and canoes. - Ella Thomson

The rock climbing walls at REI.

So many socks! - Ella Thomson

Brownies participating in tent racing.

Brownies participating in tent racing. - Ella Thomson

S’mores time! Press Corps member Keena Dietz taking a photo of a photo being taken. - Maddy Dietz

Bikes galore! - Maddy Dietz

Tents are always the best place to have conversations.

Tents are always the best place to have conversations. - Maddy Dietz

The sounds of Girl Scouts having lively conversation echoed ever through the bike-laden rafters.

The sounds of Girl Scouts having lively conversation echoed ever through the bike-laden rafters. - Maddy Dietz

S’mores on a cold day; the perfect treat! - Maddy Dietz

A nice fire, perfectly toasted marshmallows, and company to share it all with! - Maddy Dietz