Girl Scouts gather for 5th Jamboree |

Girl Scouts gather for 5th Jamboree

For the past five years come May local Girl Scouts know it’s time to roll up the sleeping bags, pack the backpack and have fun at the Glenwood Springs Girl Scout Jamboree.

This year was no exception.

From Daisies to Brownies to Juniors to Cadettes and Senior Scouts, Glenwood Springs Girl Scouts camped out under the stars.

The Senior Scouts played a key role this year by camping out the night before and helping adult volunteers set up camp for the weekend.

They built a raft using branches and twine that would serve as a floating camp fire. They also set up wash stations and practiced flag ceremony skills that they would teach to the younger scouts. For all their hard work, they were rewarded with a two-hour self-defense course taught by a black belt in Tang Soo Do, Judith Weston.

The Jamboree got underway shortly after noon Saturday, May 17, as more than 50 Girl Scouts passed through the gates of the Jackson Ranch owned by Louise and Carter Jackson, south of Glenwood Springs. Tents were pitched and the fun began. Girls were divided into appropriate age groups and rotated throughout the day to various activities shepherded by one of the Senior or older Cadette Scouts who served as counselors.

Five- and six-year-olds learned how to pitch tents by themselves; seven- and eight-year-olds learned orienteering skills using a compass; nine- and 10-year-olds learned how to cook using a Dutch oven and older scouts used tarps to build overnight shelters. There were even events for leaders and moms to help them enjoy the outdoors.

Girls learned new camp songs that were sung at the evening camp fire. A re-enactment was presented by Marlette Lacy who related the story of a 15-year-old girls born into slavery and freed and who became a prominent businesswoman in Montana. The girls also had an opportunity to learn about what a wildland firefighter does from Forest Service firefighter Malia Boyum, who is attached to a helicopter crew based in Rifle.

A highlight of this year’s Jamboree was the evening camp fire. Senior Scouts built a raft and started a fire on it A representative from each troop then placed an American flag that was soiled and torn onto the fire to destroy it according to flag etiquette. As the raft floated by with the fire aglow, the girls sang patriotic and camp songs.

When the flag ceremony was over Sunday morning, it was time to pack up and go, and fondly remember yet another Girl Scout Jamboree.

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