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June 18, 2012

Having fun while raising money

Proceeds will go toward Girl Scouts’ trip to Europe

Kyla McCoy hoists herself with ease on a temporary rock wall set up at Camp Wildwood over the weekend.

The 11-year-old Wolf Lake girl was quick to point out the rock wall was among her favorite activities at Saturday’s Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana Council adventure event.

“I like the rock wall the best,” said the third-year Scout. “I’m really good at it and it’s fun.”

More than a dozen girls from throughout the council’s 22-county region gathered at Camp Wildwood on Clay Street Saturday to climb the wall, play on the life-sized Candy Land game, eat s’mores, sing campfire songs, hike, participate in crafts and run the obstacle course.

The reason for the program, which was designed by the council’s older members, was twofold, said Brooke Gittings, virtual and travel pathway specialist from the South Bend service center.

“They wanted to provide a fun opportunity for the younger girls while some of the older girls are learning to do some programming for younger girls and earning some money while doing it for their trip.”

Gittings said some of the older girls were planning a trip to London and Paris next year. Money from registration in programs like Saturday’s will be used to reduce the cost of the trip.

There are about 250 Girl Scouts in Cass County, said Krissy Denny, pathway specialist from the Logansport Dunbar Service Center at Camp Wildwood. Saturday’s event was hosted at Camp Wildwood — a 40-acre wooded property that offers overnight camping as well as year-round overnight lodging for troops.

Denny said it was pretty obvious that the rock climbing wall was the most popular. She said events like Saturday help raise awareness of the local program.

“I think the rock climbing wall lets the girls experience something that’s out of the ordinary,” she said. “It just really gives them that feeling of accomplishment.”

• Jason M. Rodriguez is associate editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or

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