Friday, October 12, 2007 -
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wildrose Program Center
VISTA # 9 CAMPOREE INFORMATION
WILDROSE PROGRAM CENTER, ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS
October 12-14, 2007
What is a camporee? It is a great opportunity to have fun with other Girl Scouts from VISTA 9. Our fourth annual camporee will be held at Wildrose Program Center in St. Charles, Illinois, about an hour west of Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. This event is open to all scouts; however, Brownies will be invited only to spend the day, while Juniors and older scouts will be invited to stay overnight both Friday and Saturday nights. Wildrose can only accommodate 217 to sleep overnight—our VISTA includes over 1600 girls, so we may have to make some difficult decisions.In the past, however, no one has been turned away. Adults are to accompany and supervise their girls at all times.
If you are a Brownie troop coming for the day, you must sign up for the bus (there is not enough parking space available). It will leave promptly at 8:45am on Saturday October 13, 2007from a predetermined location (last year it was Julian Middle School. You will return to the same place at about 5:30pm. We will provide lunch and a snack for you and your girls, but you must provide permission slips and a qualified First Aider for your group. Adults are only allowed per the number Safety Wise allows (we want to accommodate as many girls as possible!). We plan to offer 3 activity sessions, which may include a tour of Wildrose Program Center, an outdoor sports activity or if the weather is bad, indoor games, and a craft activity. Cooking lunch will be part of the fun as well. Older Girl Scouts may assist with the activities and fun. We will have a closing ceremony at Wildrose Theater with lots of singing. Buses will leave Wildrose at 4:30 and arrive back in Oak Park at about 5:30pm.
Junior and older girls can arrive on Friday evening at their convenience, but leaving the Oak Park area at 6:00 pm is just about as good as at 4:30 pm in the afternoon. Friday evening will be a time for your troop to get adjusted, wind down from the week and plan your other activities on Saturday evening and Sunday. There won’t be any program for Friday night…we will ask you to check in with one of us when you arrive…details will be communicated at the pre-camporee meeting. You will need to provide food for your troop for Friday evening, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. The program will begin on Saturday morning about 10:30 am. We may ask that the older girls help with the activities on Saturday. We will let you know what exactly this role will be at our pre-camporee meeting. This event has been successful partly because we try to group older troops with Brownies for the activities. Our closing ceremony will be in the late afternoon and the Brownies will leave at about 4:30pm. Saturday evening and Sunday morning will be a time for the troops to be on their own. Check out time will be between 11:00 and 12:00pm on Sunday.
A SIGN UP SHEET AND REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE AUGUST 28th VISTA MEETING. COST WILL BE $15 PER PERSON. QUESTIONS? CALL OR EMAIL JUDY BRADEEN, 383-6870 (home), 205-9892 (cell), or JAB1022@AOL.COM
Also, please read the information below if you are planning on going on the Camporee. I believe the Sept 15th Camp Craft training still has space but you need to check the Illinois Crossroads web site.
This question was posed to our training contact at the Hub. Check it out!
Q: I heard that the council requires attendance at a fire-making training before troops can build fires (even on day trips). Can you tell me anything about that?
A: That is true. The Girls on the Move: Field Trips and Indoor Overnights training (available on-line, self-study booklet, and class) covers field trips and overnights in an indoor facility with a kitchen and rest rooms. But when a troop wants to build a camp fire, do any outdoor cooking, or sleep in tents they need to also take Camp Craft training. Camp Craft is only available as a class and is offered three times each in spring and late summer. The next dates are Sat, Aug 25 at Morrison in Lake Villa; Sat, Sept 8 at Adahi in Glenview; and Sat, Sept 15 at Wild Rose in St. Charles. There is a fee of $15 per person.
Moral of the Story: Be sure you have at least one volunteer complete this training and go with you on trips! You can sign up today at www.ilcrossroads.org.