The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local News

July 15, 2011

Good times at Camp Tanglewood

ANDERSON, Ind. — Girl Scouts of all ages hiked through Camp Tanglewood singing and laughing on their way to a campfire lunch Friday afternoon.

While the girls practiced their fire starting and cooking skills for the last time before parents night, camp co-directors prepped food for the coming evening’s activities.

It’s an especially fun evening for Allyson Hull.

“I was a camper here, a PA (program aide) and now an adult leader,” Hull, 19, said. “ I’ve been here since I was a Brownie. It’s fun.”

Jennifer Kaszuba, a co-director, said local Girl Scouts get the opportunity to enjoy one week of day camp every summer. Camp starts at 9 a.m. every morning and ends at 3 p.m.

“On the last day of camp, girls have the opportunity to stay overnight,” Kaszuba said. “Younger girls can stay in the lodge and the older girls have the choice of staying in the lodge or sleeping in a tent.”

For more than 30 years, Camp Tanglewood has been the home of Madison County’s Girl Scouts.

“From the Daisies on up, the girls learn to make camp fires and cook their lunch,” said Fay Craig, another co-director. “It’s the only day camp that the girls cook their own food daily in the council. Most camps use a dining hall.”

Craig said each unit has daily jobs that include guiding the morning and afternoon traffic and putting the flag up.

Each unit chooses three badges to work on for the week. They are crafting, hiking and learning about Australia.

The theme for this summer’s camp is Australia Down Under.

“The theme was picked through the leaders and the girls,” Kaszuba said. “Australia has girl scouting -- they have girl guides. A lot of this week’s activities teach the girls about Australia.”

Attendance for this year’s camp week was more than 100, double last year’s, Kaszuba said.

She attributed the increase to Barb Hall, the membership drive manager.

“She sent the day camp info to the local schools,” she said. “Our camp is also less than a council-run camp so that helps.”

Kaszuba said a council-run camp, one owned and operated by the Girl Scouts, costs $90 for three days, whereas Camp Tanglewood, run by service units and volunteers, costs $60 for a week.

“That includes swimming, food, T-shirts and badges,” she said. “It includes everything they do.”

After a council merger a few years ago, Camp Tanglewood was sold by the Girl Scouts to Anderson Community School Corporation. Craig said the three Girl Scout service units in Madison County sell cookbooks as a way to raise money and pay the $2,500-a-year lease for the camp. Madison County Girl Scouts use the camp year round for meeting, events and camping.

“They (volunteers) operate, raise money and run the camp so the girls of Madison County can have a day camp to go to ,” Kaszuba said.

It’s a feat Craig said the units are very proud of.

It’s the reason Hull has grown with the program through the years.

“I had so much fun here when I was little,” she said. “If Tanglewood closed I’d still do stuff with scouts but it would break my heart if I couldn’t be here every summer.”

Contact April Abernathy: 640-4861 or april.abernathy@heraldbulletin.com.

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