Girl Scouts camp promotes leadership skills in Petersburg

Girl Scouts of Alaska came to Petersburg last week to hold a weeklong day camp. Girls ages kindergarten through junior high participated in the events, many of which happened outdoors.

Girl Scouts study local plants in a botany work shop during a week-long camp. (Photo by Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg)
Girl Scouts study local plants in a botany work shop during a week-long camp. (Photo by Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg)

A few dozen girls are in a circle outside the Rae Stedman Elementary School. They’re singing songs and dancing around on top of the gray gravel near the playground.

The Girl Scouts traveling camp goes to a new remote Alaska community every week.

In Petersburg, the girls have been meeting every day learning social and educational skills.

Now, they are being led through sing-along songs by a few Girl Scout leaders, such as Josie Ward. She’s a college student in Missouri, but is spending part of her summer in Alaska helping run the camps.

The weeklong camp has a $40 suggested donation but they will give any girl a scholarship who can’t pay.

The traveling camp has been going for nine weeks already.

Girl Scouts has already held camps in Ketchikan in Southeast. The week of Aug. 8-12 camps will be in Sitka.