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Girl Scout camp is a summer tradition


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Hannah Taylor, Katie Oppenheimer, Alexandra Morrow and Larissa Chan,  practice their gimp weaving technique. The girls were program aides at Camp Wi-Lo-Linn last summer.Three hundred Girl Scouts can’t be wrong.

Attending Camp Wi-Lo-Linn is definitely a highlight of summer, and registration is now open for the camp, which provides activities and outdoor skills-oriented programs for children age 3 through 18.

Founded in 1992, the camp is named for Wilsonville, Lake Oswego and West Linn, the three main communities from which it draws campers. Held in a Wilsonville city park, the camp is run entirely by volunteers.

More than 100 adults and 60 teen program aides meet before camp begins each day to set up and then take down the camp each evening, leaving the park ready for use by others when they finish.

“There is nothing there when we arrive, but by 8:30 a.m. each day the camp is set up and ready to go,” said Lillian Oppenheimer, who directs the camp with her friend, Barb Wiser.

The teen program aids carry a lot of responsibility, helping set up for camp and then interacting with the campers throughout the day.

“The little first-graders through to sixth-graders are all looking forward to spending time with the teenagers, who are showing them how to be leaders,” Wiser said.

Once a Scout has been to Camp Wi-Lo-Linn, she added, it is typically placed high on their list of summertime activities.

“We’ve had families discover their vacation plans conflict with Wi-Lo-Linn and change their vacations,” said Oppenheimer. “The girls have been looking forward to starting the PA training for years — they all want to be program aides.”

The day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 23 to 27. Members and friends of Service Unit 9 of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington from first through eighth grades are welcome to attend, plus Tag-a-Longs, volunteers’ children ages 3 through 5 and volunteers’ sons ages 6 to 12.

Campers spend the day in a wide range of activities including singing, crafts, leather tooling, cooking, leadership skills and scavenger hunts. And yes, they still get to fiddle with gimp, pipe cleaners and alphabet macaroni. Older campers end the week with a campfire event and sleep over the last day.

Registration fee is $85 and the deadline is Monday. Following that date Oppenheimer and Wiser will be recruiting adult volunteers to support the program.

To learn more about the program or register, visit willolinn.org or call Oppenheimer at 503-816-9028.



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