This morning, my 10-year-old daughter and I went to a Girl Scout Skills Day that was put on by our local Service Unit. Unfortunately, the Service Unit had to plan everything and provide all the resources themselves; for whatever reason, our local council refused to help. In all, about 100 girls from our service unit came to the event.
The event itself was a little disorganized, but I think the girls learned some very valuable skills. For the girls in the Junior level, they learned some knot tying, orienteering, went through a presentation put together by REI about "Leave No Trace," knife safety, and how to safely start and put out a campfire.
By the end of the event, my daughter got a piece of rope to practice knot tying at home, a keychain from REI, a sheet from REI about "Leave No Trace" and the 10 Essentials, a whistle (to be used in an emergency if she becomes lost while in the out of doors), a patch, and small Ziploc bag with pretzels for a snack.
My daughter will be heading off for a Girl Scout encampment trip in a few weeks, and I think what she learned today will really come in handy. But I am a little disappointed that our local council didn't provide any help or resources for the event.