With Girl Scout cookie sales in full swing, area Girl Scouts have begun signing up for their summer sessions at Camp Mintahama, said Lisa Nelson, a troop leader in Carl Junction.
The board of directors of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland in November approved a plan by Friends of Camp Mintahama for the camp’s continued operation. The board reversed a June decision to divest the camp property after the 2015 camping season.
One requirement of the plan is to increase usage of the camp by 20 percent each year over three years.
“The camp themes are really tuned to girls of different ages,” Nelson said.
Girl Scouts may register on the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland website at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org. One may click on the “Choose Your Adventure at Summer Camp” banner at the top of the page, or a link labeled “Go to Camp.” Both lead to the “2014 Summer Camp Guide,” which can be downloaded. It includes information about programs at the different camps and the registration form. One also may click on the “forms and registrations” link to find the camp registration form.
Nelson said Girl Scouts also may include their non-Scout friends in the registration.
An open house for Scouts and their families is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on May 24 at Camp Mintahama. Camp sessions run from June 18 to July 1.
Among the programs offered at Camp Mintahama is “Goo, Glop and Fizz for Brownies,” which includes in the description: “Come get messy and blow stuff up.” There’s also a photography program for junior Scouts, and “Camp: The Movie” for aspiring filmmakers. The “Saddles and Paddles” program includes six days and five nights of horseback riding, canoeing and other activities.
There’s also a six-day, five-night “Zombie Survival” program. “You have to learn how to survive quickly and be careful, because zombies are lurking,” reads the description.
Scouts can earn badges during camp, including first aid, staying fit, home scientist and digital photography.
The cost of the camp sessions ranges from $40 to $300. Cookie sales make up the bulk of paying the cost for many Girl Scouts.
People may buy Girl Scout cookies on weekends in front of area Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, Casey’s General Store locations, and Lowe’s Home Improvement and Price Cutter stores. Nelson said people also may donate to Camp Mintahama when buying cookies. The plan requires Friends of Camp Mintahama to raise about $150,000 annually.
Nelson said financial aid is available for Girl Scouts to attend camp.
After camping season, Nelson said, Camp Mintahama will be available for residents to reserve for weekend retreats, family reunions, church Bible school or other events.
“There’s already reservations,” she said. “We would really welcome people to use the camp.”
To reserve the camp, people may call Nelson at 417-825-3395.
Nelson said she’s working on plans for a regional event centered around the 102nd anniversary of the Girl Scouts on March 12.
THE 180-ACRE CAMP nine miles south of Joplin has been a Girl Scout camp since 1946. Accommodations include a sleeping lodge, cabins, platform tents and treehouses. The camp has a 12-acre lake with an island in its center for primitive camping and floating docks for boating.