by Lisa Tome
Bella Cassady was excited.
She had just helped to set up her very first tent and was seconds from crawling inside.
"It's harder than I thought," said Cassady, who with a group of other Girl Scouts learned to line up the tent fly with the door, stretch the sticks, and assemble the tent frame.
Learning to put up a tent is just one of the lessons learned during last week's Service Unit 1 Twilight Camp. For five evenings, girls from all levels of scouting - Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Ambassadors - learned the ropes.
And the knives, packing skills, and more.
Service Unit Manager Mary Denver explained the purpose of Twilight Camp was to teach the scouts life skills while having fun. There were a dozen campers, five older girls serving as helpers, plus adult group leaders.
The first aid portion of camp taught the girls about common maladies such as sunburn, poison ivy, bee stings, sprains, strains, hypothermia and more.
In knives and knots, the girls trained with construction paper pocket knives, learning to safely open and close the knives as well as how and when to use them. For knots, they learned the square knot, half hitch, clove hitch, and bowline.
When it comes to backpacking, the girls learned when it is appropriate to use various packs - day, overnight, weekend, week, and more than a week. They also learned about packing, layering clothes, and backpack essentials.