ANTRIM, NH--Nearly 200 current and former Girl Scouts, leaders, camp counselors, directors and volunteers gathered at Camp Chenoa on October 19 for a campfire ceremony to say goodbye.
Around a campfire in the amphitheater, attendees reminisced, had a sing-along, and paid tribute to the camp, which has been a special place for thousands of girls and women since the mid-1990s. The camp is now for sale.
The camp’s main dining hall included a display of memorabilia, including Chenoa T shirts, photos and scrapbooks. Girls added their own memories to a scrapbook.
“I came with one friend and made many more new ones. One night, my whole cabin stayed up until one in the morning, telling stories about where we were from,” said Kallie about her time at camp. She attended the campfire with a leader, her mother and an aunt, all of whom shared fond memories of camporees and running “Camp Jam.”
Jaeda came with her parents. She attended “Just Coasting” this summer; it was her first experience as a Girl Scout. Her parents said that she came by herself yet felt instantly comfortable at camp, which made them feel confident about leaving her.
During the ceremony, led by Carrie Green, Director, Girl Scout Leadership Experience at GSGWM, girls shared memories of friendship, adventure and fun; many said they met their best friend there. Others tried new things and overcame fears. Some told humorous stories about mischief-making, such as filling a counselor’s yurt with balloons, or spilling a canoe filled with fellow campers into the lake. One college student shared that her experience at Camp Chenoa helped her overcome extreme shyness.
Karen Provost, Manager, Camp Pathway, said that GSGWM plans to incorporate what campers liked best about Chenoa into programs at other camps.
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