Twilight Oaks Camp |

Jun 29, 2018

Twilight Oaks Camp

This post is sponsored by Glad® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The calendar strikes June; it's time for camp once again. My favorite time of year. The heat, the smells, the mess; all a fond memory of each summer past. I pull up to the gravel road eager to retrieve my list and find my campers for the week. A familiar smile greets me as I look for the Wood Cutter sign. My camp group for the week. She gives me a bear hug."Ms. Aleshea, please tell me you're my leader this year," she asks."I am," I reply."The smile is genuine; It reaches her eyes.We make quick work of introductions. She's eager to introduce me to the group."This is Ms. Aleshea. There's a lot I don't know about her. But she likes Pokemon. One time she was in charge of the camp, and it was a Pokemon theme, and she took us hiking it was so fun. Oh, yeah she likes hikin' and teachin' the hikin' badge."My co-leader motions to me, "is there anythin' else the group should know about you?"I debate on whether to let it be known I don't care for Pokemon. I know the kids like it, and that is why I picked the theme. I decided it best to keep quiet. "No, that pretty much sums me up."We spend much of the week hikin' and learnin' new outdoor skills that aren't so new. With a Prairie theme, the girls found it fun to learn things many had never tried. The pure joy at makin' butter and biscuits on a dutch oven. I let it known that my family owns a dutch oven.She hollers, "see I told you Ms. Aleshea likes campin'. Who even owns one of those"I stand camera in hand willin' the goats to look my way. Please eat the grass for my picture. I topple over in laughter as one tries to lick my camera instead.They salivate at every day's snow cone flavor happy for a sweet refresher from the Texas heat.The messes pile day after day. They roll their eyes when I begin the seven steps of leave no trace behind. She groans, "Ms. Aleshea you already taught me this at the last camp when we earned our eco hikin' badge."I groan back."I know but none of these girls are here and its a perfect time to cross a requirement off for everyone else who hasn't earned it.They all raise their hands in unision, eager to tell of what they already know and what they hope to learn. I keep a single Glad® Advanced Protection or Glad® Advanced Protection trash bags. that I bought from Walmart next to our daily spot. The handles provide easy carryin'. I smile as one offers to pick up everyone's snow cones trash. My mind wonders what else I could fit in the trash bags. The girls laugh when I tell them the last campout I was in charge over had over 60 girls and I packed all the activity supplies and food in Glad® Advanced Protection or Glad® Advanced Protection trash bags.. The perk was then we already had trash bags for trash once we left camp. The laugh at how creative.The talk turns to the last day of camp and how late they will stay up eatin' smores and talkin' in their tents. I raise my hand, motionin' to get back on topic.Before I can finish she goes, "I already know. A Girl Scout leaves a place cleaner than she found it. Nature stays in nature and what goes in must come out. That's what your gonna say isn't it?"I smile. Indeed it is. Indeed it is. She grabs the Glad® Advanced Protection or Glad® Advanced Protection trash bags. and begins to fill it with trash.


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