Girl Scouts from Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park packed a lot of good works and good times into one Saturday this fall at the 7th annual Wild Rose Camporee held in St Charles. On Oct. 16, 275 Girl Scouts — grades two to eight — and their leaders took part in outdoor fun, learning and service.

The beautiful fall day began with everyone assembled in one huge horseshoe for the opening flag ceremony led by Cadette Girl Scouts. Throughout the day, the older girls mentored the younger ones as they learned about tent pitching and about washing dishes without the benefit of plumbing. They shared knowledge of the Girl Scout laws while making a beaded pin memento, and shared lunch and s’mores around the campfire. After hiking the wooded camp trails, the girls came together to teach each other favorite silly camp songs.

The Girl Scouts created original cards and wrote letters of appreciation to Chicago area veterans participating in the recent Honor Flight Chicago trip to Washington, D.C. The Honor Flight carries WWII veterans to the capitol for a day of touring monuments and receiving recognition and gratitude for their service to our country. During “mail call” on the flight returning home, the cards and notes made by the girls were opened by the veterans.

At day’s end, all gathered again around the flagpole to once again honor the flag and share the Girl Scout friendship squeeze. Then, the Brownies returned home on the bus while the Juniors and Cadettes stayed at camp to enjoy time together with their troops. Later that night, several worn American flags were properly retired over a campfire during a moving ceremony by the Cadette troops.

For information on Girl Scouts in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, contact Donna Ioppolo at 708-445-1201 Local Girl Scouts are part of the Girl Scouts Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana council with 95,000 members. More information on opportunities to join and to volunteer can be found on the council’s Web site, The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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