Archery, finger knitting and making stepping stones were only a few of the projects Girl Scouts participated in last week during a three-day camp at Marion County Lake.
Camp leader Lena Hall said the group went with the theme of “The Year of the Girl” to celebrate the organization’s 100th birthday.
“We have camp every year during the summer,” she said, “and it’s normally for three days, but for this year’s camp we wanted to do more special activities as part of the 100-year celebration.”
With the help of about 40 volunteers offering their time and expertise, Hall said they were able to come up with some old-time activities.
The age-old craft of finger knitting was available for Marion Girl Scout Juniors, ages 9 to 11, Cadettes, ages 11 to 14, and Seniors, ages 14 to 16, she said.
Karen Ehrlich, owner of Down On the Corner, helped the girls make either a scarf, belt or headband.
“To finger knit, the girls are wrapping the yarn around their fingers and then pulling it over, going back and forth on their hand,” she said.
One project all the scouts took part in was the stepping stone, Hall said.
Using cement as the base, the stepping stones were decorated with broken glass, seashells, beads and other items donated by local stores or volunteers.
“Once the cement dried, the girls would be able to take their stepping stone home and put it in the garden,” Hall said.
“Some girls made three-dimensional stones that were for looking rather than as a stepping piece.”
Another project for the Brownies, ages 6 to 9, she said, was making card fans out of four card fronts.
The idea was to cut the cards into shapes, then using a hole punch, the scouts were able to tie a cord or ribbon at the bottom, Hall said.
Kathy Meierhoff thought of the card fan idea, Hall said.
“The Junior Girl Scouts were also doing archery,” she said.
In addition to the projects involving arts and crafts or playing games, the older Girl Scouts and Brownies had an overnight camping experience.
“We wanted the third-grade Brownies to have a preview of what they will be doing next year,” Hall said.
Other activities included swimming at Marion Aquatic Center, a parent’s night and attending a flag burning ceremony.