OCOTILLO – The Imperial Council of the Girl Scouts of America held their “High Adventure Day” at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo. The day was a success with 117 scouts and scout leaders in attendance.
“The High Adventure Day was open to all Girl Scout Troops in the Imperial Valley,” said Rea de la Cruz, the troop support manager for Girls Scouts San Diego. “This included our Juniors, Brownies, Daisies, and Cadets. We had great participation with one-fifth of all Girl Scouts in Imperial County coming to the event.”
Throughout the event, the scouts had the opportunity to make a coiled clay ceramic pot, hike through the museum property learning to identify animal tracks, and play Shaahook, a Kumeyaay game using a type of dice.
“The Shaahook game is something we have not done before with a large group,” said Marcie Rodriguez, education coordinator at the museum. “But it was really fun and competitive. It proved to be the most popular part of the event. The game works by bouncing three marked sticks off a rock and moving a game piece around a table. The first person around the table wins.”
“The hike was especially interesting,” said de la Cruz. “We did not expect to see any desert animals, but my group came across a Western Shovel-nosed snake and a Walking Stick, an insect that looked just like a small stick. It is amazing that this type of desert wildlife was just right there. This was just a great experience for our girls.”
Thanks to a Community Benefits Grant sponsored by Imperial County District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelley, all Girl Scouts attended the event for free.
“The grant from the county board of supervisors is for recruitment and programming and really made this event possible,” said Nina Crabtree, the new Girl Scout staff person for Imperial County. “It has a tremendous impact when so many troops get together. It really allows you to see how exciting and fun scouting is in the Valley.
Crabtree is the Membership Recruitment and Support Specialist for Girl Scouts San Diego, working here in Imperial County to organize events and support local troops. For more information or to organize a new Girl Scout troop, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.