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An event called Meet and Greet Under the Oaks took place on Monday evening at Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains Camp Boothe Oaks in which members of the community gathered to enjoy the Girl Scout camp. Tours were given around the property and entertainment was provided by the Sweetwater Municipal Band. Food was also provided for those in attendance.
Girl Scouts USA, established more than 101 years ago, has a long history of helping girls and local communities succeed. The program was introduced locally 65 years ago by civic-minded women because they recognized a major issue for women and girls, which was a lack of opportunity to develop their own abilities. They recognized scouting as a solution to that lack. Today, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains Council represents 81 counties with service centers in Abilene, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Lubbock and Fort Worth serving more than 24,000 girls in partnership with more than 8,000 adults annually.
Girl Scouts exist to help girls reach their potential through a professionally supported curriculum and one-to-one adult relationships with measurable impact. Camping has long been a cornerstone of the Girl Scout program. Through camping, Girl Scouts offers its greatest and most lasting impact on girls and adults. Girl Scouts maintains five camping properties.
Camp Boothe Oaks near Sweetwater is an important program property for the council and for generations of girls and their families in Nolan County. The site was purchased in 1952 for $4,000 with options from Mr. and Mrs. Walter Boothe. In the years following, additional acreage was purchased and gifted for the benefit of Girl Scouting. The 73-acre camp holds treasured memories for many residents and continues to serve as a hub of activity for the organization in serving girls and their families.
Girl Scouts commitment to camping experience stems from good evidence that these chances to step outside everyday life in an open, outdoor setting are foundational for girls, providing a touchstone that keeps them connected and helps them become independent decision-makers. They have the opportunity to gain self awareness and learn about their own strengths and limitations. Often, in facing new challenges presented in outdoor programs, girls develop character, acting responsibly towards one another while persevering in their own attempts to gain a new skill.
The 73-acre property is open annually from March through November, and occasionally in-between, to provide troop, special event and outdoor education programs for girls ages 5-17 years old. In addition, the camp is used by outside groups for youth retreats, meetings and activities that are at the heart of community and family life. The camp is a much beloved spot on the west Texas horizon where people can be immersed in nature away from the distractions of everyday life.
Financial support is being sought from the local community to upgrade the facilities at Camp Boothe Oaks, a treasured place for community activity and use the camp for activities. Call 325-236-6062 for donation information.