Special to the Bulletin

LAKE BROWNWOOD — Area Girl Scouts gathered at Camp Wood Lake at Lake Brownwood recently for the Me and My Dad event.

Girls bring their fathers, uncles, brothers or grand-fathers to the camp to enjoy a weekend planned just for them, according to Lynda Glenn, director of program services for the Heart of Texas Council.

“The activities are geared toward things that the guys will enjoy helping their daughters do,” Glenn said. “We know guys tend to be competitive, so we usually plan some type of competition and some games that pit the girls against the guys. It’s a lot of fun watching ‘dads’ compete against 6- and 7-year-olds, They do have a lot of fun and the girls love it.”

“Some of the dads tell us that their wives made them come, but they’ve had a good time and that they’ll definitely come back next year,” said Jan Cate, CEO of the council. “We also have a Mom and Me event in the fall. Both events are always our most popular ones and we usually fill our campsite.”

Camp Wood Lake, adjacent to the Lake Brownwood State Park, has been used by Girl Scouts for more than 50 years, and it’s in use year-round. But it’s really busy during the summer months.

“Every summer, approximately 200 girls attend resident camp where they create a special magic that will be remembered for the rest of their lives,” Virginia Price, resident camp director, said. “During their stay at camp, girls live and play in the out-of-doors for five or more days at a time. They can participate in activities like canoeing, swimming, acting, singing and much more. In short, it’s something for just about everyone.”

Any girl has the opportunity to attend summer camp, even those not currently registered as a Girl Scout, Prince said.

“Camp is open to all girls between the ages of 6 and 17,” she said. “We offer 12 different sessions for a four-week period between June 10 and July 6.”

Anyone who has a daughter interested in attending Camp Wood Lake this summer can check the council’s Web site for information at www.heartoftexasgsc.org. Parents may also call the council office at 646-1516 or (800) 346-3215 for a copy of the resident camp brochure.

“At a time when young people need — more than ever — to become reacquainted with the out-of-doors, Girl Scouts offers that opportunity to the girls within their 19-county jurisdiction and beyond,” Prince said.

“We have several girls from Abilene, Wichita Falls, Harlingen and even El Paso joining us at camp this year. We look forward each year to making new friends from our neighboring councils.”

Cate expressed her appreciation to the Brown County United Way, the Harriett G. Beadel Foundation and the Wolslager Foundation of San Angelo for helping the Heart of Texas Council provide scholarships to girls who cannot otherwise afford the camp fees. She also expressed her thanks to the Dodge Jones Foundation of Abilene for providing funds to help the council underwrite the cost of operating resident camp.

“Resident camp is an expensive part of the Girl Scout program, but one that we feel is very much needed by our girls,” Cate said.

“Our funding partners enable us to continue our missions of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who will make the world a better place.”