“We were fortunate that the sleeping quarters and dining hall were not damaged. Even so, it will take significant effort and resources to clean up the debris and rebuild the trading post,” said Camp Director Keli Berkman.
Savannah, GA (PRWEB) July 24, 2015
Historic Girl Scout Camp Low on Rose Dhu Island sustained damage from high winds on Tuesday night as a storm blew over the island. Trees fell, the dock was blown loose, and a small building used as a trading post during encampments was destroyed when a tree fell across its roof. Generations of Girl Scouts have visited the rustic, wooden trading post to select souvenirs to remind them of their week at camp.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia was conducting summer day camp and resident camp at the site at the time of the storm. All the girls and staff members were safe and no camp programs were cancelled.
“The storm blew up quickly, so we moved girls indoors to ensure their safety. After the storm, the girls were calm and glad to be able to return to their camp activities,” said Camp Director Keli Berkman. “We were fortunate that the sleeping quarters and dining hall were not damaged. Even so, it will take significant effort and resources to clean up the debris and rebuild the trading post."
Volunteers who love Camp Low recently formed an Adopt-a-Camp Team and have worked tirelessly to improve amenities on the property. They had recently replaced floorboards on the dock, which has now been closed to girls due to the storm damage. Some of the footboards were loosened and at least one piling was pulled away from the marsh bed.
Camping is a favorite activity for Girl Scouts, one that helps girls to build courage and confidence. Data from “More than S’mores,” a study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, shows that spending time in the outdoors has a significant impact on the development of a girl’s self- esteem, leadership skills, and environmental stewardship. The impact is even more significant for girls from low socio-economic backgrounds. Many girls say they wouldn’t have a chance to experience the out-of-doors without Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is requesting help with property cleanup, materials and the replacement of the trading post structure. Anyone interested in volunteering, providing materials or services, or making a donation may contact Dawn Kaley at 912.988.8653 or at dkaley(at)gshg(dot)org.