By Madeline Jackson, GSGCF Property Manager, and Lori Tomlinson, Grants and Communications Manager
Chippy’s back with more camp updates, this time from Camp Honi Hanta. She also has a few important camp reminders. Read on to learn more!
Highlights at Camp Honi Hanta
Let’s start by thanking our sister troops for their hard work. Troop 42 painted some of the exterior walls of the Armadillo Alley bathhouse. Three girls from Troop 149 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award by refurbishing the fire circle at the Round House. Troop 696 also has a Bronze Award project underway. They worked with Troop 248 to create an enhanced seating area using paver stones brought up from the Venice Girl Scout House. Talk about using resources wisely!
Our adult volunteers tackled some much-appreciated projects, as well. Screen repairs have been completed in the Weaver’s Nest unit screen house, and rotted wood was repaired at the Rain Forest. Several tree-top cabin window shades were re-made or replaced. The archery shed got a much-needed clean out and reorganization, and some of the bathhouse sidewalks and unit house exteriors were pressure-washed. And, United Way Suncoast Day of Caring Volunteers completed a full interior repaint of the Lodge.
Your council staff is always looking for ways to enhance your camp experience, and has marked quite a few items off the to-do list, including:
- A complete property tree trim to lift canopies, widen trails, and eliminate dead landscape
- The addition of plastic bins for each unit’s screen house to organize miscellaneous items on the equipment shelves
- Fabrication and installation of the belay benches for the climbing wall, and wood preservation coating applied to more than half of the structure
- Installation of eye wash solution stations installed in each of the bathhouses
- Equipping each screen house with a coffee maker, new dishwashing bins, and a new Coleman stove
- Replacing the air conditioner in the Manatee House
If you’ve visited camp in the past couple weeks, you probably noticed the installation of a beautiful shade canopy for the archery range, thanks to funding from the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation and Junior League of Sarasota. This grant project is still underway with even more great additions in process, including a new ice maker for the lodge and a fully equipped disc golf course (coming soon!).
Don’t forget, there is a Honi Hanta Hero patch that girls can earn for doing a service project at camp. We have painting projects, signage projects, trimming trails, and more. There are many ways to improve camp and leave it better than we found it.
Please remember, the rules we have set up for camp are for everyone’s safety, protection, and consideration. We expect all our adult leaders to set the example for their troops by observing all the Safety Activity Checkpoints and being a sister to every Girl Scout.
- GOLF CART USAGE–The golf cart may be used by service unit managers for service unit events only. Individual troops may not use the golf cart.
- VERIFICATION OF OUTDOOR SKILLS TRAINING–To ensure your troop or service unit will meet all the requirements of your desired program, we are now verifying certifications when a camp reservation is made through the Double Knot system.
- NO DRIVING AT CAMP–You may drive only ONE vehicle to your campsite to drop off your supplies. Vehicles may not be used to transport girls and their belongings to your campsite and/or to activity areas. There are wheelbarrows available for this use. Of course, there are exceptions for emergencies and those with physical limitations.
- NO SMOKING AT CAMP–Aside from the obvious fire hazard, our council does not permit smoking at our campsite locations. Smoking may only occur outside the gate of each camp and NEVER in the presence of any girls.
- MEN ARE ALLOWED TO BE AT CAMP–However, there are strict rules about their presence at a campout. Please review our Camp Rules.
- TRASH REMOVAL IS ESSENTIAL–In addition to removing your own campsite trash, please have the girls walk the grounds around your campsite and pick up any stray items. Make sure you are throwing only garbage in the dumpsters and recyclables in their respective bins.
SAVE THE DATE
We will be hosting Girl Scout Open Houses at all our council facilities, including Camp Honi Hanta, on Sunday, April 26 from 2-4pm. Please plan to visit camp and see all our improvements yourself. It will be a family-friendly event where volunteers and staff host activities on-site for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you then!