Camping in a Ice Storm

This last weekend I took my Girl Scout troop (Brownies, Juniors and Cadets) to Camp Timberlake in Stillwell Kansas.  I've taken the girls camping at least once every year since I became a Girl Scout Leader in 2004.  You may or may not know that I am NOT a camper.  I even think that some of the parents refer to my troop as "Troop Beverly Hills" (after the movie of the same name).  In my defense, I do have a huge troop, over 30 girls and how can you cook for 30 girls outside all at one time? Camp Timberlake was once the vacation home of Kansas City native H.R. Block (you know the tax guy?)  We pulled up to the door and said.. hmm.. "Troop Beverly Hills fits us!"

Ok.. this isn't the camp.. but nice spread huh?  This house is just a few blocks away

from the camp.

When you enter camp there is the cute.. but tiny bridge.. over a

peaceful pond and a steep hill that takes you to the lodge.  We picked

Timberlake because of the size of it's kitchen.  Our goal this weekend

was to have fun and work on our cooking badges.

The kitchen at Timberlake is awesome!

There are several sinks, a stove/oven, 2 refrigerators and 1 freezer.

Perfect for working on cooking badges.. but we didn't just cook…


We danced…

Played games

Painted souvenir mugs.

Played charades


Worked on our weaving projects..


Sometimes we even slept…

The weekend went great until it was time to go home…  Saturday night some kind of weather front was moving in.. and we received rain and snow.  Which turned into slush and ice.

Sunday when parents were coming to get their girl scouts they also encountered

that huge hill.  All of them made it up, but one slipped and became stuck.

After 5 hours and 2 tow trucks they were able to get the van un-stuck

and we could leave camp.  For awhile there I thought we'd be there an extra night.

Which would have been ok.. because I am an expert camper 😉




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