Girl Scouts of Connecticut is much more than just cookies

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Wed., Feb. 1, 2012
Camp Laurel, located in Lebanon, offers activities such as boating and swimming during the summer camping season. Contributed photos. - Contributed Photo

There were two reasons for the Camp Fair held Jan. 20 on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus. The event was intended to recruit college students who might be interested in a summer job. The second goal was to let the public know about the many different opportunities available to Scouts through Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

"Not everyone is aware that we do much more than just sell cookies," said Linda Bresky, director of outdoor program for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. In fact, Girl Scouts of Connecticut runs nine different day camps and three resident camps throughout the state, with a variety of different programs going on throughout much of the year.

Coming up in June, for example, is Camp CEO. "Our CEO, Jennifer Smith Turner, recruits other CEOs to participate," said Bresky. CEOs share leadership experience with Scouts, but also participate in fun activities such as swimming and canoing. "The girls learn that CEOs are approachable," said Bresky.

In August, Camp Laurel in Lebanon will host the International Camporee, advertised as a "once-in-a-lifetime event," bringing together "Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all around the world," according to a brochure. "Basically, we've invited international troops to come," said Bresky. Scheduled to participate so far are troops from Ghana, Japan, Australia, Canada and England. "It's a really neat opportunity for Scouts to meet other girls from around the world," said Bresky.

As Eastern students arrived at the Student Center for the Camp Fair, they were told about the variety of job experiences available through Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "Pretty much whatever your background is, if you want a chance to be in the outdoors and you love kids, we've got a position for you," said Bresky. There are positions available for people with backgrounds in nursing, accounting, business, education, recreation and culinary arts, to name a few. "We've got equestrian programs at some of our camps," said Bresky, "so if you've got experience with horses, we've got a position for you." Positions are open to men as well. "You don't have to be a woman to work at Girl Scout camps," said Bresky.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut has camps located in Oxford, Weston, New Fairfield, Bristol, New Milford, Milford, Lebanon, Manchester and East Lyme. Signups have started for summer day and resident programs. There will be future Camp Fairs held around the state. Attend one to find out about camping or job opportunities. For more information, go to

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