Filed by Erin Kenner
Three weeks ago, we received a phone call from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” regarding our camp programs and facilities.
The show’s producer was looking for Girl Scout camps in our area to film for a series of shows depicting life in “real America.” After a short site visit, they decided to use Camp Adahi.
The first camera crew arrived on Monday afternoon and immediately began filming girls at their activities. Their first stop was on our ropes course, where our day campers were having a great time on the 40-foot-tall zipline.
The girls were kind of camera shy at first, but when the cameraman took a ride on the zipline with the camera, the girls felt more at ease in front of the camera.
The girls prepared their meal, tacos in a bag, for their campfire dinner and a Girl Scout favorite, S’mores, for dessert. We sang camp songs, took a hayride and participated in a special all-camp bonfire at the lake.
Tuesday morning, everyone woke up to a “Jungle Breakfast” (adults hide the breakfast, and the girls search for it).
The day’s activities included trail rides, badge work, archery, hiking, canoeing and swimming. Throughout the day, the crew interviewed campers and staff while filming special places around camp such as Shelter Rock.
Some of the final moments caught on camera occurred in the Field of Fun, where the girls played games and sent a special shout-out to Ms. Winfrey: “Hey, Oprah! Wish you were here!”
Overall, it was a very exciting experience for all involved. The girls really enjoyed sharing camp and their camp memories with our guests.
We all hope that the exposure will be positive, not only for Camp Adahi but for Girl Scouting.
(Erin Kenner is director of Girl Scout Camp Adahi.)