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Page 8 VotJ C-Cmml JNITV 11 ,z ra -August 15, 2012 Volunteer mentors help Girl Scouts make baskets out of water reeds during a workshop. i Scouts From page 1 to th e public for the event. In addition to providing the climb- ing wall, the military personnel provided a Blackhawk Medivac helicopter, medical support and meals for dozens of camp volun- teers - mostly parents. County Parks Director Brian Carroll said the Scouts were al- lowed to exclusively rent the park for their centennial celebration due to "unique" circumstances. "It was their 100th anniversa- ry and they were in a tough spot," he said. Carroll said parks officials were contacted last year by the Scouts, who had just lost the ven- ue they were planning to use for the roundup. "They were basically in a bind," he said. 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Skidmore said par- ticipants included Scouts from Lebanon and Albany, but none from Sweet Home, where there is no Girl Scout troop. During the week youngsters had choices of some 80 work- shops and activities - eight per day, ranging from traditional Girl Scout skills such as crocheting, basket making and letter boxing to contemporary subjects such as Zumba and Lego robotics. There were also trips to the South San- tiam Fish Hatchery and Foster .Dam, white water rafting on the North Santiam River, a wildflow- er hike at Echo Basin and other locations. All the girls received six hours of water safety instruc- tion at Lewis Creek Park. Evening programs included a concert by an all-female rock band, She's Not Dead; a comedy night, an old-fashioned Girl Scout camp fire, motivational talks and more, Skidmore said. She said the variety of offer- ings was due in part to the centen- nial. "Since this is the 100th anni- versary, we felt we needed to do some of these things," she said of the traditional crafts. Paige Quintana, 16, center, of Lake Oswego, leads a lashing workshop, one of several seminars devoted to "traditional" Girl Scout skills. Some girls sewed clothes, which will be donated to chari- ties - possibly to Africa - while others built greenhouses that will be given to Habitat for Humanity to be sold for fund-raisers and a group did trail maintenance along Foster Lake. "Being Girl Scouts, we had to incorporate service into this," Skidmore said. Claudia Andersen, 16, of Beaverton, who happens to be a Scout in one of the three troops Skidmore leads in the Portland area, said the roundup was such a unique opportunity that her troop postponed a planned trip to Aus- tralia to next year. Her friend Brianne Merritt, 14, also of Beaverton, said she enjoyed the climbing wall the most of all the activities she'd tried midway through the week. "It's definitely my favorite so far," she said. "The Army people are super nice. They're really fun to be with. They tell stories and jokes and they encourage you up the wall." Tensa, who is a member of Merritt's and Andersen's troop, said her top pick was the white water rafting trip and she said the Girl Scouts hit it off with the raft- ing guides. "They were really excited when we gave them nicknames," she said. "They said we were bet- ter than the 50 Jewish Orthodox girls." Skidmore said three gen- erations of her family were at the roundup - her daughter is a troop Ieader and her granddaugh- ter, both of Washington, is a Girl Scout. "That's pretty special to me," she said. "I'm a-born-again Girl Scout."