A Decade of Summer Camp


Bunks, cabins, s’mores, and the challenge course. Chenna knows a thing or two about summer camp at Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center: she’s been attending for more than 10 years. That’s more than half of her lifetime.

This outdoor girl has been a performer since birth. She started dancing at age 3 and has been singing, dancing, acting, and playing guitar ever since. Even offstage, Chenna is known for singing while walking to classes. Fitting, since she plans to major in music in college to become a music teacher.

The summer camp experience has been exhilarating for Chenna – bringing her back to train as a Program Aide (PA) and most recently, a Counselor in Training (CIT). Soon, she will be on her way to holding a position as a Camp Counselor!

Favorite Camp Recipe

“Smackos! It’s kind of like a s’mores taco: you start with a tortilla, fill it with peanut
butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallows, then wrap it in tin foil and stick it on some hot
coals. Might sound gross but it’s delicious!”

On attending summer camp

“At camp, you can be yourself and have fun! Camp lets you make so many great memories
and I love what it teaches you – leadership and life skills.”

Parent to Parent

Chenna’s mom, Cherie Cook, with advice for parents of new campers Sending your kid to camp. It can be one of the biggest milestones in their young life, and an even bigger one for you.

“I know it is hard to let your precious child go somewhere away from you, but when they come back, full of stories, smiles and just a bit more independent than when they left, you will realize it is so worth it.”

Girl Scouts of Citrus has a long track record of conducting awesome summer camp experiences for girls ages 5 – 18. Homesickness is part of the package. But the number one cause of homesickness might surprise you: worrying about home, not necessarily missing it. Girls worry about their parents, siblings and pets!

“The counselors and staff at camp are safety conscious and exemplary; they
treat every child with respect, regardless of ability level.”

To find a summer camp adventure for your girl, visit www.citrus-gs.org/camp.

[Originally printed in the 2014-2015 Citrus Peel, Volume 2]