Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana 90th Anniversary
203 Ems D14 Lane
Syracuse, Indiana, 46567
Camp Ella J. Logan to mark 90th year with reunion, oral history
By Cindy Goshert
When I was growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Indiana summers meant sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, baseball, trips to the lake and spending two weeks at Camp Ella J. Logan Girl Scout camp in Kosciusko County. My sister and I would board a bus at North Side High School for the hour-long trip to Syracuse. At camp we sang songs, met new friends and reunited with girls we had met in previous years. Highlights included sleeping in tents; swimming, canoeing and sailing in Dewart Lake; cooking over an open fire; and joining for communal meals in the lodge. We made memories to last a lifetime.
As an adult, I’ve been fortunate to share the Girl Scout camping experience with my daughter and a group of young women as a troop leader and now as a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) council. I return to camp each summer to volunteer, leading special craft sessions and assisting with group activities.
Since 1928, thousands of Girl Scouts of all ages have visited Camp Logan to hike her trails, swim in her lake and make cherished memories. When girls master a new skill such as archery, orienteering or horseback riding, they gain courage and confidence that will stay with them into their adult lives.
As the camp celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, Girl Scouts will reunite the weekend of Sept. 14-16 and enjoy a fun and exciting slate of camp activities. Camper alumni are invited to come for a day or the entire weekend to share memories and see the wonderful improvements the camp has made to provide its exceptional outdoor leadership programming for girls.
Along with waterfront activities, pontoon boat rides, an island swim, history trail hike, Saturday night campfire with s’mores and Sunday Scouts Own, there will be a group photo, songs, snacks, make-and-take crafts and a silent auction. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2vx97yZ or contact our Answer Center, 1-800-283-4812, Ext 2.
If you can’t attend the reunion, you can help celebrate in other ways:
GSNI-M plans to develop an oral history of Camp Logan. We want to hear stories from former campers, counselors and family members who spent time in resident and troop camping. To share your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will provide financially for the future of the camp. Several programming opportunities are being developed for the girls of today. Alumni have the opportunity to support these programs financially. To learn more, contact Janet Hayward at 260-494-6020, email@example.com.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help Camp Logan celebrate its first 90 years and also to ensure that it continues to serve other Girl Scouts well into the future!