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Girl Scout campers learn from Wichita mayor, McConnell AFB Honor Guard

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell (2)
Girl Scouts stand with Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell during Stars & Stripes Camp at Starwoods Outdoor Center.

Girl Scouts celebrated their country and their community this week during Stars & Stripes Camp! History came to life at Starwoods Outdoor Center, just 15 minutes southwest of Wichita, as K-5 girls learned about our nation's history and traditions.

Stars & Stripes campers earned badges while learning from Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and the McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard. The girls had the opportunity to interview Mayor Longwell while working on badgework, including the Junior Girl Scouts' Inside Government badge. Daisy Girl Scouts learned about respecting authority while earning their Gerri petal, and Brownie Girl Scouts earned the Celebrating Community badge.

Other important traditions the campers enjoyed included flag ceremonies and flag-folding, which the girls got to see demonstrated by the McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard. Campers learned why the flag is important as a symbol of the United States, and why it's important to treat it with respect. They sang songs, enjoyed outdoor activities like archery and waterfront, and made patriotic snacks and crafts, like making ink from blueberries and using quills to write with. They also toured the Girl Scouts' historical collection at Camp Starwoods, learning about Girl Scout history and how it is intertwined with our nation's history.