ANSBACH, Germany (July 28, 2015) — Once a year during the summer months, the remote and quiet Franken Kaserne near Marktbergel in Middle Franconia turns into Camp Lachenwald, providing a giggly bunch of girls ages 7 through 18 a safe retreat for their annual USA Girl Scout summer camp.
The summer camp lets the girls explore nature, arts, sports and science in guided groups divided by age.
This year’s theme is “Full STEAM Ahead,” with STEAM standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The camp provided projects that involved discovering chemical reactions, solving crimes against nature, building creative structures to save eggs from cracking in impact situations, and programming robots. The girls also had the opportunity to participate in a mini-computer building and programming class, as well as earning activity badges in subjects such as archery.
More than one hundred campers were expected to participate in camp chores such as making their beds, maintaining their living area, or cleaning their mess kits and dishes after a cook-out. The girls also conducted daily flag ceremonies, raising and lowering the U.S., Germany and Girl Scout colors on the camp’s flag poles.