Let’s go Camping!- Blog on ALL.com 8/19/13

We can hardly believe September is almost here- but that means it’s time for fun Fall activities!

If you’re looking for a healthy family bonding experience in the great outdoors, why not plan a camping trip?

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Here in Virginia, you can camp at many state parks including spots in Virginia Beach, up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, down in the valley by Harrisonburg, by the Shenandoah River or along the Appalachian Trail. If you want to find state parks or campgrounds in your area you can search GoCampingAmerica.com.

To make the most out of your camping adventure, here are some tips:

1) Don’t forget to pack the basics: a tent, plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, sleeping bag, lantern, lighter, warm clothes, trash bags, first aid kit, toothbrush, toilet paper, chairs for around the fire, hiking shoes/socks, bathing suit/towel if you’re planning other excursions

2) We always encourage physical activity, so we suggest you incorporate hiking, biking, tubing or fishing into your plans! Many state parks have trails and paths mapped out or tubes you can rent to explore the waterways. You could even catch a fish for dinner!

3) Pack healthy snacks like trail mix and make a healthy dinner, like these recipes we found on Pinterest: Kebabs, Pasta Foil Packets, Baked Potatoes

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And then, of course, the best part of camping: S’mores for everyone! Try one of these variations of the campfire classic.

Campfire Banana Splits

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Peanutbutter S’mOreos

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Candy bars, strawberries, cookies, ect!

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If you have any other favorite camping recipes please share them in the comments below!

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Blog post on asklistenlearn.com 3/12/12

Happy 100th Birthday, Girl Scouts!

MARCH 12, 2012

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America. Girl Scouts pride themselves on building girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. These are all leadership qualities we respect and admire, along with living a healthy lifestyle.

According to the Girl Scout’s website, the Girl Scouts started in Savannah, Georgia with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air. Much like the girl scouts of today, the founding troop played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.

Yesterday, Century Council employee Tyler Allen joined her mom and troops from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania to hike the Appalachian Trail in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia as part of the Great Girl Scout Hike. They enjoyed a sunny day hiking up and down paths along the river for a great workout and nice time with lovely girls.

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Congrats again to the Girl Scouts on 100 years, we hope you continue to lead by example and live healthy lifestyles!

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