Memories from a Hi-Adventure volunteer

Girl Scouts of Western New York recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, but the history of Girl Scouts runs much deeper in the area. Prior to becoming one, our legacy councils served their girls with unique and unforgettable programs.

One such program was Hi-Adventure, an outdoor experience for girls in Niagara County. They would learn outdoor skills and venture into the wilderness for seven to 10 day trips where they would backpack, camp, and canoe.

Recently, one of the program volunteers reached out to us to share some of his memories and photos from his time leading trips with Hi-Adventure.

Dean Johnson, pictured above in a tipping test, was a canoeing instructor who started his time with Girl Scouts as a one-time volunteer helping girls in a pool learn about canoeing. Soon he became a part of the Hi-Adventure program, helping to lead several trips.

After going through his photos, Dean sent along all the photos in this post (and promises to send more!).

Since our beginning, Girl Scouts have been passionate about getting outdoors. In fact, one of the main goals of Girl Scouting in the beginning was getting girls involved in physical activities outside. Juliette Gordon Low even established the first Girl Scout camp in 1921.

Volunteers like Dean have helped us continue Juliette’s mission and help girls get outside and find adventure. Hi-Adventure no longer exists, but its spirit lives on in our outdoor programs and camps.

Thank you for a wonderful Girls Scouts Love State Parks Weekend!

Last weekend, Girl Scouts of the USA held the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend! More than 100 of our councils participated, welcoming girls into nearly 400 state in parks in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

In Western New York, we had welcome centers at four of our state parks and encouraged girls to go to others as well. Nearly 350 of our Girl Scouts signed up to visit a park in New York state!

We spent the weekend at Allegany, Letchworth, Buffalo Habor, and Beaver Island. It was amazing to see all the girls and their friends and families who came outdoors to experience these amazing locations practically in our backyards.

A Junior and Cadette Girl Scout at Beaver Island State Park
A group of Girl Scouts and their families ready to go on the Excalibur Boat Ride at Buffalo Harbor State Park
This Girl Scout got to meet Juliette Gordon Low at Allegany State Park
A Girl Scout visiting our welcome center at Letchworth State Park

To view more photos from these four state parks, check out the full album here. To see parent submissions from these and other parks, click here.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year’s event, happening September 12 and 13, 2020!