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Girl Scouts celebrate 60 years of Camp Cedar Point

Girl Scouts celebrate 60 years of Camp Cedar Point

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MAKANDA – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will host Big Kids Day at Camp on Aug. 10 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Camp Cedar Point, near Makanda. GSSI invites all past campers, as well as the community, to join them at the all-ages event.

Camp Cedar Point will open at 11 a.m., with favorite camp activities such as archery, swimming and canoeing running until 6 p.m. Then, a unique adults-only evening is planned from 6 to 9 p.m., which will include a Camp Cedar Point presentation, wine tasting and heavy appetizers, plus social time for old and new friends. Proceeds from the event will help maintain Camp Cedar Point, as well as provide financial assistance for campers in need. In 2012, GSSI provided more than $10,000 in camperships to ensure that every Girl Scout had the opportunity to experience resident camp.

The cost to attend Big Kids’ Day at Camp is:

 $15 – Daytime Pass (includes lunch)

 $25 – Evening Pass (includes wine tasting and heavy appetizers)

 $25 – All Day Pass

 $10 – Kids’ All Day Pass (for ages 16 and younger, includes lunch and sack dinner)

Located on 250 acres in Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Camp Cedar Point was founded in 1953 under the direction of longtime Girl Scout volunteer Mabel “Sunny” Webb of Benton.

Webb started her Girl Scout career as a leader of Benton’s first Girl Scout Troop, formed in 1930. She went on to serve in a variety of volunteer positions, as well as director at early legacy councils that eventually became Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Through the efforts of Webb and other dedicated volunteers and supporters, the camp developed into a superb outdoor retreat on Little Grassy Lake, featuring winterized lodges, tent and hogan camp sites, a lakefront pier and a central dining room, named Sunny Hall in Webb’s honor.

Each year, hundreds of Girl Scouts attend resident camp – which includes modern activities such as forensic science studies and geocaching along with camp traditions like archery and swimming.

Event sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at $100. GSSI is also seeking donations for a silent auction. To learn more about sponsorships or to make a donation, contact Emily Kimmey, director of development, at 800-345-6858 or

For more information, contact Erin Johnson at 618-692-0692.


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