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Fourth-grade Girl Scouts to participate in first-ever White House Campout

It’s not every day you get asked to the White House for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Can you say you pitched a tent or conquered a rock climbing wall at the president’s house?

Little girls across the country are packing their bags and heading to our nation’s capital for something big. No, they don’t have plans to lobby Congress, but they will enjoy an unforgettable camping experience with first lady Michelle Obama. She’ll host the first-ever White House Campout that will allow 50 Girl Scouts to put their outdoor skills to the test during an evening of fun, adventure and learning.

Michelle Obama also serves as the honorary national president of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Those selected to participate have an opportunity to scale a rock climbing wall, pitch a tent and try other outdoor activities that challenge their physical fitness and ability to work with one another. In addition to spending the evening with Michelle Obama, NASA staff — including astronaut Cady Coleman — will join the Girl Scouts for a stargazing activity.

The White House Campout event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and part of the Let’s Move Outside! initiative. “I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition,” notes the first lady. With the goal of promoting a healthier lifestyle among children, the campaign works to create strategies that get young people moving and making more nutritious decisions.

Celebrating Great Outdoors Month and the National Park Service Centennial, the White House Campout will take place June 30 on the South Lawn.

This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for young girls to travel, work together and visit the White House. Not too many people can say they stepped foot inside the president’s house, let alone camped outside with the first lady.

Even though many moons have passed, I can remember my days as a Girl Scout Brownie. I had so much fun meeting other girls and going on local adventures. Aside from looking forward to earning badges for my sash, there were annual camping trips that allowed my troop to put what we learned to the test. Sure, it was no trip to the White House South Lawn, but still a very memorable experience.

Participating with an organization like Girl Scouts taught me so much about myself and how I interact with fellow peers and adults. It’s so important for children to get involved in their local communities and find ways to give back.

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