by Danielle Wagner
DORCHESTER (KWWL) -- From sitting around a camp fire roasting marshmallows, to standing high above the ground on a tower, it's all a learning experience and all part of Camp Tahigwa.
"Have you been here before? This is my fifth time. Why do you keep coming back? Because it's fun," said Kara Hooper.
It's Kara Hooper's fifth time at Camp Tahigwa, and this time she's here with her Girl Scout Troop 713, based in Decorah. The camp is open for troops or to individual Girl Scouts. Girls can stay anywhere from three days to two weeks.
"My hope is that as each girl comes through the gates that we will change her life in some way. We'll give her an experience she will not be able to have somewhere else or be able to forget," Mandie Wellner said.
Camp Director Mandie Wellner began coming to Camp Tahigwa when she was eight years old.
She said this camp definitely helped give her more self-esteem.
"We just want to make sure the girls are building the courage, confidence, character that the Girl Scout logo says we strive for, and we do. We want them to know they're wonderful women and this is a good place for them to come and meet other girls their own age and be more confident in themselves," Wellner said.
The camp is open to Girl Scouts entering first grade. There's camp fires, tubing, trust building courses and a zip line.
One goal is to get the girls out of their comfort zones, encouraging them to try something new.
"Courage. You try a lot of stuff you normally wouldn't try," Hooper said.
After Camp Tahigwa, these girls walk away with more courage, confidence and character.
There is still space available for troop camping this summer.
There were worries about the camp shutting down because of lower attendance, but Camp Director Mandie Wellner said things are looking better.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner