Written by Lauren DeWitt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -
Sunday afternoon, a group of women walked along Heritage Trail in Dubuque County for a cause. The hike is part of a national event called Take a Hike, Save a Camp. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the potential sale of more than 200 Girl Scout camps across the country.
Sherry O'Keefe organized Sunday's event in Dubuque County. She said her experiences as a Girl Scout and through Girl Scout camps has helped her become who she is today.
"100 years ago, it was revolutionary for girls to be outdoors, and it is still a wonderful revolutionary way for girls to experience who and what they are," she said.
O'Keefe said Girl Scout camps allow girls to become digitally disconnect and become one with nature.
"Through the camps they learn the ability to trust who and what they are, they learn the ability to be friends and take care of each other," she said. "They learn that they can do without all of the things they need to have in their daily lives, they don't need to go around with their iPods and cell phones. They are able to learn to let go and to appreciate nature."
The camps highlighted in Sunday's Take a Hike, Save a Camp in Dubuque County were include:
- Camp L Kee Ta (Des Moines County)
- Camp Conestoga (Scott County)
- Camp Little Cloud (Dubuque County)
- Camp Tahigwa (Allamakee County)
Group members say they are collecting donations to help keep these camps open and operation to full capacity.
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