For Immediate Release
June 20, 2009
Contact: Nancy Wood, 202-274-3304, firstname.lastname@example.org
Girl Scouts Open Sailor's Retreat at Camp Coles Trip
in Honor of Marian McLaughlin Ostrom -- Mother, Troop Leader, Girl Scout
Stafford, VA- Girl Scouts Troop 163 will join the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital at the dedication of Sailor's Retreat at Camp Coles Trip in Stafford, VA on June 20, 2009. Sailor's Retreat features four new glen shelters, a kitchen with fireplace, storage, latrine and washstand. The new facilities will allow more girls to enjoy the camp.
Sailor's Retreat was made possible by a generous gift from life-long Girl Scout, Barbara Ostrom in honor of her mother, Marian McLaughlin Ostrom, an avid Girl Scout leader and volunteer from 1934-1974. In addition to funding the camp improvement, Ostrom is actively involved in Girl Scouting in the Nation's Capital and has devoted over 500 hours of camp training to the Council.
Ostrom's Girl Scout legacy runs deep, beginning with the influence of her grandmother, a resident camp counselor who passed on the camping experience to Ostrom's mother. Mrs. Ostrom made camping part of her Girl Scout Troop's activities, first with the Backyard Fun badge moving onto Troop Camping badge starting with a lodge in the fall and platform tents in the spring. According to Ostrom, "She (mother) gave me camping as a part of my life, and I want that opportunity for other girls and to recognize what she gave me. Hence: Sailor's Retreat."
Thanks to Ms. Ostrom, Camp Coles Trip can accommodate many more girls. The aquatic camp combines sailing, kayaking and windsurfing with campfires, hiking, and arts and crafts. It is used year-round by Girl Scout troops and during the summer as a sleep-away camp for all girls. For more information on Girl Scout programs and camps please visit our website at: http://www.gscnc.org/.
About Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) is a non-profit organization with over 82,000 members, including 58,000 girls in 4,500 troops throughout the District of Columbia, six counties in Maryland and five counties in Northern Virginia. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the generosity of members, corporations and foundations, and our popular Girl Scout cookie program, GSCNC helps girls from kindergarten to 12th grade become leaders through a wide range of fun and educational activities. GSCNC is headquartered in Washington DC, with satellite offices in Frederick and Waldorf, Maryland; and Lorton, Leesburg and Manassas, Virginia. To get involved, visit our website at http://www.gscnc.org/.