Robinson’s Girl Scout troop participated in the 100 Stars Urban Campout, an urban campout held this past April 16-17 at Fort San Felipe del Morro, the 16th century citadel designed to guard against invaders by sea during Spanish colonial times. They were accompanied by their fearless troop leader and Robinson Science teacher, Jessica Hartman.
The event was sponsored by the National Park Service, which is celebrating 100 years of service this year. El Morro was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations as a “San Juan National Historic Site” in 1983. Today, it is one of Puerto Rico’s leading tourist attractions and a favorite place to fly kites!
During the campout, our Girl Scouts learned about the preservation and conservation of historical sites by joining other troops and helping to clean the esplanade, which is the green area in front of the fort. Experts presented talks to the girls about the historical significance of El Morro, and they received a tour of the grounds and museum.
This event, also known as the “Living History Encampment at El Morro,” gave our Girl Scouts the opportunity to participate in time-honored traditions, such as properly lowering and storing flags for the night and a ceremony for the disposal of old flags. They also participated in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program, whose motto is “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” expresses the oath Junior Rangers make to protect national parks, continue learning about them. This program also emphasizes the importance of historic preservation and the need to save our valuable structures, like El Morro for future generations.
Our Girl Scouts were able to bond with members of their own troop, as well as other troops from the area during this event. All in all, this overnight event was a very enriching and rewarding experience for the Robinson Girl Scouts.
For more information about the Girl Scouts, visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/
For more information about local National Park Service events in Puerto Rico, visit: https://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm
For more information about the Junior Rangers Program and activities for kids to appreciate our national parks, visit: https://www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm
For more information about the National Park Service and its centennial celebration, visit: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm