Virtual “Camp In Camp Out” under the stars

Hundreds of girl scouts across the country joined Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo and National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor during the first-ever virtual “Camp In Camp Out” hosted by the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida.

Discussing their journeys, Acevedo and Mayor showed young girls and their families the core tenents of scouts – how to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders.

A Miami native, Mayor shared how she dreamed of becoming a scout as a young child but was told it was too dangerous. She went on to become a conservationist, television host, primatologist and now, director of the Exploration and Science Communication Initiative in the FIU College of Arts, Sciences & Education.

To honor her adventures around the world, contributions to science and clear demonstration of scout values, Acevedo inducted Mayor into the Girl Scouts of America sisterhood.

Mireya Mayor

The special presentation was followed by a virtual star party led by James Webb, director of the FIU Stocker AstroScience Center. Webb shared the history of the facility, provided a virtual tour and showed how the Stocker AstroScience Center, which is home to South Florida’s only research-grade telescope, can control other telescopes around the world.

Throughout the evening, girls asked questions and shared their excitement with each other via the Zoom videoconference platform as they participated in additional camp activities. Scouts prepared and shared traditional camp recipes early in the evening while participating in the FIU@Home Indoor Fort challenge.

Though there were many excellent submissions, two scouts ultimately tied for first place, both winning a signed copy of Mayor’s book “Pink Boots and a Machete.”

The first winner was chosen based on her incorporation of the night’s space theme. The second based on her detailed schematics and demonstration of the design process.

The evening ended with Girl Scout leaders and Webb leading troops in classic camp tunes like “Linger” and “Taps.”

Continue learning and exploring with FIU CASE through badge-aligned virtual labs, demonstrations and field trips designed to engage scout troops, friends and families anywhere.