Na­tional S’mores Day marked by Shore Girl Scouts

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort hosted the sec­ond an­nual Na­tional S’mores Day Com­pe­ti­tion Wed­nes­day, Aug. 10, with four area Girl Scout coun­cils par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

The Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, Girl Scouts of Cen­tral Mar yland, Girl Scouts of the Na­tion’s Cap­i­tal and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia all com­peted for the Golden S’mores tro­phy and the ti­tle of “Sen­sa­tional S’mores Mak­ing Scouts.”

The Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, which cov­ers the Del­mar va Penin­sula, hoped to de­fend their first place ti­tle from 2015, when they dom­i­nated the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, af­ter 40 min­utes of fast-paced s’mores con­struc­tion, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia came out on top, win­ning the 2016 first place tro­phy and ti­tle. The two teams were neck and neck for much of the race.

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, the four coun­cils had to trans­form 3,600 gra­ham crack­ers, 3,600 marsh­mal­lows and 1,800 choco­late bars into the camp­fire treats, in a race to see who could com­plete the chal­lenge first.

Each coun­cil had to choose ten scouts from their re­gion to par­tic­i­pate, and the Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay chose its com­peti­tors based on top cookie sales.

Lenita Wes­son, an­chor for “Good Morn­ing Del­marva,” served as the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay coun­cil’s hon­orary team cap­tain. A for­mer

Girl Scout, Wes­son sup­ported the troop’s so­cial me­dia cam­paign and pro­vided guid­ance for the girls as they pre­pared for the event. She also joined the scouts at the re­sort, where she cheered them on dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Di­rec­tor of De­vel­op­ment Denise Eber­s­peaker said the Scouts en­joyed get­ting to know girls from other coun­cils dur­ing the two-day event.

“This is a won­der­ful event. The Hy­att Re­gency has been won­der­ful,” said GSCB CEO Anne T. Ho­gan. “Girls get to­gether the night be­fore and put a strat­egy to­gether. We have all dif­fer­ent age lev­els. The big­gest thing with this, is the girls learn courage, con­fi­dence and char­ac­ter, and to work to­gether as a team. If they don’t work to­gether as a team, they’re not go­ing to be suc­cess­ful. The other piece is giv­ing them high en­ergy to get them go­ing, so the adults are do­ing all the cheer­ing.”

Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort made a $1,000 do­na­tion to each coun­cil in at­ten­dance and the coun­cils were pro­vided a com­pli­men­tary even­ing at the re­sort. The coun­cils’ stay at the re­sort was de­voted to s’mores-themed team-build­ing events, which cel­e­brated the Girl Scout treat.

In ad­di­tion to the Aug. 10 com­pe­ti­tion, the two-day cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween coun­cil CEOs and a “Girl Scouts’ Iron Chef Bat­tle,” where teams cre­ated an orig­i­nal s’mores-themed treat us­ing a mys­tery in­gre­di­ent. Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Tom Ol­son judged the dishes on taste, pre­sen­ta­tion, team­work, clean­li­ness and cre­ativ­ity.

The four par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils also launched their own S’Mores Day so­cial me­dia cam­paigns on July 20, us­ing the hash­tag #na­tion­alsmores­dayhrcb, and pro­duced and shot four pep rally videos to be posted on Face­book. The video gar­ner­ing the most “likes” will earn an ad­di­tional $500 prize.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, call 302456-7150 or visit http://www.gscb.org.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

The Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay (in green) par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tional S’mores Day Com­pe­ti­tion Aug. 10 at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort in Cam­bridge.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Dur­ing the Na­tional S’mores Day Com­pe­ti­tion Aug. 10 at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort in Cam­bridge, the Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay (in green) and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia (in pur­ple) were neck in neck for much of the com­pe­ti­tion, be­fore the Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia team even­tu­ally won.

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