National S’mores Day marked by Shore Girl Scouts
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.
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.
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.