Nearly a thousand Girl Scouts and their families, volunteers and vendors enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of friendship and fun at International River Crossing’s new location at Riverfront Park in Algonac. The annual event took place on Sept. 29 along the St. Claire River and was open to all Girl Scout family and sister Girl Guides from Canada.
For 51 years, attendees at International River Crossing have enjoyed celebrating friendship with hands-on activities, Parade of Banners, skill-building and everyone’s favorite—S.W.A.P.S. (Share With A Pal).
“Our new venue gave us the opportunity to spread out into three different parks this year, allowing us to build a straw maze, create our own catapults and try out a larger scale version of a catapult, where girls learned about levers and mechanisms,” said Caroline Feathers, GSSEM Programs Specialist and event coordinator. “Keeping with our theme, ‘Fall Fun,’ girls decorated and took home pumpkins, made scarecrow and candy corn pins and magnets. Our event would not be complete without the hands-on activities from Cranbrook, Sloan, Michigan Science Center, Oakland University, Port Huron Museum, and many others.”
Girl Scouts also had the chance to learn about careers in Border Patrol from female role models, and learned Sari tying while discovering information on our World Centers. They earned their “Free Being Me” patch—a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGs) program—at the event. Through fun and interactive activities, Girl Scouts learned that body confidence and self-esteem come from valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures, and supporting others to be more body confident.
Specials thanks from Feathers: “The fantastic IRC committee arrives before sunrise to put together a large event with some many offerings for our attendees. I would like to thank each of them for their passion to the event and to Girl Scouts. The City of Algonac was very welcoming and we plan to return here in the future. It is such a wonderful experience for girls to visit our neighbor country, and our sister Girl Guides in Canada while partaking in a fun, educational day on our side of the border!”