A few dozen girls are in a circle outside the Rae Stedman Elementary School. They’re singing songs and dancing around on top of the gray gravel near the playground.
The Girl Scouts traveling camp goes to a new remote Alaska community every week.
In Petersburg, the girls have been meeting every day learning social and educational skills.
Now, they are being led through sing-along songs by a few Girl Scout leaders. One of them is Josie Ward. She’s a college student in Missouri but is spending part of her summer in Alaska helping run the camps.
The week-long camp has a $40 suggested donation but they will give any girl a scholarship who can’t pay.
The traveling camp has been going for nine weeks already.
Girl Scouts has already held camps in Ketchikan in Southeast. This coming week (Aug 8-12) they’ll be in Sitka.