Sleep-away camp went to Washington this week. About 50 Girl Scouts camped out on the South Lawn of the White House, and a group of Baltimore-area scouts were among them. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama came down when he heard a commotion in the yard.
According to the Washington Post, POTUS greeted the girls with a fatherly, “What are you guys doing in my yard?” He quickly softened up, partaking in some camp songs and inviting astronaut Cady Coleman to lead some stargazing.
Thirteen girls from the Girl Scout Council of Central Maryland joined the festivities, which marked the first-ever Girl Scout campout. Michelle Obama, who serves as honorary president of the Girl Scouts, organized the event as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to combat childhood obesity. The President highlighted the importance of being outside, and not spending all day in front of the TV.
Along with the rock climbing and knot tying, the girls had a lesson in resilience. A rain storm over D.C. left them drenched, and they were moved to an office building near the White House.
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