WaBak Falls

There’s a small but beautiful waterfall located on the Camp WaBak property appropriately named WaBak Falls.   There are two ways you can view it.  One is via an observation deck that you can reach by heading down a short trail next to the Amphitheater, and the other by walking down a very, very steep wooden staircase down to the creek and then wade up from there.  The Creek Hike is a traditional activity during camp and a very welcome one when it’s during the hot South Carolina summers.  But be careful on the hike – it never fails that I slip on the rocks and come down hard on my tush.  But I have a lot of padding, so no worries!  Read more »

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

I’m sure you’ve heard the title’s quote many times in your volunteer career when you mention Girl Scout badges to someone.  It’s even the name of one of the tags used for this blog.  (Actually, the correct quote is “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”)  But recently, it seems that GSUSA is saying it too.  The word is getting out that the Make Your Own Badge website will be shutting down in June, and therefore, this option will no longer be offered.  Read more »

Camp WaBak’s Beginnings

Home of The Greenville News archive

Last Friday, I visited the Greenville Main Library in the hopes of researching Charles H. Yates, a man who was a very kind benefactor to the Girl Scouts.  The Yates Lodge at Wabak is named after him.  When I arrived at the library, I found out that The Greenville News archive is only indexed from 1990 to the present.  Uggghhhhh… and there went my plans for cross-referencing Charles H. Yates and Girl Scouts.  I’d have to know specifically which issue I wanted to look up or at least have some kind of date to go by.  Read more »