Treat of the Day: Girl Scouts' Camp Howdy celebrates 60 years, $60,000

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The Girl Scouts of Central Texas are celebrating two big milestones.

For photos of the Camp Howdy 60th Anniversary celebration, see the video above. For more details on the Camp Howdy capital campaign, see the release below from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

Camp Howdy has been the camp of choice for thousands of girls in Bryan/College Station since 1956. The 60th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) volunteers, was held on Sunday at Camp Howdy, and provided girls and volunteers with the chance to relive the magic, beauty, and uplifting traditions of camp.

With the help of the community and Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Camp Howdy recently completed its Capitol Campaign raising $60,000 toward renovation projects as outlined by the volunteer site team to enhance the quality, diversity, and accessibility of the Girl Scouts Leadership experience.

Girls who attended participated in songs and s’mores by the campfire, girl-guided hikes, dutch-oven cobbler with hot cocoa, in celebration of camp life.

“We are very proud to be able to celebrate 60 years of Girl Scouting at Camp Howdy,” said Lynelle McKay, GSCTX CEO. “Camp Howdy volunteers do an incredible job of taking the lead to maintain the natural, rustic beauty of the camp so that girls and the community can enjoy camping throughout the year. Camp Howdy gives our girls the opportunity to gain a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors while developing leadership and courage, confidence, and character.”

About the Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

Girl Scouts of Central Texas is the premier leadership organization serving nearly 17,500 girls in grades K-12 with a partnership base of nearly 12,000 adult volunteers in 46 Central Texas counties. Headquartered in Austin, Girl Scouts of Central Texas has service centers in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Killeen, San Angelo, Stephenville, Temple, and Waco. Through outcomes-based leadership opportunities, girls discover their own potential, connect with others, and take action to improve their communities. Girl Scouting offers an array of fun, educational programs focusing on fine arts, science and technology, math, the environment, community service, leadership, and life skills. Girl Scouts lead with courage, confidence and character, to make the world a better place. For more information, visit

About Camp Howdy:

Camp Howdy is a roughly 64-acre primitive camp located in Bryan. Every June, Howdy Day Camp has a new, exciting theme and a chance for girls from kindergarten to 6th grade to have a great time in the outdoors for a week. The camp is entirely volunteer-run; its volunteers include 7th graders through high school graduates who act as "Aides" to the camp, the camp directors, and the Camp Howdy Crew, which does trail-clearing and builds some terrific structures to be used by the campers.

While the Day Camp is the main draw, Camp Howdy hosts many events throughout the year, such as Fall Campout, Cast Iron Cook-off, and FoxFire, as well as many troop camping events. Oftentimes, troops of both Girl and Boy Scouts perform community service projects for the camp, such as the construction of an ADA accessible latrine or the clearing of trails to the Ginger Freeman wildlife area.