The president and his family had some very special guests over for a sleepover Tuesday night. Fifty Girl Scouts camped out at the White House, initially staying in tents on the South Lawn before an impending storm forced them into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the rest of the night. The event included standard Scout activities like tying knots and pitching tents but was made all the more amazing given the setting. Even the stargazing was amplified. NASA astronaut Cady Coleman was on hand to guide the Girl Scouts and the first family on a trip through the stars via telescope.
The Obamas took part in sing-alongs with the girls, and the Commander-in-Chief was even informally adopted into the Girl Scouts. According to the Washington Post, a Girl Scout leader went so far as to call him a sister, despite him protesting otherwise. Even though President Obama corrected her in saying he was a brother, she proclaimed that he's "very in touch with your feminine side. That's what makes you so wonderful." Obama took the comments in stride and appeared to be having a blast before he had to cut his visit short. He left earlier in the evening, saying he had work but not before receiving a group hug from all 50 Girl Scouts.
The campout was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, which encourages kids to stay active and be healthy. Naturally, there were plenty of physical activities to partake in, including rock climbing. Michelle is an honorary president of the Girl Scouts of America so it only makes sense that the two would continue to collaborate. This special event also helped highlight the National Parks Service's upcoming centennial anniversary. Michelle stressed the importance of enjoying the many natural wonders around the country, which includes where the Girl Scouts were camping. As it turns out, the White House grounds are considered part of the National Parks System. The grounds are formally known as President's Park.
Tuesday evening was an unforgettable day for the Girl Scouts involved, something Michelle herself was even awed by. "You are making history," she said. "This is something you can tell your kids and your grandkids. Do you understand the impact; the importance of this moment, today?" They may not have realized how momentous the occasion was but by the looks of things, the Girl Scouts appeared to be having the time of their lives.
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