Scout camp milestone reached

By Mike Morris, The Union Democrat

This summer marks a major milestone for a Girl Scouts camp in Dorrington that's home to one of the world's largest sugar pine trees.

Camp Sugar Pine - off upper Highway 4 near Calaveras Big Trees State Park - is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Arnold resident Mary Rippetoe still has old letters saved that she wrote her family while attending camp there.

"It's hilarious to go back and read them," she said. "It was just a huge experience for a lot of us. We were city girls. And we're still talking about it all these years later."

Rippetoe, 63, remembers camping there in the early 1960s as part of a Girl Scout troop from San Francisco.

"We slept on the ground," she recalled. "It was really rustic."

Those accommodations are now more posh canvas tent cabins, yet many activities such as hiking, swimming, horseback riding and singing around a campfire remain the same.

In addition, the camp now offers archery, kayaking, caving and ziplining, among other activities.

For the complete story, see the July 25, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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