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Join Girl Scouts of North East Ohio for this multi-media celebration of a favorite summer tradition: camping out! Girl Scouts from around the world are invited to participate in this virtual Camp In Campout experience led on Facebook live by GSNEO camp staff.

Pitch your own tent or build your own blanket fort, try your hand at cooking favorite camp recipes, explore astronomy, hone your bird watching skills, make traditional camp crafts, and more! Document your camping fun by taking pictures and sharing them with your fellow Girl Scout sisters in the Camp In Campout Facebook event page.

Enjoy special guest appearances by GSNEO CEO, Jane Christyson, and your favorite camp staff!

Prior to this event going live, you can write a letter to Oogly Moo and/or Shulie, the Camp Timberlane and Camp Ledgewood spirits! Your letter might even be shared by camps staff during one of the Facebook live broadcasts!

Be sure to download the Camp In Campout Activity Packet for a sneak peek of activities, a schedule of events, and detailed instructions for all camp activities.

Write a letter to Oogly Moo or Shulie

Write a letter to your friends at Camp! Leave a note for Oogly Moo or Shulie- yours might be read live at the Camp In - Campout!

Constellation Materials
Constellation Projection Cards
Constellation Stories

Download a printable version here.

Sagittarius, the Archer

Long ago a strange race of creatures, the Centaurs, half man and half horse, lived on Mount Pelion in Greece. They had the power and speed of a horse with the brains of a man. They were savage creatures, known for their evil ways. One Centaur, Chiron, became known for his goodness and wisdom. He became a famous teacher to whom kings sent their sons to be educated. Chiron was immortal, but due to a painful wound, he begged Jupiter to allow him to die rather than to live in agony. Jupiter granted his request. Before Chiron died, he designed all the constellations to aid the navigators. He designed Sagittarius to honor himself since he was known as a great archer.

Draco, the Dragon

Draco is the dragon sent by Juno to guard the golden apples which she had given Jupiter as her wedding present to him. The dragon was a monster with poisonous, fiery breath and an enchanted hide that no arrow could pierce. Ever watchful, he coiled around the tree on which the golden apples hung and would allow no one to come close except Atlas, the giant who held the world on his shoulders. Getting the apples away from the dragon was one of the labors of Hercules. He went to Atlas for help. Atlas agreed to get the apples if Hercules would take over the task of holding up the world in the meantime. Atlas enjoyed his freedom so much that he ran away with the apples and left Hercules supporting the Earth. Hercules was clever, however, and he asked Atlas to relieve him long enough to place a pad on his shoulder. Atlas fell for the trick and Hercules ran off with the golden apples. To punish the dragon for its failure, Juno placed it as one of the circumpolar constellations where, in the northern heaven, it would never set and would always remain on guard.

Hercules, the Kneeler

Hercules was the son of Jupiter and one of his mortal wives. His birth made Jupiter’s goddess wife, Juno, so jealous that she decided to make Hercules’ life miserable. While he was still a baby, she sent two huge snakes to kill him, but Hercules strangled both. When he had grown to manhood, Juno caused Hercules to become insane for a brief period during which he murdered his family. To atone for that dreadful deed, he was bound out as a slave and had to earn his freedom by successfully completing 12 heroic tasks, the labors of Hercules.

Scorpio, the Scorpion

Juno, wife of Jupiter, grew tired of hearing Orion boast that no animal could ever harm him. She decided that she would show him how vain he was by having him killed in a most humiliating way… from the sting of a tiny, insignificant animal, the scorpion. The scorpion laid close to a trail that Orion liked to use on his daily hunting trips, stung him in the heel and caused his death. When Diana, the goddess of the moon, learned of her lover’s death, she begged Jupiter to place him as a constellation in the heavens. Juno demanded that Jupiter must honor the Scorpion in the same way, so he placed them far apart in the sky—Orion in the winter sky and the Scorpion in the summer sky.

Leo, the Lion

The majestic head and mane of Leo, the Lion are formed by the curving line of stars known as the Sickle. Leo’s main star, Regulus, is the faintest of the so-called first magnitude stars. It was always a star of great importance to the ancient astronomers, however, who considered it to be the ruler over all other stars. Its duty was to keep them all in order and in their proper places in the sky. Leo was the constellation in front of which the sun was found in midsummer. To the ancient peoples, the explanation of why the sun became so overpowering in summer must have been that the stars of Leo were adding greatly to the heat of the sun. It was natural, therefore, to compare these stars to the most powerful animal known, the Lion, King of Beasts.

Pegasus, the Winged Horse

The most famous of the myths about Pegasus describes it as the winged horse which carries Perseus through the sky as he returned the head of the Medusa. Neptune, who had loved Medusa when she was young and pretty, created Pegasus from white beach sand, rainbow-colored foam of breaking waves, and drops of blood from the severed head of Medusa. Maybe the reason why Pegasus is shown with half a body may be to represent the newly created horse just rising out of the sea with half its body still hidden beneath the waves. Pegasus was also the favorite steed of Jupiter, who sent all his thunderbolts via Pegasus. Jupiter presented Pegasus to the Muses on Mt. Helicon. One day, as he pranced about there, a casual kick of one hoof caused the famous spring of Hippocrene to gush forth on the mountain top. Its waters had the magic power of inspiring whoever drank them to gain the gift of writing poetry.

Big Dipper, the Big Bear, Ursa Major

Jupiter is said to have come down from Mount Olympus on many occasions to marry a beautiful Earth maiden. This made his goddess wife, Juno, very angry. One such maiden was named Callisto. Juno decided to seek revenge on Callisto by taking away her beauty—she turned Callisto into a mangy bear. Callisto had a son, Arcas. While Callisto roamed as a bear, Arcas grew to be a young man and a famous hunter. One day while hunting in the woods, Arcas trailed a bear and was about to shoot it with an arrow when Jupiter intervened. The bear was, of course, Callisto, his mother. Jupiter turned Arcas into a bear to join his mother. He grasped both bears by their short, stumpy tails and sent them high up into the heavens where they landed near the North Pole. The bears were so heavy, the strain on their tails caused them to be stretched to the unusual lengths seen in their heavenly constellations. As Juno saw the two bears shining brightly in the sky, she realized that Callisto was again beautiful. She was very angry so she went to Neptune, ruler of the seas, and asked him to drive the stars of the Big Bear (the Big Dipper) away