Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois receives $25,000 grant from American Water Charitable Foundation

GLEN CARBON, ILL. – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recently completed a major project at their camp property, thanks to a generous grant from American Water Charitable Foundation.



A distant view of the frog pond at Camp Torqua


Camp Torqua, the council-owned outdoor experience destination for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, offers an array of outdoor adventures for girls to learn, grow, and have fun in nature. Now, more opportunities are available with the extensive renovations at the property’s frog pond.


With the $25,000 grant from American Water Charitable Foundation, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois was able to provide some much-needed updates to this outdoor space. Electricity was ran to this section of camp. With this new power source, staff were able to install a beautiful water fountain in the frog pond. This feature not only provides enhanced aeration to the pond, but it also gives visitors a great view as they pass by.



Two Girl Scouts are preparing to cast their nets at the frog pond


A newly installed outdoor classroom adds functionality to the space. Water testing kits were also supplied as part of the grant. The council made quick use of this updated space; Girl Scouts are already enjoying enhanced learning opportunities while having fun at camp.



Girl Scouts at the outdoor classroom preparing to collect a water sample from the frog pond and test its pH level


“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of American Water Charitable Foundation,” Said Heidi Koehl Weaver, Director of Development for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. “One of the foundation’s primary focuses is to provide funding for higher-level initiatives related to clean water, conservation, education, and community sustainability. With the updates to our frog pond, we are able to offer enhanced outdoor education opportunities to girls in a way that is very fun. Our girls are already reaping the benefits of this grant, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ Outdoor Program Manager, Val Blandina, instructs about the water life cycle at the outdoor classroom


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves over 6,500 girls and engages nearly 3,400 adults in 40 counties in Southern Illinois. Call 800-345-6858 or email Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by United Ways, businesses and individual donors throughout the region.