I'm on a Girl Scout committee to promote use of the various facilities GSJ owns - namely the HQ in Tokyo and camp center in Togakushi, Nagano. The whole reason behind our trip to Nagano over Golden Week was so that I could finally visit the camp (the irony of being on a committee to promote the use of a facility I had never actually used myself was not lost on me!). Since I'll be helping to run a camp for over seventy Girl Scouts this summer I really needed to see the site. So, stop three was Togakushi Girl Scout Camp.
Unfortunately we're both battling colds and didn't feel up to battling the HORDES of people at Togakushi shine, but it is a beautiful place and we will be back again!
To get to the GS camp you have to pass through a municipal campground, but the GS site is so much nicer. Among the birches and other trees were fuki-no-to just beginning to flower, little white and purple flowers poking up, and skunk cabbage just about to unfurl. We tramped about in borrowed galoshes and watched as a low mist came in to cover everything.