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Families invited to Girl Scout camp for J.Low’s Fall Festival and Duck Derby, October 28


On your mark, get set, Quack! Join Girl Scouts Louisiana East for a day of fun activities and friendly competition at its third annual J.Low Fall Festival and Duck Derby on Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines, 56535 Highway 1054 in Independence, LA. Proceeds will benefit the GSLE camps of choice and duck adoption donations will be applied to the community’s Annual Family Giving goal. 

J. Low’s Fall Festival and Duck Derby, named for Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low whose birthday falls on Halloween, is a fundraiser benefiting the council’s three camp properties, Camp Whispering Pines, Camp Covington, and Camp Marydale. The fall festival and birthday celebration will host some of J.Low’s favorite outdoor activities and more including: canoeing, kayaking, archery, face painting, hayrides, 40 ft. rock-wall climbing, SWAPS and the Duck Derby.

Hundreds of plastic ducks will race in a series of heats beginning at 11 a.m. with prizes going to winners of each heat. Participants will “quack” on their ducks as they try to swim to victory! The winner of the grand prize may select either a $200 American Express gift card or $500 of Girl Scout ‘duck dough’ which can be used for camp, programs, and shop items for Girl Scout members.

“We are excited about our annual Duck Derby because it benefits our camps and continues our mission to leave no girl inside,” said Jill Pollard, Chief Development Officer. “The love for outdoors is still important to us and we are happy to celebrate Juliette Low’s birthday with our members and local families.”

The minimum entrance fee for the festival is $25 for three ducks and four fest tickets.  Other various adoption packages available include: the Duck Pond ($50 for seven ducks and eight fest tickets); Quack Pack ($75 for nine ducks and 10 fest tickets); and the Derby Dozen ($100 for 16 ducks and 20 fest tickets). Pre-registration is requested by October 24, but will be accepted the day of the event. The winner does not have to be present to win. Attendees will receive one free hot dog per ticket, and snacks will be available for purchase.

To adopt your ducks and register for the festival follow the link here. For more information, please contact Girl Scouts Louisiana East Chief Development Officer Jill Pollard at 504-355-5871 or