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Families invited to J.Low Fall Festival and Duck Derby for two weekends at Girl Scout camps, October 20 and 27

2018-J.Low Fall Fest-Duck Derby

Ready, set, Quack to the finish line! Join Girl Scouts Louisiana East for two Saturdays of fun camp activities and friendly competition at its annual J.Low Fall Festival and Duck Derby on Saturday, October 20 at Girl Scout Camp Marydale, 10317 Cr-232 in St. Francisville and Saturday, October 27 at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines, 56535 Highway 1054 in Independence. Both festivals are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the GSLE camps of choice and duck adoption donations will be applied to the service unit's Annual Family Giving goal. 

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

Hundreds of plastic ducks will compete with the winner of the grand prize beginning at 11 a.m. with prizes going to the winners. Participants will “quack” on their ducks as they try to swim to victory! The winner of the grand prize may select either a $100 American Express gift card or $250 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 all of our amazing camps and continues to help our Outdoor legacy,” said Jill Pollard, Chief Development Officer. “This is our first time hosting two fall fests to celebrate our founder’s birthday, now, our girls and local families can participate in outdoor activities at the camp closest to them or enjoy what we offer at each camp.”23

The entrance fee for the festival is $25 for one duck and five fest tickets. Adopt your ducks and register for the festival at Camp Marydale or Camp Whispering Pines  today. For more information, please contact Girl Scouts Louisiana East Chief Development Officer Jill Pollard at 504-355-5871 or