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Six Girl Scouts from Troop 44560 in Plattsmouth will stay overnight at the Denver Zoo for a Bunk with the Beasts outing with other Girl Scouts April 20-21. The girls going on the trip, from left, are Jasmin McKim, Kaitlyn Merrill, Nikole Jaixen, Elizabeth Casart, Savannah Davis and Anya Abel.

Just what do zoo inhabitants do at night when the visitors are gone?

Does the lion sleep? Does the hyena search for love? Do the gorillas play?

Or do they all just finally relax from a hard day of being stared at by strangers?

Six junior age (fourth to fifth grade) Girl Scouts from Plattsmouth will find out the answers April 20-21 when they participate in the Denver Zoo’s "Bunk with the Beasts Overnight Adventure."

Jasmin McKim, Nikole Jaixen, Elizabeth Casart, Savannah Davis, Kaitlyn Merrill and Anya Abel from Girl Scout Troop 44560 will be leaving on a bus for Denver toward the end of April.

According to information released by Denver Zoo, Bunk with the Bests “is an overnight learning adventure, designed to encourage bonding time, shared projects and special zoo experiences to create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Participants explore the zoo with experienced guides after hours and before the crowds return. The scouts will also be allowed to interact with some of the smaller zoo residents that serve as animal ambassadors in the zoo’s education collection.

“We get a guided tour and I think they are providing lunch for us as well,” said Kelly Abel.

While there, the scouts will use special night vision scopes to discover how the zoo’s nocturnal creatures adapt at night,

The scouts will also have a chance to investigate topics including rain forests and conservation through fun and educational games and activities.

“The next day when we leave the zoo, we will go to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science,” Kelly said.

The outing will help these scouts earn some of their badges. “It’s something fun for the girls and they are trying to get their Bronze Award for philanthropy,” Kelly said. “It’s one of the projects sponsored through the National Girls Scouts so other Girl Scouts will be there.”

For this adventure, however, the scouts still need a little more money to cover the costs of the trip.

“They raised some funds with cookie sales and then the girls had to come up with some of the funding,” Abel said.

To do so, the troop is conducting a fund-raising boutique 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at First United Methodist Church, Seventh and Main Streets, Plattsmouth.

“It’s an expo with mostly home-based businesses,” Kelly explained.

Some of the businesses to be represented are Scensy, Thrivent Financial, Origami Owl, Mary Kay and Miche Purses.

Kelly encourages people to stop buy and support the Scouts.


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