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5 Tips for Happiness at Camp Hardee

May 18, 2015

 

Camp Hardee

Kristi Doebler, Camp and Outdoor Program Director

Having spent many summers at a wide variety of camps, I am so excited to spend my summers on the Pamlico River as the camp director for Camp Hardee. I grew up as a Girl Scout, earning my Silver and Gold Awards, and truly believe in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.

While each of our camps here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines offers something special, we believe Camp Hardee is especially well suited for first time campers. Our small campus, along with air conditioned cabins and family like atmosphere, allows girls an opportunity to be away from home in an environment that offers a lot of support.

Once a girl has spent part of her summer with us on the Pamlico, she’ll have an idea if Camp Hardee is just right for her. She might even be ready to explore any of our larger camps. For our first time campers in particular, here are a few things to get you ready for a great week at Camp Hardee this summer!

  1. Register for camp – Girls can only join us this summer if they are registered! (Register here!) Once registration has been completed, we’ll send a confirmation email plus a link to our confirmation packet which includes all of the important paperwork and details for the week.
  2. Spend some time away from your home – Have your girl visit grandma for the weekend or have a slumber party with her best friends. Spending time away from her parents will help a girl feel comfortable going to camp without them.
  3. Come to our open houseJoin us on March 8th from 1-4pm and explore Camp Hardee, meet staff, and see what the excitement is all about. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views of the Pamlico as you eat.
  4. Pack your things – The week before the scheduled session of camp is a great time to do your packing. The confirmation packet includes a helpful packing list. And don’t forget to have your camper bring a costume or outfit that fits in with the theme for the week. Help her pack stationary or postcards so she can let everyone at home know how much fun she’s having!
  5. Come to camp – You’ve signed up, visited camp, bags are packed, and now it’s finally here! We’re going to be busy all week having so much fun, so make sure you camper gets a good night’s rest before arrival. Our counselors will be her new role models, and she’ll make great friends with her cabin mates.

I can’t wait to meet each of our campers this summer at Camp Hardee. We’re going to have a blast and make she has a camp experience she’s wild about! See you this summer.

Girl Scouting is for every girl, and we are committed to making summer camp accessible to all girls who want it, regardless of their background or financial situation. This is why – for every Girl Scout – our girls pay less than half of the full cost we incur to deliver their week of camp adventures, and we provide financial aid for the families for whom $250 is still a stretch. This year, over 200 families applied to the Campership Fund for financial aid. You can help send these girls to camp by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Campership Fund. Click here to learn more or to make your gift today.

 

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At Summer Camp Any Girl Can Shine

May 3, 2015

Meet the Challenge

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

Early last month, I joined a handful of volunteers and camp staff to review applications for the Campership Fund. Over 200 girls applied for financial assistance to attend camp, and it was our job – the 10 of us that made up this year’s Campership Committee – to review these applications and allocate the money we had available in our Campership Fund this year.

Trust me, it’s not an easy job. The stories in the applications make you want to weep. Girl Scout families of four living on under $20,000 a year. Single-parent households where the mother is working full time while trying to earn her bachelor’s degree – and she’s a Troop Leader. The disabled veteran who wants to send her three girls to Girl Scout Camp this year.

Each story of why they need assistance for summer camp is heartbreakingly different, yet there is one theme that runs through them all: the belief that this week at Girl Scout Camp will make a difference in their girl’s life.

“I am requesting assistance for my two daughters to allow them to have a lifetime experience.”

“Sophia was so excited when we got the Girl Scout summer camp guide in the mail. She has always dreamed of experiencing camp! It’s even more exciting to her that it is through the Girl Scouts: she was so happy and proud when she joined this year.”

“Zari lives for Girl Scout Camp. This year, she will learn how to be even more independent. She will make friends. She will learn lifelong skills attending camp.”

“I am so thankful for Girl Scouts and camp. It has shown my daughter parts of this world and being a young woman that I may not have been able to show her. Thank you.”

“I would love to give Jayla the opportunity to go to this camp so she will learn to be more independent and confident when starting middle school this coming school year.”

“Camila is an introvert but has really come out of her shell with Girl Scouts – it has changed her life for the better and has made her confident. I know attending this camp would be such a blessing.”

“Emma still talks about her experience at camp last year on a regular basis. She had such a great time. I would love for her to have the opportunity to go back – Girl Scouts is her area to shine.”

That day, reading these stories, I realized how important our spring Campership fundraiser is to the work we all do to bring leadership and skill-building opportunities to girls – no matter their background or financial situation.

That’s why I’m so excited for our Campership Challenge. Five community leaders have stepped up to help make it possible for us to provide summer camp opportunities for these girls – the Sophias, Camilas, Emmas, and many more! These generous donors have agreed to match all donations to the Campership Fund between now and June 1st until we reach our $15,000 fundraising goal. The support of community members and businesses is crucial in making sure that we can continue to provide incredible, life-changing experiences – the same experiences your girls have when they attend camp – to EVERY girl who wants it.

I encourage you to make a gift, and help all of girls shine at camp this summer.

*Names have been changed for privacy purposes.

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