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The Best Part of Summer? Girl Scout Day Camp!

September 23, 2013

By Tiffany S., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

My name is Tiffany and I’m one of the Girl Board Members for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. There are tons of things I could write about, but I want to tell you about an aspect of Girl Scouting that means a lot to me – Day camp!

Every kid longs for the end of school in June. The hot, sunny days. Playing ball. Laying on the beach soaking in some rays. Sounds like a perfect summer, right?

The one thing that comes to my mind about summer is that I get to attend day camp at Camp Mary Atkinson. I have been a day camper since 2004 and have loved every minute including meeting new friends, learning songs, and participating in swimming and archery. As I got older, I decided to become a program aide (PA), which is a teen Girl Scout who helps the unit leaders and staff during day camp.  Attending day camp had been such a wonderful experience for me that I wanted to share it with the next generation of Girl Scouts!

IMG_1188This past summer I served as a PA for Johnston County Day Camp at Camp Mary Atkinson. The best part about being a PA is that I’m now a leader for  younger girls and even though I’m a teen, the unit leaders treat me as an adult.  I get to lead younger girls in camp songs and skits and still participate in camp activities like canoeing, making crafts and climbing the Alpine Tower. Day camp also gives me a chance to make new friends as well as to see old friends who may attend different schools.

Next year will be my last year as a PA. It will be a bittersweet end to a great Girl Scout experience. I will miss the girls, the sounds of laughter in the pool, s’mores and songs around the campfire. I will miss the squeals or shrieks  from the first time climber on the Alpine Tower when she says she cannot continue because she’s too scared, but is proud to have reached the top. But I think the one thing I will miss most about day camp is the friendships I made there. Nothing compares to Johnston County Day Camp.

Have you attended Girl Scout Day Camp? Share your experiences below and tell us what made it such a memorable experience!

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Why I Became a Girl Scout Summer Camp Counselor

August 25, 2013

By Victoria D., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

IMG_2959Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I’m one of the six Girl Scout Girl Board Members! I’m excited to be blogging for the council and sharing my experiences as a Girl Scout.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons as it usually consists of lots of time by the pool and attending my favorite Girl Scout camps! However, this summer that all changed. I had the pleasure of going from a camper to a camp counselor at Camp Mary Atkinson, a beautiful resident camp owned by Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

A Girl Scout summer camp attendee for almost a decade, I had always dreamed of becoming a counselor and helping other girls create memorable camp experiences. I vividly remember, at seven years old, being dropped off for my first Girl Scout camp session, “Here Comes the Sun.” I was nervous and scared, but my camp counselors put me right at ease. One week later when my parents came to pick me up, the first words out of my mouth were “When can I come back?” Girl Scout camp became everything and more to me!

I wanted to create these same kinds of experiences for fellow Girl Scout campers, which is why I enrolled in the CIT (Counselor-In-Training) sessions that would prepare me for a counselor role at summer camp. These three weeks of training were awesome! Everyone in my training group instantly gelled and I knew it was going to be a great summer.

After training I was hired as Staff-In-Training or SIT, which is the title used for counselors under eighteen. As I prepared to greet the first wave of campers for the summer I took a moment to remember what I had loved most about my camp counselors when I was young.  All my former counselors had been enthusiastic and ready for anything and everything. They were energetic, fun, and made me feel right at home. They were a big part of why my camp experience was so great and I knew I wanted to embody those traits as well.

By the end of the summer I had achieved these goals and more. Not only had I helped girls have a great time at summer camp, but I realized that I had also pushed myself out of my comfort zone and even gotten over my fear of spiders! I learned to listen to others more and learned my strengths as a leader. However, the two most important things I learned this summer is that patience is truly a virtue and that learning how to adapt to new ways and ideas is a really useful skill!

This summer was one of the best of my life and I highly recommend Girl Scout camp as a camper and a counselor. Both experiences help you strengthen your leadership skills while having a blast and also help you discover things you never knew about yourself!

What have you learned by attending Girl Scout summer camp? Any young campers out there want to become counselors one day?

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