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The Magic of Camp Graham

March 17, 2015

Summer Resident Camp - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

Nephitearya Bailey, Camp and Outdoor Program Director

Greetings from Kerr Lake! Did you know Camp Graham sits on 155 acres of lake frontage, open areas, and woodlands? Campers have a blast as they swim, canoe, kayak, paddle board, sail, and slide down the ten foot water fall of summer fun!

Camp is a place where a girl can simply be herself as she tries new things and makes new friends. No matter her learning style, she will find success in our experiential programs. Spending at week at camp helps girls grow in self-confidence, build and explore leadership skills, and develop a deep appreciation of nature. And most importantly, camp is all about having FUN!

“From the moment you pass through the wooded gate, you instantly leave all worries and cares behind. Camp Graham is nothing less than magic; for campers, Leaders, and staff alike. No matter the time of day, you can always hear silly songs and laughter. It’s the little things that happen at Graham that mean the most and bring out what really makes it unique,” shared one camp staff member.

Some of those unique little things we are proud of at Camp Graham include:

  • Our Camp Fairies respond to every letter they receive from the campers;
  • We have a theme night dinner, where everyone dresses to impress in homemade costumes;
  • Every camper can expect to visit our Tie-Dye hut and make their own wearable camp memory;
  • Camp Kaleidoscope! Camp Graham proudly offers the opportunity to camp to the children and staff of Duke Children’s Hospital. When the campers join one another, it’s as if every illness and homesick heart is gone. Camp K holds a great history with us at Graham, one that we couldn’t be more moved by!

One of the most special times at Camp Graham is the Thursday night closing campfire at summer resident camp. “As the sky darkens and the stars start to shine, you can find the campers creating their wish boats, all different and unique. Each child will close their eyes, make their wish and light the candle before setting it out to sail in the lake, reflecting on all the wonderful times shared during the past week,” added Amberley R., camp unit leader.

Entering my third year as camp director, I am excited welcome your camper to Camp Graham! From canoes to paddle boards, archery and a low ropes course, we have something for everyone. And don’t forget about our beautiful, new Cloverfield tree house unit!

Join us on the shores of Kerr Lake this summer and find out first-hand why Camp Graham is a magical place that feels like home to so many past and present campers! Register prior to March 31, 2015 and receive Early Bird discount pricing!

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Keep Calm and Girl Scout On

March 10, 2015

By Catherine Locke, Volunteer and Former Board Member of USA Girl Scouts Overseas

Special thanks to Kathleen Fitzsimmons and Ruth Miller for the great pictures.

Special thanks to Kathleen Fitzsimmons and Ruth Miller for the great pictures.

Anytime a family decides to move it is tough– everyone is forced to give up things that are familiar and safe for the unknown. The unknown can include a new job, a new town, a new neighborhood, a new house, a new room, new friends, a new school and so on.

Toss in a move overseas to a foreign country, and now you have something many of our Girl Scout families in the military are faced with! With a move to a foreign country there are additional challenges to overcome: new language, new customs, and a new culture. The best thing you can do is “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

The phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” was part of a propaganda campaign intended to be used during WWII by the British government. People in major cities were being threatened by massive attacks. The campaign was designed to increase morale, strengthen their faith and bring out the best in people.

“Keep Calm and Carry On” is now very common saying and as ubiquitous as the smiley face. And why not? It is a very catchy and positive phrase. It reminds us to remain steadfast in our lives and goals. To be strong. To do our best in the face of adversity. In essence, to be a Girl Scout!

Whether she is a daisy just starting her Girl Scout career, a girl with years of Girl Scouting on her sash, a leader who has come full-circle, or even a board-member who had just reconnected with the organization, it is possible to “Keep Calm and Girl Scout On” almost anywhere in the world.

In over 90 countries around the globe, girls can find troops to continue “carrying on” with Girl Scouting in ways that are familiar through USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Girl Scouts teaches girls how to survive, be strong and to lead. To see every challenge through the lens of optimism and hope. To turn the unknown into endless opportunities.

Endless opportunities abound for expatriate Girl Scouts. Yes, they participate in activities, just like their US counterparts. But camp is held in the Swiss Alps. Hiking is in the Welsh countryside. Her first cooking lesson may be in Japan. A Girl Scout troop may have the privilege of participating in the 60th Anniversary of DDay ceremony in Normandy, France. They may host World Thinking Day at a palace in Singapore.

Moving has its ups and downs. And USA Girl Scouts Overseas can provide some stability – and opportunities – during these tough transitions. And with a positive attitude and the ability to “Keep Calm and Girl Scout On” the transition is not only doable and but also life changing.

Catherine Locke recently relocated to the Raleigh area from England where she lived with her husband and son for the last 3 years. Catherine has served on the Executive Board of Director for Girl Scouts for the Sahauro Girl Scouts in Tucson Arizona as well as the USA Girl Scouts North Atlantic Overseas Councils. Professionally she has worked in marketing and public relations for the government, telecommunications, tourism and the retail industries. Welcome to North Carolina, Catherine!

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