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.



How the Girl Scout Handbook Helped Me and 58 Million Other Girls

May 12, 2015

Girls Guide to Girl Scouting Worlds to Explore - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

My experience as a Girl Scout was short-lived, but made a deep impact on my life. Long after my Brownie troop disbanded, I poured over my handbook – then called Worlds to Explore Handbook for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts – for several years to teach myself about first aid, the arts, the outdoors and travel.   How I let that handbook get away from me, I’ll never know!

Just paging through a copy in the office today, I noticed a familiar painting in “The World of the Arts” section of my old handbook – Claude Monet’s bridge in his gorgeous garden full of water lilies. I see now that it was perhaps that picture that prompted me to hang a poster of that painting on my bedroom wall all through high school. Last year, I lived out my dream of seeing and walking on that same bridge by visiting Monet’s home in Giverny.   You just never know the seeds that are being planted by your Girl Scout handbook!

I wonder if Agnes Baden Powell had any idea what might happen when she gifted Juliette Gordon Low with a copy of How Girls Can Help to Build Up the Empire in May of 1912? Could anyone have anticipated what the lady from Savannah, Georgia would do with it, let alone the millions of girls who would hold a version of it in their hands across the past 103 years?

How Girls Can Help their Country, the American version of the Girl Guiding handbook, was published by Daisy Low in the summer of 1913. Biographer Stacey Cordery wrote: “When she adapted the British handbook, she had a chance to remove badges such as Electrician, Farmer, Flyer, Horsemanship, Path-finder, Pioneer, Rifle-shot, Signaling and Telegraphist – but she did not.”   By the time the revised handbook was published in 1920 as Scouting for Girls, there were 82,000 girls registered in the Movement, a staggering number often attributed to the success and support of the comprehensive handbook.

A few years ago, I downloaded a copy of the sixth reprint of Scouting for Girls, dated 1925, for free to my Kindle. It continues to amuse and inspire me as I read over the history, principles and requirements of Girl Scouting set forth at the time. There are 47 proficiency tests (what we refer to now as National Proficiency Badges) in that edition. Certain tests were marked as specially recommended for First Class Scouts or girls at least sixteen years old, while others were marked “for Scouts eighteen years and over.” How many badges in this list do you currently find in the Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting or in the Skill-Building badge sets?

Artist, Athlete, Bee-Keeper, Bird Hunter, Bugler, Business Woman, Canner, Child Nurse, Citizen, Cook, Craftsman, Cyclist, Dairy Maid, Dancer, Dressmaker, Drummer, Economist, Electrician, Farmer, First Aide, Flower Finder, Gardener, Handy Woman, Health Guardian, Health Winner, Home Maker, Home Nurse, Horsewoman, Hostess, Interpreter, Journalist, Laundress, Milliner, Motorist, Musician, Needlewoman, Pathfinder, Photographer, Pioneer, Rock Tapper, Sailor, Scribe, Signaler, Star Gazer, Swimmer, Telegrapher, Zoologist

While the earliest handbooks had sometimes as many as a dozen steps to earn a proficiency badge, today our proficiency badges are available to nearly all of our grade levels (with the exception Girl Scout Daisies, who earn petals and leaves) and include five steps and three choices per step for achieving the award.   This revision of the badges and their requirements no doubt reflects the busy schedules and lifestyles of today’s families.

One thing that has not changed with each revision of the handbook, are the guiding principles of Girl Scouting. Our motto, “Be Prepared” and our slogan, “Do a Good Turn Daily,” remain unchanged. Interestingly enough, our Girl Scout Promise has undergone a slight revision over the century.   Here is the evolution of the Promise from 1925 to today. Of course the Girl Scout Law has changed quite a bit from early days, but I’ll make that the topic of another blog post!

The Promise (Scouting for Girls, 1925)

On My Honor, I will Try:

To do my duty to God and my Country

To help other people at all times.

To obey the Scout Laws

The Promise (Worlds to Explore handbook for Brownies and Juniors, 1977)

On my honor, I will try;

To serve God,

My country and mankind,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Promise (The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting, 2011)

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God and my country,

To help people at all times,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Do you still have your Girl Scout Handbook? How did it plant seeds of change in your life? Please share a special memory in the comments!


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