Posts Tagged ‘camp’


Fun in the Sun

May 31, 2013

By Chelsey Winstead, Girl Scout Brownie Troop Leader

What appeared to be a gloomy, rainy day turned in to a sparkling success at Camp Mary Atkinson for Fun in the Sun Day Camp. This six-hour mini-camp allowed Girl Scouts of all levels to canoe, swim, play games, learn about nature, make arts and crafts, and meet new friends while strengthening the bond between old ones.

The friendly camp staff of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines greeted my Brownie troop as we rolled in for our fun-filled day making the girls feel welcome and I, as a troop leader, was at ease. Many parents were slightly apprehensive about not knowing exactly the schedule and activities the girls would be doing, but at the end of the day when the girls ran back to their waiting parents begging not to leave, they sang praises for the camp and the experience it gave the girls.

A temporary downpour did not dampen the spirits of my troop for the camp staff led group games and sports under the new “airnasium.” Whenever a camper had a concern or question, camp staff member was there to handle any problem and answer any question.

The most memorable part of the day was after our picnic dinner when all the girls attending shared SWAPS. It was great seeing my troop return proudly with new SWAPS.

By taking my Brownies to this event, I learned more about the camp, its staff, and most importantly I learned more about the interest of my girls. All my Brownies are ready to return to camp with one girl even requesting “to move to camp” so she could continue having fun.

Fun in the Sun was true to its name – and what a perfect opportunity for both parents and girls to get an idea of what camp life is like without having to stay overnight.  Maybe I’ll see you there next year!


Oh, a Camping She Will Go

April 7, 2013

By Cecily Timmons, Development Director

As a child, I was so shy that making friends was difficult. However, the camp experience cracked my tough shell and helped me to blossom. Removed from my normal world of homework, school and stress, I felt freedom in being outside and exploring new (and foreign) things like climbing walls, building a campfire, and sailing a boat. I made friends who I would have otherwise never met and relished the opportunity to both act like a kid and live independently like an adult.

According to a study by the American Camp Association, 96% of youth said camp helped them make new friends, 92% said camp helped them feel good about themselves, and 74% reported they did things at camp that they were afraid to do at first. Most of us don’t need to be shown these statistics to know how powerful the camp experience can be. We know what it feels like to face challenges and overcome them – like braving the heights of the Alpine Tower at Camp Mary Atkinson!

However, many families are challenged to provide this experience for their children.  Did you know that our Council incurs a cost of around $600 for every girl who attends one of our camps, but we only ask families to pay an average of $250? We subsidize the cost to keep camp affordable, but for some, it is not enough.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is committed to making the camp experience accessible to all girls who want it, regardless of their socio-economic background or family financial situation. Each year in the spring we ask our Girl Scout Family to consider a gift to the Campership Fund, a fund that dispenses financial aid for girls to attend residential camp. This year, we have a matching sponsor for this campaign thanks to the support of Great Outdoor Provision Company.

Stand with Great Outdoor Provision Company and show your support by making a gift today. We’ll track our progress on our Facebook Pagehelp us meet our goal of $8,000!

If you want to attend camp but are experiencing financial difficulties, find more information about applying for a campership on our website.



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