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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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Discover S’more Adventure at our Camp Open Houses

February 28, 2013

By: Renee Pelletier, Camp Pathway and Outdoor Education Manager

Want to tour our camp properties, see the insides of the cabins and tents, and find out more about tScreen shot 2013-02-05 at 11.11.19 AMhe resident camp programs?  If so, be sure to visit the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Resident Camps annual Open House events this March. This is a great way to see all of the wonderful assets at the camp properties.

Camp staff will be on site to answer questions about the day-to-day life of a camper, recommended packing lists, and why going to camp is such a delightful experience. Registered and potential campers are encouraged to attend with their families to meet our fabulous staff and learn what there is to discover at camp.  Bring a picnic lunch and drop by one or all of the camps for an afternoon of adventure this spring.

Registration is not required but recommended; all families that register will receive a confirmation packet with the camp’s physical address, directions and event contact information.  All of the Open Houses are scheduled from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Sundays throughout March. Visitors may come at any time during the Open House hours as there is no set schedule for the events.

Camp Hardee on March 10th will be hosting the first Open House. On March 17th, Camp Mary Atkinson will be welcoming prospective campers for organized tours.  The last Open House, will be at Camp Graham on March 24th.

To register for any or all of these events, please visit our Council Online Registration System (C.O.R.E.).  Girls do not have to be Girl Scouts to attend Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ resident camps. The Open House events are free and open to the public.

For further information about the Open House events, contact summercamp@nccoastalpines.org. To find out about all of the summer opportunities available, view the online Summer Fun Guide.

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