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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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Day Camp Boosts Confidence for Girls & Volunteers

August 5, 2013

By Stacy Nechyba, Durham Girl Scout Day Camp Program Director

Durham Day Camp 1If you are looking for the ultimate confidence-booster, look no further.  You can find it at a Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Day Camp.  For the first time this summer, I co-directed the Girl Scout Day Camp in Durham County and want to report that it was enjoyable from beginning to end.

There were many highlights, not least of which were the advantages of working with another fantastic volunteer Camp Director, Chip Reinhardt, and an experienced, organized and helpful team of support at the council.  Without these strong working relationships, it would not have had the same experience.  Chip and I aimed for and achieved an ambitious program.

Rewarding milestones included finding a good location after an involved search of area facilities and parks; writing a final camp program after endless drafts; designing a logo – which I’d never done before – and seeing it made into shirts and patches; meeting and working with a team of adult and youth volunteers; and finally seeing the children learn, play and have fun.

Our particular Girl Scout program included swimming, archery, arts & crafts, outdoor games, making UV bracelets and survival bracelets, camp journals, time in the kitchen making Girl Scout milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches, STEM badge work for each age group, and off -site activities at the Museum of Life and Science and Duke University. To cap it off, we hosted a Friday night potluck dinner and graduation ceremony for the girls.

Durham Day Camp PatchTaking Girl Scout Daisies, Juniors and Cadettes off-site proved to be a tremendous success. Our Girl Scout Daisies studied butterflies at day camp and had the reward of going to the Museum of Life and Science Butterfly House.  Our Girl Scout Juniors earned their Entertainment Technology Badge which included working on an MIT program in a technology lab at Duke University’s Social Sciences Research Institute. Our Girl Scout Cadettes earned their Entrepreneur Badge and finished it off by spending a day at Duke University, which included sharing their product and business plan with a group of Professors in the Economics Department Chairman’s Conference Room.

I truly enjoyed every minute of planning, including the challenges and hurdles I worked to overcome.  Most rewarding of all has been the notes and emails I have received from campers, parents and leaders brimming with thanks and praise.

It is my wish to encourage others to do the same and take advantage of an unparalleled personal growth opportunity while unlocking potential and strength in our girls by giving them an authentic Girl Scout experience.

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