Posts Tagged ‘Girl Scout Camp’

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‘Tis the Season to Dream of the Summer Sun

December 16, 2015

Summer Fun Guide

Keli Diewald, Camp Program and Outdoor Education Executive

As we welcome the holiday season buying last minute gifts and gathering with friends and family, summer can feel so far away.  But believe it or not, we have been busy planning for the summer season here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.  And we’re so excited about our 2016 summer camp and outdoor programs, we can hardly wait for the warmer days ahead!

With so many great sessions – from camping in tree houses and learning to surf and sail to horse back riding and archery and hiking the Appalachian trail – it’s hard to pick our favorite. Whether your girl is a at resident camp pro or will be packing up for her first ever week away from home, Girl Scout camp offers a variety of experiences she is sure to enjoy!

And that’s why our Camp Team is so eager to share our 2016 Summer Fun Guide – now available online! Registration for camp will open February 3. We think it will get you and your girl excited for summer as well. Here’s a sampling of our camp sessions:

CAMP GRAHAM

  • Paddles Up! In this session older girls will get to experience standup paddle boarding on the lake and take an overnight adventure to the beach. (grades 9-12)
  • Girls will make Magical Memories during this new 2-week session at camp and enjoy an offsite, weekend adventure. (grades 4-5)

CAMP HARDEE

  • Kick off the summer with Outdoor Explorers. This half week session allows new or young campers to explore camp, go on nature hikes, play games and create GORP – good ol’ raisins & peanuts. (grades 2-3)
  • Bring the family and enjoy the weekend at Stars and Stripes Family Camp. Experience time on the water and round out the weekend with a special Fourth of July cookout.

CAMP MARY ATKINSON

  • A Week at Hogwarts is sure to be a treat for girls as they take on “House challenges” and have daily adventures. (grades 2-3)
  • Girls will follow the clues in It’s Your Quest as they explore camp, make new friends and wind down the summer. (grades 4-5)

DAY CAMP

  • If your girl isn’t quite ready for overnight camp, day camp can be a great option.  We offer several sessions around the council; perhaps you’ll see one being offered in your neighborhood. (grades 1-8)

Are your dreaming of summer now? Download our summer camp certificate to give to the Girl Scout in your life this holiday season! We can’t wait to see you around the camp fire! Let the adventures begin.

What camp session is your girl dreaming of this winter!?

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Why I Can’t Wait to be a Volunteer at Camp Graham this summer!

August 4, 2014

By Marsha Kitter, Lifetime Member, Alumnae, Juliette Low Planned Giving Society member

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines VolunteerIn 1969 when I was 15 years old, I had my choice of going to Europe or going to Girl Scout camp. I choose Girl Scout camp.   Camp was the most fantastic experience I had ever had. We slept on army cots in round-up tents with dirt floors. My favorite parts were making new friends and singing songs at meals and around campfires. Many of the camp counselors played guitars as we sang. After two sessions of camp, I knew two things – I wanted to learn to play the guitar and I wanted to work at Girl Scout camp the next summer.

Buying the guitar and teaching myself to play was easy! By the time I went to the camp reunion that December, I was able to join in with the other guitar players as we sang our favorite camp songs.

Working at Girl Scout camp proved harder. Where I lived in New Jersey, you had to be 17 to work at camp.

I shared my disappointment with my high school French teacher. She promptly replied that her sister directed a Girl Scout Camp in New York and she was looking for camp staff. A few weeks later, I wore my Senior Girl Scout uniform to an interview at Girl Scouts of Greater New York. I got the job! I was going to work at Camp Andree Clark in Briarcliff Manor New York as a “Pack Out Clerk”.

The 1970s were thriving years for Girl Scouting’s membership. There were over 300 campers and staff and the dining hall was not large enough to accommodate all the people so two units had to cook out breakfast, lunch and dinner one day a week. As the Pack Out Clerk, it was my job to fill all cookout requests. I also assisted with dining room setup and cleanup. I loved it.

The following summer I returned to Camp Andree Clark as a unit assistant, working full time in a Brownie unit. I spent a total of seven summers working at camp from high school through graduate school. After finishing graduate school, I thought finding a full time job meant my camp counselor days were over …

Flash forward 38 years, and I’m back at Girl Scout camp!

Welcome back, Critter!Last week, I spent a week at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Camp Graham assisting with the Babysitting/First Aid, CPR and AED leadership unit. If it indicated how excited I was, I took a week of vacation from my full time job to do this!

I used the same camp name “Critter” from my summer camp days. I lived and slept in the unit with 29 girls in the Babysitting & First Aid/CPR group and 3 girls in the Lifeguarding Group. There were 3 other camp staff in my tent. During the first night’s “Meet the Counselor’s” event, I taught my all-time favorite camp song, “The Cat Came Back”. It was an instant hit and was sung at least two times a day for the rest of the week.

So in case you are wondering if going back to camp was all I expected, it was even more. As far as the campers were concerned, I was a counselor just like everyone else. At the closing ceremony in front of the parents, I was presented with a homemade plaque signed by all the camp staff and the girls in my unit that said “Critter, the cat who came Back.”

I can’t wait to volunteer again next year!

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