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Why I Became a Girl Scout Summer Camp Counselor

August 25, 2013

By Victoria D., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

IMG_2959Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I’m one of the six Girl Scout Girl Board Members! I’m excited to be blogging for the council and sharing my experiences as a Girl Scout.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons as it usually consists of lots of time by the pool and attending my favorite Girl Scout camps! However, this summer that all changed. I had the pleasure of going from a camper to a camp counselor at Camp Mary Atkinson, a beautiful resident camp owned by Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

A Girl Scout summer camp attendee for almost a decade, I had always dreamed of becoming a counselor and helping other girls create memorable camp experiences. I vividly remember, at seven years old, being dropped off for my first Girl Scout camp session, “Here Comes the Sun.” I was nervous and scared, but my camp counselors put me right at ease. One week later when my parents came to pick me up, the first words out of my mouth were “When can I come back?” Girl Scout camp became everything and more to me!

I wanted to create these same kinds of experiences for fellow Girl Scout campers, which is why I enrolled in the CIT (Counselor-In-Training) sessions that would prepare me for a counselor role at summer camp. These three weeks of training were awesome! Everyone in my training group instantly gelled and I knew it was going to be a great summer.

After training I was hired as Staff-In-Training or SIT, which is the title used for counselors under eighteen. As I prepared to greet the first wave of campers for the summer I took a moment to remember what I had loved most about my camp counselors when I was young.  All my former counselors had been enthusiastic and ready for anything and everything. They were energetic, fun, and made me feel right at home. They were a big part of why my camp experience was so great and I knew I wanted to embody those traits as well.

By the end of the summer I had achieved these goals and more. Not only had I helped girls have a great time at summer camp, but I realized that I had also pushed myself out of my comfort zone and even gotten over my fear of spiders! I learned to listen to others more and learned my strengths as a leader. However, the two most important things I learned this summer is that patience is truly a virtue and that learning how to adapt to new ways and ideas is a really useful skill!

This summer was one of the best of my life and I highly recommend Girl Scout camp as a camper and a counselor. Both experiences help you strengthen your leadership skills while having a blast and also help you discover things you never knew about yourself!

What have you learned by attending Girl Scout summer camp? Any young campers out there want to become counselors one day?

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Top 10 Reasons Why Camp Hardee Rocks!

July 9, 2013

By: Andrea Blair (a.k.a.Speedy), Seasonal Camp Director at Camp Hardee

1.     Location, Location, Location

Camp Hardee sits on the bank of the beautiful Pamlico River. Campers create memories as they experience a dolphin visit while canoeing or perhaps enjoying one of our “floating” lunches.

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2.     Chef Greenblood

Our resident cook, Lillian Thompson (a.k.a. Greenblood), prepares the most scrumptious meals and delicious desserts! Greenblood ensures everyone is well-fed and satisfied.

3.     Colorful Surroundings

Camper cabins are bright with inviting colors. As campers receive their cabin assignments on opening day, they are excited to discover the color of their cabin.

4.     Cozy Family Atmosphere

Camp Hardee has one of the most enthusiastic and diverse groups of staff members that appear to have known each other for years. Their helpful and friendly attitudes resonate with campers and encourage them to do the same.  At Hardee, the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law aren’t just words — but also actions.

5.     Amazing Camp Songs

Counselors go above and beyond when performing songs for the campers by each adding their own individual twists.  The vibrant personalities of staff and campers shine through at opening campfire, getting the girls excited up for an amazing week at camp.

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6.     Fun and Engaging Activities

Campers at Hardee can participate in archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and arts and crafts.  Each of the trained instructors has fun ways to get every girl involved and excited!

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7.     Unique Programs

While the themes each week vary, the staff brings the same level of creativity and enthusiasm to each unit, making sure their experience is special.  Programs include facials, theater performances, floating lunches, stargazing, videography and the list goes on.

8.     International Experiences

Campers and staff come from all different corners of the globe.  Mondays are known as the day girls view pictures and experience the food, songs, and dances from several different cultures, broadening their global awareness.

9.     Groovy Dance Parties

Hardee campers cut loose every Tuesday night and dance to some of their favorite songs; or learn a new line dance.   Everyone dresses to impress for the weekly theme!

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10.  Camper Council Voice

Two girls from each unit voice ideas and plan daily dress up themes such as Wacky Tacky, Super Hero, Twin Day and more.

What do you think make Girl Scout-NC Coastal Pines Camps Rock? 

Be sure to visit and “Like” our camp Facebook pages.

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