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3…2…1…Blast Off! 2014 Campership Fund

March 17, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving, GSNCCP

PrintToday we launched our 2014 Campership fundraising drive, which collects donations to help Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines provide scholarships for girls 2014 Campership Fundacross our 41 counties to attend summer camp.

As I was conducting research to craft our Campership appeal, I heard stories about girls trying new things, making new friends, and learning different skills because of camp. I heard from parents about how their girl gained confidence and her interest in the world flourished at camp. I heard from one former camper about how her leadership skills blossomed at camp and she now holds the position as resident assistant, mentoring girls in her college dorm.

I also learned that these aren’t just anecdotes. Studies show that camp can be a formative time in a child’s life.

PrintResearch conducted by the American Camp Association and other independent organizations show time and time again that well-run summer camps – like our Girl Scout camps – can have a powerful, long-term effect on a child’s development, especially on her self-control, independence, assertiveness, and decision-making. In one study, 74% of camp attendees reported that they did things at camp that they were afraid to do at first. Overcoming fear and challenging yourself are just two important life skills that Girl Scout Camp can instill in a girl.

If you’re like me, you want more confident, independent, and assertive girls in this world. The more girls that can attend Girl Scout camp – especially those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to do so – the more chances we get to encourage girls to become their best selves.

Last year, over 260 girls were given the opportunity to attend one of our camps because of the financial assistance your support provides. I’m happy we provide scholarships so more girls can get the valuable benefits of camp. And I’m delighted that our friends, like you, make the yearly commitment to help us do more. Please consider making a gift to our Campership fund today by visiting www.nccoastalpines.org/champerships or contacting me at 919-600-6347.

With your support, we can make a difference in the life of one more girl. Thank you.

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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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