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5 Tips for Happiness at Camp Hardee

May 18, 2015

 

Camp Hardee

Kristi Doebler, Camp and Outdoor Program Director

Having spent many summers at a wide variety of camps, I am so excited to spend my summers on the Pamlico River as the camp director for Camp Hardee. I grew up as a Girl Scout, earning my Silver and Gold Awards, and truly believe in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.

While each of our camps here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines offers something special, we believe Camp Hardee is especially well suited for first time campers. Our small campus, along with air conditioned cabins and family like atmosphere, allows girls an opportunity to be away from home in an environment that offers a lot of support.

Once a girl has spent part of her summer with us on the Pamlico, she’ll have an idea if Camp Hardee is just right for her. She might even be ready to explore any of our larger camps. For our first time campers in particular, here are a few things to get you ready for a great week at Camp Hardee this summer!

  1. Register for camp – Girls can only join us this summer if they are registered! (Register here!) Once registration has been completed, we’ll send a confirmation email plus a link to our confirmation packet which includes all of the important paperwork and details for the week.
  2. Spend some time away from your home – Have your girl visit grandma for the weekend or have a slumber party with her best friends. Spending time away from her parents will help a girl feel comfortable going to camp without them.
  3. Come to our open houseJoin us on March 8th from 1-4pm and explore Camp Hardee, meet staff, and see what the excitement is all about. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views of the Pamlico as you eat.
  4. Pack your things – The week before the scheduled session of camp is a great time to do your packing. The confirmation packet includes a helpful packing list. And don’t forget to have your camper bring a costume or outfit that fits in with the theme for the week. Help her pack stationary or postcards so she can let everyone at home know how much fun she’s having!
  5. Come to camp – You’ve signed up, visited camp, bags are packed, and now it’s finally here! We’re going to be busy all week having so much fun, so make sure you camper gets a good night’s rest before arrival. Our counselors will be her new role models, and she’ll make great friends with her cabin mates.

I can’t wait to meet each of our campers this summer at Camp Hardee. We’re going to have a blast and make she has a camp experience she’s wild about! See you this summer.

Girl Scouting is for every girl, and we are committed to making summer camp accessible to all girls who want it, regardless of their background or financial situation. This is why – for every Girl Scout – our girls pay less than half of the full cost we incur to deliver their week of camp adventures, and we provide financial aid for the families for whom $250 is still a stretch. This year, over 200 families applied to the Campership Fund for financial aid. You can help send these girls to camp by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Campership Fund. Click here to learn more or to make your gift today.

 

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“Girl Scout camp is my life!”

April 28, 2015

Camp Mary Atkinson Girl Scouts North Carolina NC Coastal Pines

By Deanna Ludwick, Senior Camp & Outdoor Program Director      

This year not only marks my eighth year at Camp Mary Atkinson, but my 20th summer at Girl Scout camp. Yes, that’s right – 20! 20 extraordinary summers filled with girls canoeing and kayaking in lakes, trying their hand at archery, challenging their fears, learning to swim, spending the night away from home the first time, singing silly camp songs, eating gooey S’mores, making new friends… the list goes on and on.

It truly has been 20 FUN years! Seeing campers return year after year and seeing many become counselors and camp staff, means I’m not the only one having a great time at camp! One of our former campers and now camp staff truly says it best – “a world without summer camp is just not as great.” And here’s more about what camp has meant to her:

Camp has had and continues to have such a profound impact on who I am and who I strive to be. Camp is the most amazing place where you can gain the most valuable experiences and lessons you need in the real world.

It was at camp where I first learned how to be independent from my parents and friends. I learned how important it is to make decisions for myself, but also how to cooperate and work together in groups. I learned how to love and appreciate all of nature, I learned the importance of being kind to everyone no matter what, and most importantly I learned how important it is to be unapologetically myself and to be comfortable with whom I am.

Both as a camper and as a staff member I have made timeless friendships with people from all different walks of life, and the most amazing part of camp friendships is that no matter how long it has been since you saw each other last, it seems like no time apart has passed at all. I can, without a doubt in my mind, say that without Girl Scout camp I do not know who I would be today, and honestly I am very proud of whom I have become. Girl Scout camp is my life!

As this story highlights, camp provides an opportunity for girls to build confidence, learn real-world lessons, and become a part of a supportive community of friends and mentors. In addition, spending time in the outdoors helps girls explore leadership, build skills, and develop an appreciation for nature. And we can’t forget about the FUN – girls greatly enjoy the outdoor experiences they have in Girl Scouts!

So why wait? Extend your Girl Scout experience this summer at Camp Mary Atkinson. Not only we will celebrate a new summer at Girl Scout Camp, we will celebrate our campers as they grow and learn, try new things in a safe environment, make new friends, and have FUN!

Did you know, more than 90 girls will be spending a week at Camp Mary Atkinson at little or no cost to them because of support of people like you? Tax-deductible donations to the Campership Fund help us send hundreds of girls to camp every summer who might not otherwise be able to afford to go. And now through June 1st, your gift is worth DOUBLE because of five generous community members who have pledged to match your gift dollar-for-dollar until we reach our fundraising goal. Make your gift today!
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