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5 Fantastic Things To Do at Girl Scout Summer camp

February 12, 2018

Summer camp counselor, Megan, shares her top five favorite things to do at Girl Scout summer camp! Girl Scout resident camp registration is now open! 

Close your eyes and picture yourself at summer camp.  What are you doing?  What kind of activities do you imagine? Archery? Swimming? Boating? Tie Dye? Those are all things that we do at camp, but there is so much more.  As a camper for ten years and a staff member for two, here’s my top five favorite things to do in a single week at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines resident camp.

1 – Playing in the water

The water has so much to offer.  Whether you are swimming for the first time, or a swim team star, camp has a place for you. All three resident camps offer different depths for you to play and swim with your camp buddies. Splashing around in the shallow end, playing marco-polo in the middle, or holding hands as you take the plunge into the deep section.

2 – Guessing your counselors’ real name

One thing I have found that makes Girl Scout camp unique is the counselor’s names.  All camp staffers go by camp names. This creates a fun game for the campers.  I always tried to guess my counselors real names. As a camper, you know the counselors won’t tell you their real names whether you guess it right or not. As a counselor, your learn that you must look like a Sara or a Julie because that’s what everyone guesses.

3 – Friendship bracelets

If you’ve never made a friendship bracelet, there are plenty of people at Girl Scout camp who are willing to teach you. Friendship bracelets are awesome to trade and heartwarming to receive. If you give one away you are almost always going to receive one back. They are things to wear home to remember all your camp friends. Most campers come home with interesting tan lines on their arm from wearing multiple friendship bracelets.

4 – Making new best friends

I run into people from camp all over the place. One day, as a junior in high school, I was walking down the street in Chapel Hill with a group of friends. A girl about our age was walking towards us calling me by name. I didn’t recognize her at first, but she reminded me  we were tent mates at Camp Graham when we were in fourth grade. It all came back to me in an instant; we were best friends that week. We exchanged phone numbers on the street and now we talk and reminisce about our week at camp. As I got older I ran into camp friends at band competitions and sporting events.  It’s always exciting to run into a camp friend.  I find it amazing how close you can get to someone in just one week.

5 – Learning new skills

From cooking to canoeing to cleaning, I learned lots of life skills at camp. Cookout night is always fun including teaching girls knife safety so they can properly cut a watermelon or learn how to start a camp stove or build a fire. My first ever week of camp, I learned how to clean a toilet. Now that I’m in college, I use that skill all the time and my roommate is rather thankful. When my friends want to go spend a weekend at the lake I think back to my second year at summer camp when I mastered the art of canoeing. Camp has provided me with many life skills that I continue to use everyday.

These are just my top five, but when you attend Girl Scout summer camp you’ll walk away with your top five (or more!) reasons why you love summer camp just as much as I do!

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Camp Like a G.I.R.L. – 5 Reasons to Register on February 1st

January 29, 2018

Although it seems far away, Summer Camp with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is just around the corner. This summer, we are going to Camp Like a G.I.R.L., and we can’t wait to have you join us! There are many benefits to registering early, take a look below to learn more.

  1. You’ll have so many options to choose from – It doesn’t matter if it’s your first summer going to camp or your tenth, everybody loves options! Take a look through the Summer Fun Guide to see all of the awesome ways to Camp Like a G.I.R.L. this summer. Will it be sailing at Camp Hardee, horseback riding at Camp Mary Atkinson, photography at Camp Graham, or one of dozens of other amazing options?
  2. Some of our camps fill very quickly – In the past, we have had several sessions fill within an hour of registration opening, so if you have your heart set on a specific program, be sure to be ready! Resident camp registration opens February 1 at 10 a.m. If you don’t get into your first choice, you can always register for the waitlist or choose another session. You’ll have a blast no matter which session you register for!
  3. Only a $100 deposit is needed – When you register for camp on opening day, you only need to pay $100 per session that you are registering for. This means that you’ll have three months to save money and budget to have your camp fees paid by May 1, 2018. Plus, you’ll be able to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!
  4. You can start planning out all of your summer adventures – It seems we are always working to balance our schedules between school, Girl Scouts, and other activities, and the summer is no different! By having a head start on your camp schedule for the summer, you can figure out the best times to go visit Grandma at the beach or your cousins in the mountains. Don’t forget to give yourself time to rest and relax – it is summer vacation, after all!
  5. You’ll have months to get ready – By knowing which session you’ll be doing, you can take your time to get ready. Practice your friendship bracelet making skills, sing camp songs, and research new camp skits. Share the camp address with friends and family so they can send you letters. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for sales on any new gear you need!

So grab your copy of the Summer Fun Guide, sit down with your family, and pick out the sessions that excite you the most! Registration for Summer Resident Camp opens at 10am on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Here are a few suggestions on how to make sure your My GS account is ready for camp registration!

  • Make sure that you have a working login to My GS before February 1st. This ensures your account is ready to go and you’ll have an easy registration process.

  • When looking for a session, first login to your My GS Member Profile and then click on that Activities listing. When we add new sessions, the Activities tab within the member profile is the first to update and allow for registration. Visiting the Activities tab on the main page of our website can sometimes take 24-72 hours to update, so if there’s a session you really want to register for OR you can’t find the session listed on the website, log into My GS and click Activities and search for the camp session there.

  • If you don’t see your session, use the Search box at the top of the Activities listing.

  • If you want to pay only the deposit, you will have to check the Pay Deposit Now box or you will be charged for the full amount at the time of registration.

  • If you need assistance, please contact Customer Care at 800-284-4474 or helpdesk@nccoastalpines.org.  Please note that due to the high volume of calls, your information may be collected and someone from the Customer Care team will contact you. 

 

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