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Girl Scout Camp Spotlight: Camp Mary Atkinson

March 8, 2017


By: Sheryl McGlory, Camp Director at Camp Mary Atkinson

Who’s ready for summer? We can’t wait for your girl to enjoy all of the awesome outdoor activities Girl Scout Camp has to offer like archery, canoeing, and crafts to name a few. You’ve learned about Camp Hardee and Camp Graham, and last, but not least, is Camp Mary Atkinson!

Camp Mary Atkinson is located in Johnston County, only 40 minutes from Raleigh. The property spans over 278 wooded acres and is home to traditional resident camp, day camp, adventure trips, and an on-site horse program! Depending on age level, campers are offered the chance to climb the alpine tower and boulder on the climbing grotto. Access to a zero entry swimming pool and lake offers campers a chance to swim multiple times a day as well as participate in watercraft activities.

Camp Director Sheryl McGlory loves Camp Mary Atkinson, and had so many great things to tell us in our Q&A.

1. Tell us about your position and role with camp. 

I am the Camp Director at Camp Mary Atkinson (CMA)! I am responsible for hiring our summer camp staff, planning training and camp sessions, and overseeing the day-to-day workings of camp all summer.

2. How long have you been in your position?

I have been in my position at Camp Mary Atkinson for one year, but have worked in a camp environment for several years.

3. What do you look forward to every summer?

There are so many things to look forward to in the summer, it’s hard to pick just one! I get to work at CMA during the year when it’s quiet and so I love when camp starts and our property is filled with girls and staff singing songs and having fun again.

4. Favorite Camp Activity?

One of my favorite activities is a nature hike – especially an evening one!

5. What makes Girl Scout Camp unique?

Girl Scout Camp is unique because it’s a time to share fun experiences with other young women, learn about our differences and similarities, and encourage one another to grow in courage, confidence and character.

6. Any best kept secrets at the camp property?

If I told you, they wouldn’t be secrets! 🙂 I think the best secrets are the hidden treasures of nature we can spot if we’re really looking. That, and platform tents are super fun to sleep in!

7. Why should girls attend Girl Scout Camp?

Girls should attend Girl Scout Camp to make new friends, share lots of laughs, sing silly songs, try new things, and create lasting memories!

There’s truly something for every girl at Camp Mary Atkinson! Want to see what camp is like? Join us for our free open house event on March 19 to tour the camp property and meet our camp staff! We look forward to seeing you there!




“I Camp too!”

May 9, 2016

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By Margaret Hartzell, Individual Giving Director

“You camp?! You don’t look like you camp.” said a former coworker to me once when I mentioned an upcoming camping adventure.

At first it surprised me. Does someone who camps look a certain way? Was it because I was a woman? Couldn’t I wear dresses and love the outdoors?

But then it made me proud! I DO camp!

Because, the truth was, I never went to summer camp. I didn’t start camping until my late 20’s and early 30’s. When I finally discovered it though, camping became our preferred method of vacationing. We camped with our three dogs all over North Carolina, spending nights in places like Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Ocracoke. The big adventure was a road trip up the California coast camping along the way—Joshua Tree National Park, Big Sur, Bodega Bay, and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The first time I ever saw the Milky Way was as I laid in my tent. Even as an adult I’m proud of the dirt line left by my sandals after days of camping. Or the scrapes and bruises that come with a difficult hike.

My first trip to Girl Scout Camp was Camp Mary Atkinson for an all-staff meeting last month. Even without the girls singing camp songs in the dining hall or counselors herding girls for the next activity, I could feel the magic of it all. It’s a magic I want all girls to experience.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that any of these young girls love the outdoors. I want them to proudly say “I camp too!”

Unfortunately for many girls in under-resourced communities across North Carolina Girl Scout camp isn’t a reality. The Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Campership Fund provides financial assistance so that any girl can have the life-changing outdoor experience that Girl Scouting provides. For every Girl Scout – our girls pay less than half of the cost we incur to bring them a week of camp adventures.

This month we are raising money for Camperships so we can deliver the gift of the great outdoors to every girl. With your help, more girls will say “I CAMP TOO!” because of their time spent at Graham, Hardee, or Mary Atkinson this summer.

Donate here.

P.S. Thanks to our community partners, Carolinas IT and Great Outdoor Provision Co., your gift to the Campership Fund will be matched, allowing more girls to find adventure and friendship at Girl Scout Camp this summer.

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