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Girl Scout Camp Spotlight: Camp Graham

February 6, 2017

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By: Neph Bailey, Camp Director

The countdown to summer is on! With so many amazing adventures in store at Girl Scout summer camp, we’ll thrilled to introduce our Girl Scout Camp Spotlight! We’ll be giving our members an in-depth look at all three of our summer resident camps and sharing all of the awesome and fun things your girl can enjoy at each specific camp.

First up, Camp Graham! Situated on Kerr Lake with 155 acres of lake front with open areas and woodlands, Camp Graham is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true! Not only is our location beautiful and right on the water, but it’s also ideal for a wide range of camp activities including hiking, field and nature games, archery, swimming, sailing, and more.

Camp Director Neph Bailey also shares her insight into what makes Camp Graham so great! We did a Q&A so see what she has to say!

1. What kind of outdoor activities can you do at Camp Graham?

I promote Graham as the water camp. During resident camp, waterfront activities – swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and standup paddleboarding – dominate our schedule. Graham has several hiking trails, open space for nature and group games, an archery range, and a gaga ball pit. We take campers on identification hikes, night hikes, stargazing on the dock, pond dipping, fishing etc. We also teach outdoor skills such as fire building and outdoor cooking. Because of the rustic nature of Graham pretty much everything is outdoors or open air so it’s a great way to experience nature!

2. What makes Camp Graham unique?

The lake! No matter which unit you are in, you can hear the water and every camper is given the opportunity to go boating and swimming each day.

3. What’s your favorite thing about Camp Graham?

I love the traditions that have been kept alive by the campers. Each week every camper tie dyes a t-shirt which gets signed by staff before our closing campfire on Thursday nights. There are campers who have attended camp for 8-10 years who have their shirts from every year and wear them or have turned them into blankets. Camp Graham even has its own song that we teach to campers each week. I also love the intimate nature of the property. 155 acres is a lot but the main areas of camp are close in proximity so when campers are in session the whole camp seems filled with laughter and singing.

4. What’s your favorite/funniest memory at camp?

During one of the Chopped Challenge sessions at Camp Graham the girls asked to do a sandwich challenge, which is where campers take the ingredients given to them and must create a unique sandwich from those ingredients alone. I went to the local grocery store and purchased as many weird ingredients as I could find to add to the normal sand which staples that we already had at camp. The campers decided to make me an appreciation sandwich using almost every ingredient I’d given them. It wasn’t the most delicious sandwich I have ever tasted, but they were so excited that I ate it for them. The staff was doubled over in laughter as I ate the majority of that sandwich in front of those campers.

Ready to experience the great outdoors at Camp Graham? Join us for our free open house event on February 26 to tour the camp property and meet our camp staff! We can’t wait to see you there!

 

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One summer. Endless adventures at Girl Scout Summer Camp!

February 1, 2017

By: Ga Ming West, Marketing Coordinator

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A summer of fun, friendship, and outdoor adventure is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to welcome your girl to Girl Scout camp!

This summer, we’re challenging girls to Think Outside! Whether that means spending time in the outdoors, learning about environmental stewardship, or using creative and artistic talents to explore nature – your girl will have the opportunity to make this year’s summer camp theme meaningful and unique to her while enjoying all our camps have to offer! Our three camps, Camp Graham , Camp Hardee, and Camp Mary Atkinson, have a wide variety of activities to participate in, like canoeing, swimming, archery, and arts and crafts to name a few.

In addition to all the fun your girl can have at our summer camps, she will also grow her skill set. National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes the Girl Scout camp experience so beneficial. Camps run by Girl Scouts are unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to learning in a hands-on and active way, girls are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them.

But that’s not the only benefit for girls when they explore and engage in the out of doors…

Time in nature promotes attention restoration
GSRI found that spending time in nature has been shown to improve concentration and creative reasoning among children and adults.

Outdoor spaces support physical play
Open outdoor space allows children to develop their movement capability and confidence, both of which create foundations for healthy, active lifestyles.

Nature provides novelty and challenge
Outdoor experiences often place girls in new situations that motivate curiosity and foster a sense of discovery. Outdoor challenges also require girls to become more self-aware and to cooperate, communicate, an solve problems more effectively.

Girls will experience all of these benefits through camp and there’s lots of ways to enjoy our summer camp programs too!

Troop Camp
Looking to explore the wilds of the great outdoors with your Girl Scout sisters? We offer weeklong and mini (3 days) troop camp sessions designed for groups of girls and adults to attend resident camp as a unit.

Family Camp
Show your family why Girl Scout camp is the best! Everyone will have the opportunity to swim, boat, do arts and crafts, play games, and enjoy a yummy s’more!

Specialty Camp
In addition to the traditional camp activities we offer, there’s also a variety specialty camp sessions available! Experience horses in a fun and safe environment with horse camp or learn how to become a camp staff member with our Counselor-In-Training sessions. There’s also sessions like Chopped Challenge for the aspiring chef and fun nighttime adventures.

Day Camp
Experience the adventure of camp during the day. Your girl will craft, swim, explore new things, and make new friends with other girls her age! Each week has a fun weekly theme that captures the spirit of camp and offers an optional overnight experience for campers as well.

Adventure Trips
Want to take the camp experience to the next level? Our Adventure Trips are a way to explore beyond camp and journey together with a group of girls to see what you can learn. We’ve got everything from surfing to rafting to hiking with llamas!

So, what are you waiting for?! Summer resident camp registration opens February 1 and day camp registration opens March 1.  Register today to reserve her spot and experience a fun and amazing summer!

 

 

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