One summer. Endless adventures at Girl Scout Summer Camp!

February 1, 2017

By: Ga Ming West, Marketing Coordinator


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!




Commemorative Celebrations – February

January 30, 2017


By: Tara Rappleye, Program Director

While the Girl Scout Cookie Program is well underway – there’s even more to celebrate this month! From American Heart Month to National Random Acts of Kindness Day to World Thinking Day, February is full of amazing commemorative holidays that help enhance your girls’ leadership development!

American Heart Month

February is all about celebrating the heart – from Valentine’s Day to American Heart month, troops can gain greater awareness of of heart disease and how to prevent it all while helping keep those they love most healthy and happy. Here are just a few ways your troop can get heart happy this month:

  • Get Active – Exercising regularly is an important part of preventing heart disease and living a healthy life. Start off your meetings in February with these short activities to get the troop moving and active.
  • Go Red for Women – Heart disease is a a health concern for many women, which is why the Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness for heart disease and how to live a healthy heart life. Show your support of women being active and taking control of their health by wearing red on the first Friday of February (February 3, 2017).

National Random Act of Kindness Day

Starting as early as a Daisy Girl Scout earning the Zinni petal, Girl Scouts learn to be considerate and caring. That kindness carries on through Girl Scouting as girls serve others as part of their Take Action projects and while earning our Highest Awards. February 17 is just another day to show your Girl Scout spirit and do a random act of kindness.

  • Do a Random Act of Kindness – There are so many acts of kindness that you can do for those around you, here are just a few ideas:
    • Pick up litter at a local park
    • Bake desserts for your neighbors or your teachers!
    • Take change to a parking meter
    • Leave nice notes around your town
    • Give a candy bar to your bus driver
    • Talk to someone new at school
    • Help make dinner
    • Smile at everyone
    • Help your sibling with his/her chores
    • Write a thank you note to your parents
    • Leave a note and treat for the mailperson
    • Give out flowers

Chocolate Mint Day

In the world of Girl Scouts, we know that Chocolate Mint Day might as well be called Thin Mint Day, as Thin Mints are the perfect blend of chocolatey goodness and refreshing mint! Celebrate this magnificent combination on February 19 with the following:

  • Sell Thin Mints – Mid-February is the heart of cookie season. Get crafty with your marketing and promote February 19 as Chocolate Mint Day. Share with your customers that the best way to celebrate this day is to snack on a sleeve of Thin Mints. 🙂
  • Tasty Treat– Be sure to celebrate the day with a tasty treat. There are endless chocolate-mint treats for your troop to enjoy on this day. You can go with the Girl Scout classic Thin Mint cookies with milk or dive into a carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Find a treat your whole troop will enjoy!

World Thinking Day

Each year Girl Scouts and Girl Guides celebrate World Thinking Day on February 22. World Thinking Day is a celebration of international friendship and sisterhood. Each year WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) picks a theme for World Thinking Day. The activities suggested by WAGGGS revolve around this year’s theme: “grow.” To learn more about how your troop can “grow” from World Thinking Day this year, check out this informational packet made by WAGGGS.

  • Grow Your Community – Part of earning your World Thinking Day award is growing your community. Share with others in your community why you love Girl Scouts! A simple way you can do this is by inviting a friend to attend a Girl Scout activity. It can be a council-sponsored event, small troop outing, or even a casual Girl Scout troop gathering. Grow your community by sharing the adventures and fun of being a Girl Scout.
  • Grow a Tree – When you plant a tree from a seedling and watch it become a tall, healthy tree, you learn a lot about growth and change. Grab some “seeds of change” and a shovel so you can plant your own tree. If you are a little worried about the weather in February, you can always make a paper tree for your troop to decorate and design.
  • Grow Your Citizenship – To celebrate international sisterhood and friendship, you need to learn about your international sisters and friends. Do the following flag scavenger hunt to learn more about the flags of our fellow WAGGGS members.

Wow, get excited for March because we’ve got quite the lineup of commemorative celebrations!


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