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!




Awesome Women in Girl Scouts

March 3, 2017


By: Ga Ming West, Marketing Coordinator

Happy National Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’re recognizing some of our awesome women in Girl Scouts who have shown that they are true go-getters, risk-takers, innovators, and leaders.


Juliette Gordon Low
First up, we’d like to pay a special tribute to the woman who started it all: Juliette Gordon Low. At the age of 51 in 1912, she sparked a worldwide Movement that would inspire all girls to be forward thinkers and make the world a better place. Juliette Gordon Low started a troop of 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to share what she learned abroad and provide a leadership program for girls and the Girl Scout Movement was born. Today, our organization has grown to nearly 3 million members worldwide who carry the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character.



Photo Courtesy of NBC

Venus and Serena Williams
These tennis stars have both been ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association at number one in both singles and doubles. They’ve also won gold medals at the Summer Olympic games showing that hard work and effort can take you anywhere you want to go!



Photo courtesy of Makers.com

Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki is the definition of a Girl Boss! This Girl Scout alumna is not only the CEO of YouTube, but she’s also a mother of five. As one of Google’s original employees, she played a key role in acquiring YouTube and helped pave the way to providing an stronger and more supportive working environment for working parents. How cool is that?



Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Dakota Fanning
This Girl Scout is not afraid to pursue her dreams! Dakota started acting as a child, and earned a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age seven for the movie I Am Sam. She’s acted in over 40 films and has even voice acted in several animated films. Way to be a go-getter!



Photo courtesy of Jeremy Freeman

Lisa Ling
Girl Scout alumna Lisa Ling aspired to become a journalist and that’s exactly what she did! She is an award-winning journalist covering many issues throughout the world, and she’s also hosted several television shows.



Photo courtesy of Forbes.com

Admiral Michelle J. Howard
This Girl Scout is the prime example of a leader! She has served in the US Navy since 1982 and is the highest ranking woman in American naval history.



Photo courtesy of NASA

Mary Jackson
You may know of Mary Jackson’s story in the movie Hidden Figures. She was a mathematician and aerospace engineer for NASA, but did you also know she was a Girl Scout troop leader for over 30 years? We’re so grateful for awesome women like Mary who wasn’t afraid to pursue her dreams in science and dedicated her time to showing girls they could achieve their goals!

Wow, there’s so many amazing Girl Scout alumnae that inspire us! They are the perfect examples of courage, confidence, and character. How are you taking the lead like a G.I.R.L.? We want to share your story too! Submit your story on our website and we’ll share it on our social media.


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