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“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.


5 Ways to Make Summer Camp Affordable

March 21, 2016



By Kristi Doebler, Camp Director, Camp Hardee

We all love  going to camp every summer, but sometimes the cost of camp can be hard for a family to cover. There are a few different ways that our Council can help to get a girl to camp, and a few that she and her family can do as well.

1. Get your Early Bird Discount! Save $25 on your camp registration fees simply by registering early! March 31st is the last day to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing. After that, you’ll need to pay full price.

2. Apply for a Campership! A what? Scholarships + Camp = Camperships. We have financial assistance available for any currently register Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines member to apply to our summer camp programming. To apply for financial aid, first register for camp, pay the $75 deposit, and then submit the form. Applications are due on April 1st. Each girl may apply for financial aid for one session, up to $200.

3. Use that Cookie Dough! Cookie Dough earned during the Girl Scout Cookie Sale program may be applied to resident camp sessions, special summer events, trading posts, day camps, and Council sponsored events. The easiest way to apply your Cookie Dough towards these activities is to choose the Camp option on the Superstar Destinations Survey.

4. Work for it! Girls, you can take ownership of your camp experience by helping to contribute to your fees. With your parents’ permission, you can talk with your family, friends, and neighbors to see if there is anything you can help them with to earn some money. Some ideas include walking your neighbor’s dog after school, babysitting for your aunt, or helping a friend’s family clean up their yard.

5. Ask for camp as a gift! When you are making your wish list for birthdays and holidays, add camp to that list. While that toy or game is fun for a few months, your memories for camp will last a lifetime.

We believe camp is for all girls, which is why our team is committed to helping your girl experience the wonders and magic of a summer camp experience. Have questions? Contact us at We can’t wait to see you this summer, it’s going to be a blast!

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