Meeting new best friends, spending time in the great outdoors, and having fun doing something you never knew you loved, like canoeing or horseback riding - these are just some of the activities girls experience at Girl Scout Summer Camp, and registration is now open for the 2014 Summer Camp season.
"Camp is a Girl Scout tradition because girls create memories they will never forget, and they learn important lessons that help them become leaders," said Cindy Odom, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Western New York. "Girl Scout camp programs provide a way for girls to learn by doing and to test their own abilities so they can develop confidence in themselves. It's a wonderful, fun experience for them."
This year, more than 30 new overnight camp programs are available, including Silly Scientists, through which girls complete fun science experiments to make fun things like rock candy and bubbles; Pony Pals, which is an introduction to the horse riding program where girls meet the horses, tour the barn, and learn about proper horse care; Archers and Anglers, through which girls learn the fundamentals of archery and fishing; and Imagine and Connect, during which girls use Legos, K'nex kits and other materials to create a miniature theme park before going on a trip to Darien Lake.
All girls in grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to Girl Scout camp. They do not need to be a current Girl Scout because they can register as a Girl Scout as part of the camp registration process.
Girl Scouts of Western New York has five camps: Camp Piperwood in Victor, Camp Windy Meadows in Cambria, Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, and Camp Seven Hills/Goodyear and Camp Seven Hills/Lakeside in Holland.
For busy parents, before and after care is an option and transportation is available for day camp. GSWNY also offers financial aid opportunities.
More information on GSWNY summer camp, including a list of all the available camp programs and details regarding the online or paper registration process, are available at gswny.org.
GSWNY serves approximately 20,000 girls and over 7,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council's administrative headquarters is located in Buffalo. GSWNY program and service centers are located in Buffalo, Batavia, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls and Rochester.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to solve problems and improve their communities.