Girl Scout camp is a chance to break away from everyday experiences and enjoy outdoor adventures. It's often the first time a girl gets to ride a horse or challenge herself on a ropes course. All camp programs are girl-centered and designed to help each girl find her confidence, discover her leadership potential and make new friends in a supportive, all-girl environment.
Many know that camping is an important Girl Scout tradition, but few are aware that any girl in grades K-12 can attend Girl Scout camp. Girls do not have to currently be in a troop to make new friends and experience new things at Girl Scout camp.
Most girls who participate in troops during the school year attend resident camp by themselves, so there are many opportunities to make new friends. Girl Scouting is all about being supportive and inclusive, so every girl is made to feel welcome.
Girl Scouts get messy, and silly, at Camp Hawthorne Ridge in Erie County.
Girl Scout camp offer programs for girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Older girls have access to the activities they love-like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, challenge courses, archery and more.
Girl Scout camp is not only a big adventure, it's a big value, too. Every camp includes expert and fully-trained staff, the amenities girls want and the high-adventure activities that girls love at prices that fit every budget. Scholarships are also available.
Several programs at Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Girard, Pa., cost less than $150 per girl.
Camp Essentials is a program that helps girls hone their outdoor skills. Campers learn fire building, trail marking, shelter building, tree identification and cooking over a fire. Throw in some archery and pool time, and girls are on their way to being an expert camper.
Camp Essentials is for girls in grades 4-5 and takes place Tuesday, July 8 through Thursday, July 10.
Messing Around is a very popular camp program at Hawthorne Ridge for girls in grades 2-5. Campers make slime, tie dye, stomp in the mud puddles and make (and eat) messy desserts. When they're not making a mess, they play games, try archery and take a refreshing dip in the pool. The two-night stay begins Tuesday, July 1.
Register for these programs and view all that summer camp has to offer at gswpa.org/camps.
Help continue camp traditions
GSWPA is participating in Warren Gives, an online donation event presented by the Community Foundation of Warren County on May 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at WarrenGives.org.
Not only will donations from Warren Gives help provide programs for Girl Scouts, but they will also help preserve camp experiences for local girls. Visit WarrenGives.org on May 14 to donate to GSWPA and up to nine other local organizations.