Yesterday marked the official first day of resident camp at both Camp Timbercrest and Camp Seven Hills! We were so excited to see our Session 1 campers arrive so we could begin our first exciting week.
You can stay updated all summer long with our camp activities by checkout out our camp blogs and Flickr account!
No camp experience is complete with a few traditions. One of our most cherished are our Friendship Sticks. We close every resident camp season with a final camp fire. During this event, our camp staff will present the current camp director with a Friendship Stick. They read the story behind the tradition and explain why one is presented each year.
Next time you visit Camp Seven Hills or Camp Timbercrest, make sure you check out the dining halls and the Friendship Sticks on display. Now, without further delay, we present the legend behind the tradition:
The Legend of the Friendship Stick
The wood of the
friendship stick is alive and solid. It
is curved to fit the curve of the earth.
This symbolizes the friendship that can grow as do the wonderful trees
of the forest.
The green circle at the bottom is for faith—faith
in God and faith in one another. It is
first because it is the basis of a happy and meaningful life.
The next four circles represent the races of the
world. They stand close together
indicating that all people are equal.
Every person is capable of becoming a loyal friend.
The green of hope is above the races. It is hope for the future. It is hope that people everywhere will try to
overcome any differences and human failings.
Both faith and hope are green—a combination of hues; both combinations
of emotional feelings we cannot adequately describe. The four races bound by faith and hope can
produce unity—a working together for the good of all. The four paths lead toward a central goal
signifying the attainment of this unity.
The smiling face is the result of friendship based
on faith and unity. It is a reminder of
the person with whom we promise to be friends.
To be greeted by the smiling face of a friend is one of the greatest
joys we can experience.
The face is crowned by the Girl Scout colors
On the back, green is carefully placed opposite
the four races to show that peace and charity can exist among all people.
A Friendship Stick must be carved by its
giver. It shows time, thought, and
The Friendship Stick can be presented as a gesture
of international goodwill; as a part of an inter-troop activity; as a sign of
friendship between girls of one troop; at a campfire, or during an indoor
This legend has traveled with Girl Scouts and Girl
Guides throughout the world.
Author: Ann Evans, Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie
With June comes the arrival of summer, which means it’s time to #escapetheindoors and get outside! All this month, find ways you can get outside and enjoy nature at its warmest.
This celebration dates back more than 20 years to when Bill Clinton was president. At the time, it was Great Outdoors Week and now has grown “into a month-long celebration of the outdoors and all the healthful, social and economic benefits it brings. This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month.”
The Great Outdoors Month website has the resources to help you plan your next adventure and experience the outdoors however you prefer. No matter what you do, we want to see how #outdoorlikeagirl!
Of course, don’t forget about the opportunities for you with Girl Scouts all summer long! Girl Scout Camp doesn’t officially start until July, but registering now gets you one step closer.
Share your photos with us either by emailing us email@example.com, tagging us on social media, or using the hashtag #gswny. We can’t wait to see how you celebrate Great Outdoors Month!
Do you want to volunteer this summer? Are you looking to do an internship for college credit or majoring in education or camping administration? Do you love working with children in an outdoor setting?
You can be part of a fantastic summer experience and make a difference in a child’s life! All you need to do is become a summer camp counselor. You will help girls ages 5-17 develop their full potential; learn to work with, relate to, and respect others; and make decisions while contributing to the camp community.
In addition, girls and staff alike will make and rekindle friendships, laugh, smile, and experience many new and different things. Paid and volunteer positions available.
Camp is a commitment of 6/7 weeks, 1 week of staff training and 5/6 weeks of camp. Although we would like all staff to be able to commit to the entire summer, we realize that sometimes situations arise that prevent this. If this is the case for you, please do not let this deter you from applying. We will work with you on the number of weeks that you can commit to working at camp.
Day Camp Dates: Staff week- Saturday, June 22 to June 27, and July 1 through August 10, 2019 summer camp sessions.
Every year, donors like you provide the opportunity for our girls to go to camp. All this and more await the girls at camp this summer:
now, campers here in your community are crossing their fingers and hoping they
can go to camp this summer. Will you
make the magic of camp possible for these girls?
who have to make hard decisions about their finances want their girl to have
the same opportunity as every girl. They want to send them to camp. When you make a gift to the
Campership Fund you’re bringing hope to these families.
Hope that their girl will be able to have the same experience as all girls,
hope that if even for just a little while, she will be able to smile, run,
laugh, have fun and will be able to answer the question ~ What did you do this summer? “I went to Girl Scout Camp!”
With your help they can!
Campership dollars to help families send their girl to camp continues to be a
challenge. In the past four years, we have
seen an 80% increase in families asking for assistance. We need your
You’ve read what the girls have to say about camp and now I’m asking you to open your heart and make a gift to the GSWNY Campership Fund today to help send more girls to camp this summer.
We believe every girl should have the opportunity to experience camp and shouldn’t be excluded from this for any reason. Because of this, we have camperships and grants that allow our girls to attend camp without the potential financial burden.
Recently, WKBW spoke to a former camper, our Director of Camp Administration, and CEO about Girl Scout summer camp and our financial aid options. Check out the video below to learn more and contact Customer Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-837-6410 to learn more today.
At Girl Scouts, we believe in the value of camp. Since our beginnings, getting girls outside has been one of our primary areas of focus. In fact, it currently stands as one of our four program pillars – STEM, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Outdoors.
Knowing how important it is for girls to go outdoors, we want to make sure every girl has the opportunity. Our goal is always to make sure that no one is excluded from our program for any reason, including financial.
If your girl is a member of Girl Scouts of Western New York, we have financial aid options available for her. The Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application needs to be completed asap for consideration.
To apply, register for camp and fill out the financial aid application included. Physical forms can be picked up at our service centers.