The new membership year also means new programs for our Girl Scouts! We had so many exciting opportunities this year, we had to split them into two guides. This year, for the first time ever, we have both a regular Program Guide and new Outdoor Guide!
The Program Guide is still your resource for all our STEM, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship-based programs. In it you’ll also find information about GS Destinations, our High Awards, Fall Product Program, and Cookie Program.
The Outdoor Guide takes a detailed look at all our outdoor experiences throughout the year. There are helpful quizzes to evaluate current levels of camping so you can make sure you’re prepared. You can also learn more about our upcoming Outdoor Celebration, Outdoor Champions program, and equipment rentals.
Similar to how girls at resident camp are with their units all week, those who attend Camp Piperwood are sorted into groups by age and every group is given a name that corresponds with the camp’s theme.
For 2019, Camp Piperwood has the theme of ‘Explore More’ and the camp staff wanted to choose powerful female role models that relate to exploration. Each Girl Scout level pulls from a different area, whether fiction or non-fiction.
The Daisy groups are named for TV and movie characters:
Dora the Explorer
Velma and Daphne from Scooby Doo
The Brownies are literary themed:
The Sisters 8
The Juniors are scientists:
And the Cadettes are named for historical leaders and explorers:
Those doing ropes are Amelia Earhart.
Each week, all the girls who come to Camp Piperwood sign a Kindness Contract with their group. These documents serve as an agreement between groups that they will treat each other, their counselors, and the other campers with respect.
Beyond others they interact with, these contracts are also about ways to be respectful to themselves and a reminder to always treat themselves well.
Check out some of the Kindness Contracts from this year!
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!
Summer is when some of the most fun childhood memories are made, but did you know that it’s also an awesome opportunity for your girl to grow, learn, and become her best self? Here are seven amazing benefits your girl will get from her summer camp experience.
1. She’ll make new friends There’s nothing quite like giggling over games in the bunk or singing songs with new besties around a campfire. That’s why it’s actually good to send her to camp where she might not know many (or any) other girls! Having a diverse group of friends, not just kids she knows from school, will broaden her horizons and help her see her own worth, too.
2. She’ll see all she can be In an all-girl environment like Girl Scout summer camp, girls are more comfortable trying new outdoor activities, and they get to take the lead every single time—meaning there’s plenty of room at the top for your girl to take charge and flex her muscle, both when it comes to outdoor adventure and crucial leadership skills that will last her a lifetime.
3.She’ll turn off her phone and tune in to nature Getting out in nature, soaking up the sun, or dashing inside during a sudden downpour is way more exciting than any app she might have on her phone and is all part of the adventure of camp. Unplugging for a while will keep her more present and truly enjoying every moment instead of simply watching it from a screen.
4. She’ll grow her grit The truth is, she might scrape a knee or elbow while she’s away—and that’s a good thing! When she learns to get back up after minor setbacks, like scrapes and bumps, she’s building her resilience and learning that she’s a lot tougher than she thinks.
5.She’ll meet new mentors Having a variety of awesome role models will help your girl see the many ways to be successful and happy in life. And the incredibly supportive staff and counselors at your girl’s summer camp are ready to step up to the plate and inspire!
6. She’ll gain independence Being away from home—especially if that’s a new thing for her!—might be a bit intimidating to both your daughter and you. But having that time away to explore and try activities on her own will make her more self-reliant and able to discover new things to share and teach you when she returns home.
7. She’ll have tons of time for play Playtime is anything but a waste of time. In fact, studies show that play allows the neurons in a child’s brain to form new connections—and that this rewiring helps boost emotional intelligence, decision-making skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
The truth is, sending your girl off to camp is one of the best gifts you can give her. The fun, outdoor adventure, and friends will enrich her life and—perhaps without her even noticing—give her the courage, people skills, and leadership chops to succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.
It’s almost time for school to be over and for summer to officially start and we cannot wait! Not only do our summer camps open in the beginning of July, we have other fun activities for our Girl Scouts to do.
If you aren’t a Girl Scout yet, we have an amazing promotion. Right now you can join Girl Scouts for just $35 and it covers the rest of this membership year AS WELL AS the next! Registering now means you’re getting more fun for less money!
Even though many troops meet less frequently throughout the summer, it doesn’t mean a Girl Scout can’t have her own fun. We have Community Events where girls can go to baseball games, water parks, and other events for reduced costs. There’s the STEMtastic Summer Challenge that encourages girls to keep learning in fun and interesting ways. Of course, we still have space in our camps for girls.
This deal is even sweeter for pre-k girls who can’t wait to be Daisies! Even if they aren’t five or in kindergarten yet, they qualify for extended year and can start their Girl Scout experience now.
One great way to begin her journey as a Daisy is to attend our Daisy for a Day event June 29. We’re having six parties around council the last weekend in June to get our future Daisies excited about being Girl Scouts.
Summer camp is just around the corner and we wanted to remind you about some really cool programs that are taking place this summer. So don’t delay, sign up now and reserve your spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts summer camp!
NEW! The Great Girl Scout Adventurer (for girls 5 years old or entering K-8 fall 2019) Session 1: July 1-3 & 5, 2019
Begin your summer adventure! Brownie Girls will practice the art of letterboxing, Juniors will explore geocaching, and Daisies and Cadettes will put their problem-solving skills to the test! Everyday riddles and adventures are in store for all! Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges: Daisy: Vi’s Story / Brownie: Letter Boxer / Junior: Geocacher / Cadette: Special Agent/Trailblazer
Night Owls with Lasertron Sleep-In (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 1: July 7-12, 2019
Are you ready to experience nature’s nightlife at Camp Seven Hills? Prowl around our trails at night, search the sky for a shooting star, have a glow-in-the-dark party with games, plan a kitchen raid, and shop in the Tuck Shop, all at night. You will also head out to Lasertron for a laser tag sleep-in. Stay up all night playing laser tag and games along with pizza and pop. After a hard night of play, sleep late the next morning with time to enjoy your favorite camp activities in the afternoon. Girls must be at least 46 inches tall in order to participate at Lasertron.
SPECIAL EVENT – Lasertron Lock In at Camp Seven Hills
Attention Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops! Camp Seven Hills is offering a Lasertron Lock In Night for their campers in the Night Owls program and we have additional spots available that we would like to offer to you!
When – Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from Midnight to 6 a.m. Where – Lasertron 5101 N Bailey Ave, Buffalo Cost – $40 per person (includes Lasertron, pizza, pop and arcade)
Camp staff will be in attendance to supervise all girls. If you are interested and or require additional information please contact Janet DePetrillo, Director of Camp Administration, at 716-935-6063.
Camp Seven Hills Family Camp Weekend – July 19-21, 2019
Make it a family affair
at Camp Seven Hills. During your day enjoy swimming, boating, horseback riding,
crafts, games, archery, or hiking the forest trails. Spend the evening around
the campfire toasting marshmallows and chatting with family and friends. The
possibilities are endless. Open to all
girls and their families. Arrival time is Friday at 8 p.m. and departure is
Sunday at 9 a.m.
will be placed in platform or cabin tent units only. Each sleeping tent sleeps
four to five people. A family of six or more will be placed in two (2) sleeping
tents. Horseback riding is on a first come, first served basis for an
additional fee of $10 per person. Riders must be able to ride without
assistance. Riders must be at
least 6 years old or older.
Primitive Archer Girl(for girls ages 14 and up) Sessions 4: July 28-Aug. 2, 2019
Connect with trees and
your inner archer. Starting from scratch, raw materials, and girl power, you’ll
make your own wooden self-bow through traditional woodworking. You’ll be
instructed on the wisdom and knowledge of traditional bow crafting, how to use
basic hand tools, cordage twisting for bow strings, ancient fire-bending
techniques to straighten arrows and fletching with real feathers. You will, of
course, have the chance to test out your handiwork with target practice in the
woods and on the fields to round out this amazing experience.
Wizard Camp (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019) Session 1: July 7-12, 2019
Welcome to a week of
wizardry and adventures! Make oozing and exploding potions, discover helpful
plants, and try some magic defense techniques. Spend time conquering your fears
with your friends as you play broomstick sports and compete in the Camp Wizard
New! Timbercrest Firebenders (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019) Session
4: July 28-Aug. 2, 2019
your chance to learn and/or fine tune your outdoor skills. Outdoor
professionals will work with and teach you different methods of fire building,
outdoor cooking with edible plants, and shelter building. Identify things in
nature, take a hike and learn to use a compass and map. Apply your skills and
work as a team in the great outdoors.
New! Canoeing the Allegheny Reservoir (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Sessions 4-5: July 28-Aug. 9, 2019
Spend eight glorious days and seven exhilarating nights discovering the wonderful sites of the Allegheny Reservoir as it takes you through the state park and the national forest. Professional guides from Adventures in Fitness will start your trip at Webs Ferry in Allegany State Park and end your journey in Tionesta, PA. Paddle with friends, pitch tents, and share stores around the campfire at night.
New! Imagine and K’Nex with day trip (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 3: July 21-26, 2019
Use your imagination!
Create fun craft projects using a variety of supplies such as K’nex Kits and
natural materials. Create miniature theme park activities or water slides to
show off to your friends. You will also get to see your creative park creations
come to life when you take a trip to Splash Lagoon with your fellow Imagine and
Connect friends and get a behind-the-scenes tour of how things operate. There
will be plenty of time left to spend in the park, too. All this and the other
great camp activities are included. Girls will earn requirements towards the
Think Like An Engineer Journey.
Me and My Favorite Gal (for girls in grades K-6) Session 3c July 26-28
Girls bring your “favorite gal” (mom, aunt, grandmother, sister, cousin or friend) to enjoy all that Camp Timbercrest has to offer. Go hiking on our adventurous trails, swim in Keyser Lake and play on our new and really cool water toys, make a special gift to take home in arts and crafts and spend time around the campfire with your fellow camp friends. This special time is yours to spend as you and your “favorite gal”would like. Favorite gal must be 21 years of age or older. Troops/girls/gals will be placed in Jackman Lodge and one Yurt.
a Difference in a Child’s Life, Be a Summer Camp Counselor!
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.
Positions available at Camp Seven
Hills and Camp Timbercrest (Resident Camp):
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
Day Camp Dates: Staff week-
Saturday, June 22 to June 27, and July 1 through August 10, 2019 summer
Resident Camp Dates: Staff
week- Saturday, June 29 to Friday, July 5, and July 7 to August 11, 2019
summer camp sessions.
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!
The last week of May is your last chance to earn sweet rewards just for re-registering for Girl Scouts during Spring Renewal! Not only are you entered for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards, you’re guaranteed to get SAGE Tuition Rewards Points!
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.