We’re still months away from summer and our camp season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming about all the fun we’re going to have. Both our Resident and Camp Guides are out to tell you all about the amazing programs we have planned this summer!
Hello everyone! My name is Chelsea Cummins and I’m a digital marketing specialist for Girl Scouts of Western New York. Today I’m writing to tell you all about my first time at Camp Timbercrest!
As you most likely know, Girl Scouts are crazy about camp. It’s been a part of the organization’s programming since the beginning and remains one of our core pillars. Every summer, our council runs programs at three camps – Camp Piperwood (day camp), Camp Seven Hills (resident camp), and Camp Timbercrest (resident camp). We have a fourth camp that is completely run by volunteers called Camp Windy Meadows!
Prior to camp season, I spent some time at Seven Hills for meetings and celebrations and even worked on a few service projects there. It was incredible to not only get to see our camp, but be a part of its improvement.
This summer, I knew I wanted to see more of our grounds and made plans to tour Timbercrest during one of their sessions. Let me tell you – if I wasn’t a believer in camp, I am now!
The first view I had was the lake – it’s enormous! It stretches through different parts of the property and is simply stunning. Then, we walked to the horses and I even got to pet a few of them. They were so sweet it took me a minute to pull myself away. Later, when I actually got to see girls riding them, I was so envious! But also happy for their opportunity. Not only do our girls ride, they learn how to properly take care of the horses.
As we walked to a new part of the lake, I got to see girls boating in canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards! It took everything in me to not climb aboard. Unfortunately due to recent rains they couldn’t get into the water, but the giant inflatable toys inside looked like a blast.
I talked to girls as they tie-dyed t-shirts and while they ate lunch (it was Taco Tuesday!). I learned all about why they love camp, from swimming to the horses! One common answer touched my heart – making new friends.
The foundation of Girl Scouts is community in safe and girl-led environments. You could tell how relaxed the girls felt and free to be themselves. Our counselors, most who were Girl Scouts and campers, continue to come back because to them, camp is family.
I was sad when I had to leave this amazing place, but I was comforted knowing all the girls who will develop these relationships and find a safe space in Girl Scouts and at Girl Scout camp.
Check out our Instagram page for some highlights from my visit to Camp Timbercrest!
Even though camp season officially kicked off last week at Camp Piperwood, the spirit has finally spread to the rest of the council. Our resident camps, Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest, each began this week with girls participating in a number of programs, including Dumbledore’s Army, Climbing Masters, Pony Pals, and more!
To stay up to date with the action, make sure you follow our Camp Timbercrest and Camp Seven Hills blogs. They’re updated daily by our onsite camp staff, bringing you recaps and more!
For those visual people, we have albums chronicling each session as well. Check out GSWNY’s Flickr account for all the great photos! Another council staff member travels to all the camps, and you can check out her photos on our Facebook page! She posts albums from the sessions she attends. Our Page also features a drop off album for parents and guardians to share their photos of leaving their girls!
We have so many ways for you to keep up with camp, but we also have a challenge. Just because you aren’t at camp doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors. Try working toward your Outdoor Guru Challenge badge this summer!
While it’s technically late spring, we can all agree that school letting out and the beautiful weather signifies that summer is FINALLY here! The only thing more exciting than summer vacation is figuring out how you’re going to spend your time and we have good news:
CAMP IS WAITING FOR YOUR GIRL!
Just because summer is here doesn’t mean it’s too late to sign up your girl! We still have options for all grade levels at our camps to make sure she has the best summer ever.
Camp and the outdoors are part of our Girl Scout DNA. We believe in addition to fun, camping teaches your girl important leadership skills and helps her on her path to become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader). Even better, we have a program planned for just about anyone.
At Camp Piperwood, your girl can experience the best of day camp through programs like The Great Outdoors, Science Wonders, Citizen Science, Cables and Carabiners, and more!
Camp Seven Hills Goodyear is located in Holland, NY, and encompasses woodland paths, sunny meadows, ponds, streams and hills. Our facilities include a lake, pool, central dining hall, shower houses, cabin and platform tent units, a vast sports complex, horse stables and riding areas, and a high and low ropes challenge course.
Girls in grades 1-12 will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, arts & crafts, ropes challenge course program, horseback riding, and out-of-camp trips.
This is the perfect resident camp setting for your girl(s) to meet and make new friends, learn more about her abilities, and share the joy of summer with others. Many campers return summer after summer for that “special something” they say Camp Seven Hills provides. Explore our camp themes
Camp Timbercrest is located in the Allegheny Forest in Randolph, NY. The camp facilities include a lake, numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, a central dining hall, shower house, cabin and platform tent units, and horse stables.
This camp is the perfect setting for girls in grades 1-12 to experience a great and traditional summer camp program. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, arts & crafts, archery, and horseback riding.
While at camp your girl(s) will be able to meet and make new friends, learn more about her abilities, and share the joy of summer with others. Check out at our camp guide to see what camps are available!