Introducing the 2019 Camp Director for Camp Timbercrest

[This post originally appeared on Camp Timbercrest News]

This year, Paula Austin will serve as the Camp Director at Camp Timbercrest! She’s crazy excited about her new position, and we’re pretty excited too! Check out the interview below to learn more about your new director. 

What is your camp name?
Zoe

Why did you choose this name?                                                                              I have no idea how I ended up with it.  It was 1997 and I was a CIT, it was too long ago and there was no big memorable reason behind it. Now however, my name is most often associated with “Zoe Cakes,” a dessert I created during a cookout gone wrong in 1999.  I was thrilled when my daughter started coming to camp to find out that they still make them!

Zoe making her infamous zoecakes! 

How many years have you worked at camp? What were your previous positions?                                                                                                                       Over the last 20 years, I have worked at Seven Hills off and on for 11 summers. This will be my first summer at Timbercrest, and I can’t wait to experience all it has to offer.  Previous positions include junior counselor, assistant unit leader, unit leader, CIT director, head counselor, administrative assistant,and assistant camp director.                     

Did you ever camp as a Girl Scout? If so, where and when?                          Camping was one of my favorite things to do with my Girl Scout troop as a kid!  We had a pretty tight group that was together from Daisy up until high school. Our favorite winter camping destination was Sky High which had a great sledding hill behind the cabin.  We cabin camped at Green Lake, Margaret Castle,and Seven Hills, and got to try out the platform tents at Seven Hills when we participated in the encampments for our service unit.  

What’s one of your favorite camp memories?                                                     It’s hard to pick a favorite camp memory!  However, some of my favorite summers were the three that I spent working with the CIT’s.  I loved watching the growth that happened throughout their program and the transition from camper to staff.  The following year, when they would return as staff, I loved being the one to give them their staff shirts during staff week.  Many of them had come to camp since they were little.  The symbolism of that shirt and their long journey to finally be a counselor was always a huge moment for them, and a favorite of mine!

Why do you think girls should come to camp this summer?                          Girls should come to camp because they will find the best version of themselves there!  It sounds so cheesy, but its so true.  When a girl comes to camp, she is met with daily opportunities to step outside of her comfort zone, out of her everyday life, and experience new things.  The growth that can happen in a single week at camp is unbelievable.  Sometimes it is little things, a seven year old left to get the shampoo out of her hair without her parents help for the first time.  A nine year old that has spent a few summers at camp and “finally” makes it to yellow cap at her swim test.  A girl that thought she was afraid of bugs and now she can remove a daddy long legs from her tent to help out a friend.  First time on a horse, in a canoe,shooting an arrow, or trying the ropes course… camp has so many unbelievable opportunities!!

Paula in other role as mom of four!

What’s your favorite part about camp?                                                                 My favorite part of camp is campfires, specifically closing campfires.  While everything at camp is special, it is the traditions that keep girls coming back year after year.  At closing campfire, girls are presented with their 5, 10, 15+ year pins or patches.  It is such a big moment for so many.  The first time I attended a closing campfire as a CIT, I watched the girls telling their favorite memory during their five years at camp before getting presented with their pins.  It was at that moment that I was hooked on camp! I knew I wanted to meet that milestone and more!  Last summer, I was able to present my own daughter with her five year pin at Seven Hills and it was such an amazing thing for us both.  I was so proud of her for her five summer sat camp, but more than that, it was such a great moment to share with her as we share our love for camp!

Camp Guides are out now!

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!

View the Resident Camp Guide | Day Camp Guide

To learn more about all our camp options, visit our Summer Camp page!

Registration opens soon!

Give your girl the gift of camp

In Girl Scouts, we have a long, storied, and successful history of getting girls outdoors. One of the most cherished memories of many of our Girl Scouts is their camping experience. It’s not just about getting outside: we believe in the importance of connecting with nature in a girl-led setting. We believe in #GirlScoutCampLife.

Whether it’s your girl’s first opportunity for summer camp or she’s a seasoned camper, you can get the gift that’s sure to make her smile. We have so many different opportunities that get your girl outside and let her enjoy what she already loves, like riding horses, climbing ropes courses, learning about wilderness skills or robotics, seeing a Broadway show in NYC, and competing in a cupcake competition. Those are just a sample of all the amazing programs we have planned for this summer at camp.

This holiday season, you can give her the gift of memories she’ll never forget. More than just a week of fun, you’re helping to build her confidence and experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Purchase a Camp Gift Certificate* and give the gift of joy to your favorite girl. Camp Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount by calling 1-888-837-6410 or by stopping in to any of our service centers.

The 2019 Summer Camp Catalog goes live January 14, 2019, at www.gswny.org and will outline all of our overnight and day camp options at our three camps – Camp Timbercrest, Camp Seven Hills, and Camp Piperwood. Check it out to see all of the coming excitement!

We wish you a joyful holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Sincerely, The Girl Scouts of Western New York Summer Camp Team


*Certificates are non-refundable and are redeemable during registration time in January 2019

Summer Camp Recap 2018

Getting outdoors is one of our platforms at Girl Scouts, so naturally we’re always excited when camp season rolls around. This year did not leave us disappointed. We saw so many girls attend all three of our camps – Piperwood, Timbercrest, and Seven Hills – and provided them with fun and educational sessions.

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While we don’t have the space to share all of our amazing stories from our five sessions, we wanted to provide some of the highlights for you. For a more in depth look at our resident camps, check out the Camp Timbercrest blog and Camp Seven Hills blog.

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Camp Piperwood

Session 1, The Great Outdoors: July 2-6

See Photos from Session 1

Session 2, Healthy is the Name and Staying Fit is the Game: July 9-13

See Photos from Session 2

Session 3, Art in the Outdoors and Rising Star: July 16-20

Session 4, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance and Rising Star: July 23-27

Session 5, Science Wonders and Dog Days of Summer: July 30-August 3

Session 6, Citizen Scientist to the Rescue and a Little Bit of Both: August 6-10

See Photos from Session 6

[Please note: There are less photos from Piperwood than the other camps because at our resident camps, it’s camp staff who take the pictures and upload the blogs. Our Camp Piperwood photos come from Council staff]

Camp Seven Hills

Session 1: July 8-13

Pony Pals; Silly Scientists; Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste; Camp Adventure Girl; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; A Little at a Time Mini Session; G.I.R.L. Tough; Riders Up; Seven Hills Amazing Race; Escape Artists

Photos from Session 1

Session 2: July 15-20

Zoologist; A Horse of Course; Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters Two; GIRLbots; Secret Agent Girl; Sneak-a-Peak Mini Session; A Little at a Time Mini Session; Crazy for Horses; Scuba Diving Explorers; The Lazy Days of Summer

Photos from Session 2

Session 3: July 22-27

It’s My Second Time; Silly Scientists; A Horse of Course; Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste; Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters Two; Crazy for Horses; Night Owls; Scuba Diving Explorers; The Lazy Days of Summer

Photos from Session 3

Session 4: July 29-August 4

It’s My First Time Mini Session; Zoologist; Climbing Masters; GIRLbots; Long Rein, Free Walk; Seven Hills Sisterhood; Seven Hills Top Chef; Night Owls; On Belay; Riders Up

Photos from Session 4

Session 5: August 5-10

It’s My First Time Mini Session; Pony Pals; Camp Adventure Girl; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; Secret Agent Girl; Seven Hills Sisterhood; Anastasia in NYC; G.I.R.L. Tough; On Belay; Riders Up

Photos from Session 5

Camp Timbercrest

Session 1: July 8-13

Dumbledore’s Army; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; The Great Cupcake Challenge; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 1

Session 2: July 15-20

Daisies & Brownies Can Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; My Favorite Pony; I’m a Go-Getter; Pastry Chefs; Ready to Ride; Boots and Spurs; Timbercrest at Night; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 2

Session 3: July 22-27

Dumbledore’s Army; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; Survivor Camp Style; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 3

Session 4: July 29-August 3

Daisies & Brownies Can Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; My Favorite Pony; Be Brave and Bold; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; The Great Cupcake Challenge; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 4

Session 5: August 5-10

Pastry Chefs; Ready to Ride; Find the Artist in You; Just My Backpack, My Pony, and Me; Quest Seekers

Photos from Session 5

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Last Chance for Camp – don’t miss out!

We’re one week away from the official start of summer and just weeks away from the start of camp! It’s going to be such a great time this summer and we can hardly wait. If you haven’t registered your girl for camp yet, now is the time!

While some of our sessions and programs have filled, we still have openings just waiting to be filled by your girl. As of June 13, we have the following sessions available:

Camp Piperwood

  • Session 1
  • Session 6

Camp Seven Hills

  • Openings in select programs in all sessions

Camp Timbercrest

Registration for our last session doesn’t close until July 23, but you don’t want to wait and miss the chance to give your girl the best summer ever!

What is S.P.P. camping?

A Girl Scout’s summer is filled with opportunities to have the time of her life at camp. We offer so many great programs for girls entering kindergarten through 12th grade in the fall and want to make sure we have something for everyone. For some girls and troops, this looks a little different than traditional resident or day camp.

 

SpecialtyProgramsProvided (S.P.P.) Camping is a great way for troops to get the best of camping together and experience specialized programs, like ropes courses, archery, and boating. The troop leader is responsible for most camp-related considerations with GSWNY providing the specialty programs and times.

In order to host troop camp like this, leaders must have either their Level I (for lodge camping) or Level II (for cabin and tent camping) camp training. Additionally, an adult with current first aid and CPR certifications must attend.

Specifically, our camp provides the boating and archery programming while leaders provide everything else, including meals. Our lakeside facility includes a like, central dining hall, infirmary, shower house, lodges, cabins, platform tent units, and an archery area. Your troop can choose from options at either Camp Seven Hills or Camp Piperwood.

For troops in the Buffalo area, Camp Seven Hills has two sessions available for S.P.P. Camping. Girls in grades K-12 are welcome to camp with their troops Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, and Wednesday August 1, through Friday, August 3. The cost per girl is $35.

For those in the Rochester area, Camp Piperwood can welcome your girls in k-12 from July 27 to 29. The cost is $45 and the girls will get to experience archery and the ropes course!

Register with your troop today!

Our STEM focus extends to our camps

Hosting STEM programs at camp this summer is like the marrying of two of the initiatives we’re most excited about. Girl Scouting has always been about enabling girls to do more and push themselves and their knowledge further. Because of this, our programs always take a progressive approach to dealing with problems faced by women every day.

This is one reason camp has been a part of Girl Scouts since the beginning. We believe in helping girls become leaders in the great outdoors by showing them important skills. Plus most of us can agree that some of the best memories are created at camp!

Our STEM focus is to battle the overwhelming majority of men who work in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. A major goal of Girl Scouts is to funnel more women in the STEM pipeline and close the gender gap currently found there. By exposing girls to STEM activities at younger age, they feel more comfortable with their place in that world.

With STEM-specific camps, we combine the outdoor fun with the educational aspects associated with these programs. With five programs targeted at younger girls, we want them to get excited about STEM and their potential future in the field!

Camp Piperwood

  • Citizen Scientist to the Rescue (Grades K-8)
  • Science Wonders (Grades K-8)

Camp Seven Hills

  • Silly Scientists (Grades 1-3)
  • Zoologist (Grades 1-3)
  • GIRLbots (Grades 4-6)

 

If you haven’t registered for camp yet, now is the time!