Benefits of Girl Scout Camp

Deciding what activities for your girl to be a part of can be challenging considering all the options. This is especially true come summer with different camp opportunities and ways for them to spend their free time. You want what’s best for your girl, and so do we, which is why we think Girl Scout camp is the place to be.

There are a lot of places where your girl can have fun, but at Girl Scouts she has the unique experience of combining fun and unforgettable activities with learning key lessons to carry her through life. It’s not just our goal; we see it in the lives of our girls.

We hear stories about how our program helped our leaders of today, but there’s a special spark that happens when they start talking about camp. Something about the experience stays with them and helped shape them into the woman they became.

Girls attend camp for the first time shy and unsure, but they don’t stay that way for long. It’s truly wonderful to witness.

These experiences aren’t by chance or accident. Girl Scout Summer Camp has four key benefits in mind that go into the planning each year.

  1. Develop and cultivate girls’ self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, and self-respect.
  2. Build girls of courage, confidence, and character by providing opportunities for girls to experience camp life on their own.
  3. Focus on the 3 keys to leadership: discover new skills within themselves, connect with others through team building and problem solving, and take action by making things better at camp and in their communities.
  4. Provide a safe environment that encourages leadership, imagination, and acceptance as well as a community where girls feel less at risk.

See what camp can do for your girl and register her today!

It’s almost Girl Scout Camp Week!

As of this posting, April 11, we’re only four days away from our 2019 Girl Scouts Camp Week. That means we’re only four days from sharing our favorite camp experiences, bonding over our fondest memories, talking about why we love camp, and WINNING PRIZES!

We’re celebrating all things camp from April 15 to 19 with daily trivia, Facebook Lives, and your chances to win camp swag, gift cards, and even a free week of camp!

Check out the incentives and schedule below or click here for the downloadable version!


Daily Incentives

  • Engagement Incentive: WIN Camp-themed items like a: water bottle, bucket hat, drawstring backpack, or camp T-shirt) via Facebook or Instagram! Winners will be selected randomly the day after the question has been posted to social media. Winners will receive a DM or private message asking which item they would like and which GSWNY service center location they would like to pick up their prize. Winners must be a currently registered adult or girl member of Girl Scouts of Western New York. New members may participate same day as completing their GSWNY registration 4/15/19-4/19/19.
  • Camp Join Incentives: Everyone who registers as a new camp member or registers a new camp member will be entered for a chance to win one daily gift card of $25 to the GSWNY Camp store, Target, or Walmart. Winners will be emailed with the notification of when and where to pick up their gift card 4/15/19-4/19/19.

One-time Incentive:

  • Everyone who registers as a new camp member or registers a new camp member will be entered for a chance to win a free week at camp to be used at GSWNY Day, Resident or Troop Camp (value up to $350) or win a Camp Onesie. Winners will be emailed with the notification of when and where to pick up their gift. 4/15/19-4/19/19.

Beyond the prizes, we also have a week of activities planned!

2019 Girl Scout Camp Week Overview:

  • April 15, Monday: Girl Scout Camp Week Kick-Off & Preparing Girls for Girl Scout Summer Camp
  • April 16, Tuesday: A Parent’s Guide to Girl Scout Summer Camp
  • April 17, Wednesday: Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round
  • April 18, Thursday: How I use my Girl Scout Camp Skills in Everyday Life
  • April 19, Friday:  What to Expect at the Open House & Taste of Camp Events

Below is a complete breakdown of each day’s activities. You can also download a one-page information sheet here.

April 15 – MondayPreparing Girls For Girl Scout Summer Camp And Camp Week Kick-Off

 Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Wear your favorite camp gear. Take a photo in your favorite Girl Scout Camp gear and send a photo and/or share your favorite camp story by emailing it to: communications@gswny.org. Also, post the: I’m a Girl Scout and I love Camp and Outdoors graphic to your social media to let everyone know your love of the outdoors.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak about how to prepare girls for Girl Scout Summer Camp.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 16 – Tuesday: A Parent’s Guide To Girl Scout Summer Camp

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Talk with your girl(s) about Girl Scout Summer Camp. Review the Day, Resident, and Troop Camp guides and camp information packets with your girl(s) and discuss which programs to register for. Comment about some of your favorite camp programs on GSWNY’s social media.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak about how parents can prepare to send their girl(s) to Girl Scout Summer Camp.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 17 – WednesdayGirl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Go outdoors. Engage in an activity outdoors whether it’s a troop activity &/or taking a walk and breathing in the fresh air. Send photos of how you like to spend your time outdoors to communications@gswny.org.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak to the breadth of how girls can have Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 18 – ThursdayHow I Use My Girl Scout Camp Skills To Help In Everyday Life

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Discuss how the skills learned at Girl Scout Camp can help in everyday life. Engage in a discussion with your girl(s) about how the skills learned at Girl Scout Summer Camp can help in everyday life such as learning to engage safely and responsibly in outdoor activities, gaining the confidence to take on new challenges through learning how to start a fire, climbing a ropes course, hiking, and more.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will discuss how girls can use Girl Scout Camp skills in everyday life.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 19 – FridayOpen House & Taste of Camp

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Sign up and get others to attend a Summer Camp Open House or Taste of Camp Event. Do you or a friend want to know more about Girl Scout Summer Camp with the opportunity to tour camp and ask questions about camp programs? Attend a Summer Camp Open House or Taste of Camp event.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will talk about our Taste of Camp events and open houses and the benefits of attending.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

Let’s celebrate Girl Scout Camp Week together!

Find the #GirlScoutCampLife that works for you

Camping with Girl Scouts of Western New York goes beyond the well-known day camp at Camp Piperwood and resident camps at Camp Timbercrest and Camp Seven Hills. We actually have four more ways to get girls and adults outside during the summer for camp.

Beyond the regular camp experiences for girls, we have Troop Camp Adventure, Specialty Programs Camping, Troop Camp, and Service Unit Camp Out Day Camp.

Troop Camp Adventure

Troop Camp Adventure is the perfect setting for leaders who want to take their girls troop camping without the responsibility of providing program, meals or having experienced/certified adults. At Camp Timbercrest we deliver all of that for you. All troop leaders have to provide is the necessary child to adult supervision ratio. You and your girls can participate in as much or as little programming as you choose.

S.P. Camping (Specialty Programs)

With S.P. camping, troops can now get the best of both worlds of troop camping and specialized programs such as ropes course, archery and boating. Troop leaders will have the freedom of troop camp with the comfort of knowing that pre-determined specialty program options and times have been scheduled for you and your girls. Leaders are expected to provide the necessary girl-to-adult supervision ratio and an adult with CPR/First Aid certification. Leaders are no longer required to have taken Troop Camp Training, but are required to comply with the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Camping (page 39 of the Safety Activity Checkpoints 2018, available at gswny.org). S.P. Camping will take place at Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside and Camp Piperwood only.

Troop Camp

Leaders can bring their girls to camp for a fun filled outdoor adventure. Whether you rent a lodge, cabin or tent unit the opportunities that await you are endless. With troop camp, leaders provide their own programs, meals, supplies and certified adults. Troop camping is available at Camp Windy Meadows and Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside during the summer months.

SUCO (Service Unit Camp Out) Day Camps

Service units can bring their girls and leaders to camp for a fun filled outdoor adventure day camp program. How you ask, by operating a SUCO (service unit camp out) event for a maximum of four days only. This is a great way to offer fun and engaging day camp activities to your girls. If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic opportunity to provide volunteer run mini day camp programs for your service unit please contact Janet DePetrillo, Director of Camp Administration for specific information. Service units can operate their mini day camp programs at Camp Windy Meadows and/or Camp Seven Hills – Lakeside or another approved off council camp site during the months of July-August 2019.

Visit our website to learn more and view the 2019 Camp Guide for Troop, SP, and SUCO Camp.

2019 Summer Camp Spotlight – April 5, 2019

Summer camp is just around the corner and we wanted to remind you about some really cool programs that are taking place this summer.  Reserve you spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts Summer Camp! 

Register for Camp

Summer Camp Spotlight

Camp Piperwood

The Great Girl Scout Adventurer (open to 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

Cables and Carabiners – (Open to girls in grades 6-8 Fall of 2019)

Session 3: July 15-19, 2019

Session 6: August 5-9, 2019

This program is designed for the individual who loves a great challenge! This is your chance to test your balancing skills on our spectacular high course elements. Do you have what it takes? Our trained ropes challenge course facilitators are waiting for you to put your skills to the test. This program includes elements of the low ropes course and all the splendors of Piperwood camp life.

Camp Seven Hills

Letterboxing It’s a Real Life Camp Treasure Hunt! Session 2 July 14-19, 2019 (for girls in grades 1-3 fall of 2019)

Put your problem solving skills to the test as you spend this adventurous week searching for clues and solving riddles to find the treasures hidden throughout camp. Girls will practice the art of letterboxing by learning the basics, making stamps, thinking of clues, and creating a camp letterbox. Challenge your camp friends to see who can find the camp letterbox first. All of the other great aspects of camp are also included in this great creative week. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges –

  • Daisy – Rosie’s Petal (Make the World a Better Place)
  • Brownie – Letterboxer

Climbing Masters– session 1 July7-12, 2019 (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019)

Challenge yourself and master the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course. Test your skills on elements such as Islands in the Sky, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo, Burma Bridge or Zip-Line. You can do all of this while still enjoying the splendors of camp life. Girls will earn the Seven Hills ropes course patch along with the activity rider for each ropes course element that they participate on.

Night Owls with Lasertron Sleep-In session 1 July 7-12, 2019 (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 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.

Camp Timbercrest

Wizard Camp session 1 July 7-12. 2019(for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 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 Cup.

Canoeing the Alleghany Reservoir (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019)

Spend eight glorious days and seven exhilarating nights discovering the wonderful sites of the Allegany 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.

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!

Happy First Day of Camp!

After months of planning and preparation, camp has finally arrived! Girl Scouts of Western New York camp kicked off its official summer at Camp Piperwood, our day camp located in Fairport, New York.

This week, girls entering grades kindergarten through 8th will learn all the basics of camping with The Great Outdoors. More than simply pitching tents and s’mores, the campers will learn about hiking, healthy snacks, cooking over an open fire, and how to navigate the woods without leaving a trail.

Starting next week, July 8, both our resident camps will begin their summer programming. Camp Seven Hills will see girls in grades ranging from kindergarten through 12th pass along the grounds in the following programs: Pony Pals; Silly Scientists; Be Happy, Relax, Namaste; Camp Adventure G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; A Little at a Time Mini Session; G.I.R.L. Tough; Riders Up; and Seven Hills Amazing Race.

At Camp Timbercrest, the youngest girls still have a week to wait, but all the other grades will be there. Its programming includes the extremely popular Dumbledore’s Army; I’m a Go-Getter; Ready to Ride; The Great Cupcake Challenge; and Quest Seekers!

This all sounds like so much fun and we haven’t even shared the best news! This is just the beginning and it’s not too late to register your girl!