Give her the gift of camp memories she'll never forget

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Camping has always been a tradition in Girl Scouts, but it was never just about getting outside. We’re believe in the importance of connecting with nature in a girl-led setting, which makes this summer’s camp theme all the more relevant. In an increasingly digital world, we’re celebrating the simplicity of Camp: Life Unplugged.  

This holiday season, you can give your girl the unforgettable gift of a week spent with her Girl Scout sisters doing something they love, whether it’s riding horses, traveling to New York City, climbing ropes courses, learning more about robotics, or simply relaxing. These are just glimpses of what you can expect from Girl Scout summer camp in 2020.  

It’s more than just a week spent at camp–you’re also helping her build courage, confidence, and character, and empowering her to learn skills that last a lifetime. 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 2020 Summer Camp Catalog goes live January 13, 2020, 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!  

REGISTER NOW: Our guides aren’t out for another month, but registration is open for our trip to New York City to see Frozen on Broadway! You can reserve your girl’s spot now for only $25! Visit gswny.org to learn more and reserve a spot.  

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 2020.

Please note our offices are closed the following dates:
Friday, December 20 (at 3 p.m.) through Wednesday, January 1. Normal business hours resume Thursday, January 2, 2019.   To see all our business hours, click here.

The winner of this year’s Camp Theme Contest is…

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Every year, we ask our membership a simple question: what do you think our 2020 camp theme should be? Because we’re girl-led, we want our camps to reflect the thoughts of our Girl Scouts.

Last year, we received the idea #GirlScoutCampLife from Girl Scout Brownie Arianna. The year before, we had ‘Camp Like a G.I.R.L.’ For 2020, our winner pulled on her own camp experience for a great camp theme.

The 2020 Camp Theme Survey Contest winner is….

Senior Girl Scout Kaura C. from Olean! Camp name ‘Legacy!’

Not only does she love camp, this year she was a Counselor in Training! We’re so excited to announce her idea, but we’re waiting until International Wear Your Camp T-Shirt Day!

This November 12, we’re celebrating camp by joining the international celebration and wearing your camp t-shirts! During the day, we’re going to provide a sneak peak of next year’s camp guide and announce the 2020 camp theme!

Make sure you wear your camp shirt and check back in to see what we’re planning for next summer’s camp season.

Thank you for another great year of the #GirlScoutCampLife

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Two weeks ago, we wrapped up another amazing summer at Girl Scout camp. Our three camps, Camp Timbercrest, Camp Seven Hills, and Camp Piperwood, plus our volunteer-run Camp Windy Meadows, were filled with excited campers and great programming.

More than 2,500 girls from around council attended Girl Scout camp this summer, where they rode horses, went swimming, climbed ropes, learned how to build fires, sang camp songs, and of course, made new friends.

While our outdoor programming runs all year long, summer camp is a special time for girls to gather together and learn new skills while honoring cherished Girl Scout traditions. We hear stories all the time about how important camp was and is to our Girl Scouts past and present and we can’t wait to continue creating memories.

Camp might be over for the summer, but we’re already thinking about next year’s programs. Look for the new camp guides out in January to decide what your camp journey will be in 2020. If you can’t get enough of the outdoors, head to gswny.org where you can learn more about all our outdoor opportunities, including equipment rentals, programming, property rentals, and Outdoor Champions who can facilitate programming for you.

To see photos from our resident camps, visit our Flickr page!

One Last Time

Camp Timbercrest rang its bell and put up the American flag today for the last time of the season.

On the final day of the season, Camp Timbercrest was turned into a full blown carnival. The Girls were treated to pony rides, pie throwing, archery balloon popping, a photo booth, bowling, and much more.

In order to participate in these events, they had to gain tickets by fishing for rubber ducks. Each duck had a number on them signifying the amount of tickets they would win if they got that duck.

The girls were also treated to one last swim in Keyser Lake during All Camp Swim.

Timbercrest is very thankful for everyone who attended this year and is excited for next year to start. Thank you and goodnight Girl Scouts…..remember this is not a goodbye, only a see you later.

Photos from today’s carnival can be found here.

Thursday Session 5

At the start of the day, the sun was shining brightly over Camp Timbercrest.

With the Waterfront open this morning, the girls were able to go swimming and boating.

Canoeing Along the Allegheny got dressed up in the Drama corner and then concluded their day at the Gaga Pit.

Ready to Ride and My Backpack, My Pony, and Me both got a chance to go to the barn. They also went swimming and went to arts and crafts in the afternoon.

The Mud Challengers played soccer and Gaga in the afternoon in the mud after a rain storm.

To conclude the night, Camp Timbercrest was surprised by the Lorax himself at Closing Campfire. This was the final campfire of the Timbercrest season. Campers and staff alike shared their final laughs and tears of joy for the season. Click here to see photos from tonight’s special moments.

Wednesday Session 5

For their first full day back on dry land, Canoeing Along the Allegheny Reservoir made scrapbooks reflecting on their trip. On their trip, the girls got the chance go canoeing and complete a tippy test. They were also taught first aid necessities such as splinting, items to include in a first aid kit, and how to treat sun stroke and hypothermia. In addition to first aid, the girls were also able to learn compass and mapping skills to guide them along a hike to a waterfall. Last but not least, the girls cooked their own meals every night over a campfire. Check out photos from their trip here.

My Backpack, My Pony, and Me completed their overnight trip on horseback. Even though rain made their trip more difficult than originally anticipated, the Girl Scouts were up for the challenge. The girls gained a lot of experience on horseback going through all of the trails at Pine Hill State Park. In addition to riding horses, they also had their very own cookout.

Meanwhile back at Timbercrest, the units played board games, card games, and went to arts and crafts.

To conclude the night, Campers Choice gave the girls an opportunity to create their very own carnival game.

Goodnight Girl Scouts and be sure to check back in tomorrow for more carnival-filled activities. Photos are here.

Tuesday Session 5

Our Canoeing Along the Allegheny Reservoir girls have finally returned home after a fun, successful day along the river. The girls came back with the biggest smiles on their faces, which is always a good sign.

The Junior Counselors in Training continued to get more familiar with the layout of Camp Timbercrest. They set up tents for their camp out, went swimming in Keyser Lake, and earned their first aid badge.

Ready to Ride gained more experience on horseback as they went for a trail ride around to Jackman’s Lodge. They also went swimming and got crafty in arts and crafts.

The Mud Challengers had a jam packed day today. They started out with archery and swimming in the morning. Then for lunch, the girls walked around Keyser Lake on the lake trail and packed a lunch. After lunch, the Mud Challengers made their own Mud Slip N’ Slide and showered afterwards, of course.

At the end of the day, each unit had their own cookout. At cookout, the girls are taught how to build their own fires and even cook their own food.

Goodnight Girl Scouts and check here for today’s photos.