Magnificent Monday & Cool Tuesday!

Good afternoon, blog readers!

This afternoon is a bit cool and rainy; but there are still a lot of great things going on at camp!

Last evening before dinner, I had SO much fun with the core camp Brownies that are here to make all kinds of crazy camp food! Yesterday they made edible campfires followed up with an epic tin-can ice cream session with me before dinner!

We made sure we had the equipment and the ingredients and I secured their taping. I added the rock salt. Then the girls measured, poured, duct taped, shook/pushed/bowled/kicked/danced/rolled it down the hill/giggled/laughed, and then they helped undo the tape. 6 year olds can do more than you think. #girlscouts#summercamp

 

Today, they will be making “worms & dirt” with me before they leave…myself and their leaders convinced them that we are using actual worms and actual dirt. Not, just gummy worms, pudding, and crushed up Oreos. 🙂 🙂

Those Brownies along with the Tack & Trails core campers will be checking out the archery range this morning as well. We are hoping the rain lets up a bit more so that the Tack & Trails girls can ride and the Brownies can also go swimming. We don’t want anyone to be too cold!

The rest of our campers will be doing a lot of arts & crafts and games today-patiently waiting for the rain to go away. 🙂

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.

Session 3 at Timbercrest has begun!

Hello there blog readers!

Welcome to session 3 at Camp Timbercrest! Yesterday and today have been absolutely awesome. The CITs spent the weekend at Camp Seven Hills with their CITs and had a great time starting their First Aid/CPR videos as well as having a movie night, bonding with one another, and enjoying a different camp perspective. We welcomed in our general programs as well as My Backpack, Pony, and Me girls who will spend their Tuesday afternoon, night and Wednesday morning exploring the state riding trails at Pineapple Junction, just up the road from camp. Our general girls spent a lot of time teambuilding, developing their “campstitution” where they come up with their unit’s rules for the week. All of our horse girls, including our core campers took their horse tests yesterday as well.

Our opening campfire was particularly raucous last night (I did get a bit of video which I will upload to Flickr), with all of our core campers enjoying the crazy atmosphere! We’ve got a group of Brownies who are “Sweet Treats,” they will be making edible campfires today during their siesta, jumping into the water during all-camp swim, and they got to go on a hike with Gryffyn (one of our camp interns) this morning. They’re very enthusiastic about everything they’re doing. Our riding core campers, “Tack & Trails” are taking a trip on a trail for lunch this afternoon. All of our girls were swim-tested this morning as well so they’re all set for playing on the Summit Express this afternoon.

It’s bright and sunny today, and yesterday we were lucky to stay out of the path of the thunderstorms rolling through northern Pennsylvania yesterday (we are close to the state border). If it rains–we will still have lots of things to do! Tonight campers will choose from staff-led activities: dancing with Caro in the dining hall (Caro is an international counselor from Poland and she’s a professional dancer), all kinds of painting in arts & crafts, and a big game of four square (along with sidewalk chalk art for those who get “out”) at the basketball court. What a beautiful Monday here at Camp Timbercrest.

I hope that you’re enjoying your week thus far…wish you were here!

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.

Hello Timbercrest Readers!

First off, I apologize for the lack of blogs and photos this week…hopefully, I can make it up to you! 🙂

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have been absolutely wonderful in Timbercrest land! There have been so many activities that the campers and staff are absolutely exhausted. Being exhausted at camp always means that you’ve been doing a lot! My mom and dad always knew that I had a great time at camp by the amount of dirty clothes (and how dirty they were) I came home with. So, if your daughter comes home with smelly and dirty clothes… you will know she had a great time.

Our campers had all kinds of horseback riding time, lots of time on our Summit Express (our giant slide and climbing inflatables in the lake), and even a super crazy slip & slide activity on Tuesday night. The rest of our week has been dry, and we completely escaped the tornado that came through Western New York Thursday. Not a drop of rain at all down here, who knew that sometimes a line of storms would be just like lake effect snow? It stayed in the mid-80s but with a breeze which some thought would bring the storms… nope! Though we did take shelter in the program center (our designated tornado shelter), we were spared any storm at all. So our campers continued the day!

Tonight’s campfire brought a lot of tears to our Junior CITs that are leaving us tomorrow. Actually, the majority of our campers were crying tonight… a good sign that tomorrow is coming too quickly. Lots of memories were made this week, and the girls will remember them forever. One of our unit counselors, Dilly, made her debut as “The Lorax” during my reading of the book tonight. Congratulations to Dilly, it’s been on her bucket list for some time! 🙂

Please check out our Flickr page for more photos that I’ve uploaded. Have a good night, I’ll try and get another blog in as our Session 2 comes to a close.

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.

Magnificent Monday!

Good evening, everyone! It is Monday night and the campers and staff are busy having an awesome time during Campers’ Choice tonight! They chose between 3-legged racing (not just in a line, but in between trees-around picnic tables-turning around in circles), making wish boats in arts & crafts, journal making, and baton twirling (one of our camp interns is a competitive baton twirler). There has been a lot of laughing and giggling around Bellinger Lodge tonight!

All of our girls were very busy today with horseback riding, hiking, boating, drama games, swimming, and of course sliding down the slide on the Summit Express. They’re having such a great time. Our Junior CITs and CITs are camping out tonight and our core campers are having s’mores. The more activities, the better!

See you tomorrow!

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

Welcome to Session 2–Disney Week at Timbercrest

Hello there new (and seasoned) blog readers! Today we brought in resident campers as well as core campers to Timbercrest! The weather has been lovely today, perfect for check-in!

This past weekend was the 50th Anniversary Celebration of resident camping at Camp Timbercrest! Campers, staff, leaders, and others took in the weekend while reminiscing, singing, canoeing, kayaking, making s’mores, and just loving life. It was absolutely inspiring to see these awesome women and men who have been touched by Timbercrest come back here and celebrate this camp – a place where everyone is welcomed. There were touching tributes, lots of silly songs, a million photos taken – it was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait for the next 50 years of Timbercrest!

Check-in went very smoothly today, and there were smiles across campers and staff’s faces. After a dinner of chicken nuggets, salad bar, and ice cream for dessert – everyone headed to the all-camp fire circle across the lake for a night of learning new songs, learning about emergency procedures (I blow the air horn so they know what it sounds like) and having a great time! I’m sure after a long day everyone will go right to sleep, right?

Ha ha ha, probably not… it’s exciting to be at camp!

We will bring you more updates and photos soon!

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.

Thursday and Friday at Timbercrest…

Hello there friendly readers!

I apologize for the lack of updates from Cattaraugus County!

Thursday was quite the day here at Timbercrest. We started out with quite the cloudy sky, but we had hope! The Wet & Wild core camp group were able to get out on the lake (with me as their boating instructor) and that was quite the challenge. Keyser Lake often gets a strong current when the wind picks up, and that definitely happened to us but we were able to manage it. 😉 The girls had a great time but then the rain started coming down, I had no choice but to cancel the Brownie Basic girls’ boating time. Safety first!

Though there was a lot of rain, we were able to still have a ball. Lots of outside and inside activities including drama and arts & crafts. When we had a break in the rain after lunch (the storm during lunch was awesome, even though it was raining cats & dogs), everyone’s schedules went on as normal. Unfortunately it started raining again around dinner time, so we had to make the tough choice to have our closing campfire inside Bellinger Lodge. We still had such a good time, with all of the units bringing a fast and slow song along with them. The core campers all led a song as well, which is always great to see! Everyone headed to their units after campfire, settling in for their last night at Timbercrest.

I hope that your Friday is excellent…ours is halfway over! Our amazing core campers have departed, and our resident campers have cleaned and packed their units. This afternoon’s All-Camp Activity, which is a game that all campers and staff participate in across camp, is all Harry Potter themed. I get to play Dumbledore! After the All-Camp, there will be one more All-camp swim, then they will play Gaga or shoot archery at our archery range. Tonight will be our horse show for our Bridles & Bits girls, and our Summer Sampler & Fun in the Sun general campers will sing songs for their parents.

This weekend is Timbercrest’s 50th Anniversary of resident camping, and camp will be full of families, alumni campers & parents, and campers that will be coming later in the season. I will try and sneak in a blog or two during the event!

Have an excellent weekend and remember to check out our Flickr page for photos!

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.

Taco Tuesday at Timbercrest!!!

You may have noticed, but I like to write for the blog. I also enjoy using alliteration! 🙂

Anyway, our Tuesday was excellent. It was a busy one, but being busy at camp is always a good thing. This morning started out with yet another morning of Polar Bear Swim. Though I usually only make it to the lake once a summer for Polar Bear, there is something about hearing lifeguards’ whistles along with giggling and shrieks of fun and silliness as girls enter the water. It’s a great thing to hear from across the grass for sure.

We were rain-free in the morning, when the core campers got to go swimming and do arts & crafts, they also went on a hike with Zippy to Willow Bridge. Our riding girls in Strawberry Hill spent their time at the barn in the morning while the general campers in Sprucewood had a blast playing “paint archery” at the archery range. Their unit head Lyric filled balloons with tempera paint and the girls could shoot at them, causing quite a splatter when thrown/shot at on the target! How fun! I’m hoping to get some photos of that soon! The same girls then got a chance to spend some of their money at the Trading Post before taking showers. Our Junior CITs in Sprucewood went boating with our volunteer Pickles for quite some time in the morning, followed by Trading Post time and arts & crafts.

And then tacos arrived for Taco Tuesday! Nothing like tacos at lunch! I awarded our core campers with their Polar Bear Awards and patches for coming to Polar Bear Swim and when I announced they were leaving after lunch, they were greeted with sad groans because we will miss them! Luckily, two of the leaders are bringing more girls tomorrow for our Session 1B of core camp. The Junior CITs cooked out in their unit tonight while the rest of Sprucewood worked on badges before they played games instead of packing their overnight-there are imminent thunderstorms for this part of the Southern Tier, so I canceled their overnight to keep them safe, so they’re doing a lot of unit activities and games tonight instead. The riding girls got another go at the water toy and did some more arts and crafts this afternoon before dinner. And of course in true Timbercrest fashion, we had a monsoon of rain during dinner. I’ll admit it, I love the sound of heavy rain on the roof of Bellinger Lodge. 🙂

All of the campers got to choose from bracelet making and nail art or board games since the rain once again stopped our outside games. Outside? Fun. Inside? STILL FUN!!! We love camp, we love being outside, but all that matters is that we love Timbercrest!

See you tomorrow, and remember to check out our Flickr page for photos!

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.