First Day of Camp Session 1

The clouds at Camp Timbercrest looked threatening, but thankfully it did not rain on the first day of camp. At around 1 pm, Camp Timbercrest was flooded with Girl Scouts and their families.

Once everyone was settled into their units and troops, every Girl Scout completed the Swim Test and was given a colored cap based on their swimming level. The least skilled swimmers received a red cap, the middle leveled swimmers received a yellow cap, and the best swimmers are labeled as blue caps.

After the Ready to Ride program and CITs (Counselors in Training) completed their swim test, they headed over to the barn to learn the basics about horseback riding.

The night continued with dinner and a birthday celebration to 10-year-old Rowan.

The night then concluded with Opening Fire with songs, laughter, and memories flourishing.

Camp Timbercrest Open House 2019

A new era began at Camp Timbercrest Sunday afternoon when parents and future Girl Scouts came to preview the premises at our Open House. Fortunately, the weather was in our favor as we had a glorious, sunny day to give tours to the incoming Girl Scout campers.

From selling merchandise, to directing traffic, to greeting parents, the staff did it all. Campers drew pictures of themselves and some of their favorite activities to do at camp.

The staff also went through a training about customer service to prepare them for the Open House.

Now that Open House is over, we are patiently waiting for Girl Scouts to arrive this Sunday, July 7th.

Here are some photos from Open House:

Camp Timbercrest Staff Prepares for Open House

Timbercrest has the horses in the back… seriously, the horses arrived to Timbercrest at 7 a.m. this morning. After traveling through a thunderstorm last night, the horses are being moved to the barn and are excited for Girl Scouts and their parents to arrive for our Open House tomorrow.

In addition to the horses arriving, Timbercrest’s staff has been preparing for the Girl Scouts by participating in training and going over the weekly schedule. We are all excited for a new year to start!! #GirlScoutCampLife

Here are some photos of the horses and the trainings that went on today:

Camp Timbercrest Sparks Excitement at Precamp

Timbercrest Blog HeaderYou think just the Girl Scouts are excited about camp? Well, the staff is as well. Just days before open house, Camp Timbercrest has already begun getting into the camp spirit.

After cleaning, organizing, and inventorying, the staff relaxed at Opening Campfire. Opening Campfire is more than just a campfire, it’s an opportunity for old camp staff to introduce songs to the new staff members. The Opening Campfire has often been referred to as the Teaching Fire so that new staff can acclimate themselves into the camp spirit.

Camp Timbercrest will be hard at work until moments before the Open House on Sunday. Comment what you are most excited for at Camp Timbercrest!

Check out some photos from the Opening Campfire at:

Join us for an epic State Parks adventure July 13 & 14!

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GSWNY is excited to be participating in the national Girl Scouts Love State Parks event, July 13 to 14! This weekend long event has the goal of getting  every Girl Scout outdoors and into a state park. GSWNY will have events at 4 locations across council but Girl Scouts will be able to participate by visiting any State Park!

Registration is open now!
Park Entrance is free with Girl Scouts attire!  

On Saturday, July 13, check out:

  • Letchworth State Park, the “Grand Canyon of the East” and hike some of the 66 miles of trails and check out the three major waterfalls in the park, attend a ranger talk about the geology of the park, or visit the Nature Center or the Mary Jemison House. You could even try out whitewater rafting!
  • Allegany State Park, NY’s largest state park, with 65,000 acres to explore. You might visit natural caves, swim in Quaker Lake, visit the old Quaker store, attend a ranger program and learn about the critters living in the streams at the park, or climb the fire tower.
  • Buffalo Harbor State Park, one of NY’s newest state parks. You might join a 1 hour boat trip on Lake Erie, bike along the bike trail, learn about invasive species, or stroll along the beach.

On Sunday, July 14, check out:

  • Beaver Island State Park, on Grand Island on the Upper Niagara River. You could visit the nature center, play a game of disc golf, swim, bike, or hike, or take a tour of the historic River Lea House. You could also attend a ranger program and create your very own nature journal!

Can’t make it to one of these locations on this weekend? Visit any state park and enjoy the day. Also be sure to check out the NYS Parks Connect Kids Program to participate and get an additional patch on these days or any other days of the year! 

7 Ways Summer Camp Brings Out Her Best

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Summer is when some of the most fun childhood memories are made, but did you know that it’s also an awesome opportunity for your girl to grow, learn, and become her best self? Here are seven amazing benefits your girl will get from her summer camp experience.

1. She’ll make new friends 
There’s nothing quite like giggling over games in the bunk or singing songs with new besties around a campfire. That’s why it’s actually good to send her to camp where she might not know many (or any) other girls! Having a diverse group of friends, not just kids she knows from school, will broaden her horizons and help her see her own worth, too.

2. She’ll see all she can be 
In an all-girl environment like Girl Scout summer camp, girls are more comfortable trying new outdoor activities, and they get to take the lead every single time—meaning there’s plenty of room at the top for your girl to take charge and flex her muscle, both when it comes to outdoor adventure and crucial leadership skills that will last her a lifetime.

3.  She’ll turn off her phone and tune in to nature 
Getting out in nature, soaking up the sun, or dashing inside during a sudden downpour is way more exciting than any app she might have on her phone and is all part of the adventure of camp. Unplugging for a while will keep her more present and truly enjoying every moment instead of simply watching it from a screen.

4. She’ll grow her grit 
The truth is, she might scrape a knee or elbow while she’s away—and that’s a good thing! When she learns to get back up after minor setbacks, like scrapes and bumps, she’s building her resilience and learning that she’s a lot tougher than she thinks.  

5.  She’ll meet new mentors 
Having a variety of awesome role models will help your girl see the many ways to be successful and happy in life. And the incredibly supportive staff and counselors at your girl’s summer camp are ready to step up to the plate and inspire!

6. She’ll gain independence 
Being away from home—especially if that’s a new thing for her!—might be a bit intimidating to both your daughter and you. But having that time away to explore and try activities on her own will make her more self-reliant and able to discover new things to share and teach you when she returns home.

7. She’ll have tons of time for play 
Playtime is anything but a waste of time. In fact, studies show that play allows the neurons in a child’s brain to form new connections—and that this rewiring helps boost emotional intelligence, decision-making skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.

The truth is, sending your girl off to camp is one of the best gifts you can give her. The fun, outdoor adventure, and friends will enrich her life and—perhaps without her even noticing—give her the courage, people skills, and leadership chops to succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.   

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Send your camper a resident camp care package!

When you register your girl for camp, you also have the option of ordering a camp care package! This is a great way to make her time at camp even more special.

All you need to do when ordering is include her name, which camp she’s attending, and her session and/or program. With this information, we can make sure the care package is delivered to her while she’s at camp. Quantities for care packages are limited, so don’t wait to order!

Each care package is $35 and contains:

  • Stuffed animal
  • Journal with pen
  • Camp patch
  • Water bottle
  • Drawstring bag
  • and some extra surprises!