[This post originally appeared on gswnyblog.com]
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.
- Develop and cultivate girls’ self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, and self-respect.
- Build girls of courage, confidence, and character by providing opportunities for girls to experience camp life on their own.
- 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.
- Provide a safe environment that encourages leadership, imagination, and acceptance as well as a community where girls feel less at risk.