Benefits of Girl Scout Camp

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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!

Don’t forget about financial aid for camp!

It’s Girl Scout Camp Week and in only a few months, it will be time for summer camp. As you’re thinking about what your girl will do this summer, consider sending her to Girl Scout camp. We have the financial aid options available to make sure your girl can experience camp.

At Girl Scouts, we believe in the value of camp. Since our beginnings, getting girls outside has been one of our primary areas of focus. In fact, it currently stands as one of our four program pillars – STEM, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Outdoors.

Knowing how important it is for girls to go outdoors, we want to make sure every girl has the opportunity. Our goal is always to make sure that no one is excluded from our program for any reason, including financial.

If your girl is a member of Girl Scouts of Western New York, we have financial aid options available for her. The Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application needs to be completed asap for consideration.

To apply, register for camp and fill out the financial aid application included. Physical forms can be picked up at our service centers.

Session 3 Programs at Camp Timbercrest

This week we’re reviewing our Session 3 programs at Camp Timbercrest, happening Sunday, July 21, to Friday, July 26. Registration for our third session closes July 8, 2019. For more programs, visit our  Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2019

  • Ready, Set, Go Camping Mini Session – Girls, this is your chance to experience the wonders of summer camp. Spend a few, fun days at Camp Timbercrest and enjoy swimming, games, arts and crafts, cookouts, and other great samples of camp life. Don’t forget to bring your best friend along with you. (Mini sessions run Sunday to Wednesday)

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2019

  • Razzle, Dazzle, and Sculpt – What is—or isn’t—considered “art?” What do you consider art? Work with the natural wonders of clay to sculpt and glaze your perfect pottery piece. Get psychedelic with a crafting classic: tie dyeing, or make beautiful jewelry such as bracelets, pins or hair accessories that will dazzle your family and friends. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout Badges: Junior – Jeweler / Cadette- Book Artist
  • Ready to Ride –Experience the new up-and-coming sport in horse showing, Western Dressage. Learn the basics of Western riding techniques and what a dressage judge would be looking for during your dressage ride. Trail rides and barn management including basic barn chores, grooming, cleaning the stalls, and feeding the horses are also an important in this program. Lessons will be given based on ability and girls will complete their very first dressage at the end of the camp week. Campers will earn the horse patch with rider level(s).
  • Wizard Camp – 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.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019

  • Imagine and K’Nex – Use your imagination! Create fun craft projects using a variety of supplies such as K’nex Kits and natural materials. Create miniature theme park activities or water slides to show off to your friends. You will also get to see your creative park creations come to life when you take a trip to Splash Lagoon with your fellow Imagine and Connect friends and get a behind-the-scenes tour of how things operate. There will be plenty of time left to spend in the park, too. All this and the other great camp activities are included. Girls will earn requirements towards the Think Like An Engineer Journey.
  • The Great Cupcake Challenge – Calling all aspiring bakers! If you enjoy baking and want to learn more, this program is for you. Spend your week spicing it up in the kitchen at Camp Timbercrest. Girls will work with our head cook preparing a variety of different cupcakes and desserts. At the end of the week, compete in the Timbercrest Cupcake Challenge as you display your cupcake creation for your fellow campmates to try and vote on. Will you be crowned the next winner of the Timbercrest Cupcake Challenge?

Register for camp today! 

Open House at Camp Timbercrest!

Interested in learning more about Camp Timbercrest before you or your girl attends? Check out our open house! Here you can take a tour and get a firsthand look at our excellent facilities. Our qualified staff will be in attendance to answer your questions and show you how camp runs in the summer.

For some added fun, our Tuck Shop will be open with the new summer merchandise available for purchase, so you or your girl can get ready for an incredible camp experience!

The Open House at Camp Timbercrest is Sunday, June 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. See you then!

Your complete summer camp checklist

Don’t miss a beat of planning with our comprehensive GSWNY Summer Camp Checklist! You can view the list below or download your own here!

GSWNY Resident Camp Checklist

Camp Registration

·        Start camp registration at

·        Camp registration form done on

·        Check drop off times for camp (and bus times, if
applicable) in Camp Information Packet

·        Payment or camp deposit ($25 per session)
attached or payment online if using

·        Review Camp Information Packet online at

Financial Aid Request

·        Request financial aid on

Health and Parent Forms on

·        Health forms

·        Parent info, emergency contacts, and insurance

·        Diet and activity, health history, allergies

·        Authorization/pick-up form

·        Any other medical/parent forms

·        Immunizations – parent scans and uploads to

·        Medications form to be filled out by physician then parent uploads

·        Medical exam form from physician uploads to

Camp Payments

·        Camp balances are due no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp

·        Payment can be made online on, by mail, or in person
at any council office

The week before camp

·        Review camp information packet on

·        Check drop off times for camp in Camp Information Packet and bus times, if applicable

·        Review camp packing list in the Camp Information Packet attached or online if using



Reasonable accommodations for your camper

We want your girl to go to camp, and we want to make that a reality however possible. We’ve already talked about the availability of financial assistance, but that’s not all we can do.

As Girl Scouts, we understand every girl has her own needs and we want to make any reasonable accommodation possible to meet them so she can enjoy summer camp. We don’t believe in letting someone be excluded without trying our best.

If your girl requires special accommodations, including transportation, diet, food restrictions, extra supervision, etc., please contact us BEFORE registering your girl for camp. This will help us evaluate the need and determine possible accommodations that could safely and reasonably be made for you child.

To discuss your options, call 1-888-837-6410 or email