Thank you for another great year of the #GirlScoutCampLife

This post originally appeared on gswnyblog.com

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!

7 Ways Summer Camp Brings Out Her Best

[This post originally appeared on GirlScouts.org]

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.   

Learn More About GSWNY Summer Camp

Taste of Camp at Camp Timbercrest is THIS Saturday, May 11, 2019

Taste of Camp is a great way to see our grounds, meet our staff, and ask your questions about summer camp. Plus, attending means you’re entered into a drawing for a free week of camp!

For those interested in resident camp, our final Taste of Camp event is happening at Camp Timbercrest this Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 3 p.m.


New to summer camp? Visit us this spring to get a glimpse of what your summer camp experience will look like. Informational sessions, tours, and a sampling of camp crafts will be available. You will also have an opportunity to register for summer camp 2019, and a chance to enter your name for a free week of camp and other cool camp prizes.M

May 11, 2019 – 1 to 3 p.m. 
Camp Timbercrest
11169 Moore Rd., Randolph, NY 14772

2019 Session 5 Programs at Camp Timbercrest

Today we’re covering our final week of camp, happening Sunday, August 4, to Friday, August 9. Registration for our final session closes July 22, 2019. For more programs, visit our  Resident Camp Guide on our website.

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).

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019

  • Just My Backpack, My Pony, and Me: What a better way to spend a week than at Timbercrest putting your horse skills to the test? Spend time exploring the trails at camp as you prepare for a more challenging adventure off the property. Girls will spend 2 days and 1 night navigating the trails of Pine Hill State Forest, located in Randolph, NY. During the day girls will take exciting trail rides along Pine Loop, Hooks Trail, Frog’s Run, Creekside, Zig Zag, and more while at night they will hitch up their horses, pitch tents, cook over an open fire, and share s’mores, laughter and fun with their friends. All of the other fun activities of Camp Timbercrest are also part of this great program. This program is not intended for the beginner rider. Girls must be at an intermediate or advanced level of horseback riding in order to participate in this program. Please note that if girls do not meet the required level of horseback riding for this program they will be placed in a general horse program.
  • Timbercrest Mud Challengers: You and your fellow warriors will face off and compete in mental and physical challenges. Try your hand at a mud scavenger hunt, or a mud slip and slide, or maybe a mud soccer game, or even mud painting and sculpting. The possibilities are endless! After a day of hard competition relax with a soothing mud bath or mud facial.
  • Canoeing the Allegany Reservoir: This program begins in session 4, beginning July 28 and registation closes July 15. Spend eight glorious days and seven exhilarating nights discovering the wonderful sites of the Allegany Reservoir as it takes you through the state park and the national forest. Professional guides from Adventures in Fitness will start your trip at Webs Ferry in Allegany State Park and end your journey in Tionesta, PA. Paddle with friends, pitch tents, and share stores around the campfire at night. Girls will receive instruction in fundamentals of canoeing prior to trip departure. Girls must be in good physical condition and also meet the basic swim requirement. If girls do not meet the basic swim requirement they will be placed in an alternative camp program. (Basic swim consists of the front crawl and back crawl, as well as treading water for five minutes.) Girls and parents must attend a pre-trip orientation meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Buffalo/Rochester Girl Scout Service Centers.

Be a CIT/Riding Instructor this summer at Camp Timbercrest

If you’re interested in teaching riding at the camp level, this program is for you! This is a special training program for girls who are 15-17 years old. It covers the first four sessions of camp (July 7 to August 2) and registration closes June 1, 2019.

Concentration will include extended riding and teaching skill training, as well as counseling techniques, leadership, self-esteem and ways to work with younger campers. Riding Counselors in Training (RCIT) will receive certification in First Aid and CPR and their CIT pins after successful completion of this program.

You must be at the intermediate to advanced levels of riding for this program. RCITs will earn the horse patch with rider level(s). Prospective RCITs receive an additional application packet that must be completed prior to the start of your RCIT program.

Girls that complete the full RCIT program will be invited back the last week of camp as a Camp Seven Hills Intern.

For questions on riding ability, please contact GSWNY’s Director of Camp Administration at 1-888-837-6410, or email: summercamp@gswny.org

2019 Camp Timbercrest Program Spotlight – April 19, 2019

Summer camp is just around the corner and we wanted to remind you about some really cool programs that are taking place this summer.  Reserve you spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts Summer Camp! 

Register for Camp

Wizard Camp (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019)

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.

Canoeing the Alleghany Reservoir (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019)

Spend eight glorious days and seven exhilarating nights discovering the wonderful sites of the Allegany Reservoir as it takes you through the state park and the national forest. Professional guides from Adventures in Fitness will start your trip at Webs Ferry in Allegany State Park and end your journey in Tionesta, PA. Paddle with friends, pitch tents, and share stores around the campfire at night.

New!Imagine and K’Nex with day trip (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 3: July 21-26, 2019

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.

Learn More About All Our Programs

Happy Girl Scout Camp Week!

We are officially under three months until our day and resident camps start, but today is another important milestone – it’s the start of Girl Scout Camp Week!

This week, we’re celebrating Girl Scouts as groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models in the great outdoors, and we want you to join in the fun! Celebrate with us for your chance to win both daily and one-time incentives during the week. Check in to our social media daily for exciting giveaways and informative Facebook Lives!

Below is a list of the complete week of activities and incentives. To get started, you can share the graphic below on your social media account to let your love of Girl Scout camp show loud and proud!

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Daily Incentives

  • Engagement Incentive: WIN Camp-themed items like a: water bottle, bucket hat, drawstring backpack, or camp T-shirt) via Facebook or Instagram! Winners will be selected randomly the day after the question has been posted to social media. Winners will receive a DM or private message asking which item they would like and which GSWNY service center location they would like to pick up their prize. Winners must be a currently registered adult or girl member of Girl Scouts of Western New York. New members may participate same day as completing their GSWNY registration 4/15/19-4/19/19.
  • Camp Join Incentives: Everyone who registers as a new camp member or registers a new camp member will be entered for a chance to win one daily gift card of $25 to the GSWNY Camp store, Target, or Walmart. Winners will be emailed with the notification of when and where to pick up their gift card 4/15/19-4/19/19.

One-time Incentive:

  • Everyone who registers as a new camp member or registers a new camp member will be entered for a chance to win a free week at camp to be used at GSWNY Day, Resident or Troop Camp (value up to $350) or win a Camp Onesie. Winners will be emailed with the notification of when and where to pick up their gift. 4/15/19-4/19/19.

Beyond the prizes, we also have a week of activities planned!

2019 Girl Scout Camp Week Overview:

  • April 15, Monday: Girl Scout Camp Week Kick-Off & Preparing Girls for Girl Scout Summer Camp
  • April 16, Tuesday: A Parent’s Guide to Girl Scout Summer Camp
  • April 17, Wednesday: Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round
  • April 18, Thursday: How I use my Girl Scout Camp Skills in Everyday Life
  • April 19, Friday:  What to Expect at the Open House & Taste of Camp Events

Below is a complete breakdown of each day’s activities. You can also download a one-page information sheet here.

April 15 – MondayPreparing Girls For Girl Scout Summer Camp And Camp Week Kick-Off

 Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Wear your favorite camp gear. Take a photo in your favorite Girl Scout Camp gear and send a photo and/or share your favorite camp story by emailing it to: communications@gswny.org. Also, post the: I’m a Girl Scout and I love Camp and Outdoors graphic to your social media to let everyone know your love of the outdoors.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak about how to prepare girls for Girl Scout Summer Camp.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 16 – Tuesday: A Parent’s Guide To Girl Scout Summer Camp

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Talk with your girl(s) about Girl Scout Summer Camp. Review the Day, Resident, and Troop Camp guides and camp information packets with your girl(s) and discuss which programs to register for. Comment about some of your favorite camp programs on GSWNY’s social media.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak about how parents can prepare to send their girl(s) to Girl Scout Summer Camp.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 17 – WednesdayGirl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Go outdoors. Engage in an activity outdoors whether it’s a troop activity &/or taking a walk and breathing in the fresh air. Send photos of how you like to spend your time outdoors to communications@gswny.org.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak to the breadth of how girls can have Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 18 – ThursdayHow I Use My Girl Scout Camp Skills To Help In Everyday Life

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Discuss how the skills learned at Girl Scout Camp can help in everyday life. Engage in a discussion with your girl(s) about how the skills learned at Girl Scout Summer Camp can help in everyday life such as learning to engage safely and responsibly in outdoor activities, gaining the confidence to take on new challenges through learning how to start a fire, climbing a ropes course, hiking, and more.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will discuss how girls can use Girl Scout Camp skills in everyday life.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 19 – FridayOpen House & Taste of Camp

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Sign up and get others to attend a Summer Camp Open House or Taste of Camp Event. Do you or a friend want to know more about Girl Scout Summer Camp with the opportunity to tour camp and ask questions about camp programs? Attend a Summer Camp Open House or Taste of Camp event.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will talk about our Taste of Camp events and open houses and the benefits of attending.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

Let’s celebrate Girl Scout Camp Week together!