Blast off to Girl Scout camp this summer where girls can explore the outdoors, climb the challenger tower, kayak down the river, or go on an adventure trip with new friends. Whether a girl interested in archery, horses, watersports, science and technology, or leadership, she will discover that anything is possible.
Girls can have fun, gain new skills and make great memories at a variety of sessions hosted at three Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines resident camps located in central and eastern North Carolina: Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County, Camp Graham in Vance County, and Camp Hardee in Beaufort County.
“Girl Scout Camp is designed to give every girl a chance to succeed, build friendships, challenge herself, and have fun,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines. “When a girl goes to camp, she will grow in self-confidence while building leadership skills.”
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is central to the camp program and through activities and experiences; girls will gain skills to become leaders who are inspired to make the world a better place. This year’s camp sessions include opportunities for girls to earn Red Cross First Aid & CPR and Babysitting certifications or become a camp Counselor in Training. Older girls in seventh to twelfth grades can have a more adventurous camping experience hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, rafting the river rapids of West Virginia, or even learning to surf at Kure beach.
At Camp Mary Atkinson, campers can play sports in the new airnasium, participate in the challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower, canoe and paddle board, swim in a zero-entry swimming pool, and slide down the ten foot waterslide into the camp lake. Located near Clayton in Johnston County, this camp also houses the council’s Leadership Center which hosts an air-conditioned dining hall, stage, and technology center.
All campers will get to enjoy the waterfront, whether they are swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or sailing at Camp Graham, located on beautiful Kerr Lake in Vance County. The camp consists of 155 acres of lake frontage, open areas, and woodlands. Each camping unit and cabins have shelters, picnic tables, and fire grills.
Camp Hardee is located in Beaufort County on the Pamlico River. The camp consists of 95 acres with river frontage, woodlands, and open space. Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins while enjoying camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming in the pool, archery, and sailing or kayaking down the river.
Camp Graham, Camp Hardee, and Camp Mary Atkinson are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), a national organization that sets high standards for the health and safety of campers and staff and the delivery of quality programs. In addition to meeting the established standards for health, safety, program, and personnel criteria set by federal, state and local governments and Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts –North Carolina Coastal Pines’ camps meet the standards set by the ACA.
Camp is open to all girls ages five to seventeen, and girls do not have to be a Girl Scout to register. A typical week-long, resident camp session costs $275; girls who are not members of Girl Scouts will be charged an additional $50 fee.
To learn more about Girl Scout camp, download the 2014 Summer Fun Guide, or register for a summer session, visit www.nccoastalpines.org/camps or call (800)284-4475.