Girls sing songs like rock stars by the campfire, swim like fish in the lake, and channel their inner-outdoor adventurer when attending Girl Scout summer resident camp. Whether a girl is looking for a week of adventure or a day of exploring, Girl Scout camp has it all. Horseback riding, swimming, learning to surf or sail, science and photography, hiking the Appalachian Trail and much, much more – there is something for every girl.
“For over a century, the outdoors has been a cornerstone of Girl Scouting. Spending time outdoors is an excellent way for girls to explore leadership, to build skills trying new activities, and to develop a deep appreciation for nature all while building friendships and having fun,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.
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. Camp sessions include opportunities for girls to earn American 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.
This summer, girls can discover who they are and explore the world around that at one of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ three 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.
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 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, and houses multiple units and cabins with shelters, picnic tables, and fire grills. This summer will mark the first resident camp season with girls bunking in the new Cloverfield Tree House unit.
Located on the Pamlico River, Camp Hardee 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. Each week at Hardee centers on a festive theme and there is an all camp activity - dance, talent show, luau, etc. - surrounding that theme.
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; girls do not have to be a register Girl Scout to attend. A typical week-long, resident camp session costs $275; financial assistance is available by request. Girl Scouts will also offer local day camp opportunities at various sites around its council 41-county region.