Believe it or not, summer camp season is right around the corner. Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is ready to air out the tents and cabins, wipe down the canoes, pull out the saddles, raise the flag, and welcome girls and their families to Girl Scout camp. Whether she’s interested in making new friends, trying out a paddleboard, learning to ride a horse, or hiking the Appalachian Trail with a llama at her side, she is sure to venture on a new journey with Girl Scouts.
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 in a safe all-girl environment.
“When a girl goes to camp, she will grow in self-confidence and know that her voice counts. She will support others and be supported. And she will discover that anything is possible,” said Lisa Jones, CEO at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.
Camp sessions also 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.
“Spending the summer with Girl Scouts provides girls with opportunities for personal growth and leadership opportunities, in addition to being filled with activities and experiences that girls look forward to each year,” said Jones.
This summer, girls can discover who they are and explore the world around them at one of three Girl Scout resident camps located in central and eastern North Carolina: Camp Graham in Vance County, Camp Hardee in Beaufort County, and Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County.
Camp Graham, located on beautiful Kerr Lake, is all about the water. Each day, campers – depending on their age and swimming ability – canoe, kayak, sail or paddleboard, as well as swim in the cove on the lake. Campers also take aim at archery, engage in nature activities, tie-dye T-shirts, explore wide open spaces, and can even sleep in the trees, bunking in new a new treehouse unit at the camp.
Located on the Pamlico River, Camp Hardee consists of 95 acres with river frontage, woodlands, and open space. Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins and enjoy all-camp cookouts, pool parties, skits, and campfires throughout the week. Campers spend their days swimming in the pool, boating on the Pamlico River, visiting the archery range, creating in arts and crafts, hiking trails, and developing friendships to last a lifetime.
Special to Camp Mary Atkinson, campers can tackle their fears and build up their courage when they climb the challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower (for girls entering grades 4 and up). Other camper favorites include a zero-entry swimming pool, an inflatable 10-foot waterslide, a bouldering grotto, canoeing the lake, or taking at hand at archery. Located near Clayton in Johnston County, this camp also houses a technology center, horse camp, and is the hub for travel and adventure sessions for teen girls.
All three camps 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 – NC Coastal Pines’ camps meet the standards set by the ACA.
Girl Scout camp is open to all girls ages five to seventeen; girls do not have to be a registered Girl Scout to attend. A typical week-long, resident camp session costs $285; financial assistance is available by request. Girl Scouts will also offer local day camp opportunities at various sites around its council 41-county region.