Modern technology has shaped the world we live in. We carry computers in our pockets, download content in seconds, and connect with those we love across the nation and across the world with a touch of a button (or a voice activated command!). And although, technology can be great source, it can also keep people from getting those real life experiences. At Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, thousands of girls from across central and eastern North Carolina will go beyond their devices as they head out to experience the great outdoors at Girl Scout summer camp.
“I love camp. I love all the activities including kayaking, tie-dye, games, and just being outside,” said Megan Gale, girl board member. “As I got older, social media became a huge thing. My friends and I have phones and spend most of our time looking at screens. At camp, I get to unplug. I remember what it is like to be fully present with another human. I can't think of another place in the world where on Sunday I’m sleeping with thirty-six strangers and by Friday I have thirty-six new best friends.”
However, it’s not just Girl Scouts that can get in on the summer camp fun. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has three summer resident camps that are open to all girls, whether or not they are registered Girl Scouts.
According to Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), 72% of girls ranked camping as their most enjoyable outdoor experience in Girl Scouts. GSRI also found that Juniors (grade 4 and 5) and Cadettes (grades 6, 7, 8) that attend Girl Scout resident camps more than once were stronger at seeking challenges, solving problems, and resolving conflict.
With a vast amount of opportunities ranging from hiking, kayaking, fishing, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, and more - girls will spend the summer exploring their interests, interacting with nature, and working with others in a positive and supportive all-girl environment.
Girls will have amazing opportunities at any one of the council’s summer resident camps. Whether it’s sleeping among the trees at the Camp Graham (Vance County) treehouse unit, sailing along the Pamlico River at Camp Hardee (Beaufort County), or reaching the top of Camp Mary Atkinson’s (Johnston County) Alpine Tower – each camp offers a variety of activities unique to that property while also providing a core summer camp experience.
Whether a girl is interested in exploring the outdoors, horses, watersports, or leadership, she will discover at summer camp that anything is possible. Camp registration opens February 1, 2017. To learn more or to sign up for summer camp visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.