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Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Proven to Enhance Leadership Capabilities

Since the founding of Girl Scouts in 1912, our Movement has encouraged girls to get outside and develop important skills that can only be gained from outdoor activities. Camping and exploring in nature inspire physical play, allowing girls to develop confidence and creative reasoning skills that can help them in all aspects of life. In today’s day and age, it is more important than ever for girls to pursue activities outdoors, and our council provides girls with the perfect opportunity to do so through our three awesome Girl Scout summer camps, which are open to all girls in our 41 counties.

Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors, and this is largely due to the prevalence of technology in today’s society. Girl Scout camp gives girls the chance to take a break from their daily lives and technology to focus on exploring nature, developing independence, and most importantly, having fun. Through activities like canoeing, cooking outdoors, and archery, girls are stepping outside of their comfort zone and developing new talents and passions they did not know they had. These outdoor experiences help them to build skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity, and determination.

Another benefit of Girl Scout Camp is that it helps girls connect with and care for the environment, which technology often distracts them from. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts report much higher levels of environmental stewardship than other girls. When girls spend more time engaging in outdoor play through experiences like camp, they develop a concern and appreciation for the environment that makes them twice as likely to take action to protect it. When girls get outdoors, they learn not only about themselves, but the world around them, which inspires them to make a difference.

“Summer camp provides formative experiences for all girls” said Keli Diewald, Camp Program and Outdoor Education Executive. “It is a safe space for girls to be bold and adventurous, courageous and silly, curious and compassionate, creative and playful, and above all - uniquely themselves.” From climbing the Alpine Tower at Camp Mary Atkinson to learning to sail at Camp Hardee, there is something for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) at camp, and when girls unplug and get outdoors they are able to grow and develop memories to last a lifetime.

Registration for Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County, Camp Graham in Vance County, and Camp Hardee in Beaufort County opened February 1st. Registration is available to all girls rising grades 2-12. For more information, call Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines at (919) 782-3021 or visit


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