I love the Girl Scouts and like many of you, was one when I was younger. I was also a Brownie Troop leader as an adult. I love their mission and what they do. We were asked to share with you why we like Girl Scouts of Eastern PA and their camps, and below are a few thoughts from my friend Carol, who sends her daughters there. It has been my experience that Girl Scouts are quite accommodating and inclusive when it comes to having girls with special needs in their troops.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern PA’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Their summer camps definitely fulfill that mission. The Girl Scouts of Eastern PA summer camps offer many options for our young girls. There are day camps along with overnight camps. There are even partial week camp opportunities. The Girl Scouts are dedicated to instilling into our girls self sufficiency skills that they will need to move forward in life. The girls enjoy themselves at camp through many varied activities while learning skills needed to take them to independence. The camps help the girls to begin to tap into skills that will allow them to be functional in the real world.
Let’s face it, the world does not send our girls the most uplifting messages. The media and society tend to teach our girls a false sense of priorities and that attaining a certain level of physical beauty is what is required of young ladies. The Girl Scouts tackle that myth head on and teach our girls how to be courageous and confident; the real skills that are needed to be a leader. My girls continue to love their experiences with the Girls Scouts and as a mom I get to watch them grow each year in self confidence and self reliance. What could be better than that?
Here is the information on what Girl Scout camps are in our area and what each one offers:
Overnight Girl Scout Camps
Camp Laughing Waters (Gilbertsville, PA)
Camp Laughing Waters features 460 acres of rolling meadows, wide open spaces, a large swimming pool with lights, an athletic field, hiking trails, archery (4th grade and above) and horseback riding. In addition to their chosen program theme, all campers will participate in traditional camp activities (weather permitting) which may include swimming, arts and crafts, cookouts, campfires, hikes, nature activities, singing, and games.
Camp Mosey Wood (White Haven, PA)
Camp Mosey Wood is located in the Pocono Mountains on 425 acres and features a beautiful lake. In addition to their chosen theme, all girls experience traditional camp activities including swimming and boating on a daily basis (weather permitting). Other activities include arts and crafts, cookouts, campfires, hikes, nature, science, singing, archery (*4th grade and above at all campsites), climbing wall (6th grade and above), teambuilding activities, and wishing candles. All girls sleep in platform tents.
Camp Wood Haven (Pine Grove, PA)
Located in Schuylkill County, Camp Wood Haven has 200 beautiful acres of forests, meadows, and protected wetlands. Choose from a great selection of leadership, horse, animal, and trip programs with fun themes to make this your best summer ever. All girls enjoy swimming and age-appropriate activities like archery, low ropes, climbing wall, teambuilding, arts and crafts, journey activities, and more (weather permitting). Girls in grades 6-12 design their own activities in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” program. Campers may live in a tent, Adirondack shelter, or a treehouse with beds and mattresses.
Girl Scout Day Camps
Camp Mountain House (Allentown, PA)
Mountain House is a wooded sanctuary located in Lehigh County minutes away from Allentown. This popular day camp has two large cabins, a picnic pavilion, a nature trail and new this year, an outdoor stage for performances. In addition to their chosen theme week, all girls experience arts and crafts, archery, teambuilding activities and daily swimming offsite.
Shelly Ridge Day Camp (Miquon, PA)
Located just outside Philadelphia in Montgomery County at GSEP Headquarters, Shelly Ridge offers 113 acres of meadows and woodlands, an indoor activity lodge, and a large swimming pool. All girls who attend Shelly Ridge Day Camp experience a special themed week in addition to traditional camp activities including swimming, arts and crafts, archery, sports, and outdoor exploration.
Valley Forge Day Camp (Valley Forge, PA)
Valley Forge Day Camp has plenty to offer girls with a sports field, archery, Nature Shack, pool, and ample climate controlled indoor spaces including an art studio, kitchen facilities and multi-purpose rooms. In addition to the listed themes for each week, campers will also swim every day (weather permitting), visit Valley Forge National Park each week, and enjoy other traditional camp activities.