Why summer camp is great!

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

camp ceoIf you’ve ever been to Girl Scout summer camp you probably will not be surprised to hear about all of the benefits for girls participating in a summer camp program. You probably didn’t realize it at the time you were at summer camp, but as an adult, you most likely still have fond memories of your time at camp, and you now know all of the skills it taught you.

If you’ve never had the chance to go to summer camp then you might be surprised to know the great things happening!

At Girl Scout summer camp girls can:

Experience success and become more confident – Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school.

Unplug from technology – When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always lots to do.

Grow more independent – Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move.

Learn social skills – Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp builds teamwork

Make true friends – Camp is the place where kids can make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together.

See? There are so many reasons why camp is great! So, pop over to the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org, take a look at the summer camp brochure, and sign up for a session today!



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