The Summer We Camped At Home – Girl Scout Camp Reimagined

The Summer We Camped At Home – Girl Scout Camp Reimagined

Girl Scouts offers new virtual indoor and outdoor camp opportunities for girls to partake in with their families.

WESTERN NEW YORK (June 15, 2020) – Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) today launched its new reimagined Girl Scout Summer Camp with The Summer We Camped At Home Virtual Summer Camp experience. This new exciting form of Summer Camp allows girls and their families a variety of ways to stay connected and get outdoors given the limited camp and outdoor options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summer We Camped At Home is for girls ages 5 years old (or entering kindergarten in the fall) up to 17 years of age (or a high-school senior). Virtual Camp will be held from July 6 through August 15, 2020 with six weekly themes offered and led by Camp Counselors: July 6-10: Earth, July 13-17: Arts, July 20-24: Adventure, July 27-31: Friendships, August 3-7: Exploring, and August 10-14: Action.

Girls who attend will receive a special summer of 2020 camp patch. For added engagement, similar to a subscription box service, GSWNY will deliver six weekly-themed, age-appropriate Camp Activity Kits to each camper’s home via mail. Weekly Camp Activity Kits will include: materials for 3 themed activities and invitations for 3 live virtual sessions (M,W,F) to go through the activities with Camp Counselors and the other girls in their group. An Invitation to a virtual “Dining Hall” experience on Tuesdays. The traditional camp Dining Hall experience is filled with songs, laughter and more. Girls will be able to pull up a chair and join in on the fun. Automatic invitations to the live Virtual Campfires on Thursday nights with a mini song book (new songs every week)! Younger girls will have the opportunity to write “pen-pal” letters to GSWNY Camp Mascots (Molly the Whale, Rosie the Rabbit and Bernadette the Turtle). Junior Girl Scouts and up will have facilitated virtual bunk chats to help girls stay connected with their camp friends. There will also be instructions for self-led activities including: 3 Outdoor activities, a weekly camp tradition and outdoor cooking recipe. And no camp experience would be complete without a friendship bracelet!

Girl Scout Summer Camp is an important part of the Girl Scout experience and we are happy to offer Summer Camp reimaged for girls and their families this summer,” said Girl Scouts of Western New York CEO Alison Wilcox. “Girl Scout Camp At Home allows us the ability to put the safety of girls, families, volunteers, and staff first, while still providing some fun alternatives to in-person camping.”

GSWNY made the decision in May to cancel in-person day and resident camps this summer due to safety concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

Other thrilling virtual events will include, Virtual Campfires every Thursday from July 9-August 13 at 7pm, the Family Outdoor Challenge each Monday from July 6-August 10, the Virtual Sleepout on August 15, and three national GSUSA virtual events in June, July, and August on topics surrounding: Engaging Responsibility in the Outdoors in collaboration with The North Face, Space Exploration: Mars to the Stars in collaboration with subject matter experts from our NASA-funded - Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts’ program, and a virtual campout at the Girl Scout Birthplace.

Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts ages 5-17 can register for Virtual Girl Scout Summer Camp. The weekly cost including the home-delivered Camp Activity Kit is $60 and non-Girl Scouts will need to enroll in Girl Scouts at the time of camp registration for $25 - financial aid is available. To learn more and register visit www.gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

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