Girls love camp! It is exciting and chock-full of amazing activities and opportunities for new adventures. And we at Girl Scouts want to maike sure every girl has the opportunity to enjoy the traditional camp outings we all grew up with, while also taking advantage of the AMAZING variety of contemporary outdoor pursuits that camp allows them. In short, we want girls to have the camp experience they've always dreamed of.
Did you know...
Girl Scouts who have monthly outdoor experiences* (40%):
Are stronger problem solvers.
Are better challenge seekers.
Are more likely to recommend Girl Scouting to their friends.
* Data from How Girl Scouting Benefits Girls, TM & © 2014 Girl Scouts of the USA.
Every Kid in a Park Initiative
On September 1st, the National Park Service kicked off their Every Kid in a Park initiative, designed to encourage fourth graders to visit a national park, historic site, monument, or seashore. We are excited to partner with the National Park Service to help serve the goal of the Outdoor Initiative, which is to get girls outside more often and in engaging ways. Research has shown that going outside regularly cultivates curiosity and a sense of discovery about the natural world.
In our national parks, Girl Scouts are able to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger program and now, fourth-grade girls can receive a downloadable voucher that will give the girl and her troop or family free access to any national park, seashore, monument, or site for one year. Fourth-grade girls can go to Every Kid in A Park, complete the activities designed just for their age group, and receive the voucher. And be sure to tell your volunteers that they can take their fourth-grade girls to national parks for free this year!
Attention all GSCB camp supporters!
Whether you are a former camper, staff, volunteer, or just a supporter of one of our beautiful camp properties - we are seeking your help! The Kaleidoscope study conducted last fall reviewed all of our camp programs and properties and we are now hard at work reviewing and implementing recommendations to improve all of our properties.
We've brought a new Director of Outdoor Program and Property Director, Laura Arrington, to GSCB to lead the charge. Laura brings a great deal of enthusiasm and experience leading Girl Scout camps and outdoor programs.
One of Laura's first tasks, as shared during this year's Annual Meeting, is creating support groups, one for each of our unique camp properties. If you are passionate about helping our camps grow and flourish for decades of girls to come, read further to learn more about what we are doing and how you can be a part of it. The Girl Scouts of the future will thank you!
Friends of (Grove Point, Camp Todd, Country Center, Sandy Pines) Groups
1) To preserve the rich history of camp and help to deliver on its' promising future.
2) To promote, protect, and enhance GSCB camps.
3) To meet monthly to discuss needs, support events, and determine the best way to help camp.
1) To maintain facilities as they currently stand or assist with improvement efforts.
2) To raise funds to support the property.
3) To work in conjunction with Site Rangers and Program Managers to market the camps or property to local communities.
4) To identify individuals who could become significant funders or partners for programs, rebuilding efforts, or equipment.
Qualifications for Members of the Friends of... Group:
1) Belief in the mission of Girl Scouting.
2) Belief in the importance of outdoor programming and education.
3) Demonstrated history and commitment to Girl Scouting.
4) Prior experience with the specific camp either as camper, staff, or volunteer.
5) Ability to commit a minimum of 5 hours per month to the Friends Of... Group.
6) Ability to think "outside the box," be flexible and open to change, and have a positive attitude.
7) Experience or knowledge in real estate, fundraising, outdoor programming, marketing, or property management is a plus!
Anyone interested in joining a Friends of... Group can contact Laura Arrington, Director of Outdoor Program and Camp Properties, (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further consideration. Each submission should list 1) which camp you are interested in serving, 2) a brief synopsis of your history with that property, and 3) any other items which will help us to determine how your qualifications could best serve this important committee. Submissions are due by July 1, 2015.
Yours in Girl Scouting,