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Registration begins today for Girl Scout Camps located throughout Western Ohio. Camps are open for girls in grades K-12 who can choose from one day, overnight, or longer stays at one of the Girl Scout camp properties throughout the council.
Girls can select from a menu of exciting activities available for various age groups including archery, swimming, watercrafts, acting/drama, hiking, adventure trips, and much more. Prices for individual sessions start at $20.
“Girl Scout Camp is open to every girl everywhere,” said Vicki Proctor, Outdoor Program and Partnerships Team Leader for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, “You don’t have to be in a troop to go to camp, but you do have to be an official member. It’s a fun way for girls to spend their summer connecting with nature, making new friends, and creating lasting memories.”
Financial assistance is available for camp and for the $15 Girl Scouts membership fee. A portion of the funds raised through the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to provide the financial assistance, or “camperships”, in addition to maintaining camp facilities, training staff and volunteers, and supplying activity resources and tools.
“Going to camp is often the first time girls are away from home on their own,” said Proctor, “We provide a safe environment and trained, caring adults who really teach girls how to be independent. They learn how to wake up on their own, make their bed, attend activities on time, and keep track of their belongings – things some girls have never done before.”
Benefits of Outdoor Experience
According to a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, More Than S’mores, girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.
Outdoor experiences are also particularly beneficial to girls of comparatively low socioeconomic status (SES). More Than S’mores finds that lower-SES girls who have regular outdoor exposure through Girl Scouts are likely to credit Girl Scouts with helping them become leaders.
Registration Now Open
Girl Scout Camps are located within Allen, Defiance, Miami, and Warren Counties. A complete list of prices, dates, times, and topics can be found in the 2015 Girl Scout Camp Brochure, located on the organization’s website at gswo.org/camp.
“Historically, many of our sessions fill up quickly, so people shouldn’t wait to sign up,” said Proctor.
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