Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Girl Scout Camp: Then & Now

Girl Scouts has been nonpartisan and inclusive for 102 years. Even our very first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, GA, included girls of varying ethnicities, faiths, and economic backgrounds. This tradition is built into camp, a cornerstone Girl Scout experience.

While many camp and outdoor activities stick to tradition, Girl Scouts also provides more modern experiences and facilities, which many girls and their families are seeking.

From STEM camp and surf camp to Hogwarts camp, farming and sustainability camp, and Camp CEO, Girl Scouts is committed to pursuing its mission through innovative, fun, and memorable camp experiences.Take a look at...

Girl Scouts camp: then and now!

Then: 1970—Cheryl Williams, a unit leader in Tallahassee, FL, is surrounded by laughing campers. Source: NHPC
Now: A camp counselor and campers delight in the sun at Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s Girl Scout Camp River Ranch, nestled at the foothills of the Cascade mountains approximately 45 minutes outside Seattle. Source.

Then: 1925—A troop leader reads to scouts in a semi-circle in the "Cave,” a meeting place with table and bench. Two other Troop Leaders sit in the group. Source: NHPC.
Now: On a break from swimming in the camp pool and dominating the camp challenge courses, a troop leader reads to a troop from Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri’s Camp Prairie Schooner near Kansas City. Source

Then: 1940s (unspecified)— Seven scouts in a semi-circle roast marshmallow on sticks over a stone campfire. Source: NHPC.
Now: Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois keep alive the marshmallow-roasting tradition with fun and friends! Source.

Then: 1959—Six Senior Girl Scouts camp out; one girl plays guitar while they all sing together. Source: NHPC.

Now: All smiles and fun, Girl Scouts learn to play guitar outside together at Girls and Guitar camp! Source.

Then: 1919—Girl Scouts perform a circle dance in a clearing. Source: NHPC
Now: Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland incorporate Healthy Habits into camp programming to ensure girl wellness. Here, Girl Scouts create a handstand circle—we’re pretty sure they’re laughing under water! Source.

Interested in finding a camp for your girl to flex her leadership muscle and have some fun? Find your local council and contact them regarding their innovative, fun, and memorable camp experiences!