Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Girl Scout Camp Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

In a world full of screens—smartphones, laptops, and tablets—be the girl who also loves the outdoors and understands the value of spending time in nature!

Research shows that summer camp can help children retain a significant amount of what they learn during the school year. And at Girl Scout camp, girls also have the chance to make new friends; gain confidence; and have awesome new experiences, like sailing, creative arts, horseback riding, drama, and ropes courses—so many valuable lessons!

Thanks to a recent study, we know that the things girls learn in camp help them build important skills that last a lifetime. When we asked Girl Scouts how camp helps them in their everyday lives, we got some inspiring answers. Can you relate? Share your incredible camp story on Instagram and Twitter, tagging @girlscouts, or email us at socialmedia@girlscouts.org.

Of the things you learned at camp, which is the most valuable to you today? Why?

“That there are valuable things within myself, I am a part of something much bigger than myself, and I have worth in this world. Being surrounded by empowered, confident, and sometimes silly women inspired me. I wanted to be just like my leaders.” (age 18, Camp Ledgewood, OH)

“Being confident in myself and who I am. Camp took me from [being] an incredibly shy girl who had one friend in the world to who I am today. I can be myself with anyone, because I am no longer afraid of rejection.” (age 18, Camp Bette Perot, TX)

“Our society [supports] such a social media–driven, attention-seeking lifestyle, it is hard to find self-worth in a world that constantly asks for ‘likes’ and attention from others for reassurance. Camp gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my abilities and a sense of self-worth that I was unable to find through other [activities in] my life.” (age 24, Camp Lou Henry Hoover, NJ)

“Compassion and empathy, because they make me a better person.” (age 20, Camp Wind-in-the-Pines, MA)

“How to be positive and encouraging of others, as well as myself. These are skills that I will need not only in my career but in my everyday life.” (age 20, Stevens Ranch, TX)

“Other campers and staff pushed me to explore and try new things that I may not have done on my own. Today, I still continue to push myself to try new things, no matter how hard it can be at times.” (age 19, Camp Wind-in-the-Pines, MA)

“Appreciation for nature, because we have only one Earth and we need to treat it nicely.” (age 44, Camp Lou Henry Hoover, NJ)

“I learned to be independent and to effectively lead others to reach their full potential.” (age 18, Camp Ledgewood, OH)

“To value differences. It is something hugely important [to me] as a teacher, Girl Scout, parent, and human being.” (age 34, Camp Runels, NH)

“Working with others will get you much further in your career than talent and knowledge will. Both talent and knowledge are important, but having the ability to form relationships with the people you work with and for, and with your clients, means so much more.” (age 22, Camp Cedarledge, MO)

Want more outdoor resources to plan activities with your girl(s)? We've got them!

And if you haven't already, try a Girl Scout camp near you, where amazing adventures being. For even more great times, check out the Outdoor badges you can earn as a Girl Scout!

Quotes used in this blog come from Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Camp Association Camper Impact Study, 2018