Lynn lives in Upstate New York with her two fluffy dogs and tyrannical cat. With her writing, she hopes to make the world a better place.
A Message to Parents
Before I get into the details of why Girl Scout Camp is so great and why you have nothing to worry about, I want to tell you that I am not a parent yet. But I have been the Director at multiple Girl Scout Camps in New York, and I see parents struggle with the decision of taking their child back home or giving them some freedom. Even my own mother, who was the leader of our Girl Scout Troop when I was younger, struggled the same way as they did.
Even though I do not know the feeling of being a parent, I have dealt with many conflicted parents and I can imagine what they're going through. This article breaks down why camp is so good for your child and why it's good for you.
Girl Scout Camp for Your Child
Imagine: Summer is coming and your child is soon to be out of school for about 2 to 3 months. It's exciting, yet nerve-wrecking. How will you entertain them when you still have to work? Day camps are nice... Yes. And Girl Scouts offers those as well!
But why not give your child an experience they'll never forget?
At the age of seven, children can go to overnight camps. Overnight camp enriches a young child's mind and soul– Giving them the freedom to do what they want with supervision. At the start of the week, the counselors ask each camper what they want to do or accomplish and then they try to make it happen in that week!
This is the reason why kids go to overnight camp the first week... And then try to convince their parents to let them go back each week for the remainder of the summer. Rarely is a camper ever homesick because, throughout the week, they're doing activities that they love while making new friends! (And the home cooked, delicious meals are a plus.)
They don't just spoil the girls though. Counselors and other staff members actually teach them things– Useful skills that they will always apply to their lives. Each day brings something new along with routine, like; learning flag ceremony, setting tables in the dining hall for other campers, picking up after oneself, and having other responsibilities like making their bed each morning! It's not different than chores at home... Except camp chores tend to be more fun and rewarding.
Also, by involving the girls in activities such as; outdoor cooking, nature activities, crafts, and boating– Your daughter will have so much to tell you at the end of the week!
The Girl Scout Law
Parents: Take A Deep Breath...
Girl Scout Camp is the best way for a child to learn new skills, values, and feel some freedom away from home. Kids that go to camp become stronger, and their minds are more rich with knowledge after just one week. The best part is that your child doesn't have to be a Girl Scout upon signing up for camp– They'll be registered as one when they goes to camp and it's up to them if they want to continuing earning badges independently or join a troop where they'll make friends that will last a lifetime.
If you or your child are worried about bullies, Girl Scout Camp has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and counselors are trained to notice signs before a situation escalates. In which case, campers are spoken to discreetly with the camp directors or nurse with their counselor present, to address the problem head-on before parent involvement.
If you or your child are worried about homesickness, then we also have that under control! Parents are allowed to send letters or even give camp a stack of letters when you drop off your camper so that we can give them out as the week goes on. They can also write messages to you and we will help them mail the letter. Counselors are also trained to notice signs of homesickness and everyone helps to make that camper feel better without gaining the attention of other campers.
As I said before, summers can be tough when you are still working but your child is out of school. Camp is the best thing for your kid, but it's also good for you. If summer stresses you and conflicts with work, then your children are likely to notice this without you being aware. If you need a week where you know they're happy and having fun, then you might as well know they're safe!
At camp, almost every counselor is trained in CPR and First Aid, and we have a nurse on hand with a walkie talkie at their side. A camp nurse is practically Superman– They store and disperse medications at notated time and will ensure all campers get the medications they require so long as its approved by the parent first.
Girl Scout Camp Summed Up
How To Get The Journey Started ( + A Quick Recap)
Wondering how to get the ball rolling so your child can enroll in camp or in Girl Scouts? Research the closet Girl Scout Council in your area and send them an email or call them! There's someone at council year-round who is dedicated to work on summer programs and they also have resources about troops in your area. If there isn't one– You may be surprised to find out that the local district may run a troop for all ages.
Camp program brochures usually release around March or April of each year, but your council may be different! It's fun to check early because it'll get your child excited for camp early on. It's great to know what program interests them– Do they want to be a Water Bug or would they rather focus on Creative Minds?
Council will provide you a basic list of what to pack. Remember not to go overboard with things she may not need! It's best to check in with the Camp Director or even research online before packing if the packing list doesn't cover all your questions or concerns. If camp isn't in the budget– Don't stress! Check with council to see if they have a discount program or if you quality for a camp scholarship. There are so many resources for you and your future Girl Scout out there, you just have to ask!
- Girl Scout Camp is a fun and safe place.
- Your child can go to overnight camp at age 7.
- Your child will learn lifelong skills.
- Camp helps your child grow up strong.
- Camp also helps you to unwind for a bit.
- They don't have to be a pre-registered Girl Scout to go.
- Camp includes fun activities and routine in the average day.
- Camp isn't expensive and there can be extra assistance for you.
- Meals and snacks are included.
- Also included–The best experience your daughter will ever have!
johndwilliams from Essex England on December 03, 2014:
Great Hub! Love the detail and your writing... keep it up and write more please. Your Amazon cluster at the end looks too instense though - just saying :)