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Registration opens for Girl Scout summer camp in western Pennsylvania


Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) 2019 summer resident camp sessions are open for registration for girls in grades K-12. With more than 120 programs to choose from Girl Scout camp offers unique experiences that appeals to the interests of today’s girls.

Some of the newest activities for GSWPA campers to experience can include tomahawk throwing, mountain biking, backpacking, and tackling an adventure course with a climbing wall and zipline.

Specialty themed programs are developed to draw on girls’ hobbies and interests. Examples from the 2019 lineup of themed sessions include the following: preparing for a zombie apocalypse; receiving entry-level scuba diving instruction, attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; and barreling through a ninja course.

GSWPA camps are booming with opportunities for new hobbies, interests, leadership, responsibility, and friendships. Emma Hudnall, 16, of Sewickley has attended Girl Scout camp throughout her ten years as a Girl Scout, and she will be beginning her training to become a camp counselor this year.

“Camp is a truly magical experience, and I would recommend it to every single girl who wants to go,” Hudnall said. “It's so much fun to be around people you've never met before and to not be stuck to technology all the time.” She added, “I’ve been to all GSWPA camps, and the counselors and the girls I've met have been so nice, and they made me feel like I was at home.”

“I’ve been able to try new activities like archery that I wouldn’t normally get to try,” said Lauren Weisen, 13-year-old GSWPA Girl Scout and seasoned camper from Erie. “I’ve gained self-confidence and independence by being away from home.”

Sessions are offered at three of the four GSWPA camps: Camp Conshatawba near Johnstown, Camp Hawthorne Ridge just outside of Erie, and Camp Skymeadow near Avonmore in Armstrong County. GSWPA resident camp sessions include traditional camp activities like hiking, canoeing, swimming, arts, camp fires, singing, and skits.

Camping is a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience because of the fun, friendship, learning and amazing adventures that take place. According to a 2019 study from the Girl Scout Research Institute and the American Camp Association, Girl Scout camp, more than other youth camps, helps girls develop important life skills and positive characteristics. Most adults who attended Girl Scout camp say their camp experience was central to the development of their sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking skills, healthy relationships, and leadership skills.

While GSWPA camp sessions are only available to members, girls can join Girl Scouts at any time.