In response to COVD-19, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania designs in-home learning experiences for all girls
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) launched eight weeks of Camp At Home sessions that are open to any girl entering kindergarten through twelfth grade this fall. By adapting traditional in-person camp programs into online experiences, GSWPA provides an option for girls who have had many of their plans for the summer canceled over the last few months or are interested in a new camp format to continue to learn and explore new topics and ideas.
The Camp At Home sessions are divided by age-level and include live video sessions hosted by GSWPA expert outdoor program staff, including workshops to complete badge requirements, a family fun night, and an online campfire. Each camp session runs Monday through Friday through August 7, and the topics vary from space science and conservation to entrepreneurship and self-care.
“Our priority is always our Girl Scouts, but especially so during this pandemic,” says Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “While the way we are delivering these programs is new, they offer the same Girl Scout Leadership Experience that girls would have in person—fun and interactive skill-building activities alongside their friends.”
All Camp At Home sessions and descriptions can be found at gswpa.org/camp. Each of the five-day sessions are $25 for members, and non-members can join Girl Scouts any time to enjoy the same pricing.
GSWPA is also offering live, video-based workshops to provide skills and structured programming designed to help girls earn badges. The council also hosts free, weekly activities for all girls on Facebook. Learn more at gswpa.org/athome.
Beginning on July 1, 2020, non-members can register for the upcoming membership year and take advantage of these programs and more. For more information about Girl Scouts and the council’s summer-long plans to support girls, GSWPA will host online open house sessions for new members on Tuesday, June 30, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 15, 6-7 p.m. Sign up through our information page.
To participate in any GSWPA programs or to join or volunteer, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.