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Girl Scouts welcome summer camp, in-person and virtual sessions available to all girls


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Tackling a climbing wall, studying the night sky, campfire treats—the adventures and traditions of summer camp are open to all girls who register for 2021 summer sessions hosted by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA).

In-person and virtual sessions are available to both non-members and members of Girl Scouts. Starting in June and running through August, each session provides girls the opportunity to experience the benefits of an all-girl environment and the time-tested, successful leadership programming of Girl Scouts.

“The magic of camp happens as a girl finds her independence,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “With her fellow campers cheering her on, she bravely tries a brand-new thing—a tin foil dinner from the campfire, peeking under a rock to learn about bugs, or throwing a hatchet. It’s a foundation to grow her confidence to know that she can do anything, and that’s why outdoor experiences have always been a cornerstone of Girl Scout programming.”

With more than 100 in-person camp sessions across GSWPA’s four camp properties, which are in Armstrong, Butler, Cambria, and Erie counties, there are a wide variety of topics and adventures for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade to explore. Session styles include day camp, resident camp, family camp, troop camp, and leadership camp.

GSWPA has implemented new safety measures following guidance from the CDC, state, and local authorities, as well as the American Camp Association and Association of Camp Nurses. Regardless of the camp’s location, all GSWPA camps will follow the guidelines of the county with the strictest COVID-19 recommendations within the council’s western Pennsylvania footprint.

"Girls are excited to get back to camp this summer, and sessions are filling quickly," said Burkart. "Registering early is the best way to secure her spot for an amazing summer—the summer she deserves."

For girls with busy summer schedules that are still eager to learn and earn badges, GSWPA offers five unique, week-long virtual sessions that focus on specific topics and feature an at-home activity kit for each camper. Virtual sessions include family fun nights, campfires, pre-recorded materials, and live, interactive video sessions.

To learn more about camping with GSWPA or to discover the perfect camp session visit gswpa.org/camp.

 

More about our four GSWPA camp properties:

In addition to the unique opportunities at our four camps, each one offers extra adventure and fun with traditional camp activities like campfires, hikes, swimming, earning badges, and campfire cooking.

Camp Conshatawba: Located in in Summerhill, Cambria County, less than 15 miles from Johnstown, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, and 185 miles from Erie. It sits on nearly 300 acres of wooded, hilly terrain in the Allegheny Mountain Range, with a stream running through the camp. Features include:

  • climbing tower
  • treetop zipline course
  • shooting sports range for archery and BB/pellet guns
  • hatchet throwing
  • swimming pool

Camp Hawthorne Ridge: Camp Hawthorne Ridge in Girard Township, Erie County, is located 15 miles south of Erie, 120 miles north of Pittsburgh, and 185 miles from Johnstown. It boasts more than 200 beautiful, wooded acres and features specialty residential summer camp sessions for girls of all ages. Features include:

  • low ropes course 
  • hatchet throwing
  • target and field archery
  • slingshots
  • swimming pool

Camp Redwing: Camp Redwing in Renfrew, Butler County, has been delivering amazing adventures for Girl Scouts since 1923. Just 15 minutes from downtown Butler, 45 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, 86 miles from Johnstown, and 104 miles south of Erie, this beautiful camp spans 123 acres along the Connoquenessing Creek. Features include:

  • splash pad
  • hiking 
  • 9-hole frisbee golf course
  • canoeing

Camp Skymeadow: Camp Skymeadow is located at the southern tip of Armstrong County, near Avonmore, about a one-hour drive from both Pittsburgh and Johnstown and about 150 miles south of Erie. Camp Skymeadow is our horse program headquarters! Situated on 371 acres of grassy meadows and forested hills, it features miles of trails that will challenge girls as they progress through our riding levels.  Features include:

  • horse programs
  • stand-up paddleboarding
  • fishing
  • backpacking
  • swimming pool