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What is a Girl Scout Camp?

Girl Scout Camps are designed to help girls discover new talents and skills, enjoy real-world learning experiences and find a supportive group of friends. Keep reading to learn more…

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What to Expect

Operated by Girl Scouts of the USA, these camps are driven by the core values of the Girl Scouts. You can expect the same traditional summer camp activities as other camp types, but outdoor living and team-building will be key focuses to generate independence and strong relationships between campers. These camps are often on the rustic side – expect platform tents with camp beds – but have a real family feel and are designed to help you connect with nature. They also usually run Monday-Friday, so you’ll get weekends off to explore.

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Skills & Experience

  • Enthusiasm & a Fun-Loving Attitude

    Girl Scout Camps run similar activities to traditional summer camps. This means they will still be looking for counselors who can make sure their campers enjoy the best summer ever.

    By approaching every day and every activity with enthusiasm and fun, you’ll make sure your campers feel the same way too. They’ll be much more willing to step out of their own comfort zones and embrace new experiences, especially if they’re first-time campers who might already be feeling a bit unsure or nervous.

  • Communication

    From sunrise to lights out, you’re likely talking to someone, somewhere. From your campers themselves, to other counselors and staff members, you’re going to need your communication skills to be in tip-top shape.

    With the campers, you need to be able to strike the balance between understanding and following rules and expectations, and creating incredible memories of one of the best summers they’ll ever have. Although, remember communication isn’t just about talking - you’ll need to actively listen to any problems or concerns, and make sure campers feel valued and heard.

    With other counselors and staff members, you’ll also be building a network of hugely supportive relationships at camp, and likely developing new friendships you’ll have for years and years to come. Communication becomes one of the most important aspects of the teamwork you’ll need to make sure each day runs smoothly.

  • Organisation

    From keeping to camp schedules to making sure you and your campers have everything you need for the day ahead, organisation is so important at camp. Your campers are going to rely on you to make sure they have all the information and equipment they need to have the best time at every activity. It’s on you to make sure you don’t let them down!

  • Patience

    You’re going to spend a minimum of 9 weeks working with kids of varying ages at camp. They’re going to be excited and energetic, and you just wait until the sugar in those s’mores hits their system!

    Patience is a hugely valuable skill to have in your remit. By being patient you’ll be able to let the campers express themselves to their fullest, all the while retaining control, maintaining the fun and being as supportive as you possibly can. When a challenge arises, patience can help you navigate it with ease.

  • Flexibility

    Camp life and kids are unpredictable, so having some flexibility is going to help you out a lot in daily camp life. Joining this together with some problem-solving skills, you’ll be able to navigate plenty of tricky situations.

    From changes to the schedule, handling bad weather or dealing with unexpected events, being flexible will help you handle a changing camp environment in a way that means your campers likely remain oblivious to the fact that this wasn’t the plan all along. The more enthusiastic you are about new plans, the more on board your campers will be too!

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Real Experiences

Don't just take our word for it - this is just a snapshot of the amazing summers our participants have had at summer camp.

You are captivated by the surroundings and unplugged from the outside world. It’s an adventure inside a bubble that you never want to pop, full of lasting friendships and unforgettable memories.

Cherie, Camp Farwell VT

Cherie, Camp Farwell VT

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Camp is one of the best experiences you can have, it allows you to experience new cultures, make new friends and Girl Scout camps are the perfect place to immerse yourself into nature!

Anya, Camp Runels NH

Anya, Camp Runels NH

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Taking the campers out on the lake, doing things they'd never usually have the opportunity or support to do, was the greatest feeling. Seeing them feel like they can do anything was the best!

Lucy, Camp Northwood NY

Lucy, Camp Northwood NY

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Camp is the great place to try new activities and make amazing memories as everyone is supportive and happy to help you grow out of your comfort zone while finding your favourite hobbies and interests.

Emily, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center VA

Emily, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center VA

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Staff started camp with a mix of experience but none of that mattered. You are well trained and everyone supports each other creating a close-knit community like no other.

Katie, Camp Lee Mar PA

Katie, Camp Lee Mar PA

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Being able to go back and see my friends again and try different activities and new roles every year just keeps it exciting. Every year brings new fun and new challenges.

Rachel, Camp Sebago ME

Rachel, Camp Sebago ME

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Is a Girl Scout Camp for Me?

Girl Scout Camps are just for girls! They also primarily look for general counselors, as they are looking for staff who will help girls to grow their confidence and try new things. If you opt-in to these camps, we’ll ask about any prior experience with groups like Brownies or Girl Guides as this will help your application. Girl Scout Camps are filled with fun traditions – campfires, camp songs, outdoor cooking, and your real name will be kept secret from campers so pick a good nickname!

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Ready for the experience?

If you’re inspired to spend your summer with the Girl Scouts, start your application today by following the link below. Spend your summer working and travelling the USA and becoming a role model to girls at whichever camp you call home.