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Why Girl Scout Camp?

Go to girlscoutstoday.org/camp to find out more. Camp 2013 is just around the corner. Register early, spots will fill fast!
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Val Harle

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Why Girl Scout Camp?

Girls' worlds are changing Research shows being outside makes girls more caring and aware Camp is changing with girls to provide these benefits and ensure girls get to experience the outdoors. We hire qualified staff who understand girls and believe in the benefits of camp. Research shows that children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago – and much more time doing "inside" activities. Why Girl Scout Camp? what can a girl do? Study: Juster, F. Thomas et al. (2004).  "Changing Times of American Youth: 1981-2003", Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Child Development Supplement  Increased time in nature makes one nicer, enhances social interactions, and more. Study: Weinstein, N., Przybylski, A. K., & Ryan, R. M. (2009). “Can nature make us more caring? Effects of immersion in nature on intrinsic aspirations and generosity.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1315-1329. The average American child spends 53 hours per week (more than 7 hours a day) staring at some kind of electronic screen. Study: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.(2010).  Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds According to a recent survey, 88% of our membership believe that camp gives girls increased self confidence.
• 86% believe that camp gives girls a greater ability to interact with others
• 86% also say camp increased environmental stewardship. Children who are exposed to natural or outdoor settings receive benefits to their cognitive health, such as reduction of ADHD symptoms. Study: Wells, N.M. (2000). At Home with Nature: Effects of “greenness” on children’s cognitive functioning. Environment and Behavior (32), 6, pp 775-795.http://eab.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/32/6/775 Of those surveyed 93% of adults that attended camp in 2012 said that camp staff met or exceeded their expectations. 69% of those said that camp staff far exceeded their expectations.
In 2013, there is additional inclusion and conflict resolution training to help every girl feel welcome and safe.
All staff are first aid and CPR certified, other safety training includes small watercraft safety, health in the outdoors, and lifeguard certification.
Camp sessions and programming are designed by experienced professional educators. New Equipment, New Offerings, New ways to be outside. We've improved activities like archery, joining the National Archery in the Schools Program, and added new equipment like kayaks, added science and technology equipment like laptops and robotics.

More choices have been added to camp girl can choose:
to camp individually or with a friend
in partnership with an adult
with their troop
a new session where the girl chooses her daily activities individually
new sessions where girls complete a journey
a new bunkhouse sleeping option that is air-conditioned We need your help.
Not enough girls or adults know about Girl Scout camp and its benefits.

According to a 2012 survey, 60% of parents said their friends was their key source of information about summer camp. Outdoor education and camping has a long tradition in Girl Scouts because
Girls learn leadership
Girls learn independence
Girls learn to solve problems. We need you to spread the word. 100% of parents surveyed in 2012 believe
their daughter's camp experience was worth the investment. DISCOVER CONNECT TAKE ACTION To learn more, visit http://www.girlscoutstoday.org/camp Unfortunately there are less girls going to Girl Scout camp.

In the summer of 2007, we served almost 2600 girls at camp.

In the summer of 2012 we served just 1496 girls. Help us spread the word about camp. Tell your girl. Tell your troop. Help them get ready, help them see that camp is for EVERY girl
even if she doesn't like camping,
even if she is scared (or her mom is),
even if she thinks it's not cool,
even if she's too busy
We have redesigned camp with all of these things in mind and more. Changes in American Children’s Time, 1981-1997, Sandra Hofferth and John Sandberg, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, 1999 Children aged 3 to 12 spend
1%
of their time outdoors. (Parent Camp Survey, January 2012 Active Network Lifestyle Panel)
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