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Welcome, Parents/Guardians!

We know you want your girl to have the best summer camp experience possible and we do, too! Since our goal is the same, we wanted to provide you with information to help make it easier to give her the amazing summer adventure she's looking for. 

We also recommend peeking at the camper page because it's pretty awesome over there, too. 

Why Send Her To Summer Camp?

We could seriously talk about this all day, but the short version of the key benefits are:

  • Develop and cultivate girls’ self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, and self-respect.
  • Build girls of courage, confidence, and character by providing opportunities for girls to experience camp life on their own.
  • Focus on the 3 keys to leadership: discover new skills within themselves, connect with others through team building and problem solving, and take action by making things better at camp and in their communities.
  • Provide a safe environment that encourages leadership, imagination, and acceptance as well as a community where girls feel less at risk. 

Some of the key goals of our summer camp programs are: 

  • Provide opportunities for campers to develop and improve on their leadership skills.
  • Nurture and develop campers’ personal accomplishments and responsibilities.
  • Educate campers on the importance of acceptance and tolerance.

Plus, the American Camp Association has even more insight into the benefits of camp! Click here to read about it. 

Also: Camp Piperwood, Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest are all ACA (American Camp Association) accredited!

What do other parents say about camp?

Comments from Camp Seven Hills parents: 

"They were very accommodating to all her needs in her first time away from home. They seemed very supportive towards her as I never received the phone call I was sure I was going to get the first night."

"Daughter said this was the best year out of 6 years!"

"[When she came home from camp,] my daughter decided by herself to actually clean out her room of all her old toys and outgrown clothing; something I have been trying to get her to do for over a year!"

"Trips and adventure are key to the older girl experience. I see immense leaps in independence with each experience of this type."

"She's shown leadership skills since she was 5 years old, and camp has enhanced that."

"Girl Scouts has afforded me the opportunity to put my granddaughter in a safe, fun, and fulfilling place!"


Comments from Camp Timbercrest parents: 

"My daughter had an amazing experience and Camp Timbercrest is a beautiful location."

"She was gone for 6 days and came back more confident and self assured. She was very proud of herself."

"My daughter always comes home from a week of camp with a more gracious attitude and ready and willing to jump in and help."

"She wishes to return next year as a RCIT!"

"She loved the swimming and the Polar Bear challenge. She also was interested in horses and arts and crafts."

"I am pretty sure she would stay longer if she could."

"The staff was very friendly and kind to our daughter. She said that everyone was very friendly and more like family at Camp Timbercrest."

"My daughter had the best time. When it was time to leave she got emotional, she absolutely loved the camp leaders that were in her group, and I loved that her first solo camping experience was such an awesome one. Empowering my daughter with other awesome women is super important to me. And Girl Scouts (camping) offers that!"


Comments from Camp Piperwood parents:

"My daughter didn't want to even go but after a day she didnt want camp to end!"

"My daughters absolutely loved it. It was their first time attending and we will be back next year!"

"Can't be anything better then when my daughter comes home smiling and can't stop talking about how wonderful camp was!"

"She's excited to talk about it to the girls in her troop that didn't attend camp this summer. She's excited to show them games she learned and songs she sang."

"She learned new songs, how to do new friendship bracelets, improved her archery, and generally improved her camping skills."

"This was her 3rd year at Piperwood for journey week and she plans to go back next year."

"It a great place for girls especially one who never been apart from mom or need help with leadership and confidence."

"Girl Scout camp has made a huge difference in my daughter's life. Camp gives her a place to be a kid and have fun. Summer would awful without this time and the special attention she gets from all the camp counselors."

"She loved the outdoor cooking. Made this camp stand out from other camps she attends."

Packing Tips

This is a pretty thorough packing list, but please keep in mind that if your girl is in a specialty program such as a horse program, she will need a few extra things. All the info for each individual camp is in the Camp Information Packets, but you can also call 1-888-837-6410 or email customercare@gswny.org to ask questions.

What gear/equipment does she need for camp?

  • WATER BOTTLE (Please encourage your daughter to drink water regularly at camp. Just because she doesn’t feel thirsty doesn’t mean she’s not dehydrated.)
  • Sleeping bag, best if rated for down to at least 40 degrees – character bags, novelty bags, etc are meant for sleeping indoors in a temperature controlled room. Nature gets cold at night (colder than some people realize).
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight (and extra set of batteries)
  • Washcloth and towel for showers
  • Towel for swimming
  • Bug spray (no aerosol)
  • SUNSCREEN! (No aerosol) Please teach your daughter how to apply it and how MUCH to apply. Staff and other girls can help with places like her back.) Her hairline CAN BURN! If her hair is parted, encourage her to put some sunscreen on the part even if she doesn’t like the feel of it in her hair.
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Poncho/jacket/etc – Please no umbrellas, they make it hard to do activities and are an injury-risk.
  • Mess kit with dunk bag – plastic bowl, plate, cup, and silverware, and a mesh bag. You can buy these pieces separately at Walmart/Target/etc. and use a mesh laundry bag for very cheap if you can’t find a kit you like.
  • Backpack
  • Bag for dirty laundry

What clothing does she need?

  • Sneakers! She CAN NOT hike in sandals.
  • Sweatshirt/hoodie
  • One-piece bathing suit (best suited for lawn games that involve running, slip-n-slide, etc) Two-pieces and bikinis can be uncomfortable for very active activities.
  • Item to tie-dye (cotton shirt, bandanna, etc). 
  • Long pants for hiking
  • A few extra pair of underwear – You don’t want her to go swimming, then put dirty underwear back on! Ew!
  • Sandals for showering
  • Shorts, t-shirts, etc. based on the daily weather expected during her time at camp

What personal items should she bring?

  • Medication – This gets checked in with the nurse on arrival at camp. The nurse will either keep the medicine locked up and distribute it at the required times, or will make note about the girl carrying the item with her (such as asthma medication).
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and hair ties
  • Personal care items (deodorant, contact solution and case, glasses, soap, shampoo, menstrual care, etc)
  • Optional items: books, film camera (no digital), stuffed animal, stationary and stamps, compass

Can she bring food?

No! Because of allergy concerns and more importantly because animals will smell food (even through wrappers) and raid tents, please do not pack or send your daughter food.

What else should NOT be packed?

  • Fruity smelling personal care items (animals can mistake the scent for food)
  • Body sprays, perfumes, etc.
  • Aerosol containers of any kind (they can cause damage to the tent materials)
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Electronic devices (phones, music players, digital cameras, etc)
  • Pocket knives or weapons (If pocket knives are needed for an activity, they will be supplied by the counselor)
  • Permanent markers 

What else?

Some programs require special equipment such as horse programs or off-site trips will have special items to pack. Please make sure you refer to your Camp Information Packet or call 1-888-837-6410 for questions about packing.

What are some ways to make packing easy?

  • Put all of a day’s clothing in a ziplock bag, smush the air out, zip it up, and label it. Also do the same for “extra” items like extra socks and underwear to make them easy to find. An empty grocery bag is enough room for all (or almost all) dirty clothing throughout the week.
  • Pack minimal where possible. You don’t need a whole entire container of shampoo for a week at camp. That bottle lasts a month or more at home, so estimate how much she’ll need then put it in a smaller container labelled with your girl’s name.
  • If your daughter is wearing any Girl Scout clothing or something common (such as a solid-colored sweatshirt), put her name on the tag. Girls that lose their cookie program sweatshirts often have them returned within an hour or two if they have their name on the tag. Without a name, it can take a significantly longer time. Names on the tag also prevent mix-ups.  
Prepping Your Girl For Camp
The Super-Important Info

The Camp Information Packets will tell you everything you need to know about your girl's camp experience including arrival, departure, packing, health information, sending mail, and more!

All the Camp Information Packets including Troop Camp, Friends And Family Weekends, and more are located on this page, but the most commonly used ones are: 

Camp Timbercrest 

Camp Seven Hills 

Camp Piperwood

Social Media

One of our most favorite things to do is share photos and videos of our camps! They're a point of pride for us and we love sharing the adventure with parents/guardians to give them more insight beyond the stories their girls come home with. 

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Camp Timbercrest Blog

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