LIMA — Girl Scouts and the outdoors go together like a campfire and s’mores.
Registration is now open for Girl Scout summer camps located throughout western Ohio, including day and resident camps. The camps are open to all girls, not just Girl Scout members.
A complete list of prices, dates, times and program options for camp sessions available in June, July and August can be found at gswo.org/camp.
A wide variety of programs is available for every girl’s interests, including archery, swimming, watercrafts, acting/drama, hiking, adventure trips and much more.
Today’s camps are highly evolved, matching the interests of 21st-century girls. Girl Scouts moves at the speed of girls, which is evident in its wide range of camp offerings — everything from classic summer camp experiences to STEM camp and the new Air Camp, where girls will learn to pilot a real aircraft from Dayton Wright Brothers Airport in Miamisburg under the direction and support of an FAA certified pilot instructor.
Research by the Girl Scout Research Institute, More Than S’mores, affirms that girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors.
Camp builds problem-solvers and exposes girls to new experiences. Girls with more frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and are better at solving problems, qualities that will help them embark on a lifetime of leadership, both academically and personally.
Camp builds courage and confidence. Spending time in nature improves a girl’s concentration and creative reasoning. Outdoor experiences also help promote healthy social development and increase her self-esteem.
“Going to camp is often the first time girls are away from home on their own,” said Vicki Proctor, Outdoor Program and Partnerships team leader for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “We provide a safe environment and trained, caring adults who really teach girls how to be independent. They learn how to wake up on their own, make their beds, attend activities on time and keep track of their belongings, things some girls have never done before.”
For information, to register for camp or to join a scout troop, visit gswo.org/camp, call 888-350-5090 or email [email protected]