What does your girl need to pack for camp?

[This post originally appeared at on GSWNY’s blog]

Recently one of our camp experts took to Facebook Live to show everyone tips and tricks behind packing for camp. She uses her extensive experience to guide us through the struggle of thinking we need to bring everything plus the kitchen sink.

For easy reference, here’s a list of her suggestions:

What gear/equipment do I 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. Your 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 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 do I need?

  • Sneakers! You CANNOT hike in sandals.
  • Sweatshirt
  • 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 to go swimming, then put dirty underwear back on! Ew!
  • Sandals for showering

What personal items should I 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
  • Any other 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 I 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
  • 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 (or really any art supplies! We have a whole building devoted to art! You’ll have everything you need there!)

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 you’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 clothing mix-ups.

Thank you for a great Summer Camp Week!

As we wrap up Summer Camp Week, we want to thank everyone who participated, registered, and shared with us! It was a great way to preview camp and help beat these cold spring blues!

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The fun isn’t quite over yet, though! Susan is bringing you camp memories all morning long, live from the Rochester office! Check out our Facebook for staff and member memories!

Below are Susan’s favorite times from Camp Seven Hills!

Don’t forget about our upcoming Camp Open Houses, starting this Sunday at Camp Piperwood!

SUMMER CAMP WEEK IS HERE!

It seems like spring is refusing to reach Western New York, but that won’t stop us from enjoying our first glimpse of summer – SUMMER CAMP WEEK! This annual celebration reminds us why camp is so much fun and leads up to our first open house at Camp Piperwood, happening April 22.

Today starts with sharing your favorite camp memories at our Service Centers. If you have a special memory from Camp Seven Hills, let us know!

2018 Camp Week Flyer

 

It’s going to be a great week, and we can’t wait for everyone to join in the fun with us! Speaking of fun, have you registered for camp yet?

Session 2 Programs

Each week, we’re going to preview the different weeks for you here, but you can access the complete Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Session 2 runs starts Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Registration for our first session closes July 2, 2018.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2018

  • Zoologist – during this week you will tour the horse barn, spend time with the horses, and speak to the riding director about what it takes to care for these beautiful animals. You will also learn about animal habitats, proper food, and proper care needed for all different kinds of animals. Make your own terrarium, identify plants that are edible for both animals and humans! Make your favorite furry friend a toy to bring home. During this special week you will take a day trip to the Buffalo Zoo to see how other animals live and are cared for.

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2018

  • A Horse of Course – this two week course goes through session 3 to July 27. Lessons focus on balance, seat equitation, control at a walk & trot (canter for more advanced riders), skills, and horse management including basic barn chores, grooming, cleaning the stalls, and feeding. At the end of your two weeks have a Mini Horse Show for family and friends, and win prizes for showmanship and sportsmanship.
  • Camp Like a G.I.R.L. – for two sessions through July 27 you can be an innovator and create delicious meals cooked over a campfire, then share with your fellow camp mates in the Seven Hills Outdoor Cook Off. Take the lead and guide your group through the trails of Seven Hills to find the perfect spot for your overnight camping experience. Be that risk taker who tries new things and explores all that camp has to offer.
  • GIRLbots –  work with robots like your favorite ones from the movies! Spend this week learning all about robotics. Girls will work with Engineering for kids to design, program, and control a fully functional robot!
  • Climbing Masters Two – another two session opportunity to challenge yourself and master the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course. On Saturday it’s off to Camp Piperwood to experience their adventurous ropes course. All of the great ropes course elements of Seven Hills and Piperwood are available for your group to choose.
  • Secret Agent Girl – turn your unit into your very own covert headquarters as you create secret codes to communicate with your secret agent pals. Practice your map, compass, and trail sign skills to leave clues for your fellow agents to follow on a secret mission. Plan a treasure hunt to complete your mission and save the day. At the end of the week, plan Friday’s all-camp activities for all of your fellow camp spies.
  • Sneak-a-Peek Mini Session – if you’re looking for the Girl Scout Camp experience without taking a whole week, this program is for you. Join us Sunday through Wednesday for swimming, boating, arts and crafts, camp songs, and more.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2018

  • A Little at a Time Mini Session – if you’re looking for the Girl Scout Camp experience without taking a whole week, this program is for you. Join us Sunday through Wednesday for swimming, boating, arts and crafts, camp songs, and more.
  • Crazy for Horses – this two-week equestrian program includes all levels of horseback riding. Lessons will focus on balance, seat equitation, control at a walk & trot (canter for more advanced riders), skills, and horse management including basic barn chores, grooming, cleaning of the stalls, and feeding. At the end of your two weeks have a Mini Horse Show for family and friends and win prizes for showmanship and sportsmanship.
  • Scuba Diving Explorers – experience the underwater world through a mask, snorkel, and breathing device for two weeks. Professional scuba instructors from Dip N’ Dive will take you through every step necessary for you to obtain your Jr. Open Water Diver or your Open Water Diver scuba certification. Spend your week at camp training in our Seven Hills pool covering the first phase of your certification. Spend your second week completing the second phase – an open-water dive with overnight conducted at the Windmill Quarry, located in Fort Erie, Canada, along with overnight stay.Participants must meet the basic swim requirements and health requirements set by Dip N’ Dive. If they do not, they will be placed in an alternate program at camp. (Basic swim consists of 200-yard swim, treading water for 10 minutes, and floating for 10 minutes.)
  • The Lazy Days of Summer – spend two weeks lazing the days away at Camp Seven Hills. Sleep in late into the morning if you so choose, lounge by the pool during the day, or just catch up on one of your favorite books. The decision is yours to make during these relaxing weeks at camp.

Register for camp today! 

Session 1 Programs

Camp Seven Hills opens in just under three months and we’re so excited for all of the programs we have planned! Each week, we’re going to preview the different weeks for you here, but you can access the complete Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Session 1 runs starts Sunday, July 8, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. Registration for our first session closes June 25, 2018.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2018

  • Pony Pals – this is an introductory program designed to introduce girls to our horse program at Seven Hills. They’ll tour the barn, meet the horses, and start learning the basics of riding and grooming.
  • Silly Scientists – science gets silly during this week filled with wacky experiments. Girls will drop eggs, make slime, capture clouds in jars, eat homemade ice cream, and take home instructions to repeat the fun at home!

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2018

  • Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste – this week is dedicated to the art of yoga and relaxation. Girls will create Japa Mala bead strings used in ancient Japanese meditation, make barefoot yoga sandals, design thankful jars, and practice their yoga poses.
  • Camp Adventure G.I.R.L. – spend your week learning exactly what it takes to be a Camp Adventure Girl. You’ll learn how to create your own shelter using rope and materials you find around you, build your own fire, cook outside, pitch a tent, and practice first-aid basics. You’ll even be taught how to create a solar still to obtain potable water.
  • Climbing Masters – master all the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course and challenge yourself all week long! You can earn patches by completing Island in the Sky, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo, Burma Bridge, and the Zip-Line.
  • Long Reins, Free Walk – a riding program designed for girls at all skill levels, this session is dedicated to the basics of English riding, as well as stable management. At the end of the week, girls will perform a dressage test and learn what the judges look for in their presentations.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2018

  • A Little at a Time Mini Session – if you’re looking for the Girl Scout Camp experience without taking a whole week, this program is for you. Join us Sunday through Wednesday for swimming, boating, arts and crafts, camp songs, and more.
  • G.I.R.L. Tough – take being a G.I.R.L. to the next level! This program allows girls to create and plan overnight expeditions, build an outdoor obstacle course, and compete for the Tough Mudder Award in the first annual Seven Hills Mid Challenge.
  • Riders Up – it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro with this horse camp. Girls will learn the basics of a rider’s position and how to control their horse. They’ll work on dressage tests throughout the week while learning stable management skills, leading to a small horse presentation at the end of the week.
  • Seven Hills Amazing Race – the popular television show comes to life at Seven Hills where girls can team up and conquer challenges across six ‘countries’ in camp. Roadblocks include climbing, outdoor cooking, archery, kayaking, and more.

Girls in Grades 9-12 in Fall 2018

  • Escape Artists – calling all girls who like to solve problems and embrace challenges! Our Escape Artists camp is designed for you to decipher clues, solve puzzles, do research, and crack the codes. There’s also a day trip to the Buffalo Escape Room to put those skills to the test.

Register for camp today!