One Week Left to Apply for Financial Aid

[This post originally appeared on GSWNY’s Blog]

We believe in the benefits of camping for your girl, like providing her opportunities to develop and improve her leadership skills and educate her about acceptance and tolerance. Because of this, we want to provide every opportunity we can to get her there.

Financial assistance is available for all who fill out an online camp application. You can begin the process by going online to register here. As a reminder, our camperships are meant to assist you, not cover the entire cost.

Once you fill out an application, you will be asked to complete the Financial Aid – Household Income Information section, including how much you plan to be able to contribute. We provide a section for you to explain why you’re asking for assistance in as much detail as possible. You’ll also be required to submit income verification documents.

Please remember all of what you submit is confidential and we will never share your story with anyone else.

Other than the income requirements, there are a few considerations to remember:

  • Your girl must be a registered member of Girl Scouts of Western New York
  • Your application is due by June 1
  • You must be caught up on all your payments for cookies, QSP merchandise, programs, and prior years camp fees

We look forward to seeing your girl at camp!

Session 5 Programs

Today we’re discussing our LAST week of camp, happening Sunday, August 5, to Friday, August 10. Registration for our final session closes July 23, 2018. For more programs, visit our  Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2018

  • It’s My First Time Mini Session – this shorter session runs Sunday to Wednesday so new camps can experience the best of resident camp for the first time. They’ll sleep in our lodges, go swimming, play games, enjoy arts and crafts. Don’t forget about cookouts!
  • 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.

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2018

  • 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 Rein, 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.
  • 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.
  • Seven Hills Sisterhood – You and your friends make the choices that work for you. Select your favorite programs such as sports, nature, swimming, arts and crafts, and more.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2018

  • 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.
  • On Belay – master your balancing and maneuvering capabilities on the Seven Hills Ropes Course. Test your skills and conquer your fears as your try elements such as Islands in the Sky, Centipede, Burma Bridge, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo, or Zip-Line.
  • 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.

Register for camp today! 

Session 4 Programs

Our penultimate week of camp begins Sunday, July 29 , and runs to Friday, August 3. Registration for our fourth session closes July 16, 2018. To view our other programs, check out our Resident Camp Guide on our website.

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.
  • It’s My First Time Mini Session – this shorter session runs Sunday to Wednesday so new camps can experience the best of resident camp for the first time. They’ll sleep in our lodges, go swimming, play games, enjoy arts and crafts. Don’t forget about cookouts!

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2018

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Long Rein, 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.
  • Seven Hills Sisterhood – You and your friends make the choices that work for you. Select your favorite programs such as sports, nature, swimming, arts and crafts, and more.
  • Seven Hills Top Chef – bring out the chef in you this week where you’ll work with professionals in the cooking industry. With them you’ll prepare a variety of desserts, snacks, side dishes, and more. Plus you’ll take a trip to Tops Cooking School to work with their chefs on preparing great meals you can share with others.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2018

  • Night Owls – if you’re a night owl, this week is for you. Campers will explore the Seven Hills trails by night, enjoy glow-in the dark games, raid the kitchen, and even take a trip to a local laser tag center. Don’t worry about being tired the next day – with this camp you’ll sleep late and start your camp activities in the afternoon
  • On Belay – master your balancing and maneuvering capabilities on the Seven Hills Ropes Course. Test your skills and conquer your fears as your try elements such as Islands in the Sky, Centipede, Burma Bridge, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo, or Zip-Line.
  • 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.

Register for camp today! 

Session 3 Programs

This week we’re reviewing our Session 3 programs, happening Sunday, July 22, to Friday, July 27. Registration for our third session closes July 9, 2018. For more programs, visit our  Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2018

  • It’s My Second Time – this week focuses on all the fun of camp. Your girl will swim, cook outdoor, do arts and crafts, show off their drama skills.
  • 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

  • A Horse of Course – this two week course goes through session 2 and 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2018

  • Night Owls – if you’re a night owl, this week is for you. Campers will explore the Seven Hills trails by night, enjoy glow-in the dark games, raid the kitchen, and even take a trip to a local laser tag center. Don’t worry about being tired the next day – with this camp you’ll sleep late and start your camp activities in the afternoon
  • 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!