The Legend of the Friendship Stick

No camp experience is complete with a few traditions. One of our most cherished are our Friendship Sticks. We close every resident camp season with a final camp fire. During this event, our camp staff will present the current camp director with a Friendship Stick. They read the story behind the tradition and explain why one is presented each year. 

When you visit camp, you can see all the Friendship Sticks from over the years placed in dining halls. Below are a few Friendship Sticks from Camp Seven Hills. Keep scrolling to read the actual legend!

The Legend of the Friendship Stick

The wood of the friendship stick is alive and solid.  It is curved to fit the curve of the earth.  This symbolizes the friendship that can grow as do the wonderful trees of the forest. 

The green circle at the bottom is for faith—faith in God and faith in one another.  It is first because it is the basis of a happy and meaningful life. 

The next four circles represent the races of the world.  They stand close together indicating that all people are equal.  Every person is capable of becoming a loyal friend. 

The green of hope is above the races.  It is hope for the future.  It is hope that people everywhere will try to overcome any differences and human failings.  Both faith and hope are green—a combination of hues; both combinations of emotional feelings we cannot adequately describe.  The four races bound by faith and hope can produce unity—a working together for the good of all.  The four paths lead toward a central goal signifying the attainment of this unity. 

The smiling face is the result of friendship based on faith and unity.  It is a reminder of the person with whom we promise to be friends.  To be greeted by the smiling face of a friend is one of the greatest joys we can experience. 

The face is crowned by the Girl Scout colors indicating loyalty.

On the back, green is carefully placed opposite the four races to show that peace and charity can exist among all people. 

A Friendship Stick must be carved by its giver.  It shows time, thought, and effort. 

The Friendship Stick can be presented as a gesture of international goodwill; as a part of an inter-troop activity; as a sign of friendship between girls of one troop; at a campfire, or during an indoor ceremony. 

This legend has traveled with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world. 

Author: Ann Evans, Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Dates!

This summer, we’re living the #GirlScoutCampLife at Camp Seven Hills and can’t wait to have you experience it, too! July is a long way away, but here are some dates to help you countdown to camp!

January

Camp Guides Go Live Monday, January 14! Get your first look at this year’s programs at Camp Seven Hills. Registration is open and ready for you!

February

Girl Scout Cookie Season! Okay, this technically begins in January, but it goes through February before booths start in March. This is important for camp because if you sell 1,000+ boxes, you can receive a free week at camp!

March

Early Bird Discount Ends! Make sure your Girl Scout is registered for camp by Friday, March 29, to enjoy a $20 Early Bird Discount!

May

Taste of Camp Recruitment Events: If you’re new to summer camp, this your chance to visit us and get a glimpse of what your camp experience will look like. Informational sessions, tours, and a sampling of camp crafts will be available. You will also have an opportunity to register for summer camp 2019, and a chance to enter your name for a FREE WEEK OF CAMP and other cool camp prizes.

  • Saturday, May 4, 1 to 3 p.m., at Camp Seven Hills

June

Campership Deadline. Financial aid is available for all girls who are members of GSWNY. Just complete the Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application as soon as possible for consideration. Please feel free to contact us for assistance with completing the form. Saturday, June 1.

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Open House at Camp Seven Hills. Tours of Camp Seven Hills will be ongoing throughout this evening. While at camp, you will get a firsthand look at our top-notch facilities. Spend the evening meeting our qualified staff and observing Camp Seven Hills in its summer operation. Stop by the Tuck Shop for a look at our new summer merchandise. Open House will be on the Goodyear side of camp only: 10150 Olean Road (Rt 16), Holland, NY 14080. Monday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Resident Camps Open! Camp runs from July 7 to August 9, and each session begins Sunday at 1 p.m. and ends Friday at 7 p.m.

Camp Seven Hills Family Camp Weekend. Make it a family affair at Camp Seven Hills. During your day enjoy swimming, boating, horseback riding, crafts, games, archery, or hiking the forest trails. Spend the evening around the campfire toasting marshmallows and chatting with family and friends. The possibilities are endless. Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21