Taste of Camp at Camp Seven Hills is THIS Saturday, May 4

Taste of Camp is a great way to see our grounds, meet our staff, and ask your questions about summer camp. Plus, attending means you’re entered into a drawing for a free week of camp!

For those interested in resident camp, our second Taste of Camp event is happening at Camp Seven Hills next Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.


New to summer camp? Visit us this spring to get a glimpse of what your summer 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.M

May 4, 2019 – 1 to 3 p.m. 
Camp Seven Hills Goodyear
10150 Olean Road (Rt 16), Holland, NY 14080

Be a CIT/Riding Instructor this summer at Camp Seven Hills

If you’re interested in teaching riding at the camp level, this program is for you! This is a special training program for girls who are 15-17 years old. It covers the first four sessions of camp (July 7 to August 2) and registration closes June 1, 2019.

Concentration will include extended riding and teaching skill training, as well as counseling techniques, leadership, self-esteem and ways to work with younger campers. Riding Counselors in Training (RCIT) will receive certification in First Aid and CPR and their CIT pins after successful completion of this program.

You must be at the intermediate to advanced levels of riding for this program. RCITs will earn the horse patch with rider level(s). Prospective RCITs receive an additional application packet that must be completed prior to the start of your RCIT program.

Girls that complete the full RCIT program will be invited back the last week of camp as a Camp Seven Hills Intern.

For questions on riding ability, please contact GSWNY’s Director of Camp Administration at 1-888-837-6410, or email: summercamp@gswny.org

Thank you for supporting Girl Scout Camp Week 2019!

[This post originally appeared on gswnyblog.com]

Last week we held our annual Girl Scout Camp Week and we had a blast! Thank you to everyone who answered trivia, registered for camp, or showed of how much you love camp by sharing this image or posting pictures in your camp gear!

We held two week-long contests for answering trivia and registering for camp. At the end, we gave away five gift cards, one camp onesie, and A FREE WEEK OF CAMP! Check the image below for all the winners.

It wasn’t just our Girl Scout friends who joined in the fun – Council Staff also had a blast! Here’s a glimpse at some of us in our camp gear:

Just because Girl Scout Camp Week is over for this year doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating camp! Check out this playlist of videos on our Facebook Page to stay in the loop for all things camp!

2019 Session 4 Programs at Camp Seven Hills

Our penultimate week of camp begins Sunday, July 28 , and runs to Friday, August 2. Registration for our fourth session closes July 15, 2019. To view our other programs, check out our Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2019

  • Letterboxing: Put your problem solving skills to the test as you spend this adventurous week searching for clues and solving riddles to find the treasures hidden throughout camp. Girls will practice the art of letterboxing by learning the basics, making stamps, thinking of clues, and creating a camp letterbox. Challenge your camp friends to see who can find the camp letterbox first. All of the other great aspects of camp are also included in this great creative week. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges – Daisy – Rosie’s Petal (Make the World a Better Place) and Brownie – Letterboxer

Girls in Grades 4-6 on Fall 2019

  • Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste: Come on, be happy, and join us for a week of camping and relaxation. Create your own Japa Mala bead strings used in ancient Japanese meditation, design thankful jars to share with others, learn, and practice the latest yoga poses, and with help from your yoga instructor, make a special Zen Garden. All of the necessary things for you to relax, have fun, and Namaste.
  • Climbing Masters: Challenge yourself and master the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course. Test your skills on elements such as Islands in the Sky, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo, Burma Bridge or Zip-Line. You can do all of this while still enjoying the splendors of camp life. Girls will earn the Seven Hills ropes course patch along with the activity rider for each ropes course element that they participate on.
  • Long Reins, Free Walk: This program is open to riders at ALL LEVELS – beginner to advanced. The emphasis will be on the basics of English riding and how to apply them to dressage. Lessons also include stable management, basic barn chores, grooming, cleaning the stalls, and feeding the horses. Lessons will be given based on ability and girls will perform a dressage presentation at the end of the camp week. Girls will also learn what a judge would be looking for in order to get the most points and what the different rules are in the sport. Campers will earn the horse patch with rider level(s). Girls participating in the two-week program will remain at camp the entire two weeks.
  • Seven Hills Sorcery: The train to Camp Seven Hills’ magic school is leaving! Head to the platform, and get on board! Once at camp join your fellow wizards as you make oozing potions, create your own house wardrobe, and play an exciting broomstick sports match. Who will win the Camp Seven Hills Wizard Cup?
  • Sneak-a-Peak Mini Session: Mini sessions run Sunday to Wednesday. This program is for those who enjoy all the fun of camp, but would like to spend only a few days to check it out. In this session you can swim, play games, make crafts, explore the forest, learn to make a fire, cook outside, and making new friends.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019

  • Duct Tape Art: For girls with an artistic eye, this is the week and the place to create well, just about anything using duct tape. Use your imagination and creativity and make a purse or a wallet, or even jewelry. The possibilities are endless with just a little imagination and lots of duct tape! Cookouts, hiking, s’mores, laughter, swimming and so much more are also included.
  • Riders Up!: This program is open to riders with skills at ALL LEVELS – beginner through advanced. The emphasis throughout the week will be on the rider’s position, how to control your horse, and learning about dressage. Stable management will also be taught including basic barn chores, grooming, cleaning the stalls, and feeding the horses. The girls will also learn what a judge would be looking for in order to get the most points and what the different rules are in the sport. Girls will receive lessons based on their riding ability and will perform a small horse presentation at the end of the camp week. Campers will earn the horse patch with rider level(s).

Girls in Grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

  • Primitive Archer Girl: The program is only for girls ages 14 and up. Connect with trees and your inner archer. Starting from scratch, raw materials, and girl power, you’ll make your own wooden self-bow through traditional woodworking. You’ll be instructed on the wisdom and knowledge of traditional bow crafting, how to use basic hand tools, cordage twisting for bow strings, ancient fire-bending techniques to straighten arrows and fletching with real feathers. You will, of course, have the chance to test out your handiwork with target practice in the woods and on the fields to round out this amazing experience.

2019 Camp Seven Hills Program Spotlight – April 19, 2019

Summer camp is just around the corner and we wanted to remind you about some really cool programs that are taking place this summer.  Reserve you spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts Summer Camp! 

Register for CampCamp Seven Hills

Letterboxing It’s a Real Life Camp Treasure Hunt! (for girls in grades 1-3 fall of 2019) Session 2 July 14-19, 2019

Put your problem solving skills to the test as you spend this adventurous week searching for clues and solving riddles to find the treasures hidden throughout camp. Girls will practice the art of letterboxing by learning the basics, making stamps, thinking of clues, and creating a camp letterbox. Challenge your camp friends to see who can find the camp letterbox first. All of the other great aspects of camp are also included in this great creative week. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges –

  • Daisy – Rosie’s Petal (Make the World a Better Place)
  • Brownie – Letterboxer

Climb High at Sky Highwith day trip (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019)Sessions 2-3: July 14-26, 2019

Spend two weeks challenging yourself and mastering the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course, once your skills are mastered it’s off to Sky High Adventure Park in Ellicottville, NY, for more fun and adventure. All of this while still enjoying the splendors of camp life. Girls will earn the Seven Hills ropes course patch along with the activity rider for each ropes course element that they participate on.

Night Owls with Lasertron Sleep-In (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Session 1 July 7-12, 2019

Are you ready to experience nature’s nightlife at Camp Seven Hills? Prowl around our trails at night, search the sky for a shooting star, have a glow-in-the-dark party with games, plan a kitchen raid, and shop in the Tuck Shop, all at night. You will also head out to Lasertron for a laser tag sleep-in. Stay up all night playing laser tag and games along with pizza and pop. After a hard night of play, sleep late the next morning with time to enjoy your favorite camp activities in the afternoon. Girls must be at least 46 inches tall in order to participate at Lasertron.

Scuba Diving Explorers (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 2019) Sessions 2-3: July 14-26, 2019

Experience the underwater world through a mask, snorkel, and breathing device. 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 a week at camp training in our Seven Hills pool covering the first phase of your certification. Spend your second week completing the second phase: open water dive with overnight conducted at the Windmill Quarry, located in Fort Erie, Canada. When you surface, don’t forget to leave time for all of the other great activities at Seven Hills.

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Happy Girl Scout Camp Week!

We are officially under three months until our day and resident camps start, but today is another important milestone – it’s the start of Girl Scout Camp Week!

This week, we’re celebrating Girl Scouts as groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models in the great outdoors, and we want you to join in the fun! Celebrate with us for your chance to win both daily and one-time incentives during the week. Check in to our social media daily for exciting giveaways and informative Facebook Lives!

Below is a list of the complete week of activities and incentives. To get started, you can share the graphic below on your social media account to let your love of Girl Scout camp show loud and proud!

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Daily Incentives

  • Engagement Incentive: WIN Camp-themed items like a: water bottle, bucket hat, drawstring backpack, or camp T-shirt) via Facebook or Instagram! Winners will be selected randomly the day after the question has been posted to social media. Winners will receive a DM or private message asking which item they would like and which GSWNY service center location they would like to pick up their prize. Winners must be a currently registered adult or girl member of Girl Scouts of Western New York. New members may participate same day as completing their GSWNY registration 4/15/19-4/19/19.
  • Camp Join Incentives: Everyone who registers as a new camp member or registers a new camp member will be entered for a chance to win one daily gift card of $25 to the GSWNY Camp store, Target, or Walmart. Winners will be emailed with the notification of when and where to pick up their gift card 4/15/19-4/19/19.

One-time Incentive:

  • Everyone who registers as a new camp member or registers a new camp member will be entered for a chance to win a free week at camp to be used at GSWNY Day, Resident or Troop Camp (value up to $350) or win a Camp Onesie. Winners will be emailed with the notification of when and where to pick up their gift. 4/15/19-4/19/19.

Beyond the prizes, we also have a week of activities planned!

2019 Girl Scout Camp Week Overview:

  • April 15, Monday: Girl Scout Camp Week Kick-Off & Preparing Girls for Girl Scout Summer Camp
  • April 16, Tuesday: A Parent’s Guide to Girl Scout Summer Camp
  • April 17, Wednesday: Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round
  • April 18, Thursday: How I use my Girl Scout Camp Skills in Everyday Life
  • April 19, Friday:  What to Expect at the Open House & Taste of Camp Events

Below is a complete breakdown of each day’s activities. You can also download a one-page information sheet here.

April 15 – MondayPreparing Girls For Girl Scout Summer Camp And Camp Week Kick-Off

 Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Wear your favorite camp gear. Take a photo in your favorite Girl Scout Camp gear and send a photo and/or share your favorite camp story by emailing it to: communications@gswny.org. Also, post the: I’m a Girl Scout and I love Camp and Outdoors graphic to your social media to let everyone know your love of the outdoors.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak about how to prepare girls for Girl Scout Summer Camp.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 16 – Tuesday: A Parent’s Guide To Girl Scout Summer Camp

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Talk with your girl(s) about Girl Scout Summer Camp. Review the Day, Resident, and Troop Camp guides and camp information packets with your girl(s) and discuss which programs to register for. Comment about some of your favorite camp programs on GSWNY’s social media.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak about how parents can prepare to send their girl(s) to Girl Scout Summer Camp.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 17 – WednesdayGirl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Go outdoors. Engage in an activity outdoors whether it’s a troop activity &/or taking a walk and breathing in the fresh air. Send photos of how you like to spend your time outdoors to communications@gswny.org.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will speak to the breadth of how girls can have Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences Year-round.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 18 – ThursdayHow I Use My Girl Scout Camp Skills To Help In Everyday Life

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Discuss how the skills learned at Girl Scout Camp can help in everyday life. Engage in a discussion with your girl(s) about how the skills learned at Girl Scout Summer Camp can help in everyday life such as learning to engage safely and responsibly in outdoor activities, gaining the confidence to take on new challenges through learning how to start a fire, climbing a ropes course, hiking, and more.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will discuss how girls can use Girl Scout Camp skills in everyday life.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

April 19 – FridayOpen House & Taste of Camp

Girl Scout Camp Week Activity

  • Sign up and get others to attend a Summer Camp Open House or Taste of Camp Event. Do you or a friend want to know more about Girl Scout Summer Camp with the opportunity to tour camp and ask questions about camp programs? Attend a Summer Camp Open House or Taste of Camp event.
  • Tune-in to a Facebook Live throughout the day or evening, check-in for exciting giveaways around Camp and Outdoor programs.
    • Facebook Live – Members of Camp & Outdoor will talk about our Taste of Camp events and open houses and the benefits of attending.
    • Daily Incentives: Engagement and Membership on Facebook and Instagram

Let’s celebrate Girl Scout Camp Week together!



Camp Memories: Aurora Borealis

A few weeks ago, the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, prepared to make an appearance in the Western New York area. Caused by a geomagnetic storm, meteorologists explain that it’s a coronal mass ejection, or “a large cloud of charged particles from the solar corona.”

What we see is a beautiful swath of multicolored lights filling the sky.

Once we heard about the occurrence, we shared the story from WROC with our council via Facebook and found out that everyone loves the lights as much as we do. More than just sharing and engaging, people were sharing their own stories.

Former camper turned camp staff member Paula shared one of her fondest memories.

“As a kid I saw the northern lights while winter camping at Seven Hills. We took a night hike to Hunter’s Cabin and saw them over the pond. It was incredible! One of my favorite childhood Girl Scout memories!”

Paula is better known as Zoe in our world of camp. This year, she’s our Camp Director at Camp Timbercrest.

We can’t wait for another year of camp, and another season of favorite memories.