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.

More ways to camp at Camp Seven Hills!

Did you know we have more ways to get girls and adults outside beyond the standard resident camp? We do! In fact, Camp Seven Hills has three more options for girls who want to go camping. Whether you want Specialty Programs Camping, Troop Camping, or a Service Unit Day Camp, we can facilitate for you!

Specialty Programs Camping

Specialty Programs Camping, also called S.P. Camping, allows troops to get the best of both worlds by experiencing specialized programs with their troop, including ropes course, archery, and boating. Troop leaders have the typical freedom of troop camp with the comfort of pre-determined and scheduled activities. Learn More >>>

Troop Camping

This one is just like it sounds – camping with your troop! Whether you choose a lodge, cabin, or tent, the opportunities of camp are up to you! Learn More >>>

Service Unit Camp Out Day Camps

More succinctly called SUCO Day Camps, these allow service units to bring their girls and leaders to camp for a fun-filled outdoor adventure day camp program. Learn More >>>

Visit our website www.gswny.org to learn more about these programs and view the 2019 Camp Guide for Troop, SP, and SUCO.

Session 3 Programs at Camp Seven Hills

This week we’re reviewing our Session 3 programs at Camp Seven Hills, happening Sunday, July 21, to Friday, July 26. Registration for our third session closes July 8, 2019. For more programs, visit our  Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2019

  • Dogs, Cars, Horses, and Cows…Oh My! – Girls, do you love animals and want to learn more about them? 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, the plants they eat and how to follow their tracks. You will also take a day trip to Asha’s Sanctuary to go behind-the-scenes with farm animals and learn how we can help them by our food choices. Don’t forget swimming, arts & crafts, and lots of laughter is also included. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges: Daisy – Tula’s Story (Be Courageous and Strong) / Brownie – Pets
  • Gross-ology – Time to get a little messy with goo, slime, and a bit of mud as we dive into Gross-ology Experiments 101! Join us as we raise gross to an art form. Make concoctions like glow-in-the dark slime and gummy snacks! Are you brave enough to eat dirt?! Come to camp and earn the rank of a Triple G – Gross Goop Guru. Girls will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges: Daisy – Clover’s Petal (Use Recourses Resourses Wisely) / Brownie – Home Scientist

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2019

  • Seven Hills Firebender –Learn the ancient art of fire-making. Across the world, cultures have been practicing the art of fire for thousands of years and with that the creations of numerous time-honored techniques including, friction-fire (bow-drill method), the fire piston, flint/magnesium and steel, and more. Learn how to handle matches safely, plus gain a respect and reverence for the flames and heat they provide. Our outdoor professionals will teach all these skills and how to apply them in outdoor cooking with edible plants, and even a few other outdoor skills.
  • Seven Hills Sisterhood – In this program you and your friends make the choices that work for you. Select your favorite programs such as sports, outdoor skills, swimming, arts and crafts, and relaxation.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019

  • Mud Warriors – You and your fellow warriors will face off and compete in mental and physical challenges. Try your hand at a mud scavenger hunt, or a mud slip and slide, or maybe a mud obstacle course. The possibilities are endless! After a day of hard competition relax with a soothing mud bath or mud facial. All of the other great camp activities such as swimming, boating, outdoor cooking and more are also included.
  • On Belay – Girls, this is your opportunity to master your balancing and maneuvering capabilities on the Seven Hills ropes course. Challenge yourself and conquer your fears as you try elements such as Islands in the Sky, Centipede, Burma Bridge, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo or Zip-Line. How far you push yourself is up to you, but it’s the experience that matters. 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 complete.

Register for camp today! 

Seven Hills Camp Spotlight – April 5, 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! 

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Camp Seven Hills Spotlight

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

Climbing Masters– session 1 July7-12, 2019 (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019)

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.

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

Don’t miss the Camp Seven Hills Open House!

It’s hard to believe, but June is just about two months away which means camp is just around the bend!

We’re offering tours of Camp Seven Hills to give you a firsthand look at our top-notch facilities. You’ll also get to meet staff and see how camp operates. Plus, our Tuck Shop is open so you can check out our new camp merchandise.

Come to our Open House Monday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.!

Session 2 Programs at Camp Seven Hills

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 14, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. Registration for our first session closes July 1, 2019.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2019

  • It’s My First Time Mini Session- As a first-time camper, you’ll spend four days and three nights enjoying of the very best that resident camp has to offer. Sleep in the one of our cool lodges at camp, while you swim, play games, make crafts, explore the forest, learn to make a fire, cook outside, and sample so many other fun parts of camp life. Don’t forget to bring your best friend along with you!
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Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2019

  • A Horse of Course – this two week course goes through session 3 to July 26. 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 26 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.
  • 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.
  • Climb High at Sky High – 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.
  • Secret Agent Super Sleuths – Calling all future CIA and FBI agents to Camp Seven Hills! Turn your unit into your very own Secret Super Sleuth Headquarters as you create secret codes to communicate with your secret agent pals. Put your skills to the test as you crack the code to the Camp Seven Hills Break-Out, then take a trip to the Buffalo Escape Room, where you can challenge your sleuthing skills in real time!

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019

  • 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.
  • My Camp Bucket List – Girls, this is your chance to pack in all of the epic things on your camp bucket list: Take a horseback ride; Go swimming; Have a movie night with popcorn, of course; Stay up late and play glow-in-the-dark games; Have a blazing campfire with s’mores, do a kitchen raid and sleep in late into the morning; Go to the Escape Room and go bowling; Pick fresh berries at a local farm and make your very own fruit pies or cobbler to share with your camp friends
  • Cave Dwellers and Rafting Rascals – Back by popular demand, this program will provide you with the familiar adventures of caving/spelunking and whitewater rafting! Spend time out at Laurel Caverns Park in Farmington, PA, caving, rappelling and spelunking, then it is off to Ohiopyle State Park for adventurous whitewater rafting, hiking, exploring and camping. At the evening camp-outs, you will prepare dinners and share loads of laughs with friends under Pennsylvania’s beautiful starlit skies. Some of the Seven Hills favorites (swimming, songs, campfires, and fun) are also included in this fantastic trip program. Girls will receive a special Girl Scout patch for completing the caving portion of this trip.
  • Roller Coaster Mania – Use your imagination! This week is dedicated to being creative! Using a variety of supplies such as K’nex Kits and natural materials, you can create your own mini dream roller coaster. You’ll get the real experience in life-sized fun when you take a trip to Darien Lake for a behind-the-scenes look at how roller coasters work. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the park and feel the rush of roller coaster mania.

Register for camp today! 

Camp Seven Hills Program Spotlight – March 18, 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.  Don’t forget our early bird discount expires March 31st so don’t delay! Sign up now and reserve you spot for the hottest place in town, Girl Scouts summer camp! 

Register for Camp

Letterboxing It’s a Real Life Camp Treasure Hunt! (for girls in grades 1-3 fall of 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

The Lazy Days of Summer (for girls in grades 4-6 in fall of 2019)

Spend your time at Seven Hills lazing your days away with friends. Sleep in late, lounge by the pool, or just catch up on one of your favorite books. In the evenings there are campfires to enjoy and sparkling stars to keep you company. #GirlScoutCampLife is what you make of it. The decision is yours during these relaxing weeks at camp.

Scuba Diving Explorers  (for girls in grades 7-12 in fall of 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.