2019 Session 5 Programs at Camp Seven Hills

Today we’re covering our final week of camp, happening Sunday, August 4, to Friday, August 9. Registration for our final session closes July 22, 2019. For more programs, visit our  Resident Camp Guide on our website.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2019

  • It’s My First Time Mini Session: Mini sessions run Sunday to Wednesday. 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!
  • Pony Pals: If you are a girl who loves horses, this introductory program is for you! Spend the week learning the basic ins and outs of the horse program. You will get your first riding lesson, take a tour of the barn, meet the horses, and try grooming, feeding, mounting, dismounting, and tack care with these friendly, four-legged friends. Girls will have one introductory riding lesson and one guided horse ride. Girls must wear long pants and boots with 3/4-inch heel.

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2019

  • Camp Adventure Girl: This is your chance to learn some serious outdoor skills and time-honored wilderness techniques like fire and shelter making, finding and purifying water, and identify plants for food, medicine, and utility. What is a solar still? Which way is north? Put your skills to the test. All this and other fun stuff at camp await you. Do you have what it takes to be a Camp Adventure Girl? Successful completion of this program will gain you membership into the Camp Adventure Club.
  • 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.
  • 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 will earn requirements towards the following Girl Scout badges: Junior – Detective / Cadette – Special Agent
  • 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.
  • Night Owls with Lasertron: 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.
  • 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).
  • The Seven Hills Amazing Race: You have seen it on TV. Now it is your chance to do it at camp! Girls will test their teamwork to overcome and conquer challenges across six “countries” in camp. Road blocks might include climbing, shelter or raft building, archery, canoeing, tent pitching, fire building, outdoor cooking, kayaking, and more. It’s non-stop adventure to the end! Successful completion of this program will gain you membership into the Camp Adventure Club.

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

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.

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! 

Camp Seven Hills Recap!

We had SUCH an amazing summer at Camp Seven Hills. Each session was filled with girls excited to learn new skills, make new friends, and have the time of their lives! We’d love to share all of the moments with you, but we’ll just highlight our programs and pictures from each session. For a more detailed look, check out previous posts written by staff at camp.

Session 1: July 8-13

S1

Pony Pals; Silly Scientists; Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste; Camp Adventure Girl; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; A Little at a Time Mini Session; G.I.R.L. Tough; Riders Up; Seven Hills Amazing Race; Escape Artists

Photos from Session 1

Session 2: July 15-20

S2

Zoologist; A Horse of Course; Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters Two; GIRLbots; Secret Agent Girl; Sneak-a-Peak Mini Session; A Little at a Time Mini Session; Crazy for Horses; Scuba Diving Explorers; The Lazy Days of Summer

Photos from Session 2

Session 3: July 22-27

S3

It’s My Second Time; Silly Scientists; A Horse of Course; Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste; Camp Like a G.I.R.L.; Climbing Masters Two; Crazy for Horses; Night Owls; Scuba Diving Explorers; The Lazy Days of Summer

Photos from Session 3

Session 4: July 29-August 4

S4

It’s My First Time Mini Session; Zoologist; Climbing Masters; GIRLbots; Long Rein, Free Walk; Seven Hills Sisterhood; Seven Hills Top Chef; Night Owls; On Belay; Riders Up

Photos from Session 4

Session 5: August 5-10

S5

It’s My First Time Mini Session; Pony Pals; Camp Adventure Girl; Climbing Masters; Long Rein, Free Walk; Secret Agent Girl; Seven Hills Sisterhood; Anastasia in NYC; G.I.R.L. Tough; On Belay; Riders Up

Photos from Session 5

Register for these great programs today!

Resident camp kicks off in exactly one month and we’re so excited! We know our girls are too based on how quickly some of our programs are filling up. Soon our grounds will be filled with the sounds of laughter and friendship as our girls learn how to be leaders.

If you haven’t had the chance to register yet, fear not! We still have plenty of great programs available for girls of all ages to enjoy. Even better, if you aren’t currently a Girl Scout, we have a great Extended Year Membership offer to keep you engaged longer for less.

You can register through our website and read all the program descriptions there as well. Below is the list of camps currently open for your girl!

Current Programs Available for Girls*

Girls Entering Grades 1-3 in the Fall

  • Pony Pals
    • July 8-13
    • August 5-10
  • Silly Scientists
    • July 8-13
    • July 22-27
  • Zoologist
    • July 15-20
    • July 29-August 3
  • It’s My Second Time
    • July 15-20

Girls Entering Grades 4-6 in the Fall

  • Camp Adventure Girl
    • July 8-13
  • Climbing Masters
    • July 8-13
  • Be Happy, Relax, and Namaste
    • July 8-13
    • July 22-27
  • GIRLbots
    • July 15-20
  • Secret Agent Girl
    • July 15-20
  • Long Rein, Free Walk
    • July 29-August 3
    • August 5-10
  • Seven Hills Sisterhood
    • July 29-August 3
    • August 5-10

Girls Entering Grades 7-12 in the Fall

  • G.I.R.L. Tough
    • July 8-13
    • August 5-10
  • A Little at a Time Mini Session
    • July 8-11
    • July 15-18
  • Night Owls
    • July 22-27
  • On Belay
    • August 5-10

*current as of May 29