Don’t forget about financial aid for camp!

It’s Girl Scout Camp Week and in only a few months, it will be time for summer camp. As you’re thinking about what your girl will do this summer, consider sending her to Girl Scout camp. We have the financial aid options available to make sure your girl can experience camp.


At Girl Scouts, we believe in the value of camp. Since our beginnings, getting girls outside has been one of our primary areas of focus. In fact, it currently stands as one of our four program pillars – STEM, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Outdoors.

Knowing how important it is for girls to go outdoors, we want to make sure every girl has the opportunity. Our goal is always to make sure that no one is excluded from our program for any reason, including financial.

If your girl is a member of Girl Scouts of Western New York, we have financial aid options available for her. The Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application needs to be completed asap for consideration.

To apply, register for camp and fill out the financial aid application included. Physical forms can be picked up at our service centers.

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.

Become a Counselor in Training this Summer!

We believe in leading like a girl and providing leadership programs for our girls at every level. When it comes to camp, our Counselors in Training, or CITs, have the opportunity to do so at camp from ages 13 to 17.

Junior CIT

Begin training to become a camp counselor at ages 13 and 14. Junior Counselors in Training (JCITs) learn the fundamentals of leadership, camp management, childcare, and the safety and risk management aspects of running a camp program.

A participant must demonstrate appropriate maturity for her age, have leadership potential, a positive attitude, and be able to work well with others. Junior CITs can access all of the basic camp programs, (e.g., swimming, exploring nature, arts & crafts, and relaxing around campfires.)

This is a two-week program, but girls go home over the weekend. No application, interview, or references required.

CIT

This four-week course will concentrate on the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Camping program, counseling techniques, leadership, self-esteem, and provide skills that are necessary when working with younger campers. Participants, ages 15 to 17, will plan and assist with the supervision of activities, as well as assist with instruction supervised by senior staff.

The CIT program is a recognized training program throughout the country and is a recommended prerequisite for summer camp employment. CITs will receive certification in First Aid and CPR and their CIT pins upon successful completion of this program.

Prospective CITs will receive an additional application packet that must be completed prior to the start of the program. Girls that complete the full CIT program will be invited back the last week of camp as a Camp Seven Hills Intern.

CIT/Riding Instructor

This four-week riding program is for girls who wish to teach riding at the camp level. 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), ages 15 to 17, 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.

Register for Camp and become a CIT today!

Reasonable accommodations for your camper

We want your girl to go to camp, and we want to make that a reality however possible. We’ve already talked about the availability of financial assistance, but that’s not all we can do.

As Girl Scouts, we understand every girl has her own needs and we want to make any reasonable accommodation possible to meet them so she can enjoy summer camp. We don’t believe in letting someone be excluded without trying our best.

If your girl requires special accommodations, including transportation, diet, food restrictions, extra supervision, etc., please contact us BEFORE registering your girl for camp. This will help us evaluate the need and determine possible accommodations that could safely and reasonably be made for you child.

To discuss your options, call 1-888-837-6410 or email summercamp@gswny.org.

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.

JulyD

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