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! 

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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.

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!

Session 1 Programs for 2019 at Camp Seven Hills

Camp Seven Hills opens in just under four months and we’re so excited for all of the programs we have planned! 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 1 runs starts Sunday, July 7, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Registration for our first session closes June 24, 2019.

Girls in Grades 1-3 in Fall 2019

  • Pony Pals – this is an introductory program designed to introduce girls to our horse program at Seven Hills. They’ll tour the barn, meet the horses, and start learning the basics of riding and grooming.
  • Grossology – science gets silly during this week filled with wacky experiments. Girls will drop eggs, make slime, capture clouds in jars, eat homemade ice cream, and take home instructions to repeat the fun at home!

Girls in Grades 4-6 in Fall 2019

  • Seven Hills Sorcery – Join your fellow wizards to make oozing potions, create your own house wardrobe, and play games on brooms! You’ll even compete in the Camp Seven Hills Wizard Cup!
  • Camp Adventure Girl – spend your week learning exactly what it takes to be a Camp Adventure Girl. You’ll learn how to create your own shelter using rope and materials you find around you, build your own fire, cook outside, pitch a tent, and practice first-aid basics. You’ll even be taught how to create a solar still to obtain potable water.
  • Climbing Masters – master all the elements of the Seven Hills Ropes Course and challenge yourself all week long! You can earn patches by completing Island in the Sky, Two-Line, Catwalk, Dangle Duo, Burma Bridge, and the Zip-Line.
  • Long Reins, Free Walk – a riding program designed for girls at all skill levels, this session is dedicated to the basics of English riding, as well as stable management. At the end of the week, girls will perform a dressage test and learn what the judges look for in their presentations.

Girls in Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019

  • Night Owls at Lasertron– stay up late, sleep in late! This program allows you to explore Camp Seven Hills by night and even features a all-night party at Lasertron!
  • On Belay – master your balancing and maneuvering capabilities at our ropes course!
  • Riders Up – it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro with this horse camp. Girls will learn the basics of a rider’s position and how to control their horse. They’ll work on dressage tests throughout the week while learning stable management skills, leading to a small horse presentation at the end of the week.
  • Seven Hills Amazing Race – the popular television show comes to life at Seven Hills where girls can team up and conquer challenges across six ‘countries’ in camp. Roadblocks include climbing, outdoor cooking, archery, kayaking, and more.
  • Underwater Robotics – work with robots like your favorite ones from the movies with engineering professionals to teach you all about creating and handling robots underwater.

Register for camp today!



The perfect combination of camp and cookies

We all know how great both Girl Scout camp and cookies are, but do you know what’s even better? When they go together! Because they’re two of passions around Girl Scouts, you could say they’re the perfect pair.

This Girl Scout Cookie Season, we have a lot of excellent recognition rewards for our girls that sell, but today we want to highlight how selling cookies can get you to camp.

If you sell 1000+ packages of cookies this year, you can earn ONE FREE WEEK at GSWNY summer camp! Not to mention all the prizes that come before, like narwhal gear, patches, Amazon gift cards, GSWNY Program Reward Cards and Darien Lake season tickets.

We know some troops make it their goal to send all their girls to camp with their cookie money, so we can’t wait to see what you do! As a reminder, booths start March 3, 2019!




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.