Even if you’ve never been to camp yourself, we all know that summer camp is amazingly fun. At Girl Scout camp girls experience new things like cooking over a fire for the first time or going on a 6 day, 30 mile backpack trip. They make new friends. They laugh and sing and play.
To an adult, summer camp might seem to be just simple, wholesome fun. But for girls there is also important work happening – the work of character development. It isn’t just program activities like canoeing, hiking and outdoor cooking that contribute to a camper’s growth. Often, it is by way of the small, seemingly insignificant happenings that girls gain the most.
This summer, we will help campers recognize their character by not only pointing out when they express those traits but by consciously reflecting on them. For example, every camper group will end their day by sharing what they were grateful for during that day.
Amanda Block, Girl Scouts of Alaska Camp Director, is an American Camp Association certified camp director with fifteen years experience working with American Camp Association camps, mostly Girl Scout camps. Amanda recently completed her Master’s Degree in Camp Administration.