Girls may canoe or kayak for the first time, gaining paddling skills as they tackle progressively challenging adventures.
They may learn outdoor survival skills on an overnight hike, taking them out of their comfort zone and putting them in a place where they must stretch to grow – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
There are, of course, the activities we commonly associate with camp - singing songs, playing games, arts and crafts, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and making new friends.
"Camp matters because it gives girls vital engagement," GSAK Statewide Camp Director Amanda Block said. "It not only teaches them skills they can use in the future, but it allows them to practice those skills today."
Whether new and challenging or familiar and comforting, the activities girls partake in at Girl Scout camp help them develop the character traits youth need to develop into successful adults:
- A sense of wonder about the world
- Social intelligence
- Zest for/love of life
This year, GSAK served more than 2,650 girls ages 5-18 through our resident and day camp programs. Camps were held at 36 urban and rural locations in Anchorage and Mat-Su, Southeast Alaska, Southwest Alaska, Kodiak Island, and the Kenai Peninsula.
Because we feel the camp experience should be made available to ALL girls regardless of their ability to pay, we offered financial assistance (known as "camperships") for up to 90 percent of the camp fee to any girl who wished to attend camp.
In several communities in Western Alaska, we offered camp at a significantly reduced cost. Our key sponsors included Alaska Commercial Company, Calista Corporation, ConocoPhillips, and Donlin Gold.
GSAK wishes to thank the girls, parents, volunteers, camp staff, and donors who helped make the 2014 Girl Scout camp season a success!