Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Summer camps held in Cordova, Seward, Talkeetna, and Valdez for first time


Girl Scouts of Alaska brought day camp to four new locations in 2015. Girls in the communities of Cordova, Seward, Talkeetna, and Valdez experienced a classic and timeless GSAK summer camp experience for the very first time, which included activities such as arts and crafts, community services projects, cookouts, nature hikes, outdoor education, and more.

Camp staff were dispatched to the four communities June 20-25 due to the Sockeye Fire, which forced us to close Camp Togowoods during that time.  

Campers outside the program yurt at Camp Singing Hills
Day camp in Valdez

In all, this summer GSAK served 2,300 girls through camp programs in 40 locations. 

"Camp matters because it gives girls vital engagement," Chief Mission Officer Amanda Block said. "It not only teaches them skills they can use in the future, but it allows them to practice those skills today."


Campers in St. Mary's
Beachcombing in Sitka

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
  • Optimism
  • Grit
  • Self-control
  • Gratitude

A visit to the Borough Public Safety Building in Haines

Because GSAK feels the camp experience should be made available to ALL girls regardless of 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.

Outdoor education in Kotlik

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. We also received generous in-kind donations from Avis Alaska, Grant Aviation, and Ravn Alaska. 
Outdoor education in Bethel
Feather Winds resident camp in Juneau
GSAK wishes to thank the girls, parents, volunteers, camp staff, and donors who helped make the 2015 Girl Scout camp season a success!