Gather ’round the Campfire with These Camp Songs!

  Camp season is here! While many are loading up their overnight bags, preparing their favorite fireside snacks, and picking out their favorite swimsuits, we’re all about the camp songs that’ll be ringing in the air. To prepare our campers for the ultimate sing-along session, Girl Scouts of the USA asked their Facebook audience for…

Why camp is a cell-free environment

    You’ve packed her sneakers, a sweatshirt for those cool evenings around the campfire, a swimsuit and her favorite stuffed animal. The camp checklist is all marked off, but you’re a little nervous…maybe you’ll feel better if you just pack one more thing. It’s not on the list, but you reason that it won’t…

Happy Campers: Why Camp is Important for Girls

Summer camp–the pitch a tent, explore the outdoors, sing around the campfire kind of camp–is not only a fun way to spend the summer, but it also provides a foundation of independence and leadership that can extend well into adulthood. “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their…

Girls’ Choice Badges: We Have a Winner!

Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is in. So, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce . . . The next Girls’ Choice badge will be Troop Camping! What a great way to build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence,…

Girls’ Choice Badges Are Back: Voting Is Open Through January 22!

At Girl Scouts, girl-led programming that speaks to and nurtures girls’ interests and skills (they have so many!) is at the very core of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. At every turn, we want her to know the world is hers, and so we give her countless opportunities to unleash…

Oh, the Places She’ll Go!

Did you know that girls have the opportunity to travel to 17 states and 14 countries with Girl Scouts?! With Destinations you can swim with dolphins, explore the world, scuba dive with sea turtles, rock climb in Ireland or see Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, and so much more. Traveling with Girl Scouts isn’t your typical…

Tales From Camp

This session brought us some great new things! The groups that were with us were FYI: For Your Imagination, Camp Connection, Camp Quest, Compass Club, Dare to Do It, Little Buckaroos, and Pixie Dust. This new group of campers got to hang out with our longer session campers from Camp Like a Girl. We saw…

Tales From Camp

Our second and third session at Camp Menzies was a great success! We had so many excellent groups with us: Backwoods Pioneers, Extreme Cuisine, Fairy Lights, Horse Explorers, Myths, Magic, & More, Self-Rescuing Princesses, Camp Like a Girl, On the Loose, and our second travel program, Surf, Sand, & Sail! On our first day, everyone…

Tales From Camp

Welcome to another amazing summer at Camp Menzies! My name is Unicorn and I’m from England–just one of the many international staff members working here at camp. I’ll be your virtual counselor this season, bringing the Menzies’ Magic and memories through the GSHCC blog series: Tales From Camp. Throughout the summer, I’ll be posting updates…

Venturing Outside

Attending camp is one of the true highlights of the Girl Scout Experience, and Girl Scouts Heart of Central California’s fun-in-the-sun, memory-making, challenge-taking camp season is right around the corner. At our camps, girls build independence, develop an appreciation for nature and a hone a host of other skills in a safe, supportive environment. Alexa…

Tales From Camp: A Thank You Note

Hi there! As I sit at home finally clean of the built-up camp dirt and sorting through over 9,000 photos, I feel very lucky to have shared such an amazing summer with such wonderful campers and staff. As the last buses departed last week our staff set to work deep-cleaning camp: We cleaned all the cabins, raked…

Tales From Camp: Horses, Archery, and More Fun

Howdy! It’s another beautiful morning as always up here at camp and we are just wrapping up our second to last session at Camp Menzies. I’m still cleaning up from our best all-camp event yet—in my opinion—last night’s “Horse Wedding”! Paradise and I spent all day creating decorations, baking carrot cupcakes, and planning the ceremony…