Taylor Hicks, Prosper Press
Summer camps have long been a staple of any stellar summer. If nothing else, they offer young boys and girls a chance to get outside and enjoy important exercise. However, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) offer so much more than that, and their summer slate of creative camps perfectly aligns with their mission to create confident women and a stronger tomorrow.
The scouts offer three different camp experiences, so whether you’re just entering kindergarten or prepping for college, GSNETX has something for you. Their Adventure Day Camps, held at the brand new STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars, is open to girls of all ages. These camps are presented in partnership with key community leaders in STEM fields, including The Perot Museum, iCode and the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and they offer girls the chance to build and fly their own drones while learning about animals, ecosystems and other cultures’ art. The camp is a recent addition to the summer roster, and thanks to architecture classes, campers have the chance to literally build the future by designing their own cities.
Kim Lyle, director of marketing and communications for GSNETX, this camp helps the Girl Scouts achieve its core mission.
“The mission of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” she said. “Our camps support our mission by giving girls a safe place to explore new ideas and skills, to risk and fail and get back up again, to interact with sister Girl Scouts from different backgrounds and learn critical life skills such as problem-solving and creative reasoning in a safe, enriching environment.”
Other camp opportunities include the Resident Camps, which offer girls entering second grade and up the chance to stay at three camp properties: Camp Bette Perot, Camp Gambill and Camp Rocky Point. Activities include archery, horseback riding and even sailing, but Lyle says the horses are the clear-cut favorite.
“For some girls, this is their first experience with horses, and they learn how to safely ride and care for these amazing creatures.”
Furthermore, GSNETX hosts volunteer-run Day/Twilight Camps for all ages. These camps take place throughout Northeast Texas, and girls who may not be ready for overnight camp can experience camp traditions like making the perfect s’more and tie-dying T-shirts.
GSNETX is always looking ahead, and their Girl Scout Leadership Institute gives high schoolers the opportunity to explore careers of interest through visits to various colleges and companies.
All of these activities are part of the organization’s ongoing effort to inspire and equip tomorrow’s leaders with the tools they need for personal and professional success.
“We envision Girl Scout Camp as a place where girls can learn and grow in a safe, supportive, all-girl environment,” Lyle says. “Girls will have fun and make friends, but the lasting impression of turning ‘Can I?’ into, ‘I Will’ is what makes Girl Scout camps different.”