It’s time to start making summer plans. Registration for 2019 summer camps is now open for our four camp locations: The Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain (Phoenix), Camp Maripai (Prescott), Shadow Rim Ranch (Payson) and Willow Springs (Prescott). Each camp has its own special offerings, along with the traditional camp activities, to accommodate the diverse interests of every girl. Yet the purpose of Girl Scout camp remains the same—to provide girls a safe and supportive place to have fun, make new friends, and take risks while learning new skills and exploring the outdoors.
“Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. However, girls who attend Girl Scout Camp have plenty of opportunities to create their own outdoor adventures and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and build self-confidence —whether with a Girl Scout troop, independently, or with friends and family,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO for GSACPC. “All our camps provide girls with opportunities for adventure—in an environment where they can be their true selves. Not only are our camps affordable, but we welcome all girls, K-12, regardless of whether they are currently a Girl Scout.”
The program focus of each of the four camps is as follows:
- The Parsons Leadership Center, Phoenix, an $18 million state-of-the-art urban camp with sessions for both day and overnight campers. The programs include STEM-related activities, archery, swimming, arts & crafts and field trips.
- Camp Maripai, Prescott, offers a traditional camp experience like archery and canoeing along with horsemanship programs for beginners through advanced riders.
- Shadow Rim Ranch, Payson, offers outdoor adventures such as hiking and canoeing trip & travel sessions, plus outdoor cooking, zip-lining and archery.
- Willow Springs, Prescott, emphasizes artistic endeavors like ceramics, fashion and theater, as well as hiking, archery, a ropes challenge course and aviation.
Open Houses will be held at each camp property to learn more about Girl Scout Camp.
All four camps offer sessions that vary in length, from weekend family camp and day camp, to overnight camps and three-week-long quests. Summer camp begins the week of June 2 and runs for nine weeks, with the last camp week starting in late July.
As Girl Scouts believe all girls should have the opportunity to experience summer camp, registration offers tiered pricing and financial assistance. Girls who are not Girl Scouts are welcome to register. Sign up here.
When girls attend Girl Scout Camp, they:
- Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
- Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
- Become team players and care more about protecting our environment
When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Girls get to experience a world away from home and unlock their endless potential.
Our unique all-girl environments helps girls develop a positive self-image, build courage, confidence and character by connecting with others and their natural environment.
More details at stats from Girl Scout Research Institute: More Than Smores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences (2014)
We hope to see you at Girl Scout summer camp!