June 2018: More that S'Mores, Camp Inspires
School is out and it's time to make lasting memories! My camp experiences inspired my lifetime love of the outdoors and my interest in studying Biology at a college level. It's why I still use any excuse to visit camp! Today's Girl Scouts must be like-minded because our council has had an incredible response to our camp offerings this year. It seems like this best kept secret is out.... camp is fun but also has lots of benefits for girls.
In an all-girl environment like Girl Scouts of North East Ohio's summer camp, girls are more comfortable trying new outdoor activities, and they get to take the lead every single time they do! Your girl can take charge and flex her muscles, both when it comes to outdoor adventure and crucial leadership skills that will last her a lifetime. She will make new friends, and find new diverse mentors, because our counselors come from around the world and right in our own backyard. She will unplug and immerse herself in nature. She will grow her grit - build her resilience - and find out she's a lot tougher than she thinks.
Thinking about time away might be scary for her, and you, but having that opportunity to explore and try new activities will make her more self-reliant. And it's not just all fun and games. Camp time is brain time. Studies show that play allows the neurons in a child's brain to form new connections and that this rewiring helps boost emotional intelligence, decision-making skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
The truth is, sending your girl off to camp is one of the best experiences you can give her. The fun, outdoor adventure, and friends will enrich her life and give her the courage, people skills, and leadership chops to succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.