We have some good news and not so good news about camp to share with you today.
Let’s get the not so good news out of the way, first. After much consideration, a decision was made to cancel the sessions of Desserts Galore (6), Duct Tape Creations Part 1 (7a), and Duct Tape Creations Part 2 (7b) taking place at Camp McCormick. All of the families have been notified of these changes. Please know that this is never an easy call to make and we never do so lightly. We always want to offer as many fun opportunities for girls as we can.
If you have been to Mary Ann Beebe Center (MABC) recently, you may have seen that the bridge across the pond is closed. We have closed the bridge for safety reasons. Parts of the structure are rotting and we are working with an engineer to determine the cost of repair and possible plan of action.
In the meantime, we recognize that many troops use the bridge at MABC as part of their bridging ceremonies in May and June. While the bridge won't be usable during this time period, we recognize that a bridge is a vital part of this ceremony. Therefore, GSNI Rangers will be building a temporary small wooden bridge for use during this time and setting it up in a scenic location. This temporary bridge will be available for use from May 1st.
Ever wonder what camp is all about? Today Heather, also known as "Snow White", shares her memories of Camp McCormick.
My name is Heather, and I have been a Girl Scout for fifteen years. I joined as a Daisy in kindergarten and am now a junior in college and a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. My experiences as a member of this organization have positively impacted my life and made me the young woman I am today.
Throughout my years as a Girl Scout, I have enjoyed spending time at camp. I attended day camp in the summer, spent weekends at camp with my troop and my younger sister's troop, and have been part of the resident camp staff for five years. I believe that everyone deserves to experience the opportunities that camp has to offer. Camp can change your life—it definitely changed mine!
Some of my earliest camp memories are from being a day camper at Camp McCormick. During my days at camp, I quickly fell in love with camp life. I had so much fun learning new songs and making new friends. A few of my favorite activities included swimming, arts and crafts, tie-dying, and going to the trading post. I even remember my counselors: Kermie, Daisy, and Aerofly!
Camp Season is right around the corner! We want to make sure you have all of the information you need before the fun begins. Join us for a Camp Chat either in person at our Service Centers, on Facebook, or via webinar from Thursday, February 12 through Wednesday, April 1. Signing up is easy, just visit one of the links below to RSVP to one of these informational sessions. Camp Registration opens Tuesday, February 17 and we can't wait to see you out at Camp Dean and Camp McCormick! In the meantime, take a look at our Camphlet (Camp Pamphlet) to see what we have planned for 2015.
A camp experience:
Fees for camp cover only about 64% of the direct costs to provide the camp experience.
This past summer about 50 families needed financial assistance to pay the camp fee.
The average cost of a camp session is $250. We would like to raise enough on Giving Tuesday to send at least 10 girls to camp whose families cannot afford it
Your gift, of any amount, will help provide the camp experience for girls and financial assistance for families who need it. So on Giving Tuesday, please make a donation and Give the Gift of Camp. Thank you!
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host “Visit Our Fantastic Forest” from 9 a.m.–12 Noon on Saturday, September 13, at Camp Far Horizons, 9702 S. Lost Horizon Road, in Hanover. Girl Scout troops, families, and the public are welcome to visit Camp Far Horizons and enjoy a leisurely walk through nature. There will also be a geocaching scavenger hunt and hands-on activities for the whole family! Experts will be on hand to talk about healthy forest management and native plant species and to lead participants in invasive species removal.
It's time for Camp Service Days, again! The goal is to assist in preparing the camps for the winter by storing away summer equipment. Assisting at Camp Service Day is rewarded with a free night in a tent unit and ½ price for a lodge for one night. Deposit is still required but will be refunded following normal procedures.
Jumpin’ Jammin’ is a council-sponsored older girl camping experience designed for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops/groups and individually registered girls. At Jumpin’ Jammin’, a core staff of event assistants and adult volunteers are on hand to assist participants and lead a variety of theme-based program activities.
This year’s theme—CSI—will focus on activities and competitive challenges inspired by camp site investigation. Girls will be able to experience a new twist on outdoor skills, common camp activities, and problem solving. So round up your troop and friends because Jumpin’ Jammin’ is where you want to be!
Today, GSNI Camp Ranger, Guy Schmale writes about how GSNI is helping to grow more trees and the next generations of tree stewards with help from The Morton Arboretum.
Almost 50 Girl Scouts got to help plant oak trees as part of a pilot program this summer at Camp Dean, one of five camps owned by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI). The plantings were led by Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Project Coordinator for The Morton Arboretum. Beth talked with the girls about many of the ways we benefit from trees and then walked them through the proper way to plant one. Beth’s outreach work, including her visits to the camp, is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
There’s a reason we call Camp Benson the 113-acre memory maker. You’ll have an opportunity to brave Camp Benson’s very own cave! This dark and cold hike is filled with all kinds of cool things, even stealthy bats. A trip down the 3-story-tall zip-line might be just the rush you’re looking for. Take a leisurely hike through the grotto, or climb aboard your sled and take the plunge down the 240-foot long Twilight Zone tube slide. If you have a desire for adventure, Adventure Camp Overnight is for you!
Being away from home can be hard for anyone. Why not help your camper feel special during camp this summer and send her a Pamper Your Camper Kit from GSNI? There are two types of kits available, a standard kit and one to send if your Girl Scout is celebrating a birthday while at camp.
Swimming. Archery. Learning new things. Making new friends. Memories to last a lifetime. These are all things that make for a great summer and are all things that are offered to girls at GSNI Camps. We wanted to make sure you were aware of the registration deadlines for our camp sessions this summer. Take a look at this handy chart found in our 2014 Resident Camp Guide:
Moving at the “speed of girls,” Girl Scouts brings the camp experience into the twenty-first century! According to a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), More Than S’mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.
Camp registration is still open. There are still openings in many sessions, but they are filling fast! Check out some of the available sessions:
Entering Grades 5-7
Movin’ On Up Camp
Entering Grade 6 (Note grade change from original camp book publication)
Canoes, Kayaks, and Rafts
Entering Grades 8-10
You’ll Have a Splash
Entering Grades 2-4