It seems funny that in December we are planning for summer camp, but that we are. We have to get it done prior to the onslaught of the cookie program as it moves into a full gear. I thought I would outline some things we are considering, asking for your input.
1. We will work to offer a day camp option for both camps. If your daughter/girl doesn't want to spend the night away from home, this is a way for her experience what camp has to offer. We expect to have girls dropped off at the service center by 8 a.m. each day and return by 5 p.m. each afternoon.
2. We are considering an older girl program at a different venue. We discussed a survivor format and another geared toward environmental issues. One of the venues under discussion has facilities for horses, so another option under consideration is horsemanship for older girls, who have already experienced the horse program at Camp Scoutshire.
3. We are planning to bring in more outside resources during the camp day so girls can experience things, like meeting a raptor or seeing a king snake up close, that this area has to offer. The program will be geared to earning Girl Scout badges, as well as a great learning experience. We are educators and want this to be a fun and educational experience.
4. As a part of that program enhancement, we will be having more GSSA staff and volunteers working at camp during the day. We know we have volunteers with great expertise, who are not in a position to leave their families for a week, so we think this might be a good option for them.
5. We have dramatically cut the number of camp sessions offered, since we had many more offerings than we could fill, so the curriculum will move to a thematic offering with programs embedded at different age levels. Hopefully, that will simplify choices. As a part of that change, we will have every girl receive an opportunity to try all activities camp has to offer. We received a lot of feedback last year that this didn't happen, so this year we will work to address that.
6. We are also discussing a day camp program for older girls on robots in or around the Montgomery area in the late summer.
On another note, the Mobile County School District lags most of the rest of the council as to when classes are over, so we have to work to accommodate as many as possible as we plan our dates.
The tentative camp program dates for summer 2014 are:
Camp Scoutshire Woods Week 1: June 8 - 13, 2014
Camp Scoutshire Woods Week 2: June 15 - 20, 2014
Kamp Kiwanis Week 1: June 22 - 27, 2014
Kamp Kiwanis Week 2: June 29 - July 3, 2014 (camp will end on the 3rd, to allow for an enjoyable 4th of July)
The camp program themes are:
Pioneer Rustic Girl Camp
Outdoor Adventure Camp
Creative Arts Camp
Experimental Explorers Camp (STEM)
We welcome comments or feedback on any of the above. Please direct these to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!