As we look toward next summer, we are taking stock of this year's camp programs and offerings and looking at new possibilities. There has been a resurgence of family camps, so one of the questions we have is whether, if we had waterfront staff, would you be interested in a family "staycation" at one of the Girl Scout properties? There is a lot to do at most of the properties, but with the increasing cost of gasoline and vacations, we see this as a value added opportunity for parents of Girl Scouts.
Another conversation we have been having is whether to allow parents to attend camp with your younger Girl Scout. Allowing your daughter to spend time away from home with someone they don't know can be daunting, so one of the discussions we have had is a session that might start on Friday evening, with the parents staying until Sunday evening, and then allowing the girls to stay on without a parent into the week.
The third alternative we have discussed is, rather than spending the night at camp, offering a day camp program. You would drop your Girl Scout off at our office, and she would be taken up to camp every morning for a week. There would be girls spending the week, but the girls who come from the office would participate in the same program, other than the overnight segment.
We are always looking for ways to increase girl participation in camp. We believe being in the great outdoors is a learning opportunity that should not be missed. We are also looking at a winter camp session during the end-of-the-year holidays, and if we have sufficient interest, we will run that session.
Please let us know your thoughts on camps for your Girl Scout at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your input.