Summer camp has something for all girls

From News ReleaseJune 1, 2014 

Archery is among the skills girls can learn at summer camp.


At Girl Scout camp, girls can explore the outdoors, climb the challenger tower, kayak down a river or go on an adventure with new friends. Whether a girl is interested in archery, horses, water sports, science and technology or leadership, she will find them all at camp.

Girls can have fun, gain new skills and make memories at resident camps in central and Eastern North Carolina: Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County, Camp Graham in Vance County and Camp Hardee in Beaufort County.

“Girl Scout Camp is designed to give every girl a chance to succeed, build friendships, challenge herself and have fun,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines. “When a girl goes to camp, she will grow in self-confidence while building leadership skills.”

This year’s camp sessions include opportunities for girls to earn Red Cross first aid, CPR and babysitting certifications and become camp counselors in training. Girls in grades 7-12 can hike in Pisgah National Forest, raft the river rapids of West Virginia or even learn to surf at Kure beach.

At Camp Mary Atkinson, campers can play sports in the new open-air gymnasium, take part in the challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower, canoe and paddle board, swim in a zero-entry swimming pool and slide down the 10-foot slide into the camp lake. Located near Clayton in Johnston County, this camp also houses the council’s Leadership Center, which hosts an air-conditioned dining hall, stage and technology center.

At Camp Graham, located on Kerry Lake in Vance County, campers will get to enjoy the waterfront, whether they are swimming, canoeing, kayaking or sailing. The camp consists of 155 acres of lake frontage, open areas and woodlands. Each camping unit and cabins have shelters, picnic tables and fire grills.

Camp Hardee is located in Beaufort County on the Pamlico River. The camp consists of 95 acres with river frontage, woodlands, and open space. Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins while enjoying camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming in the pool, archery and sailing or kayaking down the river.

Camp is open to girls ages 5 to 17, and girls do not have to be a Girl Scout to register. A typical week-long, resident camp session costs $275; girls who are not Girl Scouts will pay $50 more.

To learn more about Girl Scout camp, download the 2014 Summer Fun Guide. To register for a summer session, visit or call 800-284-4475.

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