Cat may have just finished her third summer at Camp Farnsworth, but the 12-year-old Bow, NH girl says she’s already counting the days until next year’s Girl Scout camp season!
She says there are always new experiences in store for her at the Thetford, VT resident camp. “They have activities for everyone, and I do mean everyone,” she says, enthusiastically. “The best part is, we always have a say when it comes to planning our activities,” she adds.
A lover of the great outdoors, Cat says she grew up going on camping trips with her older brothers and being at Camp Farnsworth appeals to her action-oriented nature. Having an opportunity to spend time with her favorite four-legged creatures, as part of the camp’s popular “Saddle, Paddle, and Arrows” program, was also natural draw for her.
“We play fun games out in the pasture and you really get to know all the horses and ponies,” she notes. “You even get quizzed on it!” In addition to spending time in the horse barn, Cat learned the fundamentals of canoeing, polished her skills at the archery range, and enjoyed other traditional camp activities.
Cat began attending the overnight camp at the age of nine. She says she’s learned a lot about herself during her time away from home. “It was there that I learned that I’m a really, really social person. I like to talk. A LOT,” she admits with a grin. The many friends she’s made at camp each season—friends with whom she corresponds throughout the year—are a testament to this.
Her advice to a girl who’s thinking about camp but hasn’t jumped in the saddle yet? “You don’t have to be nervous. Everyone is so nice,” she says. “And once you’ve made friends, they will always be there to help you.”
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains offers day and resident camp programs to girls who are entering kindergarten through grade 12—including those who have never participated in Girl Scouts. Girl Scout camp is unique from other camps in that it is girl-led. Guided by staff, girls of all ages are involved in the planning, organizing, and evaluating of their camp activities. Girls are empowered as they learn and practice critical thinking, leadership, and decision-making skills. Information regarding Girl Scout summer camp is distributed in early February of each year. For further information, visit our website.