DO: Write your camper’s name in or on all her items (first and last!).
DON’T: Bring anything fancy or valuable- roughing it is fun!
DO: Bring enough clothing for the number of days your camper will attend camp plus 1. Camp can get messy!
DON’T: Bring flip-flops- they’re not allowed for safety reasons. Closed toed shoes (like sneakers or hiking boots) are a must!
DO: Remember to bring warm clothes- even in the summer it can get chilly at night.
DON’T: Forget the sunscreen and sunblock.
DO: Bring a comfort item like a stuffie or a book- this is especially helpful for younger campers and first-timers.
DON’T: Bring electronics, or anything you wouldn’t bring on a plane (drugs, lighters, weapons, sports equipment, etc.) When in doubt, leave it at home!
DO: Talk to campers about potentially embarrassing topics like bed-wetting and menstruating at camp if this might be an issue for your camper. Bedding can be washed discretely if necessary – just remind your camper to let her counselor know if she has a problem. Don’t forget to pack pads or tampons for girls who may need them!
DO: check out our full packing list here (open the Family Handbook and flip to page 7).
Summer is definitely camp season here at GSGWM, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some super fun programs running too. These top picks for August still have openings, so register now before the price increases or they sell out!
Triple Threat Camp (Theatre/Dance/Music)
Who’s it for: Brownie and Junior girls who love to sing, dance, and act.
Why we love it: This super fun 2-week camp is a great place for her to have fun while building confidence and creativity (and parents, you’ll even get to see a performance on the last day of camp). This program is run by young, enthusiastic industry professionals, so girls will have an in-depth look at what it takes to explore performance based careers.
Details: Runs Monday-Friday, 9-Noon, August 10-21 in Merrimack, NH. The cost is $175 per girl. Register here.
Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards Webinars
Who’s it for: We have two options; one for Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls, and one for parents and leaders.
Why we love it: The Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards are the highest awards girls can earn as Girl Scouts, and this program helps girls and their supportive adults navigate the process. Earning a highest award requires resilience, hard work, compassion, critical thinking, and much more, so you can see why we hope all girls will give this a try!
Details: These webinars are the first of 4 throughout the year. They’ll take place on Tuesday, August 11 through our online system. The girls’ webinar runs from 6-7PM, and the adults’ webinar runs from 7:30-8:30PM. Register here.
Who’s it for: All ages except Daisies. Siblings (including brothers) also welcome!
Why we love it: Girls will never look at biking the same way again once they attend this program- they’ll try out extreme mountain biking in a safe environment, and will also learn basic bike maintenance (pretty empowering to not have to ask Mom and Dad to fix minor problems!). Even better, they’ll get to meet a super cool role-model: a professional female mountain bike racer!
Details: Runs Tuesday, August 18, 10AM-2PM in Northfield, NH. Cost is $5 per person. Register here.
On Sunday, girls from across the country met up with girls and chaperones from GSGWM in Boston, where they spent a day getting to know each other and participating in team building activities. They also squeezed in some sight-seeing at Faneuil Hall before riding the T to the airport for an overnight flight to Spain.
Everyone arrived safe and sound this morning in Malaga, where they had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at Miguel Beach before grabbing lunch and heady back to their hotel for the evening. They’re all tired and happy, and we’re all super jealous!
The girls had a busy schedule on their second day in Spain! They spent the day touring Grenada with the help of their guide Pilar. They’re having a fantastic time exploring on a scavenger hunt and have been trying out local foods (including visiting a Moroccan Tea House).
Check out some of their photos from the day below:
They also visited the Alhambra, one of the most exciting sites in Granada and a great example of Moorish architecture. The building contains a fortress, a palace, and a small city, and was home to Sultans! It’s also the location where Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand agreed to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic to the good old USA.
Well, our Dancing Queens made quite a splash during today’s Salsa Dancing lesson! Today they journeyed to Seville where they enjoyed guided sightseeing, look a walking tour of the cathedral, saw a flamenco show, and learned how to dance themselves! They group also visited an olive farm where they saw how olive oil is made and tasted different oils, including an orange infused oil drizzled on chocolate ice cream. Yum!
Seville brought tons of exciting new experiences for our brave explorers! Today, they spent another day in Seville, the city of bullfights, flamenco, Carmen, and the heartbeat of Andalusian culture. Starting with a tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the girls experienced a neighborhood full of twisty alleys, picturesque patios, and whitewashed houses. Next, they took in the size and grandeur of the bullring. Ole!
We also have a fabulous video of the girls trying out salsa dancing that we’ll be able to upload on Monday.
Today the group traveled to Madrid with a brief stop in Cordoba to visit the Cathedral of Cordoba. This church is inside a building that used to be a mosque! They report that they had a great guide for the tour of the building and enjoyed taking time to explore the city.
Today in Madrid the girls took a guided tour of Spain’s capital city which included visiting the Plaza Mayor, the Palacio Real (the royal palace), a walking tour, and a stop at the Prado museum (the premier Spanish national art museum). What a packed day of learning and fun!
Today the girls are really living up to the Girl Scout song “Make new friends, but keep the old” while they participate in a student exchange. We should have some pictures of this great opportunity to post tomorrow, but in the meantime here are some extra photos from Madrid, including the palace and a group picture.
After a seven hour train journey, our travelers have arrived in Barcelona. Barcelona is a city famous for art- Picasso, Miró, and Dalí all created there! It’s also known for avantgarde art and architecture, so our girls are in for an interesting and unusual sight-seeing adventure. They also visited the 1992 Olympic stadium and take a guided tour of the city.
Well, sadly it’s time to say adios to Spain! The group finished off the trip with a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, and then split into smaller groups to pick their last activities of the trip. Some picked shopping, and some went to the beach, but everyone had a blast! They’ll arrive in Boston at 2:30 PM Eastern Time, and we may update the blog one last time depending on what they get up to back in the states. What a trip!
They’re baaaaaaaaack! They’ve Experienced Spain and had a fantastic time doing it, and now everyone is home safe and sound. What a trip! Want to join us on our next journey? Check out our travel page to find out how!
Girl Scout camp season is fast approaching. Our camp programs are filling up fast – register today to join the fun this summer! Check out our camp page here.
Summer Leadership Programs for Older Girls
Are you a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador? Do you love working with kids? We have great opportunities available for you at all of our camps this summer. Learn valuables skills, make our camps great, and have fun too!
Cadettes (grade 6-8) are invited to become Day Camp Program Aides. Training is scheduled for June 22-24 at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, NH. After training, you can volunteer for as many weeks as you want at any of our day camps. At Camp Farnsworth, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) can volunteer as Camp or Barn Aides. Counselor in Training (CIT) programs are available for girls in grades 10-12.
Applications, references, and interviews are required. Forms will be sent to you once you have registered. Contact Karen at email@example.com with questions.
Come Work with Us!
Are you looking for a fun and rewarding job this summer? Look no further: our day and resident camps are looking for fantastic people just like you to join our staff! We’re currently looking for business managers, assistant directors, nurses (EMTs, LPNs or RNs), lifeguards, a waterfront director, a barn director and assistants, and camp counselors.
Please consider this opportunity to give back to our community by sharing skills and experiences with the next generation of girls! Click here to apply.
We couldn’t support Girl Scouting here in New Hampshire and Vermont without the hard work, time, and talent of our dedicated volunteers. So this week, we’re celebrating you. Whether you’re a troop leader, a community volunteer, a board member, or a cookie mom/dad: thank you!
Not a volunteer and looking for a way to say thanks? Here are some ideas:
Pick up something special at Our Store – we’ve got great gift options for any GSGWM Volunteer!
Give them a picture of your Scout or the whole troop with a note attached
Share a house plant or a new garden plant
Bake a yummy treat (don’t forget to check for allergies!)
Have your Scout write a note with one of the shareable cards on our website
Help the whole troop pick a song to sing or create a thank you skit
Take to social media- post one of our cards on Facebook or Twitter during this special week. Don’t forget to tag @girlscoutsgwm and use the hashtag #NVW15!
Mark your calendar for Girl Expo 2015: Everything Exciting for Girls—Saturday, May 2, 10 AM to 4 PMat Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. The area’s ONLY expo for girls will feature over 100 exhibitors, fun and informative break-out sessions, a Girl Scout museum and fashion show, main stage shows, a live radio broadcast by WZID and more! Attendees are invited to climb an outdoor rock climbing wall provided by Evolution Rock and Fitness, check out Highland Mountain Bike Park’s interactive ride zone, or learn new skills at one of Home Depot’s many workshops. Come with your troop, come with your family, or come with your friends. You DON’T want to miss this one!
Purchase now and save! Advance tickets for Girl Scout members are just $3. Tickets purchased at the door are $5. Click on this link to get your tickets today!
Announcing our first ever council-wide Take Action Project!
Join Girl Scouts throughout New Hampshire and Vermont to take action to make the environment a better place. Plan your Take Action Project: Green Up! project for April 1 – June 30, 2015 now!
Projects will focus on meeting the Take Action criteria of solving a root cause of a problem, planning for sustainability, educating and inspiring others.
The Stewardship Network: New England will help girls partner with environmental organizations to find opportunities to help nature. Adults can sign up their girls for an event with an environmental organization on The Stewardship Network: New England’s website.
Choose from 3 options below for a Green Up! Project:
Garlic Mustard Removal
Learn to identify and remove this invasive species
Community Partner Event
Join a project in New Hampshire or Vermont planned by The Stewardship Network: New England partners
Plan your own environmental take action project using the Age Level Requirements
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