FARMINGDALE – Summer camp gives children space to explore nature, time to connect with other kids and positive role models, and the opportunity to embrace outdoor adventures like swimming, climbing, and boating.
For more than 50 years, our camps at Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have helped shape thousands of girls, giving them life skills and lasting memories of friendships that began around the campfire and blossomed on hikes through the woods.
Every year campers at both Camp Sacajawea and Camp Amity Acres express how much fun they have at camp making friends and trying new activities. And parents remind us of the many ways that children thrive and grow in courage, confidence, and character at summer camp.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore would like to share a few of the many benefits that children gain from joining a summer camp community:
Connecting to Nature and Friends: At camp, kids unplug from cell phones and digital devices and connect to outdoor experiences and to one another. Exploring the outdoors gives children an appreciation for nature, stirs their imagination, ignites their creativity, and supports healthy development. Interacting with new friends teaches kids to cultivate relationships, broaden their perspectives and build bridges of understanding.
Developing Confidence, Self- Esteem and Resilience: Children take on new challenges at camp every day, which helps boost their self-esteem and self-confidence. It’s a place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves and to try new things. Encouraging children to face challenges and take risks in a safe, supportive environment helps build resiliency.
Engaging with Positive Role Models: As a close-knit community away from home and school, summer camp introduces children to many different role models. Camp counselors and counselors in training (CIT) are often young adults and high school
students who children easily relate to. Kids look up to these motivating mentors, who model what it means to be a strong leader as they guide their camp groups through daily activities. For many campers, this is where their own leadership journey begins.
Camp Amity Acres in Waretown, and Camp Sacajawea in Farmingdale, are open to all girls, ages 3-15 and boys, ages 3-12 from Monday, June 20 through Friday August 19, for an unforgettable summer.
For more information about camp, visit gsfun.org.