Summer Camps You live in a world of screens- smartphone, laptop, TV, tablet- and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. At Girl Scout camp, you’re free to explore new worlds, unplug, and make new friends. GSEP offers four resident camps and three day camps. And with financial aid, busing, and extended care, every girl has the opportunity to enjoy what camp has to offer. You don’t even have to already be a Girl Scout to come to camp! What will you do this summer? The opportunities are endless at Girl Scout camp! Check out all the camp programs here! Register now by signing into the Online Registration System, or creating an account if you do not yet have one, and then signing up for camp. You do not need to already be a Girl Scout to come to camp, so be sure to tell you friends about all the fun they can have with us this summer! Open House Come check us out at an open house! Bring the family out to meet camp staff, find out what a ‘day in the life’ of a camper is like, and get all your camp questions answered! Registration is not required. Email us at email@example.com if you need directions. Resident Camps Laughing Waters Sunday, April 9, 12-2PM Sunday, April 30, 12-2PM Saturday, June 17, 1-4PM Mosey Wood Sunday, April 23, 1-4PM Sunday, June 18, 1-4PM Shelly Ridge Resident Camp Saturday, April 8, 4-6PM Sunday, May 14, 1-4PM Wood Haven Sunday, April 23, 1-4PM Sunday, May 7, 1-4PM Sunday, June 4, 1-4PM Day Camps Valley Forge Sunday, April 30, 2:30-4:30PM Saturday, May 20, 12:30-2:30PM Mountain House Saturday, April 22, 4-6PM Sunday, May 21, 3-5PM Shelly Ridge Day Camp Saturday, April 8, 4-6PM Sunday, May 14, 1-4PM Resident Camps Camp Laughing Waters Camp Mosey Wood Camp Shelly Ridge Camp Wood Haven Day Camps Mountain House Shelly Ridge Valley Forge Resident Camps Laughing Waters Your Director Hana Glennon grew up in a small town in New Hampshire spending time exploring outside, getting messy, and enjoying nature, this upbringing led her to a life dedicated to getting people outside! While studying history and secondary education in college, she began working at summer camp, and fell in love. She stayed at her first camp for seven years working as a counselor and moving up to an activity area manager, overseeing staff working challenge courses, hikes, over nights and nature education. To continue her passion for teaching outdoors she moved to Alabama, to work at an Environmental Education center working with students across the Southeast, teaching them the wonders and science of nature. Finally, she found an opportunity to come work for GSEP and be the director at Laughing Waters. Laughing Waters has become her passion for getting young girls to camp and helping them learn and grow. About Camp With almost 500 acres to spread out in, Laughing Waters has a little something for everyone. There are opportunities to push your personal limits on our ropes courses and rock wall. You can try out new activities such as yoga, water aerobics, disc golf, horseback riding, and life sized Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Expand your artistic side with specific art programs, as well as themed arts and crafts projects, music programs, and nature art. Laughing Waters has other activities that will engage your excitement at every turn with archery, gaga, sports in the activity center, cooking, and a pool there is never a dull moment. Your week will be filled with excitement, adventure, growth, and connecting with other campers and the environment. Our Staff Laughing Waters is proud to have staff from all over Pennsylvania, the country and the world! Bringing together people of all backgrounds from across the world allows our staff and campers learn and experience new cultures and customs from one another. Each year the staff goes through a two-week training. Here they learn how to work with our campers. They learn games and songs, team building activities, conflict management, age level development, how to help with home sickness and much more. This training allows them to be prepped and ready to help our campers become girls of courage confidence and character that make the world a better place. Our favorite tradition Laughing Waters had at least two all camp campfires each session, one to open our time together and one to close our time together. We sing songs, perform silly skits, and have fun, but we also have a special tradition called MAGI. MAGI, is when select group of our staff perform a trick over the fire to make it spark up. Its great fun and the more fun we have at camp the larger the fire becomes. Parent Testimonials “My daughter came home more mature than when I sent her. She had an amazing time during her first overnight camping trip.” ~Parent/Guardian of 2016 camper “Wonderful experience for any young lady.” ~Parent/Guardian of 2016 camper “I have been sending my daughters to CLW for the past 12 years, and their experiences have always been wonderful. They come home full of stories that get repeated all year long. Girl Scout camp at Laughing Waters is one of the building blocks in the foundation of their lives.” ~Parent/Guardian of 2016 camper Mosey Wood Your Director Ape is the Director of Adventure and Water/ Camp Mosey Wood at GSEP. It is a very fitting role, as Ape loves to climb! She has been belaying and running high challenge courses for fifteen years. She will introduce the new challenge tower at Mosey Wood to anyone as “Ape’s Playground.” Ape also enjoys the water, she has been on several week-long canoeing trips on rivers, spent some time in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and of course wonderful time spent on Mosey Wood Pond. Basically anything outdoors, on water, in the air, or in between, Ape is up for the challenge! Summer 2017 will be Ape’s 25th summer at a Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania summer camp. She grew up going to Camp Tweedale in Oxford, PA. She spent nine summers at Tweedale as a camper and then twelve on staff. She had positions that ranged from unit counselor to sports director to trip and travel director to assistant and program director. After Camp Tweedale closed its doors to summer camp at the conclusion of the 2013 summer, Ape made the tough decision of where to move on to. She chose Camp Mosey Wood, where she was the assistant director in 2014 and has been the Camp Director since. Ape loves the Girl Scout movement and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. Ape graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education with a teaching certificate. Ape uses that passion for teaching throughout her Girl Scout career, continuing to teach camp staff and have key educational pieces to programs and camp. Currently Ape is pursuing a Master’s in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University of Nevada. About Camp Camp Mosey Wood is a 425-acre beauty sitting in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Adventure and water abound through this property. A thirteen-acre lake hosts plenty of room for boating including row boating, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing. Mosey Wood Lake also hosts a plethora of fun activities including the AquaTower, that we affectionately call the Blob, a Wibit obstacle course, and an AquaClimb climbing wall. After splashing around, there is still plenty of adventure to be had, from bouldering to climbing walls to a low challenge course to a high challenge course. Adventure in the air culminates with dueling zip lines after pushing through a seventeen element challenge tower! There is more adventure to be had between water and sky. Traditional camp activities like archery, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, environmental educations and more are done each week. The adventure never ends at Camp Mosey Wood! Our Staff The staff at Camp Mosey Wood comes from all walks of life. From our high school aged aides to our fifty-plus year-old staff members, all are at camp for the girls. Many are still in school studying for their futures, some are teachers, and yet others take off part of their full-time jobs to come to camp for the summer. We have a mix of domestic and international staff, staff that have been Girl Scouts all of their lives and new to Girl Scout staff. Staff goes through a week and a half long training to prepare for the campers. Our Favorite Tradition Wishing Candles is one of the strongest held camp traditions at Camp Mosey Wood. Campers decorate a wood cookie and place a candle on it to create their wishing candle. On the last evening (Thursday) of each session week the campers and staff wait at the entrance to their unit as the tiki torch procession. As the procession reaches the waterfront, the campers and staff sit on the beach. Poems are read, stories are told, and songs are sung as each camper places a wishing candle on to the lake. The campers make a wish and hope to see the wood cookie the candle was placed upon on the beach in the morning, as that is a sign their wish may come true! Parent Testimonials “My daughter has loved each year she has gone to camp. She hated to leave.” -Parent of 2016 Camper “Mosey Wood is a wonderful camp experience. Check in & out is easy, and my daughter has such a great time every year that she talks non-stop the whole way home and can’t wait to go back” -Parent of 2016 Camper “The best thing you can do for your daughter. It is affordable, safe, nurturing, and fun! My girls have learned independence, confidence, and a love and respect for nature and themselves.” -Parent of 2016 Camper Shelly Ridge Resident Camp : Your Director Since choosing her nickname of “Rocket” as a Junior Girl Scout in the 4th grade (because she wanted to become an astronaut) Elizabeth Frederick’s future with Girl Scouts has blasted off. Starting as a Brownie, Rocket, along with both her parents, was heavily involved with Girl Scouts. Going so far as participating in Wider Opportunities (now known as destinations) and serving as her council’s girl representative to the joint 85th Girl Scout birthday celebration for the 10 Southern California Councils. Starting in the summers while she was attending Ripon College in Wisconsin for Education and Spanish, Rocket would return to her native California to work at Camp Scherman of Girl Scouts of Orange County, and continued to work there as Support Staff until she became the Camp Director for the summer of 2007 and for the next 6 years. Rocket found her way to Pennsylvania in 2015 as the Assistant Camp Director at Camp Mosey Wood, where she learned to appreciate the beauty of the Pennsylvania landscape. At the end of the summer she was offered a full-time position with GSEP and began working in Product Program in the off season before returning to Camp Mosey Wood as Assistant Director for the summer of 2016. Now, Rocket is excited to return to camp once again as Director of Shelly Ridge Resident and Day Camp where she hopes to continue her work to facilitate the creation of forging new friendships, fun, and confidence building to campers and staff. About Camp Nestled in the woods right outside Philadelphia, Shelly Ridge Resident Camp allows you to bring your creative ideas to life. Specializing in small age-specific single-themed sessions, Shelly Ridge Resident Camp is ideal for both the first-time resident camper and those looking for a week with a more focused theme. With programs ranging from culinary exploration to tracking the night sky, there is something for everyone! You will be amongst the first to enjoy our newly built amenities as you stay in our air-conditioned lodge and participate in all that our activity center has to offer (some activities are grade-dependent). Additionally, you will enjoy challenging yourself on the low ropes course (fourth grade and above), aiming high with archery, swimming daily, cooking breakfast with your new friends, experiencing a variety of traditional and non-traditional camp dining experiences and much more. Wow Factors: Activity Center, Indoor Climbing Wall, and Lodge. Our Staff The staff at Shelly Ridge resident camp is comprised of individuals with various backgrounds including college aged students with majors in education, the arts, outdoor recreation, and more. We hire a mix of domestic and international staff some who have been Girl Scouts for many years and others who are new to the movement but empowered by our Girl Scout Mission. Camp Wood Haven: Your Director Michele (or Shellyb as she is known at camp) is starting her 17th year as the Director at Camp Wood Haven. Michele has a long history with Girl Scouts starting as a Brownie in Los Angeles County, California and continued to earn her First Class Award. Her love of the outdoors took her to camps on Catalina Island, Lake Arrowhead and Palm Springs California. Michele moved to Pennsylvania in 1987 and when her daughter became a Girl Scout she became involved with Girl Scouts Great Valley Council as a leader, outdoor trainer and special event co-ordinator before taking the full time job at Camp Wood Haven. Both of her children grew up at camp and later worked at camp. The favorite part of her job is working with girls of all ages, helping them to learn to love the outdoors, encouraging them to try something out of their comfort zone, and to realize that they can make a difference in the world. About Camp Camp Wood Haven is located in a valley just across the Berks County line in Schuylkill County. It sits in a nice little valley just outside of Pine Grove, PA and is surrounded by rolling hills and farm land. We are about 5 miles from the Appalachian Trail at the 501 lookout. Wood Haven has lots of fun activities to offer campers, archery, team challenge course, climbing wall, tree ascension element and slack lining. When you are not “adventuring” it, spend time at the pool, or go for a creek hike, and have lunch at Tear Drop Island. Wood Haven also has a large horseback riding program where we offer both English and Western riding for all age levels and riding abilities. When you aren’t riding a horse you can spend time with the four Alpacas in the Critter Cabin. The possibilities are endless. Our Staff I have had the privilege of working with many young staff members who have grown up to be extraordinary women. We have alumnae who are teachers, Girl Scout Leaders, moms, marathon runners, Girl Scout Staff, members of the National Guard, USMC, Army and Navy. I am proud to have watched them progress from campers to staff and beyond. Here are some of the comments they have written me. “Thank you for making me feel like a valued part of a great team.” “Wood Haven is an incredibly special place, and I can’t articulate how much I’ll treasure my time spent helping change young lives and building women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a difference.” “Honestly I feel so much more empowered and strong after camp and I find myself now having caught a bit of a bug for it, challenging myself and discovering my abilities. I cannot thank you and the team at CWH enough for the incredible opportunity.” “Working at camp made me realize what a difference you can make in other people’s lives and I really want to pursue that with mine more than ever.” Our Favorite Tradition Our campfire at the end of the week is one of our best traditions. It gives both campers and staff a venue to express their feelings about their week at camp as well as their wishes and hope for the future. The campfire is led by an older girl unit from that week. Campers together write a program wish and attach it to a wish log, while each camper also makes their own wish on their wish stick. The program wishes are read aloud and the wish log and sticks are burned in the fire. Each program picks a song to sing, the story of the ashes as well as the ashes from the last week’s campfire are added, then we share the story of the bear scare bracelets. Our campfire ends with the staff singing the Camp Wood Haven song. After the campfire is over, the ashes are collected to put in the next week’s fire so that their wishes keep going, and going, and going. Parent Testimonials “I felt compelled to tell you what a fantastic job you and your staff have done. She has learned a great deal while at Woodhaven. She learned how to care for and ride horses. She has learned how to build friendships and work as a team. She had terrific role models in all of her counselors! In the car on the way home she told me that she loved camp because she could totally be herself, and did not have to try to be someone she wasn’t! She said “no one judges me at camp!”. Priceless!! Thanks you and all of the fantastic counselors that helped my daughter to be a better, stronger version of herself!! Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you next year!!” “This was her second year attending Camp Wood Haven. We didn’t think it was possible, but she enjoyed camp even more so this summer! She said that the counselors were awesome and that they participated in the events rather than just walking them to each place. Of course the horseback riding was top notch. She was so proud to come home and tell me that she learned to trot. She said before camp that she was extremely nervous about attempting to trot and wasn’t going to do it. I told her to just take one lesson at a time. And she had success!” “I think GSEP camps are a great place to help your daughter grow and have fun new experiences as well as meeting like-minded girls in a safe environment that encourage individuality, kindness, acceptance, and sisterhood!” “Summer camp gives girls a place to learn and grow in a safe, non-judgmental environment. They can be silly or smart, sporty or frilly and know that they are accepted as part of the sisterhood of Girl Scouts. They build on leadership skills without even realizing it.” Day Camps Camp Mountain House Your Director Kristin Leiby first started at Camp Mountain House during the summer of 2010 as a Camp Counselor. Since then, Kristin has spent seven summers at camp and served in various roles from business manager to assistant director. Summer 2017 will be Kristin’s first summer as the camp director. Kristin has her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Kutztown University. Her favorite thing about camp is its location and watching the campers grow, laugh, and learn. In her free time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband, taking her dog to the park, and crafting! About Camp Camp Mountain House is an ACA-accredited day camp hidden away in a wooden sanctuary in Lehigh County. Just minutes from our Lehigh Valley Service Center, Mountain House offers a thrilling blend of programs for every age group from the first-time camper to seasoned experts. Our camp includes an archery range, nature trail. GaGa pit, an outdoor stage, several picnic areas complete with fire pits, two four-stall latrines, and six platform tents. In addition to our outdoor spaces and activities, Camp Mountain House offers two indoor buildings for girls to utilize. The lodge boasts a beautiful wrap-around porch, full kitchen and plenty of indoor space for crafts, rainy-day activities, and games. Pine Cabin is a cozy space with a kitchen and room for environmental, science, or art activities. Henry’s Cabin sits at the top of the Mountain House property and is home to the camp office and health center during the summer season. Our Staff Our staff comes from all across the Lehigh Valley. Some are college students working on their degree. Others are full-time educators in local schools while some are finishing up high school. Many staff members have been campers at Mountain House and the others are just really excited about creating enriching experiences for every girl. All staff undergo a week-long training session that covers everything from keeping our campers safe to delivering quality camp programming. Know that when you drop your daughter off at camp, she is learning and having fun in a safe environment surround by staff who are passionate about what they do. Our Favorite Tradition Tradition is a huge part of the experience at Camp Mountain House. Campers, and parents, are often amused and confused by our camp names! At the end of their first day, your camper may tell stories about their counselors, Zazu and Sherlock; or that they went swimming with Glitzy and Giggles. When you step into a leadership position at camp, whether as a Camp Program Aide or a staff member, you receive your camp name. At Mountain House, camp names are given to new staff members by the returning staff members. Each name represents who you are at camp, what some call your truest self. Other traditions include daily flag ceremonies, Act of Random Kindness awards, and weekly all-camp, Girl Choice activities. Parent Testimonials “Both my girls love Mountain House day camp! They love swimming and going on adventures, including looking for fairies!” ~Parent/Guardian of Mountain House camper “My daughter loved it and wants to return. It is very nearby.” ~Parent/Guardian of Mountain House camper Shelly Ridge Day Camp Your Director Since choosing her nickname of “Rocket” as a Junior Girl Scout in the 4th grade (because she wanted to become an astronaut) Elizabeth Frederick’s future with Girl Scouts has blasted off. Starting as a Brownie, Rocket, along with both her parents, was heavily involved with Girl Scouts. Going so far as participating in Wider Opportunities (now known as destinations) and serving as her council’s girl representative to the joint 85th Girl Scout birthday celebration for the 10 Southern California Councils. Starting in the summers while she was attending Ripon College in Wisconsin for Education and Spanish, Rocket would return to her native California to work at Camp Scherman of Girl Scouts of Orange County, and continued to work there as Support Staff until she became the Camp Director for the summer of 2007 and for the next 6 years. Rocket found her way to Pennsylvania in 2015 as the Assistant Camp Director at Camp Mosey Wood, where she learned to appreciate the beauty of the Pennsylvania landscape. At the end of the summer she was offered a full-time position with GSEP and began working in Product Program in the off season before returning to Camp Mosey Wood as Assistant Director for the summer of 2016. Now, Rocket is excited to return to camp once again as Director of Shelly Ridge Resident and Day Camp where she hopes to continue her work to facilitate the creation of forging new friendships, fun, and confidence building to campers and staff. About Camp Imagine a wooded oasis right in your backyard. At Shelly Ridge Day Camp, located in Montgomery County just outside Philadelphia, you’ll be close to home but feel a million miles away. Explore 113 acres of meadows and woodlands, play in our activity center, swim, have fun with archery (soft archery second grade and above, traditional archery 4th grade and above), play gaga, and create cool crafts, ascend from our new climbing wall (4th grade and above), and balance on our low ropes course (fourth grade and above) all while making new friends! Our Staff The staff at Shelly Ridge Day Camp brings a variety of interests and experience with them. Many of them are students studying at local colleges and universities who share a passion of working with children. They bring with them a commitment to provide every girl the best possible camp experience full of fun, learning opportunities, and lasting friendships. Valley Forge Day Camp Your Director Melissa is the Director of Arts & Culture and Camp Valley Forge. When she’s at camp, she goes by Firefly, so named because of her love of the short lived sci-fi show from 2002. As a girl, she attended Camp AnSeOx, a Girl Scout day and resident camp in Oxford, CT. Melissa’s always been a day camp person—there’s something wonderful about falling asleep in your own bed after a fun day at camp! She also was a Girl Scout from Daisies to Cadettes, using cookie proceeds to fund fun camping trips with her troop. Since rejoining Girl Scouts as a staff member in 2011, Melissa wore many hats before finding that Camp Director fit best. She briefly served as Assistant Director at Camp Valley Forge during the summer of 2012 before embracing camp full time in 2015. This will be her third summer leading the staff and campers at Camp Valley Forge. In the off-season, Melissa attends conferences and trainings to network with other camp professionals and keep up to date with camp skills and topics. She is a Level II archery instructor, has completed American Camp Association Director training courses, and is currently working towards becoming Low Ropes, Climbing Wall, and ServSafe certified. She enjoys tent camping near the Delaware beaches, creating her own Halloween (and camp) costumes, singing along to Disney movies, reading novels, painting, and other handicrafts in her free time. Melissa graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in History, with a focus on Women’s Studies. Melissa’s passion for female empowerment is a core focus of everything she does, especially as it relates to running camp and training staff. About Camp Camp Valley Forge is an ACA-accredited day camp tucked just off the main roads in Phoenixville, mere minutes outside of the National Historical Park. We share a campus with the Valley Forge Service Center and are surrounded by private residences and the National Christian Conference Center. Our camp includes an archery range, low ropes challenge course, GaGa pit, pool, and two picnic areas, complete with fire pits. In addition to our outdoor spaces and activities, Camp Valley Forge offers four indoor units for girls to utilize. The Blue & Purple Rooms each have full kitchens, indoor bathrooms, and open space to play games and do activities in their groups. The Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) is a large, open space where girls gather in the morning and can play large group games or spread out to relax and make friendship bracelets. The Art Room includes tables where girls can draw, paint, or craft. During a typical day at Camp Valley Forge, girls will swim and participate in themed activities each day. They’ll also enjoy arts & crafts, archery (grades 2+), low ropes (grades 4+), teambuilding & diversity activities, and a visit to the Trading Post at least twice during the week. Our Staff Our staff hails from all over the area. Some are college students working on degrees in marketing, business, education, and psychology. Others are full-time educators in local schools while some are finishing up high school. They have been campers at our camp and others, Girl Scouts during the year, or just really excited about creating enriching experiences for every girl. All undergo a week of training before camp begins, lead by our Director, Assistant Director, Program Director, and Office & Healthcare Manager. Our Favorite Tradition Tradition is a huge part of the experience at Camp Valley Forge. The one that always throws folks off is camp names. When you pull up to drop your camper off and someone is introduced to you as Bubbles, Sprinkles, or Cheese, you might think you’ve landed in an alternate dimension. When you step into a leadership position at camp, whether as a Camp Program Aide or a staff member, you receive your camp name. Maybe it’s something that your friends or coworkers give to you, or maybe you choose it yourself. Either way, your name represents who you are at camp, what some call your truest self. Other traditions are newer—like the daily flag ceremonies or all-camp games on the field at the end of the week. The common factor in all of them is the fun they add to the camp experience! Parent Testimonials “I am happy to send my daughter there for multiple weeks in the summer time. It is obvious that this camp is built on Girl Scout principles of kindness, caring and respect for others. The counselors are all great!” ~Parent of 2016 camper E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for our monthly Camp Director newsletters.