Rebecca is the Manager of Girl Program and Camp Valley Forge at GSEP. At camp, she goes by Nester, named for all the time spent nesting in the trees of Mosey Wood's high ropes course.
Starting as a Daisy, Rebecca grew up in Girl Scouts. Troop camping trips, going to Mosey Wood in the summers, and completing her Silver Award are some of her fondest memories of Girl Scouts. This will be her 11th summer at a GSEP camp, having spent time at Mosey Wood as both a camper and unit counselor. She is a certified Lifeguard and Wilderness First Aid responder. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time outside whether it's backpacking, playing boats, or slacklining. She can often be found with a camera in her hand and a nature field guide in the other.
Rebecca graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and has a background in Environmental Education and Outdoor Recreation. She has worked at outdoor schools teaching environmental science and led hiking and boating trips for people of all ages. Rebecca loves the summer camp and how GSEP camps build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
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. 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 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 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!
“From a parent's point of view...it's convenient and very flexible. You can choose weeks and themes which is fantastic. And my daughter loves it. She's already asked me if she can come back next summer!” – Parent of 2017 Camper
“Girl Scouts delivers on what it promises. It teaches girls self-confidence and new skills. It helps them socially and physically. It's a great organization. It has a long and successful history, and leaders know how to run a camp well and wisely.” - Parent of 2017 Camper
“Great experience! I respect what Girl Scouts does. They consistently do things with excellence. My daughter has been willing to try new things, take (healthy) risks, and challenge herself in Girl Scout programming. I'm impressed with the organization.” - Parent of 2017 Camper
“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
Check out the camp session available at Valley Forge Day Camp now!
Join us for an open house at Camp Valley Forge on Saturday, April 21, 12:30-2:30 p.m. or Thursday, May 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to meet camp staff and get a tour.