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ValleyForge

Valley Forge

Your Director
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Your Director
Rebecca "Nester" Saunders

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.

About Camp
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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. 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
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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
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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!

Parent Testimonials
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Parent Testimonials

"My girls love going to camp! We are mixing resident camp with day camp and it's the perfect summer combination." ~Parent of a 2018 Valley Forge camper

"This is her 5th year at camp. She is confident, eager to learn and try new things, and loves being independent. She took Camp Program Aide this year at Valley Forge and is extremely excited about being a CIT next year. I recommend camp to EVERYONE I talk with!" ~Parent of a 2018 Valley Forge camper

"My girls simply love camp! It's more than just fun, it's an empowering experience meeting a huge variety of women and girls and strecthing their boundaries within a safe and supportive environment." ~Parent of a 2018 Valley Forge camper

"SEND YOUR DAUGHTER, she will love it!!!" ~Parent of a 2018 Valley Forge camper

"Very caring and involved staff. They made my little girl's first experience at camp a huge success." ~Parent of a 2018 Valley Forge camper

"I appreciated the level of experience that Girl Scouts clearly has with running camps. They know what they are doing. These camps are well-administered." ~Parent of a 2018 Valley Forge camper

Camp Sessions & Open Houses
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Camp Sessions

Camp sessions for 2019 will be available in the December Camp & Program Guide! 

Come visit us for an Open House on...

Thursday, April 18 2019, 5 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.

Chat with our day camp staff as you take a tour of camp and have all your questions answered.