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LaughingWaters

Laughing Waters

Your Director
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Your Director
Hana "Chahaba" Haseman

Hana Haseman 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, and nature education. To continue her passion for teaching outdoors, she moved to Alabama to work at an environmental education center. Finally, she found an opportunity to come to GSEP and be the director at Laughing Waters. Her passion is to get young girls to camp and help them learn and grow.

About Camp
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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
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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. Each year, the staff goes through a least two-week training, in addition on specialized activity 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.

Staff Quotes:

“It was life changing and I truly enjoy mostly every moment. Because of camp, I learned that I love working with children” – 2017 Staff

“I loved how much I learned about myself and my teaching style, I gained a lot of confidence, and this was the best job that I have had. The kids were amazing, the staff was so fun and hardworking, and I loved getting back into Girl Scouts!” – 2018 Staff

“My favorite part of camp was seeing how 5 days can change a young girl’s life” – 2018 staff

“I really enjoy seeing our campers grow from year to year. As a former camper myself, I have grown as a leader at camp. Seeing that in our younger campers just makes the whole summer worth it.” – 2018 staff

Our Favorite Tradition
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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.

Testimonials
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Camper Testimonials

“At the closing ceremony, I was crying, because I didn’t want to leave camp. It was the best week of my life, and I will never forget how much fun I had with my counselors “ – 2018 camper

“I absolutely loved the group of girls I was with, we all grew really close. “ – 2018 camper

“I liked living in the cabin with other girls my age. We had lots of fun conversations. I also LOVED the Cookout. “ 2019 camper

“I loved going to the pool it is so much fun! But my favorite thing was that I got to meet new friends and have fun!!!” – 2019 camper

“My favorite part of camp was riding new horses and improving our riding skills with new friends” – 2019 camper

“My favorite part of camp is doing all the different activities!” – 2019 camper

“My favorite part of camp was...Being with my friends and doing fun activities!” – 2019 camper

“I loved swimming and doing high ropes and low ropes!! I also enjoyed the counselors I had” – 2019 camper

“My favorite part about being at camp was the first day we when we were at the campfire, and we were singing songs all as a group which warmed my heart.” – 2019 camper

“I would definitely recommend this program because you get to make new friends” – 2019 camper

“I would recommend this program to someone because you get a chance to learn new things and it helps you gain confidence and helps you concur your fears.” – 2019 camper

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Parent Testimonials

“The peace of mind knowing my daughter is going to a safe, enriched camp with caring counselors and other campers that share the spirit of sisterhood.”  - Parent/Guardian of a 2019 camper

“Exactly what our girls need right now, a place to be strong and supported, independent but cared about, while soaking up nature.” - Parent/Guardian of a 2019 camper

“She cried because she missed camp so much. It is one of her favorite things, she wants to live there.” - Parent/Guardian of a 2019 camper

“Our daughter is naturally shy in places or with people she has not yet met. At GS camp, she found her voice, her ability to put herself out there and be received by a warm and welcoming community. The impact of that experience will influence her as she moves forward in life. Thank you for offering this type of community for young women. The effects of it cannot be underestimated.” –  Parent/Guardian of a 2019 camper

"Camp gets her away from technology and lets her be steeped for days in the outdoors & interpersonal relationships without technology. She gets to be with herself. She gets to be with others - in a genuine way. It gives her an opportunity for purely human connection." ~Parent/Guardian of a 2018 camper

"Each year she becomes a bit more independent and she continues to grow into a young woman. Being away from parents and doing things on her own has been a direct impact." ~ Parent/Guardian of a 2018 camper

"She has developed a sense of independence, fearlessness, and leadership. I have watched her grow from a timid Brownie unsure of how to handle herself at camp into a self-assured Cadette excited about the adventures that awaited her." ~ Parent/Guardian of a 2018 camper

"My daughter has been attending camp for 6 years. Every year she goes alone and meets someone new. Each year she made a new friend. Her communication skills have improved, and her confidence is growing, she always tries something new that should would have not done outside of camp." ~Parent/Guardian of a 2018 camper

 “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

“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

Camp Open Houses and Information Sessions

Want to see camp with your own eyes? Get a guided tour and meet the directors and other summer staff members. Families can expect to see cabins, tents, the pool and dining hall. 

Saturday, March 13th at 4pm - NOW ONLINE!
Click Here to register for the virtual open house!

Sunday, May 23rd from 12pm to 2pm

For directions to camp, please contact memberservices@gsep.org

Camp Information Webinar

Can’t make it to an open house? Check out one of these camp webinars. In this short presentation, our GSEP camp directors will go over need–to–know information for the first–time parent or the parent who wants to know what camp is about before registering. All webinars are live; you will be able to ask questions and receive answers.

Monday, March 8th at 8pm
REGISTER HERE

COVID-19 Information

We will be taking all CDC and Department of Health guidelines into our planning and procedures. To find more information and updates please see GSEP Summer Camp COVID-19 Strategies and Updates.