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WoodHaven

Wood Haven

About Camp
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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 farmland.  We are about 5 miles from the Appalachian Trail at the 501 lookouts.  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 critters in the Critter Cabin.  The possibilities are endless.

Our Staff
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Our Staff

Here are some quotes from the Wood Haven staff:

“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.”

“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.”

We are proud to have staff from all over the state, country and world here at Wood Haven! 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.

Our Favorite Tradition
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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, as well as their wishes and hope for the future. Campers write a program wish and attach it to a wish log. The program wishes are read aloud and the wish log and sticks are burned in the fire.  Each program picks a song to sing and 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
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Parent Testimonials

“My daughter learned a great deal while at Wood Haven. 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!”. – Parent of Wood Haven camper

“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!”- Parent of Wood Haven camper

“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!” – Parent of Wood Haven camper

“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.” – Parent of Wood Haven 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. 

Sunday, March 14th at 1pm - NOW ONLINE!
Click Here to register for the virtual open house!

Sunday, April 18th 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.