|AmeriCorps Member Emma Gifford with CEO of |
Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez
My AmeriCorps term with the Willow Springs Program Center and the Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus- Pine has been phenomenal! I’ve gotten the chance to interact with girls, adult volunteers, and other staff members through playing outside, throwing snow balls, cooking over a fire, shooting at the archery range, hiking at night to see the Milky Way, and singing silly camp songs. Now that the snow has melted and my term of service is quickly coming to an end, I am excited to support staff in preparing for what is going to be an amazing camp season this summer.
Willow Springs will be hosting 8 weeks of residential and day summer camp programs starting the first week of June. These programs are offered for girls in grades K-12 throughout the state of Arizona. All girls will receive an earned award during their stay at camp. All girls participating in the weeklong camps at Willow Springs will participate in arts and crafts, ceramics, group games, evening activities, cook-outs, and hiking. All girls in 4th grade and up will participate in archery. Our other program offerings include everything from learning science, fashion, art projects, clay work, aviation, drama, dance, and astronomy. Girls who have an interest in all things camp related can also sign up for one of our sampler programs and get a taste of everything!
We also have leadership opportunities for older girls. These include the Oxford Leadership Youth Program where teen women will get a chance to tell their story, discover what is important to them, and find their spark all while participating in a variety of typical camp activities. Teen women can also sign up to be a Counselor in Training (CIT) where they’ll get the chance to learn about leadership, teamwork, child development and more as they help in the units and program areas while also enjoying the camp experience through their own program opportunities.
Lastly, for girls and families who don’t have a lot of time this summer or aren’t sure if camp is the right place for them—experience camp programs with your troop or family! Willow Springs hosts troop camp, family camp, “Me and my Gal”, and “Me and my Pal” programming. All participants will get to try out the gamut of program offerings, sleep in cabins, and receive a participation patch celebrating their time spent at camp.
For more information check out the camp brochure at www.girlscoutsaz.org/summer-camp-2012
At this website you can find information for Willow Springs as well as 3 other camps throughout the state of Arizona. Also, you’ll find contact information for the directors, prices, information on scholarships, available dates, session information, and answers to frequently asked questions.
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