This year, Camp Small Valley in Halifax, PA will be your destination station. We have exciting new programs, a new state of the art Adventure Course with ropes courses, a climbing wall and zip line, as well as a new archery range and barn! Ever hear of Ga-ga? Not the singer – the game! Think you can dodge the ball? Test out your skills in our new Ga-ga pit! There is so much to do at camp this summer, you might have trouble fitting it all in!
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Summer Sleep Away Camp is the perfect way to introduce girls to independence while also developing courage, confidence and character! Girls stay with their own age groups while at camp and friends in the same grade levels can bunk together!
Summer Camp 2013 will be held at one location this summer: Camp Small Valley in Dauphin County.
As we continue to enhance our camp properties, the dining hall at Camp Archbald will be our biggest improvement. While we are working hard to make sure this dining hall is the best fit and incorporating historical pieces from our previous dining hall, Camp Archbald will be up and running for summer camp in 2014.
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania offers two very different camping experiences being offered this summer, Traditional Camp and Ranch Camp:
Sleep Away Camp
June 16 – 21
June 23 – 28
June 30 – July 3 (Mini-camp)
July 7 – July 12
July 14 – 19
July 21 – 26
July 28 – August 2
August 4 – 9
Western Riding Camp
June 16 – July 19
English Riding Camp
July 21 – August 16
Sleep Away Camp Health History Form | PDF Sleep Away Camp Registration | English | Spanish Campership Application (Financial Assistance) | English | Spanish
Traditional camp is open to girls in grades two through ten. Traditional campers custom design their own program for the week. Campers may participate in swimming, archery, arts and crafts, sports and more!
How It Works
On Sunday, girls are able to schedule four activities they want to participate in for the week. One of those activities periods will be designated for swim time. There are also two additional activity periods called Electives. These are flexible activity periods every day for girls to sign up to try new things that differ from the ones they have scheduled for the entire week.
Badges and Patches
GSUSA has designed a new set of National Proficiency Badges. In line with these guidelines, each girl will earn at least one National Proficiency Badge and one fun patch by attending camp this summer.
For an additional fee campers can sign up to participate in one horseback riding lesson per week of camp. Campers will be fit with horses suited to their level of riding experience. Girls will ride in our riding ring to get comforatble in the saddle and learn about equine safety and riding techniques, then it's off to the trail! (Trail riding is weather dependent but actual lessons will still take place rain or shine.)
While campers will choose their main activities and try a little bit of everything, they will also have an option to go on a half or full day off camp trip for no additional fee. Trips can be nature oriented, canoeing, geocaching, hiking and more. They vary by age, space, interest and camp location.
At Ranch Camp girls in grades six through ten will develop a relationship with the horse assigned to her. We offer both English and Western styles of riding. Ranch campers learn the basic styles of horsemanship depending on which style is chosen. Please keep in mind, space is limited.
How It Works
There will be opportunities to advance skill levels and learn to keep it challenging. Our experienced staff will teach campers to continue their growing knowledge and continually challenge them to advance to the next level. Ranch campers will still participate in swim time, evening activities and more with campers attending Traditional Camp.
Our badge and bandana program is a way to receive recognition. Each girl attending Ranch Camp will earn a horse badge at the end of her first week as well as a colored bandana. When campers want to advance their skills and earn the next level bandana and badge rocker, they must pass the written test as well as the riding test. At the end of the week, girls can showcase their abilities at the horse show, where we welcome family to watch their children demonstrate their newly formed skills.
Location: Camp Small Valley Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program Registration | PDF Counselor-in-Training (CIT I) Program Application | PDF
The CIT program offered is for girls in grades ten through twelve. The program helps transition campers into counselors. Girls will have the opportunity to hone in on their skills by challenging them with new responsibilities and a time for growth. Both the CIT I and CIT II programs require you to arrive at camp on Sunday and depart on Friday.
For consideration into the CIT I or CIT II program you must submit your registration by April 30, 2013. Please see the Summer Camp Guide for more information.
Financial Assistance Request for Troop Adventure Camp | English | Spanish
Troop Adventure Camp (TAC) is great way for troops to experience outdoor adventures in a fun and safe environment. This is a way for troops to participate in summer camp together. All activities are planned for you! All troops can participate in Troop Adventure Camp, troop leaders do not need additional outdoor training to register! Please see the Summer Camp Guide for more information.
Adventure Bound is a new aspect of summer camp and incorporates traditional camping with the rugged outdoors. It is for girls in seventh through twelfth grade. Each trip will begin at the designated summer camp location. Participants will do team building activities on Sunday and prepare for the adventure ahead. Planning meals for the week, packing their equipment and getting ready are all part of this experience. This program opportunity is for older girls who want a more challenging experience. Please see the Summer Camp Guide for more information.
Family camps provide a fantastic opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of your life and spend quality time with your family in a beautiful setting. With activities available all weekend and all of your food cooked for you, your only worry is what to do first! Your family can choose to participate in the activities we provide or just spend the time relaxing.
Day and evening camping opportunities are also being offered by area Service Units. Please contact the person listed with the event regarding specific questions about day and or evening camps.
Service Unit-led summer day camps will be promoted on our website and via other means of internal and external promotion.
Earn Money to Spend Toward Camp!
Did you know, GSHPA Product Sales Dough can be applied directly to the cost of Sleep Away Camp? If your camper chooses Product Sales Dough* as a reward and sells:
80+ packages of cookies = she earns $5 in Product Sales Dough 175+ packages of cookies = she earns $10 in Product Sales Dough 400+ packages of cookies = she earns $15 in Product Sales Dough 750+ packages of cookies = she earns $25 in Product Sales Dough 1,500+ packages of cookies = she earns one (1) free week atTraditional Camp!
*Product Sales Dough is cumulative, providing an opportunity to earn even more to spend toward camp! (Review the back of the current Cookie Program order card for more details.)