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GSHPA Opens Summer Camp Registration!


Camp Small Valley Summer Camp 2019 attendees.

It’s Her Summer to Soar at Girl Scouts!

FEB 3rd, 2020 (Harrisburg, PA) – On Monday, February 3rd, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania opened summer camp registration to its membership. The 2020 summer camp season at Camp Small Valley, located in Halifax, PA, runs six weeks long and is jam-packed with fun-filled days, starry nights, and songs around the campfire. Camp Small Valley is an ACA-accredited camp encompassing 762 acres of land and boasting exciting amenities like adventure courses, an archery range, a swimming pool, and a new environmental education center.

Each week of summer camp offers a different theme, and an off-site add on opportunity for girls in grades 6 and up. Based on their comfort level, girls can choose to participate in Resident Camp, which runs from Sunday to Friday, or Mini-Camp, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday. The Resident Camp and Mini Camp difference is based on both outdoor skill progression and flexibility of schedule for busy girls! Every week of camp this year will include a visit from ZooAmerica where girls will encounter furry friends and learn from the experts about local wildlife.

This year’s camp offerings are as follows:

·Week 1 – Survival Games – Girls will be grouped into teams to take part in survival challenges. All week they will prepare to put their outdoor skills to the test! The add on opportunity for this week is a trip to the Ned Smith Center where girls will learn to build a natural shelter and discover hidden treasures through geocaching!

·Week 2 – Crafty Camper – Girls will explore their creative side by imagining, building, creating, and painting their way to discovering their inner artist. The add on opportunity for this week is a trip to the Ned Smith Center where girls will try nature photography and journaling.

·Week 3 – Potions & Wands – Girls will be sorted into camp houses and throughout the week will try their luck at wizard games and make their own wand! The add on opportunity for this week is a trip to the largest public educational aquaponics facility in the country – the Aquaponics Lab at Commonwealth Charter Academy.

·Week 4, option 1 – Just Camp – Girls will get back to camp basics by exploring camp traditions, songs, and activities. There is no add on opportunity for this week.·Week 4, option 2 – Adventure Awaits – Explore the adventure elements Camp Small Valley has to offer like the climbing wall, Leap of Faith, Giant Swing, and the high ropes challenge course! There is no add on opportunity for this trip – all attendees will take part in a 3 hour paddle on the Susquehanna River and a 6-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.

·Week 5 – Splash Spectacular – Girls will swim in the pool, have fun on the slip-n-slide, play water games, and splash in the stream while they look for critters. The add on opportunity for this week is a trip to Wildwood Park where girls will participate in an aquatic study and discover the mystery of wetlands.

·Week 6 – Myths & Legends – Girls will discover their own fantasy of princesses, knights, superheroes, and ancient legends in the magic land of Camp Small Valley! The add on opportunity for this week is a trip to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA where girls will learn about the biology and conservation of wolves.

Additional opportunities include Family Camp and the Counselor-In-Training program. To learn more about Summer Camp at Camp Small Valley visit www.gshpa.org/summercamp .