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Registration open for girl-only 2021 summer camps


Summer Camp 2021

Interested in becoming a Mad Scientist?

How about trying some outdoor adventures while making new friends?

Or, are you looking to hone your teen leadership skills when school lets out?

All of these activities (and more) will be offered to girls of all ages starting in June at several in-person and virtual camps within the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) camp-property footprint. The camps are available to all girls, both members and non-members of Girl Scouts.

“We understand how important it is offer a diversity of options within our communities for every girl,” said Lutricia Eberly, Director of Outdoor and Program Experiences for GSHPA.  “Our team has been thoughtful in how we created our summer offerings and we hope families take advantage of our time-tested, successful programming.”

Registration is now open and a complete listing of all sessions and can be found online at gshpa.org by searching for Summer Camp.

“Our summer camps tend to fill up fairly quickly,” Eberly added. “Reserving your spot early will guarantee placement.”

Depending on your family’s preference, camps will be offered via virtual live Zoom sessions or as in-person experiences at each of the four camp properties starting June 21 and running through Aug. 7. 

Inspired by girl-led ideas, the camp activities will include counselor-in-training sessions, theme-level programs in science, crafts and outdoor adventures. The camps offer options of day camps, virtual camps, residential and/or family camps.

“We know that each family will want individual preferences as we continue to navigate through the pandemic and our options,” Eberly said.  “At every juncture we will follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all campers who choose the in-person option.”

About GSHPA camp properties

Camp Happy Valley is located in Adams County near Gettysburg and includes rustic cabins and lodges.

Camp Archbald in Susquehanna County features a climbing wall, waterfront and boating activities on Ely Lake and offers a full range of camping experiences ranging from rustic to modern. 

Camp Furnace Hills in Lancaster County features Foxfire House, an 18th century German bank house, and is near both Refreshing Mountain and Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. 

Camp Small Valley in Dauphin County is the largest of the camp properties and features camping experiences ranging from rustic to modern. 

 “We are honored to be offering exciting, fun and educational opportunities to all girls wanting to experience the importance of summer camp activities,” said Deb Bogdanski, Chief Operating Officer of GSHPA. “Summer camp provides an outlet for leadership building and important outdoor experiences. We hope your daughter can join us.”