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Imagine a summer experience with no screens and social pressures. One that connects girls with nature and new friends, builds leadership skills and healthy relationships, and allows girls to have a fun in a supportive, carefree environment. That’s the experience girls have at Girl Scouts of Maine’s Summer Camps!

Summer Camp Update Regarding COVID-19 (5/15/20)

Dear Camper Families,

With heartfelt regret, we are writing to inform you that Girl Scouts of Maine resident, day and parent/child camp programs at Camps Natarswi, Pondicherry, and Scelkit will not be held this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related health concerns. The safety of our camp population and staff are the greatest priority in coming to this very difficult decision.

Since March, the Camp staff has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the State and Federal health advisories for preventing further spread of the virus and insuring personal safety. The state of Maine’s summer requirements for group size and quarantine, in addition to the CDC safety and sanitation protocols recommended for camp operation, have led us to the conclusion that we cannot achieve the necessary degree of safety for campers and staff at our regular summer resident and day camp programs.

Social distancing requirements change the very nature of camp, and the quality of the experiences that girls have there.  However, we are still exploring what programs might be possible for later in the summer, and are actively trying to re-imagine some family and troop outdoor opportunities, if it is safe to do so. Depending on COVID restrictions, we will let families know if we are able to offer any short-term sessions.  
We know these changes may disappoint many children and parents because Camp is more than being outdoors; it is about personal growth and relationships between girls and the counselors they come to love. There is no substitute for this direct, special and energizing outdoor experience.

Our camp directors and staff had high hopes for our camp season and were expecting a fantastic summer. They will miss each and every one of our campers!  They will definitely stay in touch with the girls over the summer.

We will be in touch separately about the process for refunds and free camp earners. All will be honored.

We are thinking of you all and hoping that your family and all your loved ones will stay safe during this extraordinary and challenging time. We know there will be brighter days and awesome camp summers ahead.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
 
Joanne Crepeau, CEO
Jcrepeau@gsmaine.org

Mary Ellen Deschenes, Chief of Outdoor Operations
mdeschenes@gsmaine.org

Nicole Nelson, Camp Pondicherry Director
nnelson@gsmaine.org

Treasa Wheeler, Camp Natarswi Director
twheeler@gsmaine.org

Penny White, Camp Scelkit Director
pennycw78@gmail.com


Did You Know…
 
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Camp is awesome! Girls with more frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and are better at solving problems—qualities that will help them both academically and personally in the future.
 

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Camp gives her cool new experiences! 72% of girls surveyed said that Girl Scouts gave them the chance to build their skills or try new outdoor activities.
 

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Camp makes everything better! Spending time in nature improves concentration and creative reasoning. Outdoor experiences also help promote healthy social development and increase her self-esteem.
 

Whether you try day campresident camptroop mini-camp, or family camp, you will have the experience you’ve always dreamed of – one full of excitement, exploration and adventure. Girl Scout Camp is chock-full of endless possibilities and we want every girl to be able to enjoy the great outdoors while taking advantage of amazing opportunities.

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To see how Girl Scouting in the great outdoors builds female leaders, check out the Girl Scout Research Institute's Study "From Girl Scout Camp to Real-World Champ"!


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2020 Highlights:

  • New High Ropes course at Pondicherry
  • Two Pondicherry cabins for our youngest campers
  • Hatchet Throwing – a target sport at Natarswi & Pondi
  • More canoe and wilderness trips
  • Paddleboards
  • Leadership Programs, Counselor in Training (CIT), Camp Aide (grades 7-9), and Team Katahdin (grades 9 and up)
  • Ukuleles at Pondicherry
  • Family camps at Pondicherry and Natarswi

Meet our Camp Directors

Tree Wheeler (Natarswi) and Nicole Nelson (Pondicherry) are available to talk about your camp adventure. Send them an email, or give them a call at 888-922-4763, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about camp.

Click here to learn more about our awesome camp directors!


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