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Camp Connection & Postcards From Camp - Virtual Camp Experience 2020

Join us on Facebook and Zoom for the following Camp Connection events and to see Postcards From Camp.

  • July 20 | Facebook | 10-10:05 a.m.
    Postcards From Camp
    Camps Pondicherry and Natarswi

  • July 20 | Zoom | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
    Camp Connection Kick Off! Campfire & Sing-a-long!
    Registration required: https://bit.ly/summercampkickoff.

  • July 27 | Facebook | 10 - 10:05 a.m.
    Postcards From Camp
    Camps Pondicherry and Natarswi

  • July 27 | Facebook | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
    Camp Connection: Build a Survival Shelter

  • August 3 | Facebook | 10 - 10:05 a.m.
    Postcards From Camp
    Camps Pondicherry and Natarswi

  • August 3 | Facebook | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
    Camp Connection: Animals in the Night

  • August 10 | Facebook | 10 - 10:05 a.m.
    Postcards From Camp
    Camps Pondicherry and Natarswi

  • August 10 | Facebook | 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
    Camp Connection: Friends Hike Together – to the Top!

  • August 17 | Facebook | 10 - 10:05 a.m.
    Post Cards from Camp
    Camps Pondicherry and Natarswi

  • August 17 | Zoom | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
    Camp Connection: Camp Fire Closing and Wishing Boats
    Registration required. Link coming soon.  
Special Family CampOuts for 2020

We are excited to offer family campout weekends at both Pondicherry and Natarswi this summer. These are specially affordably priced DIY (Do It Yourself) sessions.

Families can reserve a private campsite or cabin, bring their own food supplies and cooking equipment and spend a weekend at their daughter’s favorite camp.

We know everyone has been cooped up and looking for ways to safely get their families outside. Here is a great chance to do just that – a family camp weekend can include fun activities, or just relaxing outdoors at our beautiful camps.

The camps come in two flavors:

  • The Family DIY Campout will offer swimming and boating, and all the on-your-own activities your family can muster.
  • The Family DIY Campout Plus will have additional program staff so it will offer swimming, boating and other programs – archery, hatchet throwing (6th grade and up), and nature crafts, along with on-your-own choices.

Attendance is limited to 6-8 families per session, to safely provide social distancing and give everyone lots of open space. The pricing has been set low, recognizing that this is also a time of financial uncertainty for many families in Maine.

We will observe social distancing and sanitation and other COVID-19 precautions during the campouts. The camp directors are carefully planning the activities and sign-ups to keep COVID-19 safety guidelines a priority.

At least one household member must be a currently registered Maine Girl Scout.  

The first session is on July 4th weekend, so it’s coming right up.

Weekend pricing starts at $100 per household for the whole weekend, and spaces are limited, so register today! Payment in full is required at registration.

To find out more about these weekend sessions, click here.  

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Dates at both Pondicherry and Natarswi:

Family DIY CampOut
July 3-5
July 10-12
August 21-23
August 28-29

Family DIY CampOut PLUS
July 17-19
July 21 -23 (weekdays; Pondicherry only)
July 24-26
July 31-August 2
August 4-6 (weekdays; Pondicherry only)
August 7-9
August 11-13 (weekdays; Pondicherry only)
August 14-16

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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