Explore Our Grounds: Camp Seven Hills

Camp Seven Hills Goodyear is located in Holland, NY, and encompasses woodland paths, sunny meadows, ponds, streams and hills. Our facilities include a lake, pool, central dining hall, shower houses, cabin and platform tent units, a vast sports complex, horse stables and riding areas, and a high and low ropes challenge course.

Girls in grades 1-12 will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, arts & crafts, ropes challenge course program, horseback riding, and out-of-camp trips.

This is the perfect resident camp setting for your girl(s) to meet and make new friends, learn more about her abilities, and share the joy of summer with others. Many campers return summer after summer for that “special something” they say Camp Seven Hills provides. Explore our camp themes

Register for camp today!

What does your girl need to pack for camp?

Recently one of our camp experts took to Facebook Live to show everyone tips and tricks behind packing for camp. She uses her extensive experience to guide us through the struggle of thinking we need to bring everything plus the kitchen sink.

For easy reference, here’s a list of her suggestions:

What gear/equipment do I need for camp?

  • WATER BOTTLE – Please encourage your daughter to drink water regularly at camp. Just because she doesn’t feel thirsty doesn’t mean she’s not dehydrated.
  • Sleeping bag, best if rated for down to at least 40 degrees – character bags, novelty bags, etc are meant for sleeping indoors in a temperature controlled room. Nature gets cold at night (colder than some people realize).
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight (and extra set of batteries)
  • Washcloth and towel for showers
  • Towel for swimming
  • Bug spray (no aerosol)
  • SUNSCREEN! (No aerosol) Please teach your daughter how to apply it and how MUCH to apply. Staff and other girls can help with places like her back. Your hairline CAN BURN! If her hair is parted, encourage her to put some sunscreen on the part even if she doesn’t like the feel of it in her hair.
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Poncho/jacket/etc – please no umbrellas, they make it hard to do activities and are an injury-risk
  • Mess kit with dunk bag – plastic bowl, plate, cup, and silverware, and a mesh bag. You can buy these pieces separately at Walmart and use a mesh laundry bag for very cheap if you can’t find a kit you like
  • Backpack
  • Bag for dirty laundry

What clothing do I need?

  • Sneakers! You CANNOT hike in sandals.
  • Sweatshirt
  • One-piece bathing suit (best suited for lawn games that involve running, slip-n-slide, etc) Two-pieces and bikinis can be uncomfortable for very active activities.
  • Item to tie-dye (cotton shirt, bandanna, etc).
  • Long pants for hiking
  • A few extra pair of underwear – You don’t want to go swimming, then put dirty underwear back on! Ew!
  • Sandals for showering

What personal items should I bring?

  • Medication – This gets checked-in with the nurse on arrival at camp. The nurse will either keep the medicine locked up and distribute it at the required times, or will make note about the girl carrying the item with her (such as asthma medication).
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and hair ties
  • Any other personal care items (deodorant, contact solution and case, glasses, soap, shampoo, menstrual care, etc)
  • Optional items: books, film camera (no digital), stuffed animal, stationary and stamps, compass

Can I bring food?

  • No! Because of allergy concerns and more importantly because animals will smell food (even through wrappers) and raid tents, please do not pack or send your daughter food.

What else should NOT be packed?

  • Fruity smelling personal care items (animals can mistake the scent for food)
  • Body sprays, perfumes, etc.
  • Aerosol containers of any kind
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Electronic devices (phones, music players, digital cameras, etc)
  • Pocket knives or weapons (if pocket knives are needed for an activity, they will be supplied by the counselor)
  • Permanent markers (or really any art supplies! We have a whole building devoted to art! You’ll have everything you need there!)

What else?

  • Some programs require special equipment such as horse programs or off-site trips will have special items to pack. Please make sure you refer to your Camp Information Packet or call 1-888-837-6410 for questions about packing.

What are some ways to make packing easy?

  • Put all of a day’s clothing in a ziplock bag, smush the air out, zip it up, and label it. Also do the same for “extra” items like extra socks and underwear to make them easy to find. An empty grocery bag is enough room for all (or almost all) dirty clothing throughout the week.
  • Pack minimal where possible. You don’t need a whole entire container of shampoo for a week at camp. That bottle lasts a month or more at home, so estimate how much you’ll need then put it in a smaller container labelled with your girl’s name.
  • If your daughter is wearing any Girl Scout clothing or something common (such as a solid-colored sweatshirt), put her name on the tag. Girls that lose their cookie program sweatshirts often have them returned within an hour or two if they have their name on the tag. Without a name, it can take a significantly longer time. Names on the tag also prevent clothing mix-ups.

Explore Our Grounds: Camp Timbercrest

Camp Timbercrest is located in the Allegheny Forest in Randolph, NY. The camp facilities include a lake, numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, a central dining hall, shower house, cabin and platform tent units, and horse stables.

This camp is the perfect setting for girls in grades 1-12 to experience a great and traditional summer camp program. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, arts & crafts, archery, and horseback riding.

While at camp your girl(s) will be able to meet and make new friends, learn more about her abilities, and share the joy of summer with others. Check out at our camp guide to see what camps are available!

Register for camp today!

Summer Camp Open Houses

Girl Scouting is nearly synonymous with cookies and crafts and rarely associated with the outdoors. Camp is just one of the many ways that we’re more than what you think.

Girl Scout camp is a unique experience because it’s entirely girl-led. Our staff helps realize the vision of our girls’ planning, organizing, and evaluating. We empower them by encouraging creative thinking, leadership, and decision making skills.

When your girl comes to camp, she’s able to try new and exciting experiences. She can enjoy the wonders of nature and traditional camp activities while creating cherished memories.

Our camp programs are offered to girls entering kindergarten through grade 12 and non-Girl Scouts are welcome! Maybe this all sounds intriguing, but you still have a few questions.

Recognizing that camp can be an intimidating new experience, we offer several open houses throughout the spring and summer to help you learn more and ask all your questions right on site.

Join us and learn about Girl Scout camp programming while enjoying camp activities, s’mores, giveaways, and light refreshments. Even better, this event is FREE! You can even register your girl for summer camp while you’re here (and learn about our various financial aid opportunities).

Mark your calendars for our 2018 Camp Open Houses:

Sunday, April 22: Camp Piperwood Taste of Camp Open House, 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 5: Camp Seven Hills Taste of Camp Open House, 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 12: Camp Timbercrest Taste of Camp Open House, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 20: Camp Piperwood Taste of Camp Open House, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26: Camp Piperwood Open House, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 1: Camp Timbercrest Open House, 1 p.m.

Monday, July 2: Camp Seven Hills Open House, 5 p.m.

Cookies with the Mayor 2018

Girl Scout Cookie Season in Western New York isn’t complete without our visits to see mayors throughout our council counties. This year, we had the privilege of visiting seven area mayors, having our troops ask them questions, and enjoying our delicious cookies with them!

In fact, the mayors are just as enthusiastic as we are each season.

“Each year, I look forward to the Girl Scouts of Western New York visiting Buffalo City Hall with their Girl Scout Cookies,” said Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo. “I’m a strong supporter of this program because it is dedicated to supporting our shared goal of helping young people build confidence, foster community support, while teaching our youth the importance of entrepreneurship and the skills needed to be successful.”

Through our 5-Question Challenge, the girls can ask the mayors about a variety of things. In Lockport, the girls asked about what specific advice she’d give them about finding their future career paths.

“Read as much as you can. It doesn’t matter what aspect of work you get into,” said Mayor Anne McCaffrey of Lockport. “It’s important to understand the world around you. And establish a good work ethic. The more you put into a certain task, you’ll get the payback from that.”

Eleventh-grade Ambassador Girl Scout Erin Fisher found meeting the mayor so inspiring she’s now considering a future career in politics.

From March 7 to 15, 2018, we visited the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Dunkirk, Batavia, Rochester, and Jamestown.

We planned to take Troop 60095 to meet with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in Rochester, but she was called back to Washington. We’re so incredibly sad to hear of her passing, and wish to express condolences to her family. She was a force of nature and she will be greatly missed.

Our council CEO Judy Cranston expressed her gratitude to Mayor Brown for his support, and her words ring true for all who welcomed us over the past few weeks.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. We thank Mayor Brown for his support, as we work to build the next generation of leaders who embody courage, confidence, and charter, who make the world a better place.”

Click the pictures below to see more images from each event!

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Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey (left) meets with Troops 70923 and 70245, as well as Judy Cranston (right) March 15
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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster (left) meets with Troops 70074, 70023, 70127, 70016, 70400, and GSWNY Chief Operation Office Alison Wilcox (center back) March 15
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (center) meets with Troop 30022 and Judy Cranston March 12
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Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas (center) meets with Troops 20010 and 20033 March 7
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Batavia Interim City Manager Matt Worth (center) meets with Troop 42003 and Judy Cranston (left) March 8
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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (second from right) meets with Troop 60420 and Judy Cranston (far right) March 7
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Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi (center) meets with Troop 20044 and Judy Cranston (right) March 8

In Memory of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Today we offer our condolences to the family of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. We celebrate the work she did for our communities and the paths she cleared for equality.

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Girl Scouts of Western New York Council Members, girls, and CEO Judy Cranston meet with Congresswoman Slaughter in 2017

At Girl Scouts, we talk a lot about being a G.I.R.L., or a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader. We want all of our girls to grow up knowing how strong and capable they are, and to us Louise Slaughter embodied this idea perfectly.

Her entire life was dedicated to seeing the needs and fighting for the necessary changes. She went after what she wanted and kept finding new ways to change her world. She never stopped leading and pushing for what was right and good, regardless of what anyone said or did against her.

The loss of her sister to pneumonia in childhood led her to obtain degrees in microbiology and public health. Later, her work and marriage brought her to New York where her involvement with community groups took off. Here she joined the League of Women Voters and Scouting in New York, but still saw greater needs. Her fight with the environmental group Perinton Greenlands Association to protect Hart’s Woods brought her into politics.

Slaughter ran her first race in 1971, losing to the incumbent Republican Walter G. A. Muench. She narrowed the margin in 1973, but fell for a second time to Muench. Nevertheless, she persisted, and finally in 1975 was voted to the Monroe County Legislature. She wouldn’t lose another election in her more than 40 years of public service.

From here, she became the regional coordinator in the Rochester area to then New York Secretary of State Mario Cuomo. In 1979, he was elected to lieutenant governor and she remained in her role.

As the 1982 election grew closer, Slaughter was approached by Democratic supporters encouraging her to run for State Assembly. After two successful terms, she made her move into the U.S. House of Representatives, a role she would hold for 30 years.

She became the first democrat elected in her district since 1910, and the first woman to represent Western New York.

Here are just a few highlights from everything Slaughter contributed while in office:

  • $500 million for breast cancer research
  • Mandated language in new legislation guaranteeing that women and minorities would be included in clinical health trials
  • Helped establish Office of Research on Women’s Health in the National Institutes of Health legislation
  • Co-authored the Violence Against Women Act and wrote the legislation to make the Office on Violence Against Women a permanent fixture in the United States Department of Justice
  • Helped create the Women’s Progress Commemorative Committee through her work on the Women’s Progress Commemoration Act
  • Introduced and fought to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, what she believes is her greatest achievement

Slaughter saw the needs of so many, fighting for changes to help women, minorities, soldiers – all of us. Everything she did was in an effort to make the world better for everyone.

In our own Western New York, she worked to secure funding and helped improve our communities.

Because of all of this and more, we are heartbroken to hear this news. She was an amazing woman who supported our girls. She encouraged them to pursue their dreams and raise their voices for what they believe in.

May her legacy of being a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader carry on through others who see the issues in our world and believe they can make a difference.

Thank you, Louise, for what you did and how you inspired us.

Summer Camp Week is Coming!

We’re all SO EXCITED for camp this summer at Girl Scouts of Western New York. Soon it will be warm and time for all of the great activities we’ve planned for this summer. Before it’s actually time to go to camp, we have a way to get even more psyched!

Summer Camp Week is an annual celebration of all things camp, and this year it’s happening April 16 to 19. In just over a month, we’ll have a week of fun leading up to our first open house at Camp Piperwood in Fairport!

2018 Camp Week Flyer

Monday kicks off the week with an invitation for you to come to our Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport and Rochester locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to share your favorite camp memories. We’ll keep what you share on display and even share on our social media accounts!

On Tuesday, you can stop by Lockport, Buffalo, or Rochester again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get the camp craft party started! We’ll have several options for you to come and complete and take home!

The next night, we’ll hold a free camp webinar at 6:30 p.m. to provide some more information about camp.

Thursday we’re taking the party online for our annual Twitter Party! From 3 to 7 p.m. we’ll be tweeting with you and giving away prizes every half hour! Follow us at @girlscoutswny 🙂

Finally we wrap everything up with our open house at Camp Piperwood! This is your chance to see the grounds, make some s’mores, take a hike, and more!

It’s going to be a great week, and we can’t wait for everyone to join in the fun with us! Speaking of fun, have you registered for camp yet?