Summer Camp Guides Out Now – Register Today!

The weather outside may be frightful, but we have news you just might find delightful! There is hope at the end of this Western New York winter, and that hope is our 2018 2018 Camp BlogSummer Camps – our Resident and Day Camp Guides are now out!

This summer, we’re inviting you to camp like a G.I.R.L., a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader. Our three camps are filled with new and exciting programming to fill your summer with making new memories, learning new skills, and of course having tons of fun!

Camp Piperwood, Camp Seven Hills Goodyear, and Camp Timbercrest are positioned around Western New York to provide easy of access for girls, no matter their location. Each camp offers unique opportunities and activities to make this the best summer ever.

Camp LocationsWhile you’ll have to check out the Resident & Day Camp Guides for the full schedule, below is a sneak peak of what you can find at each camp:

Camp Piperwood (Day Camp) // Fairport, New York

July 2 to August 10, 2018 // Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Programming Includes*:

  • Adventures in the Trees
  • Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance
  • Art in the Outdoors
  • A Rising Star
  • Cables and Carabiners

Camp Seven Hills Goodyear // Holland, New York

July 8 to August 10, 2018 // Sunday at 1 p.m. to Friday at 7 p.m.

Programming Includes*:

  • GIRLbots
  • Pony Pals
  • Scuba Diving Explorers
  • Seven Hills Amazing Race
  • Secret Agent Girl

Camp Timbercrest // Randolph, New York

July 8 to August 10, 2018 // Sunday at 1 p.m. to Friday at 7 p.m.

Programming Includes*:

  • Dumbledore’s Army
  • The Great Cupcake Challenge
  • My Favorite Pony
  • A Canoeing We Will Go
  • Find the Artist in You

*Please be aware that camps listed occur different weeks throughout the summer and are designed for different age groups. A full break down of schedule and grades can be found in the Camp Guides

Registration for camp is now open! Don’t miss your opportunity to camp like a G.I.R.L. See you this summer!

Does Financial Literacy Really Matter?

Did you know over 13,000 girls across Western New York joined forces in participating in the world’s largest girl-led business?techgirlsmagsmunchies

From kindergarten to high school seniors — girls have the opportunity to learn business and financial skills that will last a lifetime while also raising money for their organization.   And while building these business skills, Girl Scouts learn to become self-reliant, future leaders.

For more than 100 years, the Girl Scouts have been building leadership in girls.  And as we experience current and future economic challenges it’s important that our children learn basic financial concepts.

To address this gap, the Girl Scout Research Institute conducted a nationwide survey with more than 1,000 girls ages 8−17 and their parents to better understand girls’ level of financial literacy and their confidence about, attitudes towards, and experiences with money. Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy reveals that girls need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams, with 90 percent saying it is important for them to learn how to manage money. However, just 12 percent of girls surveyed feel “very confident” making financial decisions.

How do we increase girls confident in making financial decisions? Girl Scouts does this through the “learning lab” of the product sales program (cookie sale and magazines and munchies sale).

When girls participate in these product sale programs they learn and develop these essential Five Skills:

GOAL SETTING

DECISION MAKING

MONEY MANAGEMENT

PEOPLE SKILLS

BUSINESS ETHICS

My son turned sixteen last month.  I, like other parents of teenagers know that our teens’ “want list” increases dramatically in cost. Not a bike but a car; not a pair of “boat shoes”, but Sperry’s; not a fishing pole, but a boat.  So it is up to us parents to give them the knowledge and discipline they need to be financially responsible.

Fundraising involves terms such as selling, price, cost, and profit.  All these terms are valuable to the financial literacy of our children.