From the Camp Director,
It is not easy for us to make the decision to send our Girl Scout away into the waiting arms of strangers who promise to take care of them — people who promise to show them the wonders of nature, fun, new skills, and friendships. As a mother of an infant son, even I struggle with the idea of having someone care for him overnight. Sometimes it’s hard for us to let go and let them discover the world on their own.
What better way to give girls a chance to discover new things and practice being the best they can be than to send them to spend some time at Camp Tanasi? Our camp counselors are dedicated to building girls with courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Many of our counselors were Girl Scout campers themselves and have come back to share their experiences.
Camp Tanasi is designed to create happy memories and encourage self-expression. During their three to 13 day stay at Tanasi, girls may have the opportunity to climb the tower, shoot an arrow, use paddleboats, cook dinner over a campfire, perform a play, do arts and crafts, take a cake decorating class, job shadow a zoo keeper, make homemade skin care products, go horseback riding, learn about new cultures, or experience the success of winning Color Clash! It stays with them forever.
Girls not only practice skills and earn badges—they also learn from a full range of emotions and human experiences including friendship, disagreements, teamwork, frustrations, jubilant success, and more. Every night, the girls and their counselors sit and talk about what they did that day and how it made them feel. They reflect on the good times and the hard times and make plans to look forward to the future.
Girls get to try new things at camp and one such activity is learning how to “turtle” the kayaks. This is where girls get in their kayaks in the lake with their life jackets on and flip them over upside down. Then she has to get on top of the kayak’s bottom. I remember one girl who spent a long time trying to stand up on the underside of her kayak. She finally made it up, and when she realized she finally did it her face lit up and she made the Superman pose. She was so excited and proud that she could do something she didn’t think she would be able to do.
We still have openings in most of our camp programs – programs designed specifically for Daisies to Seniors. Lots of girls come with Buddies, too! Buddies get to bunk in the same tent or cabin and go to their activities together but there will be lots of opportunities for girls make new friends and meet new people if they don’t know anyone at camp. No one is left out!
I know there is a lot of competition for our Girl Scout’s time in the summer from sports practices to summer school to well-deserved vacations, but let’s not forget the value of a camp experience. Camp is a gift we can give our girls that they will benefit from and remember forever. If there was ever a time when the world needed a generation of future leaders who understood the importance of living in a community, having tolerance, and being open, that time is now. We can help to get her there.
Becky “BB” Cavender