“Girl Scout Camp helped me be brave”


For more than a century, Girl Scouts has encouraged girls to be active in the outdoors, connecting them with opportunities to enjoy, explore and respect the world around them. Nearly three-quarters of Girl Scouts say they experienced their first outdoor activity thanks to the Girl Scout program.

While spending time outdoors at camp is a beloved tradition among Girl Scouts, it’s not all just fun and games. According to a study by the Girl Scouts Research Institute (GSRI), girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, challenge seeking and problem solving—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.

But camp gives girls benefits beyond problem-solving and leadership skills. Here is what girls from Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) had to say about their camp adventures:

  • Camp helped me be brave. It was the first time I was on my own and away from my parents for that long.”—Libby H.
  • Going to camp has helped me make new friends, become more adaptable to change, become a leader and talk more and not be shy.”—Cheyenne R.
  • “The thing I love most about Girl Scout camp is meeting new people and getting to go on a mini-vacation! Each time I go camping I come back with a thousand new memories.”—Brittany M.

Girl Scouts keeps up-to-date with the interests of today’s girls, which is evident in its wide range of camp offerings— everything from day camps to high-adventure rafting trips.

Camp Redwing in Renfrew, Butler County (just 15 minutes from downtown Butler and 45 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh), is nestled on 123 acres along the Connoquennessing Creek. For more than 90 years, Camp Redwing has offered girls, troops and families a traditional camping experience, with archery, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, hiking, a GaGa pit and much more.

Girls do not have to be current Girl Scouts to enjoy resident camp this summer. Visit gswpa.org/camp for more information.