Summer camp is where the Girl Scout Leadership Experience comes to life—where girls choose their own adventures, develop independence and courage, and connect with other girls while making lifelong memories. Particularly at resident (or overnight) camp, girls have the opportunity to discover their unique interests and strengths while exploring the great outdoors.
GSGLA also offers several troop- and family-camping experiences in addition to individual participation in camp—some at Camp Osito Rancho and others at places like the Channel Islands (Island of the Blue Dolphins)!
One Girl Scout mom, Ann Moore, recently visited Camp Osito Rancho during a family- and troop-oriented work party weekend [there’s also one coming up in September], and shared how the experience brought back memories from her Girl Scout days—and why she’s excited to share that with her girls.
I just spent the most amazing weekend at Camp Osito Rancho, where I joined my daughter Sedona’s Brownie troop for the opening camp “work party weekend.”
It was so much more fun than I ever could have anticipated. The entire time I was having flashbacks to Girl Scout residential camp in Maine. It’s so amazing how there is consistency in the Girl Scout camp experience through generations and from coast to coast. Hobbit (camp ranger) and Xena (camp director) were incredibly welcoming, kind, and in-tune with every child.
Also, being there with other troops and families underscored the community “feel” of camp. For example, [Brownie Girl Scout] Jane was trying to secure the tarp that covered the canvas tents we just put up [pictured left]. A nearby adult stopped what she was doing and patiently taught Jane how to do a taut-line hitch knot, motivating her to do a job that mostly adults were performing. When we dropped Jane off back home, one of the first things she told her mom was “I learned to do a taught-line hitch knot!” To me, this is everything that Girl Scouts is about: Adult volunteers passing on information and skills to empower and inspire our girls.
I absolutely fell in love with Camp Osito Rancho and I am so glad, as a mother and leader, to have a place within two hours of Los Angeles where I can send my girls.
Both Sedona and I are dealing with the post-camp blues—which I also remember clearly from 1989. It’s the most amazing gift that I get to share this experience, which I am so grateful to GSGLA for providing.
Want to share the Girl Scout camp experience? Search through our camp programs and inspire your girl to reach her full potential this summer—whether she’s with her friends or family!