Tips and Tricks For Girls Scout Camp

Meet Buzz and Dazzle, two of GSHPA’s summer camp staff and learn how to make this summer at camp your best yet!

Buzz, left, and Dazzle are two of amazing staff you will see at GSHPA camps all summer.

Buzz: Hey, my name is Buzz!

Dazzle: And I’m Dazzle!

Buzz: We’re two counselors for the 2021 summer camp season for GSHPA!

Dazzle: Recently we have been getting a lot of questions from incoming campers about what they need to pack, how to make friends, and so much more.

Buzz: As people who have been going to camp for many years, we have the answers to all of your questions! Dazzle, do you want to take the first one?

Dazzle: Sure! The first question we have is about packing. When packing, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Pack your items in a tote or bin, rather than three or four backpacks.
  • Label the inside of your items in case they get lost.
  • Find a way to keep everything organized. Some campers will separate their outfits so they can just grab and go each morning!
  • Bring a draw-string bag or backpack for daily activities.
  • Remember to pack only the items you need! Camp is a big place where items can be lost easily.

Below is the link to our premade packing lists. Make sure to check it out! The lists can be found in the link below under the About Summer Camp heading, and under the Get Ready for Camp tab!

https://www.gshpa.org/en/camp/summer-camp.html

Buzz: Those are some great tips! And don’t worry if you forget to pack something! We have extra sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, and books for rest hour!

Dazzle: What if someone doesn’t want to read a book during rest hour?

Buzz: Well that’s where we come in! Rest hour doesn’t have to be full of books and naps. Counselors are there all day to play games, have conversations, or supervise. At camp, you’ll always have someone to talk to! Remember, staff members are not only your counselors, but also your friends.

Dazzle: Didn’t we have a question about friends?

Buzz: We sure did! Our next question is from someone who is a little worried about coming to camp alone. “What can I do to make friends at camp?”

Dazzle: Making friends at camp can be easier than you think. Most of the time you are spending quality time with the same counselors and campers.

Try things like:

  • Being yourself. This will allow you to have the most fun!
  • Finding other campers with similar hobbies!
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone. Trying new things can be scary, but they can also lead to the best camp memories.
  • Take a deep breath. Making friends on camp can be overwhelming, but keep in mind there are counselors and staff members here to support you.

Buzz: Exactly! All of the staff members make sure every camper gets included! Being a part of the group and having fun is something that automatically comes with camp! If there ever is an issue, remember that you’re always welcome to have a chat with a counselor. Did I miss anything?

Dazzle: Sounds like you covered it all. We are so excited to have all of you at camp this year. Don’t forget to bring your loud singing voices and camp spirit!