Summer Camp Registration Opens for 2019 Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Camps
(PHOENIX – Feb. 6, 2019) It’s time to start making summer plans. Registration for the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus Pine-Council (GSACPC) 2019 summer camps is now open for its four camp locations: The Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain (Phoenix), Camp Maripai (Prescott), Shadow Rim Ranch (Payson) and Willow Springs (Prescott). Each camp has its own special offerings, along with the traditional camp activities, to accommodate the diverse interests of every girl. Yet the purpose of Girl Scout camp remains the same—to provide girls a safe and supportive place to have fun, make new friends, and take risks while learning new skills and exploring the outdoors.
“Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. However, girls who attend Girl Scout Camp have plenty of opportunities to create their own outdoor adventures and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and build self-confidence —whether with a Girl Scout troop, independently, or with friends and family,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO for GSACPC. “All our camps provide girls with opportunities for adventure—in an environment where they can be their true selves. Not only are our camps affordable, but we welcome all girls, K-12, regardless of whether they are currently a Girl Scout.”
The program focus of each of the four camps is as follows:
- The Parsons Leadership Center, Phoenix, an $18 million state-of-the-art urban camp with sessions for both day and overnight campers. The programs include STEM-related activities, archery, swimming, arts & crafts and field trips.
- Camp Maripai, Prescott, offers a traditional camp experience like archery and canoeing along with horsemanship programs for beginners through advanced riders.
- Shadow Rim Ranch, Payson, offers outdoor adventures such as hiking and canoeing trip & travel sessions, plus outdoor cooking, zip-lining and archery.
- Willow Springs, Prescott, emphasizes artistic endeavors like ceramics, fashion and theater, as well as hiking, archery, a ropes challenge course and aviation.
All four camps offer sessions that vary in length, from weekend family camp and day camp, to overnight camps and three-week-long quests. Summer camp begins the week of June 2 and runs for nine weeks, with the last camp week starting in late July.
As Girl Scouts believe all girls should have the opportunity to experience summer camp, registration offers tiered pricing and financial assistance. Girls who are not Girl Scouts are welcome to register. To sign up, please visit www.girlscoutsaz.org/camp.
Open Houses at each camp property to learn more about Girl Scout Camp will be held on the following dates:
- The Parsons Leadership Center: May 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1611 E. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix
- Shadow Rim Ranch: May 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 530 N. Shadow Rim Rd., Payson
- Camp Maripai: June 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 201 E. Marapai Rd., Prescott
- Willow Springs: June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 775 Camp Willow Springs Rd., Prescott
More on Summer Camp
When girls attend Girl Scout Camp, they:
- Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
- Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
- Become team players and care more about protecting our environment
When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Girls get to experience a world away from home and unlock their endless potential.
GSACPC’s unique all-girl environments helps girls develop a positive self-image, build courage, confidence and character by connecting with others and their natural environment.
More details at stats from Girl Scout Research Institute: More Than Smores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences (2014)
GSACPC offers four camp locations. Each camp has a special and unique personality created by its specific location, facilities, activities, and camp staff! Each camp offers specialized programs like horseback riding at Camp Maripai; canoeing and rock climbing at Shadow Rim Ranch; the ropes challenge course, drama and ceramics at Willow Springs; culinary arts and swimming lessons at Parsons Leadership Center.
With so many programs, girls can use this table to help decide which camp is best for them. Please note that hiking, archery and arts & crafts are staples to every camp!
|CAMP MARIPAI||PARSONS LEADERSHIP||SHADOW RIM RANCH||WILLOW SPRINGS|
|Horseback Riding||Swim Lessons||Climbing Tower||High Ropes|
|Arts & Crafts||STEM Lab||Archery||Theatre|
|Outdoor Skills||Fashion||Paddle Boards||Fishing|
|STEM||Archery||Trip & Travel||Aviation|
Types of camp
- Day Camp – Five Days at Parsons Leadership Center only
- Girls can attend camp during the day and participate in programming like swimming, archery, cooking, outdoor skills, arts & crafts, games, songs and more!
- They can also make it a ‘hybrid’, and choose to spend the night towards the end of the week, once they’ve tried it out for a couple days.
- Resident Camp: Girls can experience camp on their own or with a buddy! They’ll sleep in cabins with girls similar in age.
- 3-Day Overnight – 3 Days, 2 Nights
- 4-Day Overnight – 4 Days, 3 Nights
- 6-Day Overnight – 6 Days, 5 Nights
- 8-Day Trip & Travel – 8 Days, 7 Nights
- For girls grades 9-12, who want to experience camp AND hit the road for the next level of outdoor camping adventure.
- Leadership – 6 to 24 Days/Nights
- Older girls who help lead activities for younger girls and groups at camp. These programs help develop skills and experience needed to be a camp counselor.
- Troop & Family – 3 Days, 2 Nights
- Opportunities for Girl Scouts to experience camp with their family members and participate in programming offered by each specific camp.
About Girl Scouts
We’re the Girl Scouts – the best girl leadership experience in the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Today, we continue her vision by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience which helps girls develop their leadership potential through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world. And with hands-on, girl-led, cooperative learning, every G.I.R.L. has a chance to do something amazing.
Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)
In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves 21,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. Girl Scouts helps young women grow courageous and strong through girl-driven programs, ranging from summer camp, to troop activities and product sales. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsaz.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.