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Cheers For Camp Crosley

I’m about to return as a counselor for my fourth year. I’m from Australia, so it’s a huge commitment to leave work here and go away for so long. However, Camp Crosley is well worth it--what I can give to the kids and teach them as well as what I take back from my experience. Camp Crosley is my second home and I love that place.


[I] went here for five years in the 1990s. Loved every minute of it! Plan to start sending my kids as soon as they are old enough.


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Alumni A Solution For Girl Scouts?

As the former camp and program director for two Girl Scout Councils, I read this article with great interest. The 1992 long-range plan Mr. Copeland presented to us at one of the councils never fully materialized. The funding wasn’t there. The survival, or demise, of Girl Scout camping was put in place by practices, or lack of practices, long before the current re-alignment/mergers.

By building genuine relationships with alumni, camps can ensure future funding; but it’s not overnight, it’s a long-term investment. It’s not one that I have seen made by the Girl Scout organization. By tossing away valuable alumni's interest in camp the Girl Scouts have lost the ability to fund the camps and keep them up to date; the camps have deteriorated to a point where they cannot serve today's girls.

The last group of girls in my council who had the benefit of a camp experience before it closed forever, lamented to me about the girls that came after them. These girls would not have the benefit of the experiences, growth and friendship they had at camp. They were so saddened by this, but grateful that they had had it. Where will my granddaughters get it? I’m guessing at a YMCA camp.

--Jeanne Scigliano (Use full name or just first name?)

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Guiding Girls Will Keep Them Camping

The Girl Scout camps are properties that real estate taxes are not paid. Many of the programming can be volunteer-provided. The cost to the councils is minimum compared to a commercial camp site. A Girl Scout volunteer is not afraid of change--change is constant. But the life of a girl can be changed by an experience of the outdoors at a private camp-the girl’s camp. Many fear and believe that camp properties are being sacrificed for Girl Scout Council staff's golden parachutes. The girls must learn to love the outdoors and they will continue camping with their families at commercial properties, don't you think?

--Barbara Starr


New Owners Take Over Camp Waziyatah

Waterford, Maine--Brothers Gregg and Mitch Parker announce since taking over Camp Waziyatah in 2008, they are determined to make summer last forever for Camp Waziyatah campers. With combined experience as campers, counselors and instructors of various activities, the duo looks forward to celebrating nearly 90 years of tradition at Wazi, teaching teamwork, developing solid peer relationships and making camp tons of fun for kids. The camp is located on 130 acres in the heart of Maine’s lakes and mountains region, in the southern part of the state. It offers more than 40 activities in a kid’s choice program. Activities include swimming in Lake McWain, beach volleyball, “the blob,” archery, tennis, wakeboarding, water-skiing, pottery, dance, team sports, musical theater and even improvisational activities! For more information, visit


P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids Letters From Camp

This is the perfect book for any parent who’s ever received a letter from a homesick child or anybody who’s ever written their parents crazy requests from their bunk! P.S. I Hate It Here (releasing May 2010) will delight with hilarious and heartwarming real-life letters from camp. More than 150 letters cover all the imaginable scenarios of sleep-away camp, from acing the cabin lice inspection to breaking the bad news about a retainer lost in the woods. You will find that kids are wittier and more sophisticated than we might assume, and that the experience of being away from home for the first time creates hilarious and lasting memories.

Here are a few examples of the letters you will find:

Dear Mommy & Daddy, Yesterday me and my friends jumped in the pool with our clothes on. It was really fun! I also have some funny/bad news—Rachel dumped me, but the funny news is that she’s dating her cousin. Love, Mikey

Mr. & Mrs. B, It’s Adam. I really want you to come and so does Brian. He is crying his eyes out and he’s just not the same anymore. Please come.

Mom, Please send me a strapless bra. There might be one in my drawer, if not please got to Limited 2 and get me one! I’ll pay you back! Please! Love, Carly

Dear Mom & Dad, Grant has his own gun. It is a black 22. cal semi automatic rifle. I got to try it first period. To break the gun in, we just took turns blasting it at targets. I have decided that I don’t want a ping-pong table. I really want to get a 22. cal semi automatic black rifle.

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Markel Names Safety 1st Recipients

Richmond, Va.--Markel Insurance Company announces that 64 camps and four Boys & Girls Clubs have received the Safety 1st designation for 2009. Each year, Markel’s Safety 1st program recognizes policyholders who have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees and customers.

Recipients include:

Ten Years

Pompositticut Farm Day Camp, Hudson, Mass.

Nine Years

Setebaid Services, Inc., Winfield, Penn.

Eight Years

Camp Mary Orton, Columbus, Ohio

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake, Sacramento, Calif.

One Year

Camp Aranzazu , Rockport, Texas

Camp Birch Trail for Girls, Inc., Minong, Wis.

Camp Chippewa Foundation, Tulsa, Okla.

Camp Coyote, Huntsville, Texas

Camp Doodles, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.

Camp High Rocks, Inc., Cedar Mountain, N.C.

Camp Olympia, Rockville, Md.

Camps 'R' Us, Hicksville, N.Y.

Camp Timberlane for Boys, Tucson, Ariz.

Camp Ton-A-Wandah, Hendersonville, N.C.

Diabetic Youth Foundation's Bearskin Meadow Camp, Concord, Calif.

Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, Boise, Idaho

Greenfield Health Camp, Inc., Greenfield, Mass.

Happy Acres Ranch, Jacksonville, Fla.

Living Well Foundation, Imperial, Mo.

Lutheran Girls' Camp Association, Colts Neck, N.J.

Sandy Hollow Day Camp, Southampton, N.Y.

Santa Clara County Council, Boy Scouts of America, San Jose, Calif.

Triple C Camp, Charlottesville, Va.

YMCA Camp Mohawk, Litchfield, Conn.

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15-17 ACA Heart of the South, Gallant, Ala.—Camp Sumatanga;

Bryan BuchkoComment