Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Scouting from Home!

Find new activities from the GSNENY program team on Facebook! 

We will be posting new activities/ideas daily and videos every Thursday! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Swim Checks & What Camp Looks Like (a.k.a. A Schedule)

What is a “Swim Test”?  

The weekly swim test is not a test at all. Under direction by GSUSA, American Camp Association (ACA) and NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), we are required to assess all campers swim ability and identify the safest water level. Early in the week of each session, campers are given a swim assessment. This is based upon NYSDOH and American Red Cross guidelines. 

Then each camper is identified with a swim level, which could be either non-swimmer, swimmer or advanced swimmer. The swim levels coordinate with water depth. Some of our camps have only 2 sections, non-swimmer (water up to the swimmers waist) and swimmer (water higher than the swimmers waist) while some of our camps have 3 sections, non-swimmer (water up to the swimmers waist), swimmer (waist to shoulders) and advance swimmer (above shoulders). The categories keep our campers safe and allow our lifeguards to maintain the correct ratios for each swim area/level.

The final decision of the swim assessment is determined by each camp's Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and Aquatic Director. Campers can redo the swim assessment every week they attend camp if they choose. 

Once the camper is identified for their level, they are given either a colored wristband or a swim cap. This allows the lifeguards to do buddy checks. 

If you have any questions regarding the swim assessment in general or for your specific camper, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Camp Director and Aquatics Director for your camp.

Sample Schedules

Resident/Overnight Camps:
7:30-8 a.m. Wake up, get ready for the day
8:30 a.m. Flag Ceremony & breakfast (family-style in the dining hall)
9:30-11:45 a.m. Morning Activity Time
12 p.m. Lunch (family-style OR cookout with your unit)
1 p.m. Me Time (enjoy some downtime and maybe write a letter home)
2-5 p.m. Afternoon Activity Time
5 p.m. Prepare for dinner
5:30 p.m. Flag Ceremony & dinner (family-style OR cookout with your unit)
7-9 p.m. All-Camp Activities
9 p.m. Prepare for bed
10 p.m. Lights out
Monday-opening campfire/ Thursday-closing campfire.

Day Camps:
7-9 a.m. Early Care
9-9:30 a.m. Arrival
9:30 a.m. Flag Ceremony
10-11:45 a.m. Morning Activity Time
12 p.m. Lunch 
1-3 p.m. Afternoon Activity Time
3-3:45 p.m. Kapers, Snack and preparing to leave for home
3:45 p.m. Flag Ceremony
4 p.m. Departure 
4-6 p.m. Late Care

Thursday includes an optional overnight for girls entering 2nd grade or older. All campers are invited to stay through dinner on Thursday. No busing Thursday after dinner. Regular busing in the afternoon.  More information regarding Thursday is provided to campers on Monday of each session. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Looking for a summer job? 
GSNENY summer camps are hiring!

We are looking for dynamic individuals who are interested in any of the following positions:
Resident Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, Lifeguard, General Counselor, Nature Specialist, Health Supervisor/Nurse, Leadership/CIT Counselor, Head Cook

Visit our website for more information on how to apply today!

Want to be involved with camp but not ready to commit time this summer? Make a donation!

If you have a washer or dryer that you are interested please contact Chancey Young via email at

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Adventure Awaits!

Have you already register for Summer Camp 2020?
 If you have registered for camp you should have received a confirmation that you registered. However, you may need more information than that!
For more information regarding Summer Camp Health Forms for your camp, Visit and click on the summer camp you registered for!
What information is there? Health History Form & Camper Release, Camp Specific Parent Handbook, Transportation Schedule & Specialty Program Descriptions!

NEW THIS YEAR: Camp Paperwork should be brought to your camp’s open house or sent to camp with your child on her first day of camp.

Have more Questions?
Check out our Summer Camp FAQ’s! There are 2 FAQ’s for you to look at. If you have registration questions, Click on Registration FAQ’s. If you have Camper Questions, click on Camper FAQ’s

Have even more Questions?
Email for an email response to your questions

Not Registered for camp yet? What are you waiting for?!?

Visit us at to register today!

And don’t forget to follow us!
Twitter: @GSNENYCamps

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hidden Lake Camp - Open House


Are you interested in attending Hidden Lake Camp this summer? Want to check it out before you register?

Hidden Lake Camp is holding an open house on March 14th! 

Stop in and take a tour of our beautiful property. Chat with past and current staff members. We can answer your questions and help you register on-site.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Research Affirms the Overwhelming Benefits of Outdoor Experiences for Girls

By Nicole Rifenburg 

According to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), More Than S’mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first-century leadership.

“Girl Scout camps transform a girl’s understanding of and appreciation for nature while helping her build a unique set of skills and boosting her confidence in ways few experiences can match,” says Anna Maria Ch├ávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “Camping has always been one of the cornerstones of Girl Scouting, and the research is clearly showing that there is a connection between the camp experience and girls’ understanding of their leadership potential.” Girl Scout camp is a tradition central to Girl Scouts since 1912 and is still available to girls in all 50 states. Today’s camps are highly evolved, matching the interests of twenty-first-century girls.

Girl Scouts moves at the speed of girls, which is evident in its wide range of camp offerings—everything from STEM camp and surf camp to Hogwarts camp, farming and sustainability camp, and Camp CEO. Girl Scouts is committed to pursuing its mission through the camp experience, offering an astounding array of innovative, fun, and memorable camp activities that allow girls to build courage, confidence, and character, and make the world a better place.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Feeling Camp-Sick?

Are you missing camp and summer in general with all this cold weather? There are only 142 days left until campers arrive at Hidden Lake Camp for check-in! Are you registered for a week of camp? Don’t forget HLC offers weekend programming as well. So, campers can stay as long as they like! (Laundry included!)
Make sure to visit for more information and to register online! Remember there is a discount of $25 (per week registered) if you sign up before March 15th!

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Happy Holidays from Summer Camp!

Amy Kelly 
December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays to all of our campers, parents, staff, and volunteers!

Need a last-minute gift idea? 
Give the gift of GSNENY Summer Camp this holiday season! GSNENY Summer Camp is one of the only places where Girls can be outside, be creative and participate in an all-Girl community setting. 
GSNENY is committed to providing opportunities for girls to choose their own outdoor adventure, learn new skills, build self-confidence and expand their appreciation of the outdoors and the diversity of others.
Register before January 15 and save $50 off registration!
To Register Visit:

Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Amy Kelly 
    November 26, 2019