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Dive into New Adventures at Camp

As the weather warms up, it’s time to turn attention to summer plans. For many girls, that means gearing up for the kind of excitement only found at camp. 

GSWESTOK offers a wide selection of experiences at Camp E-Ko-Wah in Marlow and Camp Trivera in Oklahoma City, including day camps, overnight camps, weekend camps, leadership camps, and horse camps. Camps offer girls the opportunity to be outdoors, away from technology, while gaining critical life skills. From a Taylor Swift-inspired session full of singing and dancing, to the ultimate Barbie experience, and traditional camp experiences like archery and canoeing, there’s programming designed to pique just about every camper’s interest.

Not a Girl Scout yet? No problem! All girls are welcome at Girl Scouts camps, which means campers can invite friends, family and classmates to join in the summer fun.

Girl Scouts staff use camp names, a long-standing Girl Scout tradition established by founder Juliette “Daisy” Low. Director of Camp & Outdoor Programming Katie Lewis—known as “Nugget” to campers—didn’t grow up going to camp. Now, she lives out her childhood dreams by spending her summers entrenched in the camp environment.

“I joined Girl Scouts as a military kid, and it helped me forge connections when it was otherwise difficult, “ said Lewis. “Now, I have the pleasure of watching as girls make lifelong memories. I’ve seen girls experience homesickness at the beginning of the week who, by the end of the session, are jumping up and down in excitement while telling their family about all of the wonderful things they did. That’s why we do this.”

Financial aid is available to help all campers achieve their dreams of attending camp, and many girls help pay their way to camp by participating in The Girl Scouts Cookie Program. 

Sending girls to camp for the first time can be nerve wracking, but rest assured: safety is a top priority. In fact, Camp E-Ko-Wah was recently accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and meets safety standards set forth by Girl Scouts of the USA. 

This summer’s theme, “All Together Now,” is designed to reflect the bonds of sisterhood and the idea that everyone is welcome and included at camp.

“Regardless of your background, where you’re from, or your family situation, camp is a safe space for everybody,” explained Audrey “Supreme” Parnell, GSWESTOK Camp & Outdoor Specialist and Summer Camp Director. “At camp, girls gain independence, learn how to manage conflict, and build their interpersonal skills. Living with other campers their own age and being away from their families and devices makes for an environment that allows them to blossom.”

Above all, camp serves as a vessel for girls to step out of their comfort zones and try new things safely. 

As a former camper herself, “Camp has always been very special to me,” said Parnell. “It’s a safe space for girls to try and fail, and they’re made to feel as if that failure is just another learning experience.”

Registration is now open! To view this year’s Camp Guide and learn more about upcoming open houses, visit camp.gswestok.org

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma