Working at a Girl Scout Camp is a massively empowering way to spend a summer working in America. Girl Scout Camps aim to help build girls’ courage, confidence, and character, and they’re a big part of many girls’ lives. While every Girl Scout Camp is a little different from each other, there are some things they all have in common. Today’s Guest Blogger, Jess Toogood, walks us through what life working at a Girl Scout Camp in America is like.
Everyone working at a Girl Scout Camp is a really special kind of person. They’re all committed to helping empower the next generation of women and they pull together to create a really supportive community. My best friends are all people I met working at a Girl Scout camp. They really support me in everything I do, even if it’s a bit silly!
The empowerment of life at camp is one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. Society shows young girls that certain roles are for girls and others are for boys, but it’s just not true at camp. Campers are allowed to explore and discover what interests and excites them. Whether it’s helping their fellow campers make it across the high ropes course or working out how to make an elastic band powered car to run, everything is girl-led.
The majority of Girl Scout Camps will have just one or two members of male staff. Even if there are any, they typically work behind the scenes. All the staff in charge of looking after the campers are usually women. I know some people are put off by this, but just take a second to think about it. No boys mean there are no pressures for the girls to look or act a certain way. Taking away that pressure can be pretty incredible. It really allows the campers to open up and by the end of the week, you’ll see some incredible changes in them.
Not all camps are the same, but Girl Scout Camps tend to be a bit more rustic than Traditional Summer Camps. We have teepees, platform tents, and yurts as living units rather than log cabins. Rustic camps let you remove yourself from the modern world. That means you’ll start to appreciate what’s around you rather than worrying about how many likes you get on Facebook. If this sounds like the perfect summer for you, apply here now!