Staff Training

Last weekend, the staff at all our day camps, got together for a weekend training at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, NH. We cooked out, did team building games, sang songs, and so much more! We are all ready for our campers to arrive and can’t wait to share some of our new skills with you!

Camp Names

hello my name isDo you use camp names? I love camp names, but after a while they begin to repeat. How many “Sunshines” can one camp have? My camp name is “Snow”, short for “Snowbrat” my nickname from competitive snowboarding. It’s my screen name and my license plate.

Its an “age-old”, why do we have camp names? Camp names where initially created, in part, because you would never call an adult by their first name. At camp things are less formal so staffers started the tradition of having a nickname for campers to call them. After all, it’s easier to distinguish between 3 counselors know as Jedi, Sport and Possum then it is to have three counselors known by their real names of Amy, Amy and Amy (not to mention that it’s a lot more fun).The tradition has now continued on into a time that students call their friends parents and teachers by their first names.

How does one get a camp name? Camp names can come about in several ways:

  1. You come up with it on your own, picking something you like or enjoy such as M&M or Tigger.
  2. Friends or family give your name could be from when you where a young kid or once you arrive at camp. Usually is something that reminds people of you. Like Sky, Albert, Dory or Kiddo.
  3. International staff sometimes have it the easiest, since their names are not always “Americanized”. Names such as More (Isreal) or Mimie short for Jemima (England).
  4. CIT receive a name at the graduation of their CIT program.

How ever you get your camp name, you need to prepare to be called it for the rest of your life. Campers will see you in the store, at school, church and so many other places and shout out “Hey, Smiley!”. For staff you tend to forget peoples real names and years into friendships you will find your self struggling to remember real names, since you spent 8 weeks calling someone Mac.My friend Liz from High School, will forever be “Duckie” in my mind from our years at camp.

Really camp names are just another excuse to be silly and stay a kid a little longer. Plus kids love the idea and that’s why we are really here! What is your camp name and how did you get it?

We’re hiring!

Your camper is going to have an incredible summer at camp! New friends, amazing experiences and lasting memories! Did you know we offer these same benefits to adults? Our camp staff have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls while enjoying the great out of doors. Our staff are busy getting ready for the summer, but we have a few positions still available. If you, or someone you know if interested in an incredible summer, please contact us. We have opening at several camps and are seeking Unit Counselors, Waterfront Director, Business Manager, Health Director and Nanny. Camp staff receive a salary based on position and their camp age daughters attend camp at half price.

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to

Jessica Riendeau

jriendeau@girlscoutsgwm.org

888.474.9686 x4173

Go outside…and smell the roses!

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope”

- Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady and founder of the National Wildflower Research Center, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the preservation and re-establishment of native plants

Flowers are beautiful to look at and they also help the world in all sorts of ways!

They:

  • make food,
  • make oxygen,
  • provide habitats for animals and insects,
  • they provide fibers for cloth, wood and medicines,
  • they make and preseve the soil,
  • they beautify our homes,
  • and more!

Our flowers are blooming at camp, and we are excited for the colors, veggies and herbs that will be springing up in our camp gardens this summer. Grab your colored pencils or digital camera, magnifying glass and go check out the flowers and plants in your backyard! Use the Flower Census below to help you complete this badge step. (Junior Girl Scout Flowers Badge Step 1)

Junior Flower Census