Girls participate in archery at Camp Graham in Vance County. Registration has begun for Girl Scout camps throughout Central and Eastern North Carolina.

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Girls participate in archery at Camp Graham in Vance County. Registration has begun for Girl Scout camps throughout Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Girl Scout camps offer challenges, adventure

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Girls can explore the outdoors, climb the challenger tower, kayak down the river or go on an adventure trip with new friends this summer at Girl Scout camps.

Whether a girl interested in archery, horses, watersports, science and technology or leadership, she will discover that anything is possible. Girls can have fun, gain new skills and make great memories at a variety of sessions hosted at three Girl Scouts–N.C. Coastal Pines resident camps in Central and Eastern North Carolina: Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County, Camp Graham in Vance County and Camp Hardee in Beaufort County.

“Girl Scout Camp is designed to give every girl a chance to succeed, build friendships, challenge herself, and have fun,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – N.C. Coastal Pines. “When a girl goes to camp, she will grow in self-confidence while building leadership skills.”

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is central to the camp program and through activities and experiences, girls will gain skills to become leaders who are inspired to make the world a better place. This year’s camp sessions include opportunities for girls to earn Red Cross First Aid & CPR and Babysitting certifications or become a camp Counselor in Training. Older girls in seventh to 12th grades can have a more adventurous camping experience hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, rafting the river rapids of West Virginia or learning to surf at Kure beach.

At Camp Mary Atkinson, campers can play sports in the new airnasium, participate in the challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower, canoe and paddle board, swim in a zero-entry swimming pool, and slide down the 10-foot waterslide into the camp lake. Located near Clayton in Johnston County, this camp also houses the council’s Leadership Center which hosts an air-conditioned dining hall, stage, and technology center.

All campers will get to enjoy the waterfront, whether they are swimming, canoeing, kayaking or sailing at Camp Graham, located on beautiful Kerr Lake in Vance County. The camp consists of 155 acres of lake frontage, open areas and woodlands. Each camping unit and cabins have shelters, picnic tables and fire grills.

Camp Hardee is located in Beaufort County on the Pamlico River. The camp consists of 95 acres with river frontage, woodlands, and open space. Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins while enjoying camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming in the pool, archery, and sailing or kayaking down the river.

Camps are open to all girls ages 5 to 17, and girls do not have to be a Girl Scout to register.

A typical weeklong, resident camp session costs $275; girls who are not members of Girl Scouts will be charged an additional $50 fee.

To learn more about Girl Scout camp, download the 2014 Summer Fun Guide, or register for a summer session, visit www.nccoastalpines.org/camps or call 1-800-284-4475.