FARMINGDALE, NJ (Jan. 17, 2020) – Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is offering a wide variety of summer camp experiences for girls ages 3 to 15 that connect them to nature and help build leadership skills that last a lifetime. Registration is now open for summer day camps, and interested families are invited to attend upcoming open houses in Farmingdale and Barnegat.
“At Girl Scout day camps, girls thrive in the great outdoors, take on new challenges and make new friends in a fun and safe environment,” said Eileen Higgins, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, which serves 10,000 girls across Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Higgins noted that the theme of the 2020 camp season is: Think Outside. No Box Required. “Being active outdoors and participating in new and challenging experiences helps girls build courage, confidence and character,” she added.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore offers outdoor summer adventure at two locations: Camp Amity Acres, nestled in the beautiful Pine Barrens in Barnegat, Ocean County, and Camp Sacajawea, situated on 144 wooded acres in Farmingdale, Monmouth County.
Summer camps open Monday, June 22 and feature one-week sessions filled with activities such as archery, boating, swimming, science, climbing wall, zip line, sports, performing arts, STEM (science technology, engineering, math), nature and much more.
Both camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and offer transportation, before and after care, a variety of specialty programs, including equestrian, technology and cooking, and mini sessions for campers not ready for a full week of camp.
Joan Basilotto, director of Outdoor Program and Facility for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, said Girl Scout camps not only nurture an appreciation for the outdoors, but also “build social skills, model healthy living, ease the summer slide, foster teamwork and encourage personal growth.”
All girls are welcome at camp, but must be a Girl Scout to attend, Basilotto said. Girl Scout membership is available when registering for summer camp. While both day camps are girl-focused and girl-led, brothers of Girl Scouts (ages 3-12) are also welcomed to attend, Basilotto said.
Financial assistance is available to families in need. Special savings are available for families who attend an open house and register for camp within 48 hours. Each camper who registers before April 23 will receive a backpack featuring the new camp logos. Registration is available online.
2020 Camp Open Houses are scheduled as follows at Camp Amity Acres, 133 Jones Road, Barnegat, and at the Girl Scouts Program Activity Center, located next to Camp Sacajawea at 127 Yellowbrook Road, Farmingdale.
Sat., January 18 1-4 p.m. Sacajawea
Sat., January 25 1-4 p.m. Amity Acres
Sat., February 8 1-4 p.m. Amity Acres
Tue., February 18 5-7 p.m. Sacajawea
Sat., March 7 1-4 p.m. Amity Acres
Sat., March 21 1-4 p.m. Sacajawea
Sat., April 4 1-4 p.m. Amity Acres
Fri., April 24 5-7 p.m. Sacajawea
Sat., April 25 1-4 p.m. Amity Acres
Tue., May 19 5-7 p.m. Sacajawea*
Open House at 242 Adelphia Road, Farmingdale
Sat., May 30 1-4 p.m. Amity Acres
For more information about Girl Scout camps and open houses, visit https://www.GSFun.org/camp, or call (800) 785-2090.
Girls discover friendship, fun and adventure at Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Camp Amity Acres in Barnegat.
Campers develop confidence in canoeing at Camp Sacajawea in Farmingdale, a summer day camp operated by Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is introducing new summer camp logos to reflect its focus on outdoor adventure.
About Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves more than 10,000 girls ages 5-18 in Monmouth and Ocean counties, providing a time-tested leadership experience that inspires and motivates them to take action for themselves and their communities. For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For information on how to join, volunteer, partner or donate, visit www.GSFun.org or call (800) 785-2090.