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We strive to provide the best environment and experience for your daughter while attending resident camp. Our mission statement and goals were developed with this in mind and will ensure that your daughter receives a high quality program with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience interwoven in all aspects of activities and camp living.   

Mission Statement: Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas’ camps provide 68 hours of leadership and outdoor experience to girls by cultivating a positive and safe environment where girls discover life skills and personal strengths; connect with other girls and the world around them; and take action to inspire others and make a difference in the world.   

  • Goal 1: To provide an introduction to nature through wildlife and plants. 
  • Goal 2: To facilitate opportunities for girls and staff to develop their leadership knowledge and skills both with peers and girls of other ages. 
  • Goal 3: To foster experiences of outdoor skills development and application of those skills. 
  • Goal 4: To offer times for girls to learn manners and social etiquette. 
  • Goal 5: To build an environment for girls and staff to understand about themselves and what they believe in. 
  • Goal 6: To instill confidence in girls own knowledge, skills and decision-making. 
  • Goal 7: To empower girls and staff to challenge themselves in everything they do. 
  • Goal 8: To encourage girls in their social development with their peers and girls of other ages.       
Why send your camper to camp?

 

The American Camping Association (ACA) provides great resources for parents at http://www.campparents.org.   

The world needs the next generation to be more tolerant of each other’s views, ideology, and beliefs. Summer camp is an opportunity for children to be exposed to the best of human character. Carefully selected role models are dedicated to showing your child how to have fun, learn from others, and make friends in person rather than online. Click here for more information. 

Benefits  

KeyMessages 

Experience a community that fosters positive relationships, healthy risk taking, and acceptance. Experience a community where children, youth, and adults play to learn. Experience a community where learning contributes to growth and development Experience a community where everyone is welcome.   

Personal Competencies

Four "C's" of the camp community: compassion, contribution, commitment, and character! For years, campers' parents have reported that when their children return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible. These are the qualities that will help build a successful nation and a civil society 

Benefits Parents too 

New studies are finding that intensive parenting — defined as “being involved in every aspect of a child’s life” and always putting your child's needs before your own — can be detrimental to the mental health of parents, specifically mothers. But when children are at camp, knowing they’re in a developmentally appropriate setting and thriving all on their own alleviates the pressure many parents may feel to be overly involved.   

Make the Benefits Last all year long 

Bob Ditter, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has consulted with many agencies that work with children, including Girl Scouts of America, the YMCA, and Jewish Community Center, among others, feels perhaps the largest long-term benefit of camp is resilience. “Resilience is one of those umbrella confidences,” he said. “Self-esteem is how kids feel about themselves. Confidence is the willingness to act on that self-esteem in a public way. Self-reliance is being able to depend on yourself. Resilience encompasses all those. I know I can count on myself because at camp I had to count on myself. I know I can recover from a setback because at camp I had to do that.