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Anyone have reviews of the Girl Scout run, Sugar Pine sleepaway camp?
I'm considering sending my daughter (who is 11), to Sugar Pine this summer. I
Wonder if anyone has had positive, recent experiences.
My daughter is 10 and has attended most of the Girl Scout sleep-away camps
in NCAL...Skylark, SugarPine, Deer Lake, Hidden Falls, and will attend
Bothin this summer (in addition to Skylark). She has LOVED every one of
them, and deciding which she'll attend each summer is a huge challenge. We
have negotiations about can she attend 2, 3, or more. Each time she comes
back dancing with joy, and just a little more confident and independent.
They are a tremendous value and truly offer a program for any type of
interest. Good luck choosing one!
Happy GS mom
My daughter went to two of the girl scout sleepaway camps last year, and I
went as a child too. For me, it was the most amazing, wonderful experience
ever, but then again, my mom was a SAHM, and we didn't have money for fun
summer activities or camps, and I had a rather aggressive older sister and
a demanding baby brother. So I was thrilled to get out of the house. The
first time I went, I resented being sent with a neighbor kid I didn't get
along with (my mom thought she was doing me a favor). The second time I
went by myself and had a great time! My daughter went by herself to Sugar
Pine, and had a great time, though I found out afterwards she was quite
homesick for the first few days. She then went to Skylark with a friend,
and had a better time (and helped comfort the homesick friend). Check the
camprocks.org website for information on open houses if you want to check
it out first with your daughter. You don't have to be a girl scout, and the
camps are pretty well run, though I guess they are easier on the more
independent, adventurous types, older girls, or girls who have a friend
with them. There are the 4 Norcal standard camps, and then there are a few
others that were hard to find on the website that are primarily run by
volunteers. You can volunteer and be at the camp with your daughter, if
that's easier for you. Be warned that the calendar of the camps is
immensely confusing, but the woman who does the administration in the
office, Laurie Shriner, is as nice as pie, and she'll help you out. And the
camps are not at all slick. They are inexpensive, fun, supportive but not
super-nurturing (e.g., the counselors sleep in their own tents nearby, and
groups of girls sleep in tents together). I would encourage your daughter
to check out the camps!
Re: Nearby Sleepaway Camp for 9 Year Old Girl
Check out the Girl Scout camps. They are sleep away and vary
from 1-3 weeks (at least they used to). From your brief
description, Deer Lake may be the best fit for you child...or
Camp Menzies. I went to Girl Scout camp every year as a child
(yes, I was a Scout...but I don't think you have to be to go to
camp...you don't go as a Troop, but as an individual) and I as
a CIT at Deer Lake. Beautiful camp! Here is a link to all of
the camps that the SF Bay Area Council offer:
Camp Menzies is run by a council near Sacramento. Go to
www.girlscouts.org and you can naviate your way to their
website...or google ''Camp Menzies''
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