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The World at Your Fingertips: Summer Camp Programs with Girl Scouts of Suffolk County
How many of you reading this have enjoyed summer camp over the years? Swimming, fishing, hiking, crafts, and more are all part of the experience, as is the forging of lifelong friendships. The camps at Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s (GSSC) two scenic locations offer more than just a basic camp experience, they offer an opportunity to, with a little imagination, see the world!
This past year, GSSC proudly launched its state-of-the-art Discover World STEM Center, providing a place for young girls (and boys during camp season) to come explore, learn and embrace math and the sciences. Located at Camp Sobago, in Yaphank, NY, the STEM Center is a first-rate, hands-on approach to exploring the world of STEM through experiments and demonstrations, special guest presentations and field trips.
Participating in camp or school year programs at the STEM Center can be a virtual tour of the world. It gives participants the opportunity to learn about physics – and, perhaps, develop a passion that will take them to Switzerland to see the CERN Supercollider. Maybe one camper, hungry to learn about math or science will, in her travels, plan a visit to Greece to see the birthplace of modern science and mathematics. Italy could be the top choice for a visit for any young student who finds Leonardo Da Vinci, the ultimate Renaissance man, a hero beyond any other. Attending STEM Camp at Camp Sobago also includes local field trips, providing campers with an opportunity to see and experience venues all throughout Long Island.
GSSC’s girls-only Camp Edey offers campers two opportunities – Journey to Adventure for girls in grades 1-6 and Teen-Ventures for those in grades 7-9. In Journey to Adventure, campers participate in activities around a different theme each week. Campers learn about an array of topics, each of which is designed to teach, inspire and create an experience that feels like a journey to another part of the world. What could be more exciting than a camp experience that awakens a desire to see the world and all it has to offer – from the Amazon to the Artic? Teen-Ventures takes girls on trips all around the region and into NYC. Sparking a ‘travel bug’ by opening their eyes to a sampling of what the Long Island and NYC have to offer, Teen-Ventures brings emerging adolescents on day trips throughout Nassau, Suffolk and NYC!
GSSC campers enjoy all we have come to know about attending camp – fishing, paddle boating, swimming, mini golf, sports, nature and STEM activities, and games. Yet, GSSC goes beyond the typical to create a spark in girls and young women. Participants learn they can become scientists, mathematicians, or engineers. Further, they learn that there is much to see in this world, both on Long Island and far beyond. Today’s campers might be tomorrow’s world travelers or scientific researchers…and it can all begin at camp with Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.