Today’s Tips 2.13.23

Outdoor Experience Updates
Happy Monday, P2P Family!

We had a small taste of spring last week, and the outdoors are calling to us! With summer camp books landing in mailboxes now, we couldn’t be more excited for the months ahead and hope you’ve had a chance to look through the guide with your girls.

This year, summer programming will include four weeks of overnight camp at Keyauwee Program Center in Sophia, four weeks of overnight camp at Camp Ginger Cascades in Lenoir and three weeks of day camp at Keyauwee Program Center. For this summer season, Camp Pisgah will be the site of our special adventure camping opportunities and program partnerships that are specially designed for troops and groups. Offerings will include guided waterfall repelling, mountain biking and rock climbing with Pura Vida and free, pre-scheduled programming at local state parks and forests, including waterfall hikes, a talking tree trail and a visit with a prize-winning goat herd. All of these opportunities sound amazing!

Along with summer camp plans, other exciting things are happening at our camp properties both now and in the months to come that we want to share with you.

As Camp Pisgah celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, we want to ensure that we can continue to bring the Pisgah magic to girls in the future and that every girl everywhere has a chance to get outside! With this in mind, we are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Pisgah Forever! Capital Campaign. Pisgah Forever! will fund much needed improvements at Camp Pisgah in Brevard.

Enhancements and projects include:
Waterfront improvements, including a refresh of the fire circle, landscaping, shelter pavilion, new boat house and boat racks
Refreshed signage and entrance using reclaimed wood and stone from the property
Memorial celebrating the Raines Brothers and their impact on Camp Pisgah on the site of their cabin
Repurposing of the Director’s Cabin into a new space for troop rentals

We are pleased to have already received several leadership gifts to kick off this campaign, including a generous donation from Karen and Chester Bartlett. Karen comes from a family legacy and history with Girl Scouts- serving as a camp counselor as a young adult, a staff member and troop volunteer and now as the current secretary of the GSCP2P Board of Directors. More information on how you can be a part of this campaign will be coming soon. 

At Camp Ginger Cascades, we are in the process of making the property ready for summer camp. Three big projects at that site include the replacement of the dishwasher at the dining hall, a renovation and retrofit of the bathhouse at Rainbow to accommodate more girls and the replacement of boardwalk railings and deck infrastructure at Rocky Ridge. Work begins on all projects this week, and Rocky Ridge will be closed for the duration of construction. We will share pictures and updates as the work progresses.

In addition, don’t forget that…
We have a brand new Camporee Planning Guide available to help you and your team plan the ultimate camporee for your service unit.
Troop camping is available at Camp Ginger Cascades and Keyauwee Program Center January-May and at Camp Pisgah April-August. Available dates and units can be found through MyGS.
We are still running our new Adopt Our Herd program, and this summer, Circle C will once again host four weeks of overnight horse camp and four weeks of horse day camp. These sessions fill up fast so register now !
Circle C will also be offering private riding lessons and the return of troop programming at the barn in the spring. All Circle C programming can be reserved through your MyGS portal.
Phase 2 of our Adventure Park at Keyauwee Program Center is breaking ground! The new addition will be a low ropes course, featuring over a dozen challenge elements. The official ribbon cutting  will be Tuesday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Stay tuned for more details.

As you can see, we are working hard to make our camps and outdoor programs the best they can be. It’s going to be a great spring and summer! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, and we hope to see you outdoors very soon!

Jennifer Wilcox, CEO

Registration for Annual Meeting is Now Open
Registration for the 2023 Annual Meeting is now open! Join us Saturday, April 22 at the WNC Agricultural Center- Virginia C. Boone Building in Fletcher, NC. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to all our in-person attendees.

The day will also include:
Updates on council business
Voting on Board of Director positions 
2023 Board-Approved Awards Ceremony 
Girl Scout Shop on-site

All members of GSCP2P 14 years and older are welcome to register to attend. You can find all the information about the weekend’s events and register by clicking here

World Thinking Day Toolkit
World Thinking Day is February 22! How will your troop celebrate? We’ve put together a helpful toolkit to get you started, including information for the official GSUSA activity guides. Click here to see!

Submit Your Years of Service & Membership
If you would like to be recognized at the 2023 Annual Meeting for your Years of Service or Years of Membership, please fill out this form by March 1.

Please note: 5 & 10 year awards are presented at the service unit level. Award recipient names are sent to the Service Unit Team. 15 years and up awards are presented at the Annual Meeting. GSCP2P provides 15 years and up pins at no cost.​It’s Cookie Time!

Upcoming Events 
VIRTUAL: Highest Awards Adult Chat
Thursday, February 16
Girl Scout Volunteers & Parents

Pop Up Shop: Greensboro
Saturday, February 18
Triad Service Center

Board Forum with the GSCP2P Board of Directors
Wednesday, February 22
Girl Scout Volunteers
Triad Service Center

Bronze Award Training
Tuesday, February 28
Girl Scout Juniors
Triad Service Center

VIRTUAL: Bronze Award Training
Tuesday, February 28
Girl Scout Juniors 

VIRTUAL: Highest Awards FAQ & Brainstorming Session
Thursday, March 2
Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors

Daisy Robotics Program
Friday, March 10
Girl Scout Daisies
Asheville Museum of Science

STEM Night at The Schiele
Friday, March 10
All Girl Scouts
The Schiele Museum, Gastonia

Honey Bee Mine: Snacks and Simple Meals Badge
Saturday, March 11
Girl Scout Brownies & Juniors
Black Mountain

Brownies Robotics Program
Sunday, March 12
Girl Scout Brownies
Asheville Museum of Science 

Brownie Bugs Badge Workshop
Saturday, March 18
Girl Scout Brownies 
Camp Ginger Cascades 

Troop Horseback Riding Program
Saturday, March 18
All Girl Scouts
Circle C Equestrian Center

Camp License Course
Saturday, March 18
Girl Scout Volunteers
First United Methodist Church, Mocksville​
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