When it comes to personal growth, area summer camps are reporting camper progress that goes a long way to shaping a memorable summer camp experience.
Among them are Girl Scouts of the NYPENN Pathways, which draws campers from Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties.
"We had 30 girls in total from those three counties" among the 100 total who attend summer camp session, said Girl Scout spokeswoman Wendy Cobrda in an email.
This year, the Girl Scouts are offering summer residence camp at three of their four camps this year: Comstock, located north of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake; Trefoil, seated on a private lake in Harrisville; and Amahami in Deposit, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.
If asked what has been amazing at camp this year, Cobrda said she and the folks at the Girls Scouts of the NYPENN Pathways can't pick just one.
Among the responses: "One trip group paddled 16 miles in three days ... Another trip group hiked Mt. Marcy and canoed at least 20 miles ... Many Brownie-aged girls came to camp for their first week-long experience at camp ... Every group of girls has participated in at least one of our high-ropes elements."
When it comes to overcoming challenges, the camps have that covered as well.
Cobrda tells the Observer-Dispatch of camper achievements that include overcoming a fear of heights by climbing a zip line, going on adventures by themselves and making new friends.
The area Girl Scouts council is the recipient of Operation Sunshine funds.
Operation Sunshine is a charity run by the Observer-Dispatch, which funds camperships for children to attend summer camps operated by nonprofit agencies.
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