Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Resident Camp Spotlight: Camp Casa Mare

Ready to set sail into a summer of fun? As we get closer to the kick off of resident camp on June 15, we'll be highlighting each of our resident camps here on the GSSJC blog. Still not sure which camp is the best fit for you? Can't decide on a session? Stay tuned to this series for a sneak peek at what camp looks like.

Camp Casa Mare on Galveston Bay is a tropical paradise for water lovers and landlubbers alike. Whether you want to get a taste of sailing or just want to spend a week by the water, Camp Casa Mare is the perfect spot for endless sunshine and Gulf Coast breezes.

Girls staying at Camp Casa Mare live in dormitories with the other girls in their special interest session. Each dorm includes camp beds for all campers as well as shower facilities. Campers gather in the air conditioned galley for meals and all-camp assemblies. The galley also houses craft/activity rooms and a display or artifacts from the camp's rich history.

Special interest sessions focus on water sports such as sailing, SCUBA and skin diving. A fleet of Sunfish sailboats, Lasers and sloops provide a challenging experience for those who wish to gain sailing expertise or just enjoy recreational sailing. Other activities such as dance or drama are also available. In addition to the focus of their session, campers will participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, archery, games and, of course, making new friends. Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can attend resident camp at Camp Casa Mare.

Special Interest sessions to check out!
Here is a highlight of just a few of the awesome sessions at Camp Casa Mare this summer:

For Juniors
Junior Jam (Back by popular demand!) - This session is jam-packed with a bit of everything for the first time camper! Get creative with arts and crafts, participate in the fun of unit and all-camp activities, sample sports and meet new friends while roasting s'mores around the campfire. A great introduction for new campers to Camp Casa Mare!

NEW! The Grimm Sisters - Join Sabrina and Daphne to solve mysteries! Investigate the Everafters and work towards becoming a full-on fairy tale detective. Learn more about your favorite fairy tales and even create your own fairy tale, complete with a mystery to solve, all while working towards the Detective badge.

NEW! Pursuit of the Clues - Follow historical figures who each have a clue that links to a larger mystery and uncover the mysterious secret organization! Race to discover the clues and unlock a piece of the mystery before others. When you're not on the case, enjoy traditional camp activities while working towards the Playing the Past badge.

For Cadettes & Seniors
Paddle Princess - Love the water but not a sailor? Try your hand at becoming a paddle princess! Girls will spend their days learning the exciting skill of sea kayaking and participate in a sea kayak race and scavenger hunt. When you're not on the bay, try peddling around one of our bikes!

NEW! Night at the Movies - This session is for all the movie lovers out there! Come down to the Camp Casa Mare theater and watch one movie a day, critique them and even publish your reviews and opinions in a special newsletter. (Popcorn provided!) Camps can also enjoy swimming, crafts, sports and other camp activities.

For Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors
Basic Sailing - Do you dream of sailing off into the sunset? Sailing can be exciting, invigorating, relaxing or challenging. Get started by completing the Red Cross Basic Sailing course at Camp Casa Mare. Learn how to rig a sailboat, forecast the weather and sail safely on the open water. (Please see page 17 of the Resident Camp Guide for complete session details.)

Ready to have s'more fun at Camp Casa Mare this summer?
Get all the details on Camp Casa Mare sessions, read the 2014 Resident Camp Guide online and register now for your session.

Resident Camp sessions run June 15 - Aug. 1.

And once you're registered for camp, be sure you've packed all the essentials!