Summer is coming up and the school year is coming to an end. Parents will face the inevitable question, what to do with the kids?

The Girl Scouts might have an answer, at least for the daughters. The Girl Scout Summer Camp registration is open and offers something for every girl.

“At all of our camps, girls are empowered to step outside their comfort zone and to take risks and grow as leaders,” said Cyrstal Kilkenny, the director at Camp Maripai, “All the programs and sessions offered through our camps fulfill the Girl Scout leadership experience and those outcomes, while also challenging those girls to do new and exciting activities.”

The summer camp is open to all girls, not just Girl Scouts, and has options for all ages from kindergarten to high school, even an adult camp for women.

With four camps in Arizona, one in Payson, two in Prescott and a day camp in Phoenix, there are many options to pick from.

Each camp offers a different activity, from horseback riding and astronomy to canoeing and kayaking, along with the classic camp activities, like archery, hiking and the classic tie-dying.

“Camp is a place where girls create memories, make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them, make and develop life-long friendships, try new things, learn new skills, and we really strive to make camp that place where girls can become the best that they can be, learn to care for and protect the environment, and feel part of a community and a Girls Scout community,” Kilkenny said.

Girl Scouts even offer a day camp for those who want to sleep in their own bed every night. Day Camp on the Road takes girls all over the Valley and state and is a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. camp that spends a week in Window Rock, a week at the day camp in Phoenix, Camp Sombrero, and a week in Flagstaff and other destinations.

“Day Camp on the Road is taking that fun camp experience and bringing it right to your front door,” Kilkenny said.

Girl Scouts also offers sessions that range in length from weekends to two-week sessions for the hard-core camper.

The camps, whether it is day, weekend or two weeks, all offer the same self discovery to the girls.

“(Girls) get a sense of who they are and where they fit in the world,” Kilkenny said. “They discover themselves, they discover the nature all around them. They discover those independent skills, how to be self-efficient and self-reliant.”

For more information on the Girls Scouts Summer Camp or to register, visit or

• Brittany Stehmer is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

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