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Camp Laurel, Lebanon, CT
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About the Camp

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Camp Laurel is located on 380 rolling, wooded acres surrounding our beautiful private lake in Lebanon, CT. The camp is licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by the American Camp Association, thereby ensuring quality program, administration, staff, and facilities. 
Each day girls spend time enjoying theme-based activities and the rest of the day is filled with more traditional camp programs. They challenge themselves creatively at arts & crafts and theater arts; get moving with a variety of sports, swimming, archery, and hiking; and learn to appreciate our natural world with environmental programs, gardening, and pond studies.  Four evenings a week we have fun at our all-camp programs. Everyone enjoys time around the campfire! One evening we offer time for unit activities and a cookout!
Camp Laurel’s charm encompasses a variety of comfortable sleeping accommodations and well-equipped program buildings. We all enjoy healthy meals in the Miriam Healy Dining Hall which sits on a hill overlooking our lake. Our dedicated staff in the Health Center help us stay healthy. Most girls will be sleeping on cots with mattresses in platform tents. Showers and sinks are available, and most toilets are latrine-style outhouses (port-o-lets).
Our on-site horseback riding programs are focused on basic riding techniques, safety, and equipment.  We offer both Western and English saddles.  All riding participants must wear long pants and shoes or boots with one-inch heels.  Campers ride each day, except opening day, in either the ring or on the trail, conditions permitting.  Campers learn to mount, dismount, walk and control the horse, and participate in barn kapers such as grooming, mucking, and horse care.  Please talk with the camp manager if your camper is an experienced rider.
Resident camp programs are open to all girls entering grades 2 and up.  Our Leadership Programs are for ALL girls, even if they have never been to camp before: Camp CEO is for girls 14 and older; Counselor-In-Training (CIT) is for girls 15–17; and Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) is for girls 16-17.
Day Camp programs are open to girls entering grades 1 - 12. Before and after camp care is available. Overnights are optional for girls attending two-week sessions and are entering grades 4 – 12. Free bus service is available for our day campers from specific stops.

 

Camp Manager, Alexandra Thomas     

athomas@gsofct.org    (800) 922-2770, ext. 3344 
  

         

 

 Typical Day at Day camp
  Typical Day at Resident Camp 

Leadership Opportunities for Older Girls
LEAD (Leadership, Education, Adventure, and Development) - For girls entering grades 9-12 who are ready to take on the leadership role of helping younger girls enjoy all the great experiences at day camp.  Participants will receive Program Aide Core Training and LEAD Training to ensure the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to succeed as a LEAD. LEADs assist Unit Leaders and Program Staff by helping involve campers in program. 
 

Camp CEO - Join in the excitement of this leadership program at Camp Laurel! This program is for girls 14 years old and up and will take place in late June. Girls will discover how their interests, skills, and dreams can translate into being a leader.  Participants will have the opportunity to connect with prominent businesswomen who will share their life lessons and leadership journeys and also enjoy traditional camp activities. Campers and their CEO buddy will discover, connect, and take action to make the world a better place. Registration for Camp CEO is open now. The fee is $255. Financial assistance is available.  For more information about the program click here or email camp@gsofct.org.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) - Join this leadership program if you are interested in working at camp in the future.  In this program you will begin to learn methods for working with children, planning and implementing programs, and expanding your team building and outdoor skills.  You will create a portfolio of information, songs, games, and other program ideas to take with you.  This is a four-week program.  This program is for girls ages 15 and up. Girls will return home each Saturday and return each Sunday. 

Wrangler-in-Training (WIT) - Join this leadership program if you are interested in working at the Laurel Stables in the future.  This program is for girls ages 16 and up.  In this program you will expand your own horseback riding skills while you learn different instruction methods, how to plan and implement lessons for younger riders, and stable management.  You will create a portfolio of information, lessons, skill builders, and other program ideas to take with you. This is a four-week program.  Girls will return home each Saturday and return each Sunday.


    

Employment Opportunities

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities - We are looking for your special skills, spirit, and appreciation of children. Camp programs include swimming, hiking, campers, nature, sports, games, horseback riding, dramatics, singing, boating, cookouts, canoeing, and living in the outdoors. Enjoy the fun and rewards of meeting and working with other adults and children in the outdoors. Adults will receive training in outdoor skills, teamwork, health, and safety standards. Check back in early 2014 for summer camp employment and volunteer opportunities. 

         


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