Disclosure: In a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, this post is the first in a series about the Girl Scouts Pathways Program and the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas’ summer camps. In exchange for learning about, touring, attending, and sharing about my family’s experience with these camps, I am being provided with complimentary camps for my child to attend. No other compensation will be received and all opinions are mine and my daughter’s.
It’s probably one of the best kept summer camp secrets in San Antonio, but I’m here to change that: Your daughter doesn’t have to be in a Girl Scout troop to attend the Girl Scouts’ highly-rated, incredibly affordable, and popular summer camps. It’s true!
What is Girl Scout Pathways?
Prior to 2007, girls needed to join a troop and participate in regular activities tied to that troop to go to camp. But, in 2007, the Girl Scouts realized that today’s girls engage in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and, therefore, needed a more flexible model for joining Girl Scout programs. That’s when they created Pathways, a new way for girls to pick and choose which Girl Scout programs they’d like to try.
To participate in Pathways, girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade only have to register with the Girl Scouts once each year and pay a $15 membership fee (dues). Then, they can pick and choose one, some, or all of the Girl Scouts programs and summer camps they want to attend.
Girl Scout Summer Camps are Incredibly Affordable
Girl Scout summer camps are some of the most affordable camps you’ll find in and beyond San Antonio. Girl Scout camps cost 50% less than other summer camps because they are subsidized by cookie sales and underwriting. Camp Metro Daycation starts at just $95 for one girl, for a week. Camp Mira Sol Daycation is just $150 per girl, per week. And, overnight (resident) camps start at just $275 for one week and go up to $525 for two weeks (see below for details on each camp).
Scholarships are available for camps. The deadline to apply for them is Friday, April 11, and your application must accompany a registration form (found on page 19 of the Camp Guide – see link at the bottom of this post to download the Camp Guide PDF).
2014 Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Summer Camps
Research has shown that nature is an important aspect of a child’s development in every major way — intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. That’s why we’re giving your girl the chance to spend her summer outdoors.”
Daycation at Camp Mira Sol
Camp Mira Sol, located 45 miles northwest of San Antonio, offers sessions that are especially perfect for those new to camping or campers who prefer to spend their evening sharing their adventures at home. Girls can choose from eight unique camp sessions, each of which includes different activities around a theme (music, animals, technology, cooking, baking, art, science, and more), as well as swimming, crafts, and archery.
$150 per girl for this week-long day camp includes a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Transportation from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center to Camp Mira Sol and back is included. Before care and after care is available for an additional $25 per girl, per week.
Camp Metro at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio
These sessions, for girls entering grades K-12, are held at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (in San Antonio) and offer girls the opportunity to get hands-on experience and explore skills in a variety of thematic areas, including community service, cultural arts, healthy living, environmental awareness and more.
The cost is $95 per girl, per week when registering by June 2 and $120 if registering on or after June 3, and includes a T-shirt, patch, program, supplies, breakfast, lunch, a snack, and transportation to and from Camp Metro from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (please note: a 20% discount is available for Edgewood ISD students).
Resident (overnight) Camp at La Jita
These one- and two-week resident camp sessions for girls entering grades 2-12, take place at Camp La Jita, a beautiful 236-acre camp situated on the Sabinal River near Utopia. Girls stay in rustic cabins, equipped with showers and flush toilets. Girls develop independence while under the supervision of specially trained camp staff who help girls plan activities to create a unique camp experience.
Each session has a different theme and special equestrian sessions are available for an additional cost (these sessions fill up very quickly so if your child is interested in horses, register ASAP!).
Camp activities include those created around each week’s particular theme (baking, art, science, etc.) as well as swimming, stargazing, writing letters to send home, board games, singing by the campfire. Girls also perform camp chores to help them develop a sense of responsibility for keeping their camp clean. Three meals and an afternoon snack are provided each day, as is transportation to camp and back from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.
The cost is $275 per girl per week for regular resident camp sessions. One-week equestrian sessions are $325 per girl per week. And two-week sessions range from $500 to $525.
Open House dates for all Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Summer Camps
The Girl Scouts encourage families to visit each camp prior to registering. Take your daughter to meet the camp directors, get her (and your) questions answered, and see where she’ll spend her time while at camp.
If attending Mira Sol and La Jita open houses, please remember exploring camp means walking—wear comfortable shoes (please, no sandals or flip-flops), casual clothes and a hat. Also remember to bring a water bottle! Camp registrations will be accepted at all camp open houses.”
Camp Mira Sol
Sunday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Camp La Jita
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
For security reasons, travel instructions are available only at the Girl Scout office. Directions may be provided via phone, as well as in camp confirmation packets.
This Summer’s Going to be Better Than Ever!
My daughter is beyond excited to visit and experience all three camps of these Girl Scout camps this summer. I’ll be writing and sharing about our experiences with Girl Scout summer camps along the way. Stay tuned for my next post in this series, during the week of May 25, when I’ll provide a recap of all three open houses we’re attending for the camps listed above.
For a full schedule of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas summer camps, with registration forms included, download their Camp Guide PDF (it’s a large one so it takes a few minutes to fully download) or contact the Girl Scouts at 210-349-2404 to ask them to mail a printed copy to you.
More details about each camp can also be found here.
Have questions? Leave them in the comments and either I or a Girl Scout representative can answer them.
Happy camping, girls!