Disclosure: In a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, this post is part of 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.
In the first post of this series about the awesome, affordable summer camps offered by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, we learned about the Pathways Program, which makes camp easy and accessible to any girl, even those who aren’t already in a Girl Scout troop. By paying a once-a-year $15 registration (dues) fee, girls can participate in any of the Girl Scouts summer camps and/or other programs throughout the year.
Recently, Delaney and I visited the open houses for all three Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas summer camps. I’d love to show you all of the photos we took but you’d be here until Christmas so, instead, we’ve selected a few from each to give you a visual overview that highlights the beauty and unique qualities of each camp.
Although summer is already here, these camps still have some availability. Learn more about Camp Metro, Camp Mira Sol, and Camp La Jita below and register your daughter or the special girl in your life to attend these one-of-a-kind, skill- and confidence-building camps for girls!
Housed in a former Edgewood elementary school tucked away in a quiet, tree-filled neighborhood, Camp Metro gives girls the advantages of camp right here in town. Each week features a different theme: sports, art, baking, STEM (science, technology, math, and engineering), theater, working with tools, protecting the environment, and learning about different countries and cultures. And, while the weekly theme leads the activities, all sessions feature traditional camp activities including art, archery, and outdoor play.
Camp Metro is one of the most affordable day camps in San Antonio and you won’t believe what the low price of $120 per week includes: transportation to and from the camp from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, T-shirt, patch, program, supplies, breakfast, lunch, and a snack, and a visit during the week to Camp Mira Sol in the country for swimming and more traditional outdoor camp activities. Camp Metro is open to girls entering Kindergarten in the fall, all the way through 12th grade.
Camp Mira Sol
Located on the scenic Guadalupe River, Camp Mira Sol gives girls the full, outdoor camp experience, while still being close to home. Mira Sol is a day camp and transportation to and from camp from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center is provided each day. Like Camp Mira Sol, each of the eight-week sessions has a theme. This year’s themes are: music, animals, technology, celebrating the seasons, cooking, art, sciences, and swimming/splash zone.
Although the camp has cabins that are used by Girl Scout troops for overnight camping on some weekends throughout the year, Camp Mira Sol is a day camp and much of the girls’ time here is spent outdoors. There is a pool, an outdoor arts area, and a trading post where girls can shop. During each session, the girls will cook out at least once during the week, planning and preparing their meal together. Traditional camp activities including archery, swimming, and craft time are also part of the experience
The rate of just $150 per week (half that of most other day camp options in San Antonio!) includes: transportation, morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Camp Mira Sol is open to girls entering Kindergarten in the fall, all the way through 12th grade.
Camp La Jita
For girls who are ready for a bigger adventure, Camp La Jita, on the Sabinal River, is the perfect choice. This 68-year-old, 236-acre resident (overnight) camp welcomes girls entering 2nd grade through 12th grade, to stay for one or two weeks. Like the other camps, the sessions at La Jita are also created around themes (Cupcake Cuties, Archery Fun, Time Travel, Night Owls, just to name a few) and equestrian sessions are also available for an additional charge.
Girls stay in rustic cabins (that also have running water, flush toilets, and showers nearby) and participate in chores, called Kapers, to encourage independence and responsibility. Each cabin will work together to plan and prepare a group cookout at least once during the week.
A one-week stay at Camp La Jita starts at $275 and runs up to $500 for a two-week stay. Equestrian sessions at La Jita are $325 (and they fill up quickly!).
Girl Scout traditions are woven throughout the week at camp, but novice campers will pick them up in no time, learning about them along the way. No previous Girl Scout experience is needed to enjoy time at Camp La Jita.
Breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner are all included. Transportation is not. But you won’t mind the pretty, 1 1/2 hour drive from San Antonio to Camp La Jita. It’ll give you more time to spend with your daughter before she heads off into her weeklong, overnight, life-changing adventure. And, you’ll get to see this gorgeous view on your ride home (through a few sentimental tears, maybe…).
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For more information on Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas summer camps and to register your daughter, visit their website.
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