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Summer Camp

Adventure Awaits - Summer Camp 2022 is right around the corner!

Is your girl ready to unplug from screen time and plug into a summer of epic fun, lifelong memories and a community just girl adventure? Us too! We’d like to welcome your girl to our summer home away from home—Girl Scout Hornets' Nest Council summer camp!

Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week, or longer, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained staff.

Read more below to learn about how you can kick off your next adventure this summer through our available camp options at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs!

Are you ready to register right away? Prefer to view all sessions in our scheduler list? Click the link below to see all of our camp sessions.

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Want to work at camp? We're now hiring awesome, adventurous team members to join our 2022 Camp Staff! Check out the opportunities available here.

Before Your Adventure: Need to Know Info

Let's go camping! We can't wait to see you at Camp in 2022! Before you join in on all the fun, friendship, and outdoor adventure, there are a few things you need to know.

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, please contact us at 704-731-6500 or customercare@hngirlscouts.org and we will be glad to help!

Summer Camp FAQs

Thinking about having a summer of fun with new friends, but don't know if the Hornets' Nest camp programs are right for you? Let us help make the decision a little easier! Dive into a few of our top questions we get about our one-of-a-kind programming.

Do I have to be a registered Girl Scout to attend camp at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs?
No, you don’t have to already be a registered Girl Scout to sign up for our Camp programs! Each Camper will be registered as a member of Girl Scouts upon signing up for their desired program session.

Are you offering day camp sessions this year?
For Summer 2022, our Outdoor Program team is hard at work behind the scenes preparing for resident camp program, and we're so excited to engage more Girl Scouts at our Summer Camp lineup this year. To allow the Outdoor Program team to fully focus on developing our resident camp program, our Council has decided not to offer day camp for this season, but look forward to offering it again in the future. Daisies who would have otherwise attended day camp are encouraged to explore outdoor programming available in the spring and summer hosted by both our Council and by their Service Unit.

Can I take a tour of camp?
We'd love to help you see all we have to offer at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs, in Statesville, NC! Unfortunately due to staff availability as we gear up for an amazing summer at camp, we are not offering in-person tours of the property at this time. You can learn more about everything we have to offer at camp and check out photos across the property here.

What communication can I expect after I register?
Once registered, you will receive a receipt and our confirmation packet via e-mail. If these do not show up, please check your spam box. If you do not receive a copy, please email customercare@hngirlscouts.org.

More questions? We get it!
Stop by one of our virtual Summer Camp Q&As for a brief presentation on our Resident Camp program, and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the 2022 season! Please note this event is designed for parents/guardians with questions about our upcoming camp programs. We will have Camper Q&As scheduled a few weeks before Camp starts, where campers will have the chance to ask all of their burning questions about what they will be doing, what to pack, and maybe even meet a few of the staff who will be working at Camp this summer! Sign up to receive an email with the Zoom link to the Q&As here.

  • Tuesday, February 8
  • Wednesday, March 2
  • Thursday, March 24
Pricing Deadlines

Pricing levels

  • Early bird pricing with first price listed if you register by February 15
  • Mid-level price with second price listed is from February 16 to April 1
  • Register April 2 or later, pay full price.

To register, all you need to do is pay the $50 deposit!

Final payments are due June 1 for June programs, and June 15 for July Programs.

There will be a $10 change fee to switch sessions. Transfer requests must be received no later than 2 weeks before your session. 

Financial Aid

Partial financial aid is available on a limited basis. Applicants must register for the session they are applying for Financial Aid for and pay the nonrefundable $50 deposit. Forms are due to the Council Office by April 1, 2022.

Please apply here.

Health and Safety

While planning a full schedule of fun for girls this summer, our outdoor program team is working behind the scenes to make preparations to keep campers safe while they explore the outdoors and experience a fundamental part of Girl Scouting.

In an effort to keep you informed of our plans to keep your Girl Scout, all her new friends at camp, and our dedicated camp staff safe, we look forward to sharing our updated health and safety protocols you can expect this summer. These precautions will be developed in conjunction with the NC Department of Health and Human Services Summer Camp Guidance and the CDC's guidance on overnight summer camp.

We expect to share this guidance closer to the beginning of summer 2022 and look forward to keeping you up to date as that time approaches.

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E Camp Sessions

Launched in 2020 in partnership with The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, overnight camp at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs is officially called E Camp. Girls at E Camp will experience all the awesome outdoor fun they've come to know and love at camp, as well as new program opportunities thanks to our camp team. This new name gives girls a friendly way to celebrate and talk about their time at camp with loved ones and new bunk mates. See you at E Camp!

These programs are intended for Rising Grades 2-9 unless otherwise noted. Be sure to pack a costume that matches the theme of the week you will be attending to wear during our dress-up day at Camp! 

⇨ Session 1 (June 12 - 17) $500/$550/$600
Survivor Week
This week at E Camp, campers will participate in a week-long series of challenges to determine which Cabin has the best survival instincts. Campers will have the opportunity to learn survival skills, such as how to build a fire and purify water, as well as participate in traditional camp activities. Do you have what it takes to survive a week at Camp, or will you be voted off the island? Let’s find out! 

⇨ Session 2 (June 19 – 24) $500/$550/$600
Renaissance Week

Have you ever wanted to learn to joust or juggle? Or maybe how to shoot a bow and sail the seven seas? Look no further! This week, campers will participate in traditional Camp and Renaissance themed activities, including our own miniature Renaissance Festival. Whether ye be a fair maiden or battle weary knight, this is the week for you! 

⇨ Session 3 (June 26 – July 1) $500/$550/$600
Around the World

Join us for or week-long multicultural celebration! In addition to traditional camp activities, campers will participate in a wide range of games, art forms, and culinary dishes all part of various cultures from around the world. Grab your passport and bags, because Air E Camp departs for our Around the World tour this summer! 

⇨ Session 4 (Short Session, July 6 – 8) $250/$275/$300
Safari Week

This week, campers will learn what it takes to plan and execute a safari expedition, all in the safety of Camp property. While on break from exploring, campers will participate in traditional camp activities. Strap on your best pair of binoculars and cargo shorts, because we’re going sightseeing! Stuffed animal friends are encouraged to attend! 

⇨ Session 5 (July 10 – 15) $500/$550/$600
Mystery

Calling all detectives, spies, and adventurers! We’ve got a mystery to solve at Camp, and we need your help! In addition to traditional camp activities, campers will have the opportunity to participate in several mystery themed activities, such as writing in code and analyzing fingerprints, all while looking for clues to try and solve our week-long whodunit. What happened? Who did it? Only you can solve it! 

⇨ 10-Day Session (July 6 – 15) $1000/$1050/$1100
Safari and Mystery Weeks

For campers who believe one week of camp is just not enough, our 10-Day Session offers them the opportunity to spend an extended time at E Camp. Campers will combine Sessions 4 and 5, as well as create their own schedule of activities to take place over the weekend between sessions! Recommended Rising Grades 5-9.

Girl Leadership Sessions

Leadership opportunities for young leaders are available all summer long. Check out the opportunities and the requirements below!

⇨ Counselor Aide Program - E Camp $175/$225/$275
The Counselor Aide (CA) program is the first step campers will take on their journey to become a future staff member. CAs will have an opportunity to assist in all aspects of Resident Camp, such as the kitchen, program areas, cabin groups, etc., as they learn the ins-and-outs of all the different roles and responsibilities needed to run Camp. In addition to their daily duties, CAs will also have at least 2-3 hours to participate in traditional Camp programming. At the end of this program, CAs will receive their ServSafe certification and have a better understanding of what it means to work at E Camp.
Requirements: At least 14 years of age by June 1, 2022; Must attend one full-week session (sessions 1-3, 5).

⇨ Counselor-in-Training Program - E Camp $500/$550/$600
The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program will teach girls what it means to be a Resident Camp Counselor and continue to develop the leadership skills necessary to become a future staff member. Girls will attend two sessions, during which they will have the opportunity to assist campers in daily activities, support facilitators leading programs, and learn more about what it takes to make Resident Camp run! At the end of this program, CITs will earn their First Aid/CPR certification and official Girl Scout CIT pin.  
Requirements: At least 15 years of age by June 1, 2022; Must attend two session of Resident Camp (First session - CITs will attend either session 1, 2, or 3. Second session - All CITs must attend the final 10-Day Session); Having attended the CA program preferred, but not required.

⇨ Assistant Camp Counselor Program - E Camp. No Cost
The Assistant Camp Counselor (ACC) program is designed to assist girls in further developing the leadership skills necessary to become a Resident Camp Counselor. ACCs will choose at least two sessions to attend Resident Camp (sessions do not have to be consecutive), during which they will have the opportunity to assist campers establish daily routines, help create and lead programs, and gain hands-on experience helping make Resident Camp run! 
In order to be eligible to participate in the Assistant Camp Counselor program, an application At least submitted by April 1. Selected applications will move on to the interview process, after which we will make our final decisions. ACCs who finish the program in good standing will have preferential consideration during the next year’s hiring process, qualified for hire a year early at 17 years of age. 
Requirements: At least 16 years of age by June 1, 2022; Must select no less than two sessions to attend E Camp (these sessions do not have to be consecutive); Must be CPR/First Aid certified by date of first session attending; Having attended the Resident Camp CIT program preferred, but not required.

Traditional Camp Programming

Girl Scouts just want to have fun, and while we're so excited for our awesome theme weeks at camp, which will make every session a totally unique experience for your camper, we know there are some things that it just wouldn't be a trip to camp without.

While not every camper will be able to experience everything our camp property has to offer during their session, some of the activities we offer include:

  • Archery
  • Boating
  • Crafts
  • Creek Stomping
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Performing Arts
  • Slingshots
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Teambuilding (Teambuilding Games, Co-Op Course, Phoenix Tower)

Activities your camper participates in will vary from session to session based on camper age, weather conditions, staffing availability, and others. Because our first priority is camper safety, some programming may change day-of for best flexibility around these variables.