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Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Camp In Our Hearts—Camp IOH—is your opportunity for a little camp fun right at home! Camp IOH is a mix of live, interactive virtual sessions, on-your-own activities, recorded materials, and extra fun the Girl Scout way. Just like at in-person summer camp, you’ll start and end each day in an all-camp gathering, then break off into your unit for specialty program activities. Plus, every program completes a skill-building badge!

Running July 14 through August 13, each week offers two three-day programs for each age level to choose from, each with unique themes reminiscent of our in-person programs. Each program offers two 90-minute sessions per day that are led by GSHNJ staff and delivered online (and in a box!) to you!

Each program includes a Camp Box where you’ll find activities (and surprises!) that you’ll work on with the rest of your camp unit and on your own. The included activity guide will be your gateway to connecting with your camp friends, discovering new skills, exploring new ideas, and inspiring your courage, confidence and character at home...together!

Camp In Our Hearts registration is open! Save your spot here.

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What is Camp In Our Hearts?

Camp IOH is a mix of live, interactive, virtual sessions, on-your-own activities, recorded materials, and extra fun the Girl Scout way designed with your input! Thank you to the hundreds of families who responded to our inquiry about your ideal virtual Girl Scout camp opportunity.

Virtual specialty programs for all six Girl Scout levels will run for five weeks from July 14-August 13, 2020. Every week offers new and different adventures that are just right for your age.

Program sessions are from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each day includes time spent online connecting with other girls and camp counselors, and unplugged time exploring and learning on your own.

Just like in-person camp, we will start and end each day together with some all-camp activities. Daily theme days will add to the fun, too!

Campers can bring their families to our Thursday evening all-camp campfires: this is a time for all of us to connect and share songs, stories, and more! BYO campfire and s’mores!

Camp In Our Hearts is $75-$125 per week, and includes:

  • Access to the GSHNJ Zoom platform, a secure digital space that is computer and tablet friendly.
  • Nine hours per week of guided virtual and unplugged activities.
  • Camp Box filled with materials and supplies necessary to successfully participate in program activities. Boxes will be available for curbside pickup at the North Branch or Westfield Service Centers, or shipped to your door for an additional fee.
  • At least one Girl Scout badge, based on specialty program theme.
  • Exclusive swag and goodies!

Easy registration is available for current Girl Scouts and interested members through CAMPWISE, our online camp registration portal. You do not need to be a registered member of Girl Scouts to participate in Camp IOH.

Registration for each week’s programs closes two weeks prior to the program.

  • Programs beginning July 14 close for registration at midnight on June 29;
  • Programs beginning July 21 close for registration at midnight on July 6;
  • Programs beginning July 28 close for registration at midnight on July 13;
  • Programs beginning Aug 4 close for registration at midnight on July 20;
  • Programs beginning Aug 11 close for registration at midnight on July 27.

Registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. See below for financial aid availability for current GSHNJ members only.

No refunds are available. See below for tips on navigating our online registration portal.

 

What's in my Camp Box?

Inside, you will find supplies needed for your specialty program that week, an activity guide, and some other surprises! Additional supplies you may need from home--which are not included in the box--are: scissors, pencil, pen, ruler, some type of adhesive (glue, tape, glue stick, etc.), crayons, markers, or colored pencils, and basic kitchen equipment and cooking ingredients (for cooking programs).

Camp Boxes are crafted based on specialty program, and included in your registration fee. You may select to pick your box up from the North Branch or Westfield Service Centers, or pay an additional fee to have it shipped to your door. If you intend to have your box shipped, please register far enough in advance to allow for adequate delivery by the USPS.

Meet The Directors
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Meet Deb "Hook" Hooker

Camp Hoover has been a part of my life since I was 9-years-old! I can still recall some of my favorite memories as a camper—from hiking, to sleeping out under the starts, to creating my own pinch pot of clay and, of course, the last night campfires. Each summer opens the door for a new group of girls to experience similar activities and carry away lifelong memories and friendships. Camp has given me the opportunity to make friends from around the world, to learn new skills, and to be the person I am today.

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Meet Kate "Brisca" Grenci

Camp has been a huge part of my life for over 25 years, and I am very excited to kick off my third summer here at Camp DeWitt! Whether welcoming back returning campers or learning right alongside our new campers, every day is an opportunity for me to develop our program and to make this experience the best one yet. I can still remember my first day of camp and may days over the years, full of exciting activities like building a shelter in the woods, stargazing, cooking over a buddy burner, and so many all camp games.

Some of my favorite activities at Camp DeWitt are brooking with the girls, building campfires, and enjoying our sunsets from Engleman. I also love hearing songs (and laughter) filter through the woods throughout the day. The best part of my job is seeing a camper learn something new or try something they were afraid of doing. As a lifelong Girl Scout and longtime camper, I firmly believe in the magic summer camp holds. I hope you will join us and experience all we have to offer!

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Meet Victoria "Thor" Laird

This is my third year as Camp Director at The OVAL and I cannot wait to see what adventures this summer brings! I love the smell of campfires and burnt marshmallows, the sound of songs and chants off in the woods, and the sight of happy campers playing on the field. Most importantly, I cherish seeing the positive impact that Girl Scouts and the outdoor experience has on our campers.

What am I most excited about this summer? Getting to be myself and share my silliness and love of the outdoors with all campers and staff. You will probably find me in mismatched socks and a paint-covered shirt, with a s'mores stick in one hand, a songbook book in the other, and absolutely loving life!

Financial Assistance/Camperships

Camperships are available for those families whose campers are currently registered members of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. All families seeking financial assistance must contribute a $25 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit for each session. Camperships to cover the balance of the program fees may be requested by following these steps:

Step 1: Complete your camper’s enrollment in CAMPWISE to save her spot in the program.

Step 2: Complete this form to establish your family’s eligibility and the amount of aid you’re requesting.

Step 3: Look for further communication from summercamp@gshnj.org to pay your $25 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit and next steps regarding availability of funding and amount granted.

Note: Camperships are not available for campers who are not currently registered members of GSHNJ. Camperships are not available for Camp Box shipping, t-shirts, or other Trading Post items.

Tips for Successful Registration

Registration for Camp IOH is processed through our online portal, CAMPWISE; this is the same platform used for summer camp registration for the past several years. Take these steps to get started:

Step 1

If you are a returning camp family, log in  as you have in the past.

If you are new to GSHNJ summer camp, create an account in CAMPWISE. An adult must create the CAMPWISE account for themselves and then add campers. Please do not make the account in your camper’s name.

Step 2

Select the program session(s) your campers wish to attend.

  • Complete the required forms as indicated.
  • Choose your Camp Box delivery option.
  • Add-on a t-shirt.

Step 3

Submit payment for all selected programs. Full payment of selected programs and add-ons is required at time at registration. See above for information regarding financial aid. Note that Camp IOH is non-refundable.

Step 4

Look for further communication by email regarding Camp IOH, including login credentials and how to prepare your camper.

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Questions? Need help?
 Reach out to us at summercamp@gshnj.org or 908-518-4400.

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Entering Grades K-3

Week 1: July 14-16, 2020 | Registration Closed

Outdoor Artists | $75

Use what you see and hear to make beautiful works of art. Color, create, dance, and design and share your creations with your new friends.

Badge earned: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker | Brownie Outdoor Art Creator

Fairies, Flowers, and Butterflies | $90

During this fun and magical program, we will channel our inner pixie! Dress the part of a fairy and create a fairy house in an enchanted garden. Enjoy a fairy tea party, make pixie dust, and become one with nature as we explore our magical surroundings.

Badge earned: Daisy Good Neighbor | Brownie Making Friends

Week 2: July 21-23, 2020

Choose Your Own Adventure | $75

Discover all the best parts of camp (at home)! Plan, prepare, and play together, gearing up for a future adventure.

Badge earned: Trail Adventure

Messy Science | $90

Grab your aprons and roll up your sleeves, we are getting messy! In this hands-on STEM program, experiment with oobleck, elephant toothpaste, and other fun (and messy) activities.

Badge earned: Daisy Eco Learner | Brownie Eco Friend

Week 3: July 28-30, 2020

Camping with Friends | $75

Discover all the best parts of camp (at home)! Buddy up for adventure and learn the care and keeping of the outdoors.

Badge earned: Daisy Buddy Camper | Brownie Outdoor Adventurer

Fairytale Science | $90

Bring beloved fairy tales to life by using science, technology, engineering, and math. Test the Three Little Pigs' engineering principles, build a pulley for Rapunzel, a zipline for Little Red Riding Hood, see what changes if Jack had a parachute, and design a new bed for Goldilocks.

Badge earned: Daisy Mechanical Engineering: Roller Coaster | Brownie Inventor

Week 4: Aug 4-6, 2020

Outdoor Artists | $75

Use what you see and hear to make beautiful works of art. Color, create, dance, and design and share your creations with your new friends.

Badge earned: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker | Brownie Outdoor Art Creator

Camping with Care | $75

Plan and prepare for outdoor adventure by understanding how to protect animals and yourself while outside. How can you help make the outdoors better?

Badge earned: Daisy Eco Learner | Brownie Eco Friend

Week 5: Aug 11-13, 2020

Colors of Nature | $90

Channel your artistic side and get inspired by your outdoor surroundings. In this artsy program, make beautiful artwork using things you find in nature, write songs using sounds you hear outside, and share your outdoor art in a virtual art show.

Badge earned: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker | Brownie Outdoor Art Creator

Summer Science | $90

Summer is a time for scientific exploration! Every day offers a new experience for campers to become scientific sleuths. You will making a vortex in a bottle, learn chemistry concepts by making tie-dye, and more! 

Badge earned: Daisy Space Science Explorer | Brownie Home Scientist

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Entering Grades 4-5

Week 1: July 14-16, 2020 | Registration Closed

At Home with Animals | $75

Challenge yourself with a quest to find all the best parts of summer camp (at home)! Get wild about animals from the kind you'd find living in your own backyard to the ones rarely spotted anywhere. After you've met these creatures, you'll be better prepared to ensure their protection.

Badge earned: Animal Habitats

Survivor Girl | $90

Spend your days honing your outdoor skills at home - tying knots, identifying plants around you, knife safety, hiking tips, and more!

Badge earned: Camper

Week 2: July 21-23, 2020

Plan and Prepare | CANCELLED

Challenge yourself with a quest to find all the best parts of camp (at home)! Plan and prepare for an (minimal impact) adventure!

Badge earned: Eco Camper

Witches, Wands, and Campfires | $90

Have a witchingly good time in this Harry Potter inspired program! After being sorted into your magical house, you will create your wand and test it out with some magical STEM activities and tasty treats like chocolate frogs and butterbeer.

Badge earned: Social Butterfly

Week 3: July 28-30, 2020

Virtual Who Dunnit? | $75

Learn to use your observation skills to uncover the mystery! Use coding, breakout rooms, morse code, and follow the clues to solve a mystery!

Badge earned: Detective

Creation Station | $90

Jump on the creativity train and expand your artistic horizons. Work with a broad range of materials to raise your crafting skills to the next level. Go outside for a new perspective, think creatively about the world around you, and make a portfolio to share your artwork.

Badge earned: Outdoor Art Explorer

Week 4: Aug 4-6, 2020

Naturally | $75

Get up close with the nature in your own neighborhood! Learn about the flowers, trees, birds and animal habitats, create nature-based art projects, make your own bug/lightning bug jar, participate in a scavenger hunt, and more!

Badge earned: Animal Habitat

Pioneer Girl | $90

Live in the past for a couple of days! Play games, make a yarn doll and other crafts, try your hand at pioneer food, and more!

Badge earned: Playing the Past

Week 5: Aug 11-13, 2020

Creation Station | $90

Jump on the creativity train and expand your artistic horizons. Work with a broad range of materials to raise your crafting skills to the next level. Go outside for a new perspective, think creatively about the world around you, and make a portfolio to share your artwork.

Badge earned: Outdoor Art Explorer

Survivor Girl | $90

Spend your days honing your outdoor skills at home - tying knots, identifying plants around you, knife safety, hiking tips, and more!

Badge earned: Camper

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Entering Grades 6-12

Week 1: July 14-16, 2020 | Registration Closed

Everything But the Kitchen Sink | $75

Grab your chef's hat and spatula, it's time for a cooking challenge! Each day, you will explore new recipes, cooking techniques, and cooking equipment, all while using ingredients you have in your home kitchen.

Badge earned: Cadette Eating For You

Camp Comic Con | $75

Channel your inner fangirl and learn what it takes to make an awesome female superhero. Make your own comic book, create and wear cosplay, and nerd out with your fellow campers over your favorite fictional stories and characters

Badge earned: Cadette Comic Artist

Week 2: July 21-23, 2020

Art and About | $125

Find art in your own backyard! Sketch, paint and strengthen your artistic eye and create in the outdoors! Work with the natural world to find art and create your own playlist of natural sounds!

Badge earned: Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice

Spa-rageous | $125

Self Care is more important now than ever! Participate in yoga sessions and learn how to make your own beauty products. Unwind with journaling, mediation, spreading happiness to others and simply enjoy the world in your neighborhood.

Badge earned: Cadette Science of Happiness

Week 3: July 28-30, 2020

Camp Comic Con | $75

Channel your inner fangirl and learn what it takes to make an awesome female superhero. Make your own comic book, create and wear cosplay, and nerd out with your fellow campers over your favorite fictional stories and characters.

Badge earned: Cadette Comic Artist

Spa-rageous | $125

Self Care is more important now than ever! Participate in yoga sessions and learn how to make your own beauty products. Unwind with journaling, mediation, spreading happiness to others and simply enjoy the world in your neighborhood.

Badge earned: Cadette Science of Happiness

Week 4: Aug 4-6, 2020

Everything But the Kitchen Sink | $75

Grab your chef's hat and spatula, it's time for a cooking challenge! Each day, you will explore new recipes, cooking techniques, and cooking equipment, all while using ingredients you have in your home kitchen.

Badge earned: Cadette Eating For You

Camp IOH Champions | Two-week program (Aug 4-13) | $125

Experience Camp In Our Hearts while developing your leadership and counseling skills! Discover your own personal leadership style as you work to identify and build on the strengths you already possess. Participate in leadership development and traditional camp activities during your first week and virtually work with younger campers during your second week. Must attend both weeks.

Badge earned: Girl Scout Way

Week 5: Aug 11-13, 2020

Tinker, Maker, Coder, Spy | $75

Tinker with various machines and ideas, get in the maker's mindset, conquer computerless coding, and flex your spy muscles learning skills every secret agent needs to know. Plus, travel across space and time to learn about the ladies who paved the way in various STEM fields to discover more about what they do, how they got there, and if it's your future, too.

Badge earned: Cadette Special Agent

Camp IOH Champions | Two-week program (Aug 4-13)

Experience Camp In Our Hearts while developing your leadership and counseling skills! Discover your own personal leadership style as you work to identify and build on the strengths you already possess. Participate in leadership development and traditional camp activities during your first week and virtually work with younger campers during your second week. Must attend both weeks.

Badge earned: Girl Scout Way