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Boot Camp 2009 Information

Thank you to EVERYONE who made Boot Camp possible!

Team building on the Army obstacle course at Boot Camp
Photos of 2009 Boot Camp
Boot Camp 2009 Video  added 23 SEP 09
GSWPA Boot Camp Patch Program 

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Information from GSWPA Boot Camp 2009:
2009 Boot Camp in Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Printable GSWPA Boot Camp Fact Sheet
The final count was:  67 Boy and Girl Scouts/children of Military and Girl Scout volunteers, 10 youth volunteers and 24 adult volunteers, plus over 40 military volunteers (active duty and reserve) from Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Military support included Navy and Air Force properties, an Army rock wall, a twenty-five foot Coast Guard boat, and an Apache helicopter from the PA National Guard.  Four Boy Scouts and two adults traveled from New Jersey to attend camp. 
Three service projects were completed at camp:
In addition to the members of the Armed Forces who made camp possible and Congresswoman Dahlkemper, PA State Senator Bob Robbins also attend camp.
Girl Scout Awards earned at Camp:


About GSWPA Boot Camp 2009
Dates and time:  04 AUG 09 at 0730 - 05 AUG 09 at 1700  (NOTE:  this is a Tuesday and Wednesday)
Location: Camp Elliott, Volant, PA
Cost: $40 per girl and $40 per leader.  The cost for Boy Scouts and their leaders is $35 each and does not include a Boot Camp t-shirt or patch.  
2 day/1 night camp for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in grades 7-11, or ages 11-17.  The $40 fee includes all meals, lodging, and 2 full days of programming, as well as the GSWPA Boot Camp Patch (see image at bottom of page) and a Boot Camp t-shirt. Girl Scout lodging options are platform tents or bringing your own tent(s).  Boy Scouts must bring their own tents.  IN girls can attend this camp and will be placed in a Squad with a GSWPA leader. All other Boy and Girl Scouts must attend with at least one adult for every group/troop of 10 Scouts.  An additional leader is required for each additional 10 Scouts. 
Minimum is 60 scouts. Maximum number of scouts is 90. Maximum number of adults and leaders who can register is 25.

Camp description: At this unique camp you will have the opportunity to experience military life with active duty and reserve members of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Spend two full days learning skills, facts, and what it is like to serve in the US military.  Participants will learn how to use a compass, tie specialty knots, use signal flags, properly use a PFD and stay safe in water. You will complete with other Boot Camp squads on the Army obstacle course and enjoy a piping hot meal, the military way. Scouts will also learn self-defense techniques, survival skills, and gain experience with team building and public speaking. Girl Scout participants must attend the entire event to earn the GSWPA Boot Camp Patch. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend the closing ceremony at 1615 on the last day of camp.

Please contact the Boot Camp organizers, Maureen Conner and  Kathy Shaffer, for more information.

Photos and Press:
New Castle News Coverage of 2008 Boot Camp
Sharon Herald Coverage of 2008 Boot Camp
More photos from GSWPA 2008 Boot Camp
2008 Boot Camp Slide-Show (thank you to Animoto for a "for a cause" account for the Mercer Area Girl Scouts)

Photos From GSWPA 2008 Boot Camp

Photos of the Mercer Area Girl Scout Boot Camp that was held in April, 2007 at Camp Elliott as a Service Area Event.


GSWPA Boot Camp Patch Program



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