The wait is finally over! Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas invites all girls to register for summer camp starting Feb. 20.

Girls in first though 12th grades can select their favorite camp sessions with 58 options from which to choose. Activities include archery, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, arts and crafts, and don’t forget campfires and s’mores. Anyone who doesn’t have previous Girl Scout experience can pay an additional $15 to become a member when registering for camp.

There is something for every girl at Girl Scouts – Diamonds Camps of Excellence. Between Camp Cahinnio south of Booneville and Camp Crossed Arrows, the possibilities are endless. No matter where you live, your camper is welcome to attend sessions at either camp location. Sample what camp has to offer by attending the free Family Day and Open House for Camp Cahinnio, April 8, 12-4 p.m. or Camp Crossed Arrows, April 29, 12-4 p.m.

Girls attending a week of resident camp experience 68 hours of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others and taking action to make the world a better place. Camp provides a safe, positive, fun and adventurous setting, which encourages discovery, problem solving and self-growth. It’s a place where every girl explores the joys of camping and being outside, discovers independence and self-reliance, learns new skills, makes lifelong friends, experiences group living and compromise, has fun, expands self-confidence, shares dreams and laughter and much more, all within a set of controlled, safe boundaries.

In 2012 the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) conducted a study to better understand the kinds of outdoor experiences that girls are having in Girl Scouts. The report findings show that girls enjoy their outdoor experiences through Girl Scouts a great deal and say these experiences provide them with unique opportunities to try new things, improve skills, overcome fears, and help other girls. Of the girls surveyed, 72 percent said Girl Scouts gave them the chance to build their skills or try new outdoor activities and 50 percent said Girl Scouts provided them with opportunities to experience the outdoors in ways they could not have otherwise.

Applications for Resident Camp Staff 2017 are also now being accepted. Visit www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org/employment, email camp@girlscoutsdiamonds.org or call 870-251-1292 to apply or for more information.

Go to www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org/camp to review all camp sessions and to register or call 800-632-6894 with questions.

Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas serves over 8,000 girls and 3,600 volunteers and encompasses all counties in Arkansas except Crittenden, includes Adair, LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma as well as Bowie and Cass counties in Texas. Girl Scouts – Diamonds is a United Way partner agency. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.