Super Summer Camps

Staff Photo by: Lexi Bogalhas

The wood cabins are old and creaky, the electricity and technology are non-existent, and the lake water is murky; I grew up here. Camp Bonnie Brae, my summer home for the past 12 years, is the place that has shaped and molded me into the person I am today.

Camp Bonnie Brae was the first girl scout summer camp established in 1919. The camp traditions, enthusiastic counselors, and endless activities throughout the weeks you spend keep the girls coming back year after year.

The campers range from ages 5-17. Bonnie Brae is a safe place; a sanctuary for most girls. Its an opportunity to unplug from daily life and have a chance to be themselves. The wireless environment is created to seclude them  from the bustling society and hectic year-round schedule.

The options are endless of what to do from water skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, high and low ropes courses, to simple activities such as hiking, going out on the wetlands trail, team building and for the younger girls who are feeling really optimistic, a fairy/ unicorn hunt.

Unfortunately the past few years, the number in campers have decreased. No one is interested in being away in the middle of the wood for weeks at a time without electronics; however what these girls don’t know is what they are missing out on. The chance to experience camp Bonnie Brae is truly unique and nothing that could be traded in for the world. It was 12 years ago that I met my very best friend at this camp and have made more memories than imaginable. We may live in different states, 200 miles, 4 hours away from each other but it just makes going to our favorite place each summer that much more special.