Girls Entering Grades 3-11
For over 40 years, Girls Camp has provided a fun-filled, supportive atmosphere where girls can be themselves. Here they can withdraw from the distractions of everyday life and co-ed settings. Each week, close bonds form as Jays (grades 3-5), Doves (grades 6-8), and Hawks (grades 9-11) try their hand at skill-based activities such as canoeing, dance, pottery, and archery. Other small and large group activities such as gaga, campouts, and special theme activities add a chance to mingle and enjoy creative, fun elements.
Most importantly, girls will be immersed in a safe, loving community of leaders and young adults who have a passion for them to both hear and see the Gospel of Christ lived out. Each day, campers will hear from and interact with a chaplain and sometimes his wife, chosen for their ability to work with youth and encourage the hearts of young women. Well-screened, trained, college-age counselors also participate in the learning process as they guide their small cabin or tent group of 6-8 girls into the deeper truths of living in community and sensing God's purpose in their lives.
A hallmark of Susque, reaching back to the very beginnings of our ministry, occurs once a week for each cabin or tent group: the famed "Susque Stew Experience." This purposeful, special evening builds self-sufficiency as each cabin or tent group strikes off to seek God in quieter areas of camp. Each group prepares their own meal over a campfire they built themselves and prepares their sleeping quarters for that evening's rest under the stars. The goal of the evening is to prepare an open opportunity for the cabin or tent group to gather around the fire and share about their lives, their struggles, and their questions. Guest chaplains or other camp leadership are often in attendance to help stimulate and guide the conversation.
*Area or Cabin Cookouts may occur instead of eating in the dining hall.
|Inspection of Ranks||Lunch||Flag Lowering|
*May include Chapel in the Pines!
|Cabin Clean Up||Evening Activities
*May include night swims, skit night, campouts, campfires, night games, chapels, hymn sings, or all-camp bonfires.
|Flag Raising||Organized Free Time||Bedtime
|Activity Class 1*||Rest Period|
|Bible Study||All-Camp, Area, or Counselor Activity|
|Activity Class 2*|
Sample Activity Classes include: archery, arts & crafts, astronomy, bb, canoeing, dagorhir (foam sword-fighting), dancing, drama, drawing, kayaking, nature, photography, pottery, riflery, rocketry, and wilderness survival skills. Each camper will be able to choose two activity classes based on availability.
Each week has a different theme that ties into the week's activities and provides links to spiritual contexts. Each theme culminates in a grand theme meal towards the end of the week, where girls are encouraged to dress the part!
2017's Weekly Themes:
Week 1: Survivor Week | July 15 - 22
Be prepared to face new and crazy challenges while trekking through the jungles of Camp Susque, complete with lots of mud and a journey to find your theme dinner.
Week 2: Medieval Week | July 22 - July 29
Ready to serve your King? Journey back to the Medieval age and enjoy a Medieval Feast where you will eat with your hands! In addition to all of the festivities that your King and Queen will dream up, your cabin group will design your own coat of arms.
Week 3: Wild West Week | July 29 - August 5
Are you up to the task of taming the Wild West? During Wild West Week, campers work together to capture the wily Masked Bandit and end the week with an old-fashioned hoedown!
Parent & Camper Testimonials
"I was concerned about the effect the godless world was having on my daughter...I would pray for her, but the outside influences seemed to be overwhelming! She was 16, and this was her first/last chance to enjoy summer camp at Susque. She came home full of the Holy Spirit and you could just see a tremendous change. Susque gave her a chance to see that there are others her age who rejoice in the Lord with no shame, and being with those great new friends for a week encouraged her to pursue God with all her heart openly and seek out more of those kind of friends at home. I'm so proud of her. Thank you!"
"I was afraid that at age 12 many girls attending would already have friends from previous years and I was not sure how she would fit in. The atmosphere set up by the camp and the counselors is such an open and friendly one that it seems that all the girls 'catch' the same attitude. She had so much fun and made so many friends that I wish I would have sent her to Camp Susque several years ago."
"We were able to do 'girl things' without worrying about anyone watching us. It was a lot of fun!" Camper
"I made a lot of new friends. My favorite part was canoeing, sitting around the fire while singing songs and going exploring. It taught me how to work as a team, and how wonderful and mighty God is. I also liked sitting around the fire when everyone was quiet and just listening to the birds sing and the rushing water in the creek." Camper