Ready for Ashgrove 2020?

Ready for Ashgrove 2020? Our theme will be Games, Games, Games and the official camp dates are June 22nd-July 2nd!

(For staff: set-up is June 18th-20th, and clean-up is July 3rd)

2019 Theme

FIESTA: Ashgrove’s Mexico Adventure

It’s FIESTA time! Grab your sombreros and your ‘amigas’ and join us as we explore the wonders of Mexico. Take aim on fun in Archery, investigate the mysteries of lost civilizations and marvel at the Monarch Butterflies’ miraculous migration. Build your expedition team on our challenge course and hone your camp skills, then plot a course to traverse a wonder-filled land from the Gulf Coast of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean with a peek at Our Cabana, an international center for Girl Guides, near the heart of the country. Immerse yourself in lively music and dance; try your hand at folk arts; crank your own ice cream and learn stories of a diverse culture and its people. Don’t take a ‘siesta’ or you’ll miss out on our FIESTA, Ashgrove’s Mexico Adventure!

2019 Dates

Mark your calendars! The official dates for Ashgrove 2019 will be June 24th-July 3rd.

For volunteers, camp set-up will be June 21st-23rd and camp clean-up will be July 4th.

Upcoming Website Work

As many of you’ve noticed, we’ve been having some trouble with our SSL certificate. Now that camp is over for the summer, we’re switching hosting providers as part of website work designed to fix this issue. We may experience some slight website downtime in a couple of days, so please don’t be alarmed if the site is out of commission for a few hours!

Onomatopoeia’s Story

This story does not start in the summer of 2017, or even in 2017 itself. The groundwork for my senior service project was laid, in fact, in the first month of 2006. Having moved cross-country the summer prior, I was more or less without a niche in this newfound home. In school, I was moderately popular and made some new friends. But once school ended for the summer, my mother assumed correctly, I would be without any real social interaction for months. To correct this impending cataclysmic disaster, I was registered for Ashgrove Adventure Day Camp, a 9-day, 1-night camp run by the Girl Scouts. She even anticipated my almost automatic rejection on the count of isolation; my sisters were also registered and my mom even volunteered to be a leader. I was scared, but one thing was abundantly clear; we were going.

Needless to say, it was an absolute blast. I made ice cream, and crawled through mud, and threw water balloons. I made gimp, made friends, and collected SWAPs to hold onto forever. I had a grand old time. Everyone did, and without much thought, it became a tradition to go as a family. As the years went by, my sisters began to age out of being eligible for camp. Without hesitation, they too began to volunteer as aides just to be able to stay at camp. As I progressed from a Baby Brownie to a Fly-Up to a Junior to a Teen, one thing was clear; I could not imagine summer without Ashgrove. I started volunteering as an aide; at first because I had the time and because I knew I would have fun making camp happen for those who came after me. But my sisters graduated high school, and my mom stopped volunteering, and soon enough, I was the only one going to camp. It didn’t matter, though; camp had started as a family tradition, but over time, all of the aspirational women who helped me grow became my family, and Ashgrove my home. I volunteer at Ashgrove for the same reason I look forward to Thanksgiving; I get to come home.

Ashgrove wasn’t my idea, but it might be the greatest thing that ever happened to me and I want it to keep happening to others, so I volunteer. Volunteering at Ashgrove has taught me many new things, and has helped me mature into a strong adult woman in ways my words will never begin to express.

 

Onomatopoeia

January 2018

2018 Volunteer Applications Open

2018 volunteer applications are now open!

NOTE: AIT DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEB. 28

For Adult volunteers, apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ashgroveadults18

For Camp Aide volunteers, apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ashgroveaides18

For Aides-in-Training, apply at https://ashgroveadventure.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/18-AIT-Application.pdf

For information on volunteering positions, theme, training, costs, and more, check out our 2018 Volunteering Quick Facts.