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Greetings from Camp!

We're so happy that you're considering a Girl Scout camp experience for your girl. Girl Scout camp is where girls embrace the great outdoors and feel comfortable acquiring new skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. And, camp offers girls a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and build courage, confidence, and character. 

COURAGE: As they make choices and direct projects, girls learn to work well with others, become self-reliant, and develop their leadership skills.

CONFIDENCE: For many girls, camp has unlimited potential to unlock or boost a girl’s confidence. Girls have the opportunity to try new things and test their limits.

CHARACTER: Camp is a safe place for girls to learn individual responsibility and work as part of a team. 

SISTERHOOD: Girls will explore nature, build confidence by trying new things, and take healthy risks with the support of a sisterhood of fellow campers and strong female role models.

BADGE EARNING: Girls will have the opportunity to earn Girl Scout badges in horsemanship, camping, leadership, and more. By wearing their badges proudly on their uniform all year long, they can remember their accomplishments and special moments from camp.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: In our technology-free setting, girls embark on a summer that unlocks their potential and allows them to thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And this summer, girls will need that more than ever.  

We look forward to welcoming your camper next summer.

Elena & Rachel 
 

Our Camp Directors' Bios

Elena Morgan, Lake Rickabear Day Camp
Elena Morgan

Elena Morgan
Outdoor Program & Day Camp Director
Lake Rickabear Day Camp 

If you are looking for Elena Morgan, you will normally find her outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty. The Lake Rickabear Camp Director loves to foster the love of outdoors and the environment in everyone, especially the girls who come to her camp every summer.

Elena will be leading her seventh camp season at Lake Rickabear this summer. Prior to that, she worked as a naturalist and as an outdoor program director.

“I love being outdoors and love seeing girls at play at camp,” Elena said, noting that her own daughter, Josie, will be a camper for the first time next year. “At Lake Rickabear, we pride ourselves on being technology-free. Girls need to be outside, exploring, trying new things, and having fun.”

She loves seeing Lake Rickabear come alive every summer, and especially loves hearing the campers sing camp songs as they walk from place to place. Her favorite camp songs are Princess Pat and Boom Chicka Boom.

She loves to pass on her knowledge to little ones, including her own daughters, Josie and Annie. This past spring, she and her daughters raised butterflies in their backyard. They witnessed their metamorphosis from caterpillar, chrysalis, and into beautiful adult butterfly. The girls had fun releasing hatched butterflies into the world.

Elena also enjoys hiking and backpacking and oversees the special interest Hiking and Backpacking Group for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.

When she is not at camp or hiking, Elena loves to cook and whip up vegetarian chili and other fun creations. A vegetarian, Elena promotes healthy eating and living to her family. In addition to her daughters, Elena loves spending time with her husband Scott, a college professor.

Elena and her family are also animal lovers and own a cat and two turtles that Elena has had since she was a child.

Rachel Jaffe, Jockey Hollow Day Camp
Rachel Jaffe

Rachel Jaffe
Outdoor Program & Day Camp Director
Jockey Hollow Day Camp 

It’s hard to imagine Jockey Hollow Day Camp without Rachel Jaffe. Rachel has spent every summer at Jockey Hollow since she was in the second grade. Now as a camp director, she loves passing on her experiences as a camper to the girls coming to Jockey Hollow.

“My favorite parts of day camp when I was a camper were definitely swimming and singing on the bus ride home,” Rachel said, noting that she and the other girls sang every single day on the entire bus ride home. Her favorite songs now include “the Bean Song” and “Once a Girl Scout Went to Camp.”

Over the years, Jockey Hollow has been updated. A new pool, a troop house, several cabins, and a pool house have been built. New elements were added to the challenge course and a zip line was installed. Rachel was the first archery instructor when archery was introduced several years ago, and has since added a Gaga Pit and 9 Square in the Air. Old favorites like hiking and stream exploration remain.

Although the camp has been upgraded over the years, she is proud that the traditions she enjoyed as a girl continue to live on. Girls still play field games, like “Spud,” do activities in the lean-tos, enjoy team-building activities on the challenge course, and making lanyards and friendship bracelets. Of course, we still go on hikes, go swimming, and offer stream exploration. Every summer, girls love looking for crayfish and bugs under the rocks.

Her favorite camp activity was swimming in the old pools at Jockey Hollow, one of which was filled with a hose and was always “freezing cold.” After enjoying Jockey Hollow as a camper, she then became a counselor in training, junior counselor, counselor, unit leader, and program director. This summer will be her fifth summer as camp director.

As camp director, she looks forward to camp every year and offering girls the chance to try something new.

“There’s nothing like the look on a girl’s face who is trying something new, like archery. I love seeing girls who have never picked up a bow and arrow and see the look on their face when they hit the target for the first time,” Rachel said. “It’s amazing.”

Outside of her time at camp, Rachel loves being outdoors, spending time with her dog, and traveling. She especially loves cruises. This past summer, she traveled to Peru and was quarantined there for a few weeks due to the coronavirus. She made the best of the quarantine by visiting as many sites as possible. She has also visited many states in the U.S. as well Australia and Israel.

Rachel graduated from Ramapo College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in women and gender studies. Prior to being the camp director, she worked as a teacher for a Montessori preschool.

This summer, she said she is looking forward to being outside and back at camp. “I can’t wait to see all the campers and staff back at camp again,” she said.

   

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