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Camp Kateri
Hawthorne, FL

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(877) 764-5237
183 Shalom Camp Trail
Hawthorne, FL 32640

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
1000 Shearer Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Weekly residential sessions.

CAMPER GENDER(S): All Girl Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Girl Scouts.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Open to ALL girls ages 6-17, Camp Kateri is a 550-acre sleep-away camp located 45 minutes southeast of Gainesville, Florida.

Week-long sessions begin on Sunday and end Friday. Campers live in cabins, platform tents, and tree houses. Each unit house has flush toilets, running water and electricity.

Our activities include archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, equestrian, creative arts, STEM, and outdoor skills.

Camp Kateri is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to enroll.

Dance, Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Team Sports, Math, Science, Technology, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more.

Archery, Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Outdoor Skills, STEM, Crafts, Dance, & More!

TOP FLORIDA SUMMER CAMP: Camp Kateri is a Top Summer Camp located in Hawthorne Florida offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Camp Kateri also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: All girls welcome! We are located half an hour southeast of Gainesville, FL, on 550 acres with two beautiful lakes for aquatics!

CAMP FACILITIES: Open-air cabins, platform tents, treehouses, unit houses and bathhouses, dining hall, equestrian center, archery range, all beautifully ensconced between two pristine lakes.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: ACA accredited! Our staff are fully certified in their areas of expertise--archery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, equestrian, and more--and everyone is trained in First Aid and CPR. We love singing crazy songs, doing zany things, and making funky crafts! Check out our website for sessions and more info at: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Serving as a camp counselor is simultaneously the toughest and most satisfying job you’ll ever have, and the Camp Kateri Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is an important step towards that exciting path.

For more information and/or to apply for our CIT program, please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Sorry, no financial aid is available at this time, but many campers subsidize / cover camp tuition through Cookie sales.

2016 Camp Sessions:

Behold the Great Outdoors (Week 1 / June 12-17) to earn an Outdoors Badge

Around the World (Week 2 / June 19-24) for a cosmopolitanly good time.

What is Life but a Great Adventure? (Week 3 / June 19-24 to earn an Adventure Badge

Everyday is a Celebration (Week 4 / July 5-8) enjoy a new holiday every day.

Aren’t YOU Quite the Crafty One? (Week 5 / July 10-15) to earn a Crafts Badge.

Kateribean (Week 6 / July 17-22) for swashbuckling piratical fun.

For more info and/or to register for one of these exciting sessions, please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

Friends, Fun, & Mad Skills!

This is the official 2016 Camp Kateri theme, and it's as exciting as it sounds.

The true value of resident camp runs much deep. All camp activities are designed to help the girls develop strong relationships (Friends), build confidence through personal growth (Mad Skills!), while - of course - enjoying the whole camp experience (Fun).

Campers have a lot of great choices at Camp Kateri, including two levels of Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs and 6 different weekly themes.

For more info on the CIT programs, please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

For more information on the 2016 Camp Kateri sessions, please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

Do you love working with kids? Like to be outdoors? If so, then Girl Scouts Camp Kateri offers the BEST JOBS ON THE PLANET!

Located about 45 minutes southeast of Gainesville, we're looking for staff to work with children in fun activities like canoeing, kayaking, crafts, archery, dance, teambuilding, STEM, outdoor skills, etc.

We also need a Lifeguards, Cooks, Kitchen Aides, a Business Manager, and a whole myriad of other groovy roles (we still say groovy, right?). If you like kids, we probably have a spot that's perfect for you.

Apply for one of the Best Jobs on the Planet at: Our Camp Website Link:

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