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The Girl Scouts' Camp Redwing in Renfew celebrates 90 years

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Horse instructor Emily 'Tael' Peter, 18, of Hopewell, talks about horse anatomy to campers at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp offers several different themed sessions throughout the week, including the 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp theme, pictured here.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Horse instructor Emily 'Tael' Peter, 18, of Hopewell, talks about horse anatomy to campers at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp offers several different themed sessions throughout the week, including the 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp theme, pictured here.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Gabriella Andrews, 9, of Mount Lebanon, aims her arrow during an archery session at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Gabriella Andrews, 9, of Mount Lebanon, aims her arrow during an archery session at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Alexis Brady, 13, of North Versailles, uses her 'Mandatory Joy Time' to work on writing a book as she swings in a hammock at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Alexis Brady, 13, of North Versailles, uses her 'Mandatory Joy Time' to work on writing a book as she swings in a hammock at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Tess Buchanan, 11, of Highland Park, takes a break in her tent to drink some water at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Buchanan is part of a 'Movie Makers' themed week at the Girl Scout camp, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Tess Buchanan, 11, of Highland Park, takes a break in her tent to drink some water at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Buchanan is part of a 'Movie Makers' themed week at the Girl Scout camp, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers walk through the woods and across a bridge to Firefly Field as dusk falls at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers walk through the woods and across a bridge to Firefly Field as dusk falls at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers finger paint Jess 'Jazz' Ormsby, 23, of London, UK, at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The campers are part of a 'Survivor' themed camp week, marked with challenges and team building sessions to accomplish as the days go on.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers finger paint Jess 'Jazz' Ormsby, 23, of London, UK, at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The campers are part of a 'Survivor' themed camp week, marked with challenges and team building sessions to accomplish as the days go on.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers, counselors and staff stand silently in a line at the daily flag ceremony in Flag Field at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp is celebrating its 90th anniversary, celebrating the thousands of Girl Scouts who have spent their summers building friendships, living outdoors, and finding their confidence through many different activities throughout the years.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers, counselors and staff stand silently in a line at the daily flag ceremony in Flag Field at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp is celebrating its 90th anniversary, celebrating the thousands of Girl Scouts who have spent their summers building friendships, living outdoors, and finding their confidence through many different activities throughout the years.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers play circle games in a grove by their tents at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp is celebrating its 90th anniversary, celebrating the thousands of Girl Scouts who have spent their summers building friendships, living outdoors, and finding their confidence through many different activities throughout the years. The camp offers horseback riding, archery, swimming, and canoeing among other things to do, with different themed sessions throughout the weeks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers play circle games in a grove by their tents at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp is celebrating its 90th anniversary, celebrating the thousands of Girl Scouts who have spent their summers building friendships, living outdoors, and finding their confidence through many different activities throughout the years. The camp offers horseback riding, archery, swimming, and canoeing among other things to do, with different themed sessions throughout the weeks.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers at the Camp Redwing 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp take a break in the shade at the stables in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp offers several different themed sessions throughout the week, including the 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp theme, a Movie Makers theme, Survivor Camp, Boat and Bike, and sessions for wranglers and counselors-in-training who would like to work at the camp in the future.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers at the Camp Redwing 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp take a break in the shade at the stables in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp offers several different themed sessions throughout the week, including the 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp theme, a Movie Makers theme, Survivor Camp, Boat and Bike, and sessions for wranglers and counselors-in-training who would like to work at the camp in the future.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sammy Mill (left), 14, of Harmony, runs from a blindfolded Peyton Zankel, 14, of New Brighton, during a game of 'Bat and Moth' in Firefly Field as dusk falls at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sammy Mill (left), 14, of Harmony, runs from a blindfolded Peyton Zankel, 14, of New Brighton, during a game of 'Bat and Moth' in Firefly Field as dusk falls at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Junior counselor Kendall Jennings, 16, of Mount Lebanon, laughs as she rehearses a skit with her campers at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Many junior counselors have spent their summers growing up at Camp Redwing, returning to become counselors when they become old enough. The camp is celebrating its 90th anniversary, celebrating the thousands of Girl Scouts who have spent their summers building friendships, living outdoors, and finding their confidence through many different activities throughout the years.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Junior counselor Kendall Jennings, 16, of Mount Lebanon, laughs as she rehearses a skit with her campers at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Many junior counselors have spent their summers growing up at Camp Redwing, returning to become counselors when they become old enough. The camp is celebrating its 90th anniversary, celebrating the thousands of Girl Scouts who have spent their summers building friendships, living outdoors, and finding their confidence through many different activities throughout the years.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - From left to right: Amanda 'Rune' Martella, 16, of Johnstown, Megan 'Beaker' Quinlan, 19, of Venetia, Devyn 'Feather' Lisi, 16, of Ligonier, Amy 'Mouse' Mills, 18, of Melbourne, Australia, and Julia 'Acorn' Schock, 20, of Crafton lead 'repeat-after-me-songs' with campers while they wait for dinner to be ready at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>From left to right: Amanda 'Rune' Martella, 16, of Johnstown, Megan 'Beaker' Quinlan, 19, of Venetia, Devyn 'Feather' Lisi, 16, of Ligonier, Amy 'Mouse' Mills, 18, of Melbourne, Australia, and Julia 'Acorn' Schock, 20, of Crafton lead 'repeat-after-me-songs' with campers while they wait for dinner to be ready at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Counselors-in-training and wranglers-in-training look at a patch of mint while on a wild edible walk at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. From left to right in the front are Abby Tolbert, 15, of Beaver, Becca Allen, 14, of Franklin, Rose Anwar, 15, of Mount Lebanon, program counselor Toni 'Wolfy' Sherratt-Ayerst, 25, of Falmouth, England. The camp has 11 international counselors this year on its 90th anniversary, pulling from England, like Sherratt-Ayerst, as well as Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and Ireland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Counselors-in-training and wranglers-in-training look at a patch of mint while on a wild edible walk at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. From left to right in the front are Abby Tolbert, 15, of Beaver, Becca Allen, 14, of Franklin, Rose Anwar, 15, of Mount Lebanon, program counselor Toni 'Wolfy' Sherratt-Ayerst, 25, of Falmouth, England. The camp has 11 international counselors this year on its 90th anniversary, pulling from England, like Sherratt-Ayerst, as well as Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and Ireland.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - From left to right Asia Neill, 10, of North Hills, Catherine Cieszynski, 11, of Mars, Gabriella Andrews, 9, of Mount Lebanon, and Sophia White, 12, of Mars, play circle games in their camp groups at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The four are part of a 'Movie Makers' themed week at the Girl Scout camp, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>From left to right Asia Neill, 10, of North Hills, Catherine Cieszynski, 11, of Mars, Gabriella Andrews, 9, of Mount Lebanon, and Sophia White, 12, of Mars, play circle games in their camp groups at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The four are part of a 'Movie Makers' themed week at the Girl Scout camp, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Rachel Miles, 14, of O'Hara, leads her horse down a path with other campers at the Camp Redwing 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp offers several different themed sessions throughout the week, including the 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp theme, a Movie Makers theme, Survivor Camp, Boat and Bike, and sessions for wranglers and counselors-in-training who would like to work at the camp in the future.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Rachel Miles, 14, of O'Hara, leads her horse down a path with other campers at the Camp Redwing 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The camp offers several different themed sessions throughout the week, including the 'Blazing Saddles' horse camp theme, a Movie Makers theme, Survivor Camp, Boat and Bike, and sessions for wranglers and counselors-in-training who would like to work at the camp in the future.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Zoe Fuller, 12, of Morningside, is illuminated by the glow of her electric lantern as campers settle into their tents for the night at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Zoe Fuller, 12, of Morningside, is illuminated by the glow of her electric lantern as campers settle into their tents for the night at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers and counselors make their down a creek in canoes at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers and counselors make their down a creek in canoes at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Counselors lead 'repeat-after-me-songs' with campers while they wait outside the cafeteria for dinner to be ready at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Counselors lead 'repeat-after-me-songs' with campers while they wait outside the cafeteria for dinner to be ready at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Jillian Dellosso, 11, of Trafford, jumps out from the water in the pool at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Jillian Dellosso, 11, of Trafford, jumps out from the water in the pool at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Savannah Poveromo (left), 11, of Shaler, gets her towel from the clothes line at Camp Redwing in Renfrew with fellow campers Stefany Kaminski (center), 11, of Wexford and Rebecca Matlos (right), 9, of Port Vue on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Savannah Poveromo (left), 11, of Shaler, gets her towel from the clothes line at Camp Redwing in Renfrew with fellow campers Stefany Kaminski (center), 11, of Wexford and Rebecca Matlos (right), 9, of Port Vue on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Campers Sidney Davis (left), 12, of Darlington, Nathalie Newcamp, 10, of Allison Park and Annie Betler (right), 11, of Oakmont, balance books on their heads as they rehearse a skit with their fellow campers at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Campers Sidney Davis (left), 12, of Darlington, Nathalie Newcamp, 10, of Allison Park and Annie Betler (right), 11, of Oakmont, balance books on their heads as they rehearse a skit with their fellow campers at Camp Redwing in Renfrew on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

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The Girl Scouts' Camp Redwing is a beautiful place, says longtime camper and now-volunteer Jenn Golling, not just for its natural beauty, but for the friendships and memories made there.

“It's almost always full,” Golling of Shaler, a former staff member, said of the camp in Renfrew that is marking its 90th birthday this summer.

“You're daughter's daughters will go there. We'll be celebrating the 150th birthday some day,” she said.

The popular camp is best known for horseback riding programs, but also offers archery, canoeing, outdoor skills and sports sessions, said Lisa Shade, Girl Scouts' spokeswoman.

The Girl Scouts opened Camp Redwing in 1923 to serve girls in the Pittsburgh area.

It sits on 123 acres of land along the Connoquenessing Creek in Butler County. A local family of landowners donated the land to the Girl Scouts in the early 1920s, camp Director Karla Schell said.

This year the Girl Scouts replaced the floor in one of the camp's oldest buildings called the Corral, used for arts and crafts, which was built in the 1930s. The dining hall and lodge also were refurbished, Schell said.

A plan for the future is to build an indoor riding arena, Schell said, but that's a “big wish list kind of item” for now.

Through its 90 years, Camp Redwing buildings have come and gone due to fires or flooding from the creek, but there has always been an office, dining hall and health center, although the locations have changed over the years, said Kate Pigaga, assistant camp director.

The camp now has eight permanent structures, including a dining hall, office, and health center, six semi-permanent canvas platform tents and one yurt, a tent-like fabric structure used for camping.

There also is an open air barn for horses and supplies.

Golling began attending Camp Redwing at age 7 and became a staff member when we was 14. Now, at age 35, the longtime camper's love for the place has not abated as a Girl Scout volunteer.

Camp Redwing is different from other Girl Scout camps in that it's a resident camp, which means girls attend without their troops, Golling said. This aspect of camp is one of the best things about it, she said.

“It is amazing for girls' self esteem and confidence when you go by yourself,” Golling said. “That's one of the most inspiring things.”

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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