Today’s Girl Scout camp experiences offer amazing summer fun! Girls can choose sessions that include riding horses, zip lining, movie making, canoeing, swimming, training to be a camp counselor and more!! They share amazing experiences of building independence, learning to be leaders and having a great time in the outdoors with their friends.
Girl Scout camp is a safe, fun, and affordable option for summer. Whether your Girl Scout is looking forward to another summer as a veteran camper or considering her first summer at Girl Scout camp, there is a lot of fun that awaits her at camp! Summer camp is over for this year, but check back soon for the 2015 Summer Camp Guide.
Your Girl Scout can even invite her BFF; girls in grades K-12 can register for camp even if they don’t do other Girl Scout activities during the year! We want to help you make sure you and your daughter are ready for a summer camp adventure, it’s a big decision! Here is some information to help you decide if resident camp is a good fit for you and your daughter.
Girl Scout Camp Program
At Girl Scout summer camp, girls develop leadership skills as they Discover themselves, Connect with nature, and Take Action with their new friends! Girl input is utilized to personalize the program activities for each week. Campers spend about half of their time participating in activities related to the theme of their camp session and the other half participating in general camp activities (swimming, hiking, etc.). Each girl will earn a Journey award, badge, or receive a fun patch that represents their accomplishments during camp.
Expectations of Camp
Campers will experience group living by sharing living quarters with other girls in a camp community. Everyone is expected to help take care of camp by dividing up the camp chores (kapers). Campers will participate in all-camp kapers (flag ceremony, picking up litter from the ground, and prepping the dining area before and after a meal) and are expected to help clean their living quarters, unit bathrooms, and unit campsite.
Typical Day Schedule
7:00 a.m. Rise & Shine
7:45 a.m. Flag Ceremony
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Unit Kaper time & Morning Activities
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Camper time
2:00 p.m. Afternoon Activities
5:45 p.m. Flag Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Evening Activities
9:00 p.m. Unit Time
10:00 p.m. Lights Out
Cell phones are not allowed at any of our camps. Along with poor reception at our camps, we are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged phones. Any cell phone brought to camp will be secured in the camp office until the camper returns home. Please help us enforce this policy by ensuring that your camper does not bring a cell phone to camp.
Campers are not permitted to make phone calls while at camp. If any concerns or questions arise during your camper's experience, a member of our staff will call you. Although our staff takes time to get to know each child, you are the expert when it comes to your child. If there is any indication that your camper may not have a successful experience, we will contact you to discuss the concerns and find the best solution.
The best form of communication with your camper during camp is through letters. To ensure that your camper receives a letter each day, you can bring the letters to check-in and drop them off. Having pre-addressed and stamped envelopes for your camper will make writing letters home more encouraging and positive.
Camp counselors are dedicated to giving campers an amazing camp experience and keeping girls safe. It is extremely important for campers to talk to their camp counselors about any concerns, worries, or needs. Communication between campers and counselors is encouraged to provide the bet experience possible!
All members of our staff are at least 18 years old and are selected for their maturity, enthusiasm, experience, leadership ability, compassion, and commitment in putting campers first! All of our potential staff members go through a comprehensive screening and interview process, including background and reference checks. After being hired each summer, staff members participate in an intensive, week-long training program in child development, group management, camping skills, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, CPR/First Aid, and specialty areas. Many return year after year because we know that retaining our staff is important to your camper’s experience.
All camps meet established standards for health and safety, site maintenance, program and personnel, which are set by state and local governments and Girl Scouts of the USA. An on-site health supervisor with advanced medical training is available 24 hours a day and counselors are informed of campers’ medical history and medication needs to ensure proper first aid and medical assistance. All camp staff follows an established Treatment Procedures reviewed by a doctor; the health supervisor manages camper medications, and minor camper illnesses and injuries are handled on-site following parent/guardian directions on the health history form. Please review When Parents Will Be Called.
Campers are taught and encouraged to communicate any needs that arise to camp staff. Campers use sunscreen on a regular basis and are encouraged to drink plenty of water. Campers are also covered by supplemental health and accident insurance. The insurance cost is included in the camp fee.
Safety at Camp
Camper drop-off and pick-up is closely monitored; campers are released only to adults listed by the parent or guardian and who show a picture ID. Once in our care, camps follow adult-to-girl supervision ratios specified by Girl Scouts' Safety Activity Checkpoints. For example, campers always travel as buddies (in pairs), and camp staff are with campers at all times (except in changing areas).
Accommodating Special Needs
If your camper has special needs (dietary, physical, medical, or emotional), please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Melody Hutchison or 877-312-4764 x 1122 with specific considerations in advance so we can best serve your camper.
Meals and Dietary Restrictions
Campers are provided three full meals a day plus snacks! Campers staying a full week at camp will experience cooking in their unit campsite. Please indicate special dietary needs on the health history form, and please do not send food or drinks with campers.