If your question has not been answered below, please contact us at
800-632-6894 or by email.
Q: When will camp registration open for 2017?
A: Camp registration opens online February 20, 2017.
Q: How will camp benefit my camper?
A: Girls attending a week of resident camp experience
68 hours of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which engages girls
in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action
to make the world a better place! Camp provides a safe, positive,
fun-filled and adventurous setting, which encourages discovery,
problem solving, and self-growth. It’s a place where every girl
explores the joys of camping and being outside, discovers independence
and self-reliance, learns new skills, makes lifelong friends,
experiences group living and compromise, has fun, expands
self-confidence, shares dreams and laughter and much more, all within
a set of controlled, safe boundaries. For parents seeking more
information, click here. You can also view the
"Because of Camp" video.
Q: Who may attend Girl Scout camp?
A: Any girl entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2017 can
attend camp. For those not currently registered as a Girl Scout, there
is an additional $15 fee, payable when the registration form is sent
in. This membership fee will register the girl as a Girl Scout from
now until September 30.
Q: Can my camper request a buddy?
A: One of the benefits of camp is making new friends,
and most campers come to camp without a buddy. Upon arrival at camp,
all girls may select their specific bed in their assigned unit.
Selecting the same camp session dates, sleeping accommodations, and
arriving at the same time will ensure that friends in the same age
group will be in the same sleeping building.
Q: Who gets a camp t-shirt and patch?
A: Anyone (girls and adults) ATTENDING resident camp,
including family/troop camping, gets a 2017 camp t-shirt and patch.
Q: Can my camper receive phone calls?
A: The camp telephone is for emergency and business
calls. In case you need to contact the camp director during camp, the
phone number will be included in your confirmation packet. We ask that
campers leave cell phones and any other electronics at home. We strive
to provide a safe environment for your campers and because we cannot
be responsible for the misuse or safe keeping of phones and
electronics, we must enforce this policy.
Q: What is the deadline to pay camp fees?
A: A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $50 is
required for all camp sessions at time of registration. All remaining
camp fees must be paid in full two weeks prior to the camp session
start date. If you wish to pay with Cookie Bucks but have not received
your card, please contact us at 800-632-6894.
Q: What about spending money?
A: The Trading Post (aka camp store) sells items such as
stamps, patches, t-shirts, stuffed animals, pens, journals, etc.
Campers may deposit money or Cookie Bucks into their Trading Post
account on the opening day of their camp session. The camp office
keeps a running total of how much your camper purchases and any money
not spent will be refunded or may be donated on the last day of camp.
Campers should not keep money in their living units, luggage, etc.
Camp is not responsible for any money lost that was not deposited into
the Trading Post.
Q: When is the deadline for financial assistance?
A: The deadline for applications is midnight, May 1,
Contact us at 800-632-6894 for more information.
Q: Can my camper have visitors?
A: We encourage families to visit camp and meet camp
staff during our Open House in the spring and on opening and closing
days of each session. For security reasons, other visits are only
allowed by appointment.
Q: What if my camper takes medication?
A: Campers who take medication routinely, including
over-the-counter or nonprescription drugs, must bring medications in
the original packaging/bottle. Parents will turn in and discuss all
medication with the health supervisor at check-in. All medication is
kept in a locked cabinet in the Health Center and will be administered
to the camper based on the original packaging/bottle. Emergency
inhalers or epi-pens will be kept with the camper’s counselor to
ensure safety of the other campers.
Q: What training does camp staff receive?
A: The camp staff receives eight or more days of
extensive on-site training prior to the arrival of campers. Training
includes First Aid and CPR, safety and risk management, emergency
response, activity programming and outdoor skills, how to deal with
bullying and homesickness, and much more. Staff who supervise
specialized activities have additional training and qualifications.
Q: Will my camper receive a badge for attending camp?
A: Your camper will participate in many skill building
activities and new adventures while at camp, but may not complete all
the requirements for an earned badge. You will receive a check-list of
the activities in which your camper participated, including activities
linked to badges.
Q: What about the weather?
A: Campers naturally adapt to living in the summer heat
by staying hydrated, resting during the hottest part of the day, and
wearing cool, cotton clothing. Every effort is made to keep the girls
cool on very hot days, and our daily plans consider the weather and
the heat. In the event of severe heat, we will implement steps to
ensure your camper’s comfort and safety. In the event of severe
weather, girls are moved to shelter according to each camp’s emergency
action plan. The girls participate in alternative “rainy day”
activities in a protected environment. For our specific severe weather
plans of action, please contact the Camp Director.
Q: Do I need a physical to attend camp?
A: Physicals are required for all sessions where a
parent or troop leader will not be present – even three-day sessions.
Physicals must be less than 12 months old on the first day of the camp
session. For family and troop camps, physicals are not required for
either child or adult participants.
Q: Can my camper receive mail? E-mail?
A: YES! Mail time is the highlight of every camper’s
day! Parents are encouraged to contribute to the success of the
camping experience by writing pleasant, cheerful letters. Please be
careful to exclude news that might cause your camper to worry or feel
unsupported. You will receive the camp mailing address in your parent
information packet, as well as directions on using the email service,
Bunk1. Please note that due to rural locations, camp postal mail can
sometimes be slow, and letters should be sent with plenty of time to
arrive. You may also drop off letters and care packages during
check-in which will be distributed on days you request.
Q: What will my camper eat?
A: Meals are prepared in our health department-inspected
kitchen by experienced cooks. The girls and staff also enjoy
occasional cookouts. Special dietary needs or allergies must be noted
at the time of registration. Please contact the camp director if your
camper requires an extremely modified diet as we want to work with you
to provide the best experience possible for your camper. Please do not
send food with campers or in care packages, etc. unless prior
arrangements have been made with the camp director.
Q: Who will be supervising my camper?
A: Camp staff members are enthusiastic, talented and
caring adults, who are selected on the basis of their experience,
ability to serve as role models and their genuine desire to work with
children. Many of them have strong Girl Scout backgrounds. The ratio
of counselors to girls varies with the age of the campers. Camp units
with younger girls have the greatest ratio of counselors to campers,
and at minimum, there are always two adults present with each group of girls.
Q: What do you do about homesickness?
A: It is normal, regardless of age, to miss home.
Parents can help their camper prepare for being at camp by talking
positively about camp before arrival, helping the camper pack, and
encouraging the camper that all will be fine at home while they are
away. Parents often don’t realize that a frequent cause of a camper’s
missing home is worry that her parents will be “camper-sick”. It’s
important for parents to set their campers up for success. She is
listening when you say “you’re going to have so much fun at camp,” and
cheerful letters from home help her feel supported and happy at camp.
If you say “we’re going to miss you so much,” your camper may be
worried all week how you’re getting along without her.
Q: What if my camper needs medical attention?
A: Camp has a qualified health supervisor on-site, and a
doctor or registered nurse is also on-call if illness or injury
requires additional medical attention. Parents will be notified any
time in which the health supervisor recommends that your child see a
physician or in the event of an emergency. The health supervisor
administers routine health care and medication. If your camper has
special health needs, please specify her needs on her health form and
speak to the health supervisor on day of arrival. Strong communication
between parents and the camp director will ensure the best camp
experience for your camper.