Q: When will camp registration open for 2018?
registration opens online February 19, 2018.
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 or view the
American Camp Association’s "Because
of Camp" video.
Q: Who may attend Girl Scout camp?
A: Any girl entering
grades 1-12 in the fall of 2018 can attend camp. For those not
currently registered as a Girl Scout, there is an additional $25 fee,
payable when registering for camp. 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 2018 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
Q: What is the deadline to pay camp fees?
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. Cookie
Bucks may not be used for the deposit, but can be used for all
remaining camp fees.
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?
Campership applications must be completed online at the time of
registration. If attending multiple sessions, any financial assistance
will be divided equally among the sessions. Camperships are offered on
a first come, first served basis. Campership applications are reviewed
twice monthly beginning March 1, and Camperships will continue to be
dispersed until funding is depleted. A completed camp registration and
required deposits must accompany any application for financial
assistance. You will be notified by mail of your application status
and must respond promptly to accept or decline funding. Applying early
is highly encouraged.
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?
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 settheir 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
Q: What if my camper needs medical attention?
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.