FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who may attend camp at a Girl Scouts - Diamonds property?
Any girl entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2020 can attend camp.
For those not currently registered as a Girl Scout, there is an
additional membership fee, payable at the time of camp registration.
If your camper has previously been a Girl Scout, the fee is $25 and
will register her as a Girl Scout until September 30, 2020.
How will I receive information once I register for camp?
You will receive an email receipt containing a link to a camper
information packet that will include a packing list, need to know
information, forms including a health history, and directions to camp.
What is the deadline to register for camp?
registration is open until all spaces are filled. Please note that
some sessions, especially horse sessions, fill quicker than others so
early registration is encouraged.
What is the deadline to pay camp fees?
deposit of $50 is required for all camp sessions at time of
registration. All remaining camp fees must be paid in full 14 days
prior to the camp session start date.
How will camp benefit my camper?
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.
Who will be supervising my camper?
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.
What training does camp staff receive?
The camp staff
receives eight 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
What is the severe weather plan for camp?
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 alternate “rainy day” activities in a protected
environment. For our specific severe weather plans of action, please
contact the Chief of Property at 800-632-6894.
What will my camper eat?
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 a modified diet as we want
to work with you to provide the best experience possible for your
camper. Please only send food with campers if prior arrangements have
been made with the Camp Director. Please do not send food or snacks in
care packages or in luggage.
Where will my camper sleep?
differ depending upon age, program selection, and campsite.
Accommodations are listed within each session description and a full description of living accommodations can be found
on our website at www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org.
Does my camper need a physical to attend camp?
are required for all sessions where a parent or troop leader will not
be present – even 3 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.
What if my camper takes medication?
Campers that 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 controlled access
area 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.
What if my camper needs medical attention?
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.
Can my camper receive mail? E-mail?
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.
Can my camper receive phone calls?
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.
Can my camper have visitors?
We encourage families to
visit camp and meet camp staff during our Open House in the spring
and summer and on opening and closing days of each session. For security reasons, other visits are only allowed by appointment.
What do you do about homesickness?
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.
Can my camper request a buddy?
One of the benefits of
camp is making new friends, and most campers come to camp without a
buddy. However, we understand that some girls would like to be housed
together. 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 cabin, tent or
bunk house . Please note that we discourage groups of 3 or
5 campers in our cabin and tent units due to one girl possibly being
When is the deadline for campership financial assistance?
Yes, the deadline to apply is May 1, but early
submission is strongly encouraged. Please see the section
“Financial Assistance for Camp – “Camperships” for more information.
Who gets a camp t-shirt and patch?
Anyone (girls and
adults) attending resident camp, including family/troop camping, gets
a 2020 camp t-shirt and patch.
What about spending money?
The Trading post (aka camp
store) sells items such as stamps, patches, t-shirts, stuffed
animals, pens, journals, etc. Campers may deposit
money or Diamonds Dollars 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. All money deposited is non-refundable and the Trading Post will be open on
check-out days for campers to shop. 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. If your older camper has signed up for a session that includes a
trip outside of camp, you may wish to deposit money in her trip fund.
This can be done at check-in, also.
Will my camper receive a badge for attending camp?
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. Badges may be purchased at any of our council shops or online.
How do I get more information?
More information can be found at www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org,
by calling 800-632-6894 and asking to speak to a Customer Care
Specialist or emailing: email@example.com.
Once you register, you will receive an email with links to
important parent information, including packing lists, check-in and
out times and directions to camp.