Resident Camp 101 (Everything you need to know)
Camp staff are carefully selected from applicants throughout the United States and abroad. All unit counselors are at least 18 years of age and chosen for their program skills and experience in working with children.
All staff participate in at least one week of pre-camp training. Staff who supervise horseback and aquatic programs have specialized skills and training.
Health and Safety
All Girl Scout camps are licensed by their state and uphold state and federal health and safety codes, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA policies and standards.
Health lodges are staffed by a resident health assistant. Unit counselors are First Aid/CPR trained. For all camps, emergency care is available at a nearby clinic and a doctor is on call for consultation and treatment needs.
All resident campers are screened at check in: temperature is recorded; feet and heads are checked. Campers will need to have had a physical within 24 months prior to attending camp.
The proper form and instructions are mailed or emailed in the Camper Information packet. No camper, child or adult, is admitted to camp without the proper health form completed and signed.
Each camp has procedures in place to monitor and respond to weather conditions to ensure the health and safety of campers. Details are included in the Camper Information packet. Parents: look for the link on your registration confirmation that is sent by e-mail after completed registration. If you don't receive, check your spam or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers with Disabilities
The goal of our summer resident camps is to provide a successful experience for all girls. Parents are requested to communicate with the appropriate council about campers with any special needs or disabilities. This enables the camp to make every effort to accommodate those needs in their facilities with appropriate staff.
Living in the Out of Doors
Campers and staff live in groups called units. This may include platform tents or cabins.
Meals are well-balanced, nutritious and served family style or buffet style in the dining hall. Girls also have the opportunity to cook out some meals with their unit.
Some camp sessions take girls on field trips, visiting attractions in the camp area.
Two girls who would like to attend camp together should fill in the buddy preference section and put Buddy's name in appropriate blank. Buddy requests must be mutual and for the same camp, program, and session. Both must satisfy any prerequisites. Group registrations and requests for more than one buddy will NOT be honored.
We invite camp families to visit during the scheduled camp Open Houses to view the facilities and meet the staff. Visitors are welcome at that time. For safety, access to camp properties is limited when children are present. Once camp is in session, it is important for our girl-planned schedule to run smoothly.
If an emergency arises or parents want to know how their camper is doing, they can call the camp director. The logistics of running a camp for a large group of girls and the size of the facilities force us to limit the use of phones to incoming parent calls and camp business ONLY.
We reserve the right to alter activities and events at camp due to weather conditions or other safety issues. Our primary concern is your child's safety. NO refunds or alteration in fees will be made for activities eliminated. (The exception would be if horseback riding was canceled, a portion of the fee would be refunded.)
SWIM PREREQUISITE: Camper must be able to tread water for 3 minutes and swim a distance of 50 yards. For their own safety, campers who cannot demonstrate adequate skills or who choose not to take the test are placed in another unit for the remainder of the session.
CANOE PROGRAM PREREQUISITE: Camper is required to meet the swim prerequisite and pass a canoe tip test at camp.