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How do I know if my child is ready for camp?

Take the "Are you ready for camp?" Quiz.
 

How much does it cost to send my child to camp?

The price of each session varies depending upon length of session and the activities your camper will be participating in. On average for traditional 4 day sessions the cost is $220 and for a 6 day traditional session the cost is $300. 

 

What is the policy on changes, cancellations and refunds?

Cancellations received in writing up to 10 days before the start of a session will be refunded, less the $30 deposit. Bus fees are refundable up to 10 days before the start of a session. Requests for refunds will only be considered until August 31, 2014. Non-refundable camp fees are not transferable to other campers. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

If you need to change the session for which your camper is registered, you will have a grace period of five business days after the registration date at no cost. Any changes after that are subject to a $30 change fee which will be added to the balance on the account.

If a camper must leave camp early due to illness, injury or a death in the family, the camp fee minus the deposit will be prorated and refunded. Camp fees will not be refunded if a camper leaves a session due to homesickness or misconduct.

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What happens if I am late for camp or if my child can't make it to camp at the last minute?

As with any changes or notifications please call the specific camp your child is attending- not the Council office (especially if you are calling on a weekend) and let the Camp Director know that you are running late or if a conflict has arisen.

 

When are the Open Houses?

Click here to learn more about camp open houses.

 

Where are the camps located?

Click here to learn more about our camps and where they are located.

 

What are the sleeping arrangements like at resident camp?

In all styles of sleeping arrangements and at all our camps Camp Staff will not be sleeping in the same cabin or room as campers, per policies mandated from GSUSA. They will be in very close proximity.

Sleeping arrangements vary depending on which resident camp you attend. Potential arrangements include cabins and dormitory style buildings – trip and travel groups often sleep in tents on all or portions of their session. Staff are ready and willing to assist in any bed time traditions to help our campers feel comfortable at night, including "tucking in," stories and songs.

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Why won't staff be sleeping in cabins with my camper?

In all styles of sleeping arrangements and at all of our camps, Camp Staff will not be sleeping in the same cabin or room as campers, per policies mandated from GSUSA. They will be in very close proximity – similar to typical household sleeping arrangements (do you sleep in the same room as your child?). This will help your child gain independence and self-reliance as well as meeting the outcomes of developing a strong sense of self and gaining practical life skills.

Campers are well educated in where to find staff members prior to bed time the first night at camp. Staff are ready and willing to assist in any bed time traditions to help our campers feel comfortable at night, including "tucking in", stories and songs.

 

What if my child wets the bed?

Not a big deal! Being in a new sleeping location can be stressful and it can be hard to adjust. Even children who do not have a history of bed wetting can struggle with it at times.

Please encourage your child to tell a counselor, they can tell them discreetly and no one else in her unit has to know! Counselors are trained in procedures that help maintain your child's privacy and help her to have a positive camp experience. Once a staff member is told about an accident she will encourage your child to leave her things on her bed, including any dirtied pj's and under things.

As campers are at program their bedding will be washed and dried and brought back to the unit so that by bed time their bedding will be back in place so no one is the wiser.

It is important to talk to your child about their night time bathroom needs - for most of our camps' sleeping arrangements, it is a short walk to the bathroom, which is always lit at night. Additionally if your child has a history of wetting the bed please write that in "camper information" part of the paperwork you fill out. No one but the counselors in your child's unit will read it and it will greatly help the staff member's ability to ensure your child has a positive experience.

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What if my child needs special accommodations? (allergies, medical, etc.)

We are committed to ensuring that all girls have a positive camp experience. If your daughter needs additional support to be successful please contact the Camp Director, and we will work with you to make sure we can provide that support. A Health Supervisor is on-site at each camp and oversees the routine health care and administration of medications for all campers and staff.

A doctor is on-call if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. Parents will be notified in the event of an emergency. If your child has a unique food allergy or special dietary need, please (this is very important) contact the Camp Director. Since our food is ordered prior to each camp session and meals are typically planed well in advance, notifying the Camp Director right away is important. We will work with you to find the best possible solution to your child's needs. These solutions may include families supplying unique and hard to find foods to supplement your child's diet.

Due to the frequency of peanut allergies, our camps' standard practice is to provide a "peanut free" table, though individuals WITHOUT peanut allergies CAN sit there, people who sit at this table CANNOT have peanut butter or peanut products. These products will still be available to those not sitting at that table.

 

What will my child gain from coming to camp?

Your child will gain new practical skills (archery, hiking, cooking) as well gaining a number of the outcomes described in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This includes developing a strong sense of self, seeking challenges in the world, developing healthy relationships, promoting cooperation and team building, as well as becoming resourceful problem solvers. 

 

How will I know what my child has done at camp?

Each child will be given a journal when they arrive at camp; they are encouraged throughout the day to write or draw about their time at camp and guided through "evening meetings" every night which includes writing the schedule for the next day and reflecting on their day.

Naturally we cannot force your camper to participate in journaling, however, prepping your camper prior to camp and encouraging your child to write in her journal every day will help to ensure you get a good understanding of your child's time at camp.

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What is a buddy?

A buddy could be a sister, friend, cousin etc. in the same program and session who, upon request, can share the same cabin. A camper may request ONE buddy. Group and multiple buddy requests CANNOT be accommodated. Buddy placement is not guaranteed and both your child and their buddy must list each other on their registrations.

 

What is the weather like at camp?

The weather at our resident camps tend to be about 20 degrees cooler than in the Valley. It can range from crisp and cool in the beginning of the summer to fairly warm (upper 90's) in the middle of the summer. It is important to check the weather forecast as your camper's session approaches. As with most places in the desert, temperatures dip considerably at night. This should be taken into consideration when packing your daughter's bedding and clothes for camp.

 

What types of meals are provided at resident camp?

Meals served at camp are nutritious meals appropriate for children. This includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and breads. Salad bars are available at lunch and dinner and snacks are provided in the afternoons.

 

What types of activities will my child participate in?

This depends on the camp you choose, and the program you register for. Click here to review our Summer Camp program offerings.

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Will my child ever leave the camp?

Unless stated in the description of your child's specific session and program, your child will not be leaving camp for an overnight. All of our camps are bordered by national forest and trails within. These trails are frequently used by our campers either on a hike or trail ride. The only other scenario would be in case of a medical emergency and you would be promptly notified.

 

What if my child needs medicine during the day?

A Health Supervisor is on-site at each camp and oversees the routine health care and administration of medications for all campers and staff. A doctor is on-call if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. Parents would be notified in the event of an emergency.

 

Can I call camp to check on my child?

Of course! We encourage you to call the Camp Director at camp if you have any questions, concerns or just need reassurance that your camper is doing well.

 

What happens if my child gets injured while at camp?

A Health Supervisor is on-site at each camp and oversees the routine health care and administration of medications for all campers and staff. A doctor is on-call if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. Parents would be notified in the event of an emergency.

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What is ACA (American Camp Association)?

The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. All our camps are ACA accredited. For parents, the ACA-accredited camp sign symbolizes excellence and our accountability and ongoing commitment to the children we serve.

 

Do I need to report my child's absence?

As with any changes or notifications, please call the specific camp your child is attending (not the Council office) and let the Camp Director know that you are running late or if a conflict has arisen and your child will not be attending camp.