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Resident Camp FAQs

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Camper Information

What does a typical day look like at a USAGSO Resident Camp?

Every day at camp truly is a new adventure. No two days are ever the same. Campers will experience a variety of activities while exploring the camp theme. All campers enjoy traditional camp activities like hiking, archery, arts and crafts, and much more! The theme will influence decorations, music, skits, crafts, and all-camp activities. Whatever the adventure holds, the campers are sure to have a great time. 

What are my Girl Scout’s responsibilities at camp? Does she have “chores”?

All campers are expected to participate in camp kapers (chores) such as making her bed, maintaining her living area, latrine duty, and shower duty. Girls also participate in flag ceremonies, and rotate responsibility for table setting, serving food, and table cleanup.  Girls are responsible for their own personal care and grooming. These tasks provide an opportunity for girls to develop independent living skills and a greater sense of self-reliance and responsibility. With the guidance and supervision of her counselors, each camper is given a voice in planning and conducting unit activities. These events might include cookouts, nature exploration, arts and crafts, badge work, and campfire activities.

What will my Girl Scout eat?

Three well-balanced meals and snacks are provided daily. Special dietary needs or allergies must be noted in the camp registration form so meals can be planned accordingly. If special dietary items are necessary for medical or dietary needs, parents/guardians must notify us during registration. Because food in the living quarters attracts unwanted creatures, no food, including candy, may be sent with campers.

Can my Girl Scout bring a cell phone or other electronic device?

Summer camp offers a great opportunity to learn about and navigate social situations while not being constantly connected to and immersed in a digital/virtual world. There is a no-cell phone policy at camp. We agree to contact you if your child is experiencing a challenge in her adjustment to camp. We do not allow any electronic items such as iPods, cell phones, tablets, e-readers, and smart watches. Standalone digital cameras are a great way to capture memories and are allowed at camp. USAGSO cannot and will not be responsible, for any reason, for the loss or damage to your child’s electronic equipment.

Can my camper call home during the week?

Campers are not permitted to make or receive phone calls. We encourage independence and self-reliance during camp. The Camp Director will contact parents if a camper has a medical problem, is excessively homesick, or has an emergency. Please let your child know before camp that she will not be able to call home and that you are comfortable with this. It is important not to send your child to camp with a cell phone. There is little coverage on the property, and more importantly, it will send a conflicting message to other campers. We are partners with you in your child's summer experience, and we hope that you will support us with this camp policy. 

In case of an emergency, contact information for the Camp Director will be provided to parents and guardians at check-in.

How do I get in touch with my camper?

Parents are encouraged to leave pre-written letters with camp counselors when they drop off girls at camp.  Due to the short duration of camp, this ensures the camper will receive the mail. Please do NOT mail letters.

In case of an emergency, the camp office will contact you via the Emergency Contact information submitted in the camp registration document. 

My child has special needs. Can she attend camp?

Each year, many girls with special needs participate in our camp program. Girls must be able to function in a 6:1 girl-to-adult ratio. Special needs may include a range of physical, medical, developmental, dietary, behavioral, or communicative abilities. It is our hope to be able to serve all girls wishing to attend camp. Providing a safe and positive experience to all campers is of utmost importance to us. We reserve the right to make decisions of participation based on the extent of the girl’s needs and our ability to meet those needs in the camp setting, as well as other factors as deemed appropriate. We are concerned about the health and safety of all campers, and we want to ensure we have appropriate professional and medical services to meet needs.

Please contact the USAGSO to discuss the camp program and nature of your girl’s needs.

What if my camper gets homesick?

It is common, regardless of age, to miss home. Parents can help their Girl Scout 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.  It is crucial for parents to set their children up for success. The camper is listening when you say, “you’re going to have so much fun at camp.”  Overcoming homesickness, should it occur, is often something in which the camper later feels great pride.

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Camp Health & Safety Information

How will health and safety be maintained?

The physical, emotional health, and safety of each girl is our primary concern. Each camp follows the health and safety standards set by Girl Scouts of the USA. The Camp Nurse follows mandated health and first aid procedures.

All camp staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR. The Camp Nurse monitors all medications. Upon arrival at camp, parents must leave all medications and a written set of instructions with the Camp Nurse. Medication must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name and directions. The staff will follow the directions on the label.

Parents will be notified in the event of an emergency and any time the Camp Nurse recommends that the child see a physician. The Camp Nurse administers routine health care and medication.  The parent/guardian will approve over-the-counter medication the camper is allowed to receive upon arrival.

VERY IMPORTANT:  All girls, staff and volunteers are checked to ensure that they do not have a fever, athletes foot, strep throat, or head lice. Your child will not be allowed to stay at camp if she is found to have any of the above. 

Do the girls ever leave the camp property?

Campers may leave base camp for activities with counselors to walk to the park, go on pre-approved hiking trails or to visit the local water hole. For your girls’ safety, the Camp Director will stay up to date with current safety guidelines and regulations.

Who will be supervising my Girl Scout?

Camp staff and volunteers are enthusiastic and caring adults who are selected based on experience, ability to serve as role models, and their genuine desire to work with children. Some have worked at camp for years or even attended camp themselves!  The ratio of counselors to girls varies with the age of the campers. Camp units with younger girls will have the greatest ratio of counselors to campers.

The camp staff and volunteers receive extensive on-site as well as virtual training before campers arrive. Some staff members are returning from previous years or have an educational or recreational background with children. All camp staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Training for staff also includes the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), safety, activity programming, outdoor skills, emergency response, grade level characteristics, team building, coping with homesickness and helping girls make friends. Staff members who supervise specialized activities are required to have additional training and qualification

What happens if my camper has a difficult time adjusting to camp?

Camp staff will do everything possible to help girls adjust to camp life. However, resident camp staff reserves the right to send home any camper who consistently exhibits inappropriate behavior or endangers herself or others. A camper’s parent/guardian is responsible for picking her up and fees will not be refunded.

What about the weather?

Camp can be cool and wet or rather warm at times.  Campers 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 summer heat. In the event of severe weather, girls are moved to shelter according to the camp’s Emergency Action Plan. In a protected environment, the girls participate in alternate “rainy day” activities that keep their minds off the weather outside and focused on the fun inside.

Please Note: All girls, staff, and volunteers are checked to ensure that they do not have a fever, athletes’ foot, strep throat, or head lice. If your child is found to have any of the issues stated above, she will not be allowed to stay at camp.

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More Important Information...

Does my Girl Scout need to bring money to camp?

Girls won't need any money during the week and we ask that campers refrain from bringing money to camp. All important documents and valuables -- such as passports, military ID cards, cell/mobile phones, -- will be collectd during check in and kept in our camp safe. If you want to take pictures during camp, please bring a camera, as we hold on to all phones during camp.

Does my daughter need to be a member of USAGSO to attend camp?

No, you do not need to be a member of USAGSO to attend camp but you do need to be a Girl Scout. If you are not currently a member of Girl Scouts, becoming a member is easy. Visit the homepage of this website and click "Girls, Join Now" to become a registered Girl Scout Member. If you need help processing your membership, please email overseascustomercare@girlscouts.org.

My daughter is bridging to a new level of Girl Scouts this summer. Will she be placed with girls in that level?

The Girl Scout calendar year starts in October and ends in September. While many troops do a bridging ceremony in May or June, girls are still considered to be in their current level until the next fall. This helps our camp staff maintain safety ratio as it is based on your daughter’s age and ensures that she is placed with girls at the similar interest and maturity.

Sample packing list
Necessary:
 
  1. T-shirts & Shorts (1 per day)
  2. Long Pants & Long-sleeved Shirts
  3. Socks & Undergarments
  4. Pajamas
  5. Sneakers (closed toes, closed heels)
  6. Bathing Suit
  7. Jacket
  8. Water Bottle
  9. Backpack or Day pack
  10. Pillow
  11. Light Blanket
  12. Flashlight
  13. Insect Repellant (non-aerosol)
  14. Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  15. Stationary, Paper, Pencils or Pens
  16. Sleeping Bag
  17. Raincoat/Poncho
  18. Hat/Bandana
  19. Towel & Washcloth
  20. Shower Shoes
  21. Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  22. Hairbrush
  23. Feminine Products

Optional:

  • Books
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Personal Items
  • Compass

 

More information on camp shirts, patches, and kits...

Every girl who attends a USAGO 2020 Summer Camp gets a Camp T-shirt and Camp patch as part of her registration.

Can I exchange my daughter's shirt if it doesn't fit?

Camp T-shirts are not exchangeable. Please make sure to fill in your camper's T-shirt size on your camp application form. Camp shirts follow standard US sizing.

Are Camp Kits required?

Camp Kits are not required but provide girls with items useful during the camp week. Camp kits can be ordered with your camp registration and girls will receive their camp kits at check-in. 

Need items before camp? Check out our online store

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