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Summer Camp Guide 2018


Our Camps Girl Scout camp is a place where a girl can make new friends, explore the world around her and discover something she can’t wait to do again. It’s a place where transformation happens. In an environment created just for her, a girl learns real life skills and develops self-esteem while gaining a sense of independence and community. While playing outdoors, girls encounter more opportunities for decision making that let them work together to problem solve and think creatively. Camp gives girls the chance to let their curiosity run free and spark new interests. Girl Scout camp helps girls discover their potential, dreams, aspirations and builds a skill set they can use for success today and in the future. Campers will discover, connect and even take action on issues and challenges important to them.

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Join our Camp Staff Camp at a Glance Core Camp & Spring Break Camp Camp Fury Resident Camp Darden Resident Camp Skimino Day Camps Ready for Camp? Quiz Camp Extras FAQs

Who can go to camp? • • •

Resident Camp: girls entering grades 2-12. Day Camp: girls entering grades 1-6; Leadership opportunities for girls entering grades 6-12. All experience levels are welcome.

The best part is that ANY girl can attend Girl Scout camps! Non-Girl Scouts simply pay an annual $25 membership fee in addition to the camp fee to become a registered Girl Scout member.

Have questions? Join us for a camp preview, your chance to ask questions and get special sneak peeks. Attend an open house and qualify for a drawing for a discount coupon for one week of camp. Staff will be on-hand to answer your questions and help you pick the perfect camp session.

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Saturday, April 21

Camp Apasus Norfolk, VA

2-4 p.m.

Saturday, April 28

Camp Darden Courtland, VA

2-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 12

Camp Outback Chesapeake, VA

2-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 19

Camp Skimino Williamsburg, VA

2-4 p.m.

Not a Girl Scout? Register online or customercare@gsccc.org

Donate the Gift of Camp

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT SAVE $15 per session when you register before March 1, 2018. Registration begins February 1.

We believe in girls making dreams come true and know that a building block for success in adulthood is camp. Therefore, we actively seek funding for camperships for girls. If you would like to make the dream of summer resident camp possible for a girl, please visit www.gsccc.org and click the donate button. All donations are tax deductible.


Dear Caregivers, I hear camp and the outdoors calling! And I am beyond excited for the upcoming summer camp season. Camp life is the BEST Life and here’s why. GIRLS are GO-GETTERS, INNOVATORS, RISK TAKERS and LEADERS. All of these traits are right here inside of a G.I.R.L. just waiting to pop out and shine. Camp lets her do just that – experiment and experience what it feels like to be a G.I.R.L! At camp, girls develop confidence, explore the outdoors, try new things, unplug and relax! Most important, they make new friends and create lifelong memories. This summer, we are introducing two new high adventure activities. At resident Camp Darden, an outdoor climbing wall has been added to our challenge course and at resident Camp Skimino, we have added an indoor climbing wall. This summer, we’re really going to show you the ropes! We’ve got something for every girl at our summer camp sessions. If you’re hoping to spend your summer riding horses, boating, playing in the water, learning more about drama and theater, exploring science, and more, camp is the place for you! We can’t wait to see you around the campfire! Tesi “Pickles” Strickland Camp Director & Outdoor Adventures Manager

Be a Part of our Camp Staff Team Join us this summer as we develop the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) of the future! With positions in fields such as program, recreation, education, aquatics, business, and food service, we can offer a summer employment experience like no other. So if you are looking for a summer of fun, excitement and out of the ordinary experiences, join us as a camp employee! We offer: competitive salary & comprehensive training, housing and meals, internship, practicum or community service credit, beautiful camp settings with many amenities, lifelong memories and friendships, creating the future leaders of tomorrow, and cultural exchange with international staff members. To learn more about camp dates, positions available and how to apply online TODAY, visit www.gsccc.org or call 757-548-4743. You must be 18 years of age by 6/17/18 to be eligible for camp employment. We hope to see you this summer!

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Camp at a Glance Senior (Grades 9-10)

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June 24-29

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June 24-29

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June 24-29

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Pioneer Days

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Resident Camp Skimino

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Extreme Cuisine

July 8-13

Williamsburg

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July 8-13

Williamsburg

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July 8-13

Williamsburg

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July 8-13

Williamsburg

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Jedi Academy

July 15-20

Williamsburg

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July 15-20

Williamsburg

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July 15-20

Williamsburg

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Williamsburg

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Jurassic Camp

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July 22-27

Williamsburg

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July 22-27

Williamsburg

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Stop! Drop! and Roll!

April 2-6

Chesapeake

Resident Camp Darden

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Pirates Cove

June 17-22

Courtland

Saddle-Up!

June 17-22

Courtland

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June 17-22

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Williamsburg

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Day Camp Skimino

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Kitchenistas

July 9-13

Williamsburg

Program Aide

July 9-13

Williamsburg

Padawan Training Camp

July 16-20

Williamsburg

Program Aide

July 16-20

Williamsburg

Can You Dig It?

July 23-27

Williamsburg

Program Aide

July 23-27

Williamsburg

Day Camp Apasus

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Broadway Bound

July 30- August 3

Norfolk

Program Aide

July 30- August 3

Norfolk

Inspector Gadget

August 6-10

Norfolk

Program Aide

August 6-10

Norfolk

Day Camp Outback

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Cupcake Wars

July 30-August 3

Chesapeake

Program Aide

July 30-August 3

Chesapeake

Imagine

August 6-10

Chesapeake

Program Aide

August 6-10

Chesapeake

Art-Rageous!

August 13-17

Chesapeake

Program Aide

August 13-17

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Beach Party

August 20-24

Chesapeake

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August 20-24

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Core Camp

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Venture Out at Camp Darden

March 9-11

Courtland

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October 26-28

Williamsburg

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Troop Core Camping If your troop is new to camping or you just want to kick back, have fun and let us take care of the details, Troop Core Camping is for you! Core Camp is an all-inclusive weekend of camping fun. Experience camping at its best as your girls participate in outdoor activities such as: canoeing, low ropes, archery and more. In the evening, join us at the Camp Darden All-Camp for a campfire, silly songs and awards. No previous camping experience or training is required! For an added bonus, each troop may register two additional volunteers to one of the following courses: Low Ropes training, Archery training and Outdoor I and II training. Volunteers contact customercare@gsccc.org to register for training courses. Venture Out- Core Camp Amazing Race- Core Camp at Camp Darden Date: March 9-11, 2018 Location: Courtland, VA

Cost: $75 per person includes meals, lodging, outdoor education activities, and a patch.

at Camp Skimino Date: October 26-28, 2018 Location: Williamsburg, VA

Spring Break Day Camp - Stop! Drop! and Roll! at Camp Outback! April 2-6, 2018 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Deadline to register: March 23, 2018 Cost: $80 per camper $60 per experienced Program Aide or Counselor in Training Grades: 1-5 Spring Break the Girl Scout way at Camp Outback! This spring break, all campers will have the chance to experience a taste of Junior Camp Fury! Celebrate one amazing week planned around a Fire Safety theme that incorporates interactive activities relating to Fire Prevention and Safety Preparedness. Join us for a playful week of songs and games with old and new friends alike!

Spring Break and Core Camp Needs Volunteers Just Like You! Adults, just like you, are needed to make all our spring break and core camps a success! Camp depends upon volunteers to provide program and leadership. Many adults use vacation or leave time to volunteer. What are the rewards? • Providing positive influence in the lives of girls • Making new adult friends • Reaching out to every girl, everywhere

What is provided? • Training and orientation • A memorable camp experience

What qualifications are needed to work at camp? • Minimum age is 18 • The ability to work well with children • An interest or experience in the out-of-doors • Serve as a role model for girls • Complete the Girl Scout Volunteer Application and background check process

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To learn more about becoming a spring break or core camp volunteer, contact Tesi Strickland, Outdoor Adventures Manager, at tesis@gsccc.org or call 757-410-0713.


Camp Fury NORFOLK • HAMPTON • CHESAPEAKE

Camp Fury-Norfolk June 25-29 Grades 6-12 $185 ($170 before March 1)

Camp Fury-Hampton July 8-13 Grades 6-12 $360 ($345 before March 1)

Camp Fury-Chesapeake August 6-10 Grades 6-12 $185 ($170 before March 1)

Ready to shatter glass ceilings? Seize the opportunity to train alongside a team of firefighters and law enforcement personnel. Gear-up and experience hands-on fire, emergency service, and law enforcement activities. Challenge yourself to take risks, participate in rigorous physical fitness drills, and meet women who are breaking down barriers and stereotypes in non-traditional public service careers. At the end of camp, we will celebrate your accomplishments at a graduation ceremony with family and friends. *Enrollment is limited in order to maintain a quality experience. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Camp Fury Volunteers We are seeking volunteers for each Camp Fury session (Norfolk, Hampton, Chesapeake). Volunteers must be over the age of 18, become a registered member, and successfully complete a background check. Camp Fury-Hampton volunteers may wish to reside overnight (housing and meals provided) at Camp Skimino during the weeklong session but are not required to do so. Volunteers who wish to be a driver (Council vehicle provided) must have a valid driver’s license, at least five years of driving experience, and meet the Council insurance company’s requirement for coverage. To learn more about becoming a Camp Fury volunteer, contact Tesi Strickland, Outdoor Adventures Manager, at tesis@gsccc.org or call 757-410-0713.

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RESIDENT

Camp Darden is located on 105 wooded acres in Courtland, VA. Camp highlights include a swimming pool, boating lake, modern bathhouses, a new outdoor climbing wall and a dining hall. Darden programs are written with the personality, age and needs of the girls in mind. Select programs designed to foster leadership in girls grades 6-12 are also offered. Camp is set up like a village especially for girls. This village has a series of neighborhoods, referred to as units. The unit that campers sleep in depends on their age and program selected. Girls live in platform tents or cabins with counselors nearby.

Pirates Cove

June 17-22 Grades 2-12 $345 ($330 before March 1) It’s the pirate’s life for me! Spend your week following a treasure map for clues as you letterbox and orienteer your way through camp. Learn basic outdoor skills that will help you in your X Marks the Spot Challenge at the end of the week! Learn the tools of the trade like canoeing, hiking, archery and more. Badge work: Brownie Letterboxer, Junior Geocacher, Cadette Trailblazing, Senior Adventurer, Ambassador Outdoor Art Master

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Resident Camp Sample Schedule: 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Saddle-Up!

Wake Up Breakfast Flag Up Activity One Snack Activity Two Games Lunch Me Time Kapers Activity Three Snack Activity Four Dinner Flag Down Evening activityInternational Night/ Girl Scout History Showers Lights Out

June 17-22 Grades 6-12 $395 ($380 before March 1) Our summer horse program allows campers to experience horses in a fun and safe environment. Spend three hours a day at Ballyshannon Equestrian Center learning basic horsemanship, grooming and stable management. Friday, show off your new equestrian skills at the All-Camp. When you are not at the horse stable, enjoy swimming, canoeing, arts, and participate in other camp activities with your horse-loving pals. Badge work: Cadette Animal Helpers, Senior Voice for Animals, Ambassador Ultimate Recreation Challenge


Counselor in Training I (CIT I)

June 17-22 Grades 9-12 $200 Do you have an interest in becoming a camp counselor? Then CIT I is right for you! You will live together in a special CIT unit while you learn leadership skills and what it takes to be a counselor. You will get the opportunity to practice your skills by helping in a unit of younger girls. Award: CIT I pin

Counselor in Training II (CIT II)

June 17-22 Grades 9-12 $100 Expand on your skills from CIT I while you specialize in the camp area of your choice: adventure, arts, waterfront or general counselor. The leadership skills obtained while serving as a CIT II will give you the opportunity to interview as a summer camp counselor once you reach the age of 18 years old. Prerequisite: campers must have completed CIT I. Award: CIT II pin

CampRUs!

June 24-29 Grades 2-12 $345 ($330 before March 1) Ready, Set, Camp! Spend a week trying a little bit of everything! With your new friends and your amazing counselors, try your hand at pitching a tent, knot tying and cooking outdoors. You’ll also get to canoe, swim and explore the trails. This is your chance to see why camp is so awesome! Badge work: Brownie Cabin Camper, Junior Eco Camper, Cadette Primitive Camper, Senior Adventure Camper, Ambassador Survival Camper

Saddle-Up!

June 24-29 Grades 6-12 $395 ($380 before March 1) Our summer horse program allows campers to experience horses in a fun and safe environment. Spend three hours a day at Ballyshannon Equestrian Center learning basic horsemanship, grooming and stable management. Friday, show off your new equestrian skills at the All-Camp. When you are not at the horse stable, enjoy swimming, canoeing, arts, and other camp activities with your horse-loving pals. Badge work: Cadette Animal Helpers, Senior Voice for Animals, Ambassador Ultimate Recreation Challenge

Counselor in Training I (CIT I) June 24-29 Grades 9-12 $200

Wide place open sleep s & ing b ags! Counselor in Training II (CIT II) June 24-29 Grades 9-12 $100

Pioneer Days

July 1-6 Grades 2-12 $345 ($330 before March 1) Take a step back in time and spend your days as a settler. Create your own pioneer game, make butter, bake your very own homemade biscuit, and try dutch oven cooking. Sharpen your skills at leathercraft, knot tying and archery to be ready for life in the 1800s. Badge work: Girl Scout Ways, all levels

Saddle-Up!

July 1-6 Grades 6-12 $395 ($380 before March 1) Our summer horse program allows campers to experience horses in a fun and safe environment. Spend three hours a day at Ballyshannon Equestrian Center learning basic horsemanship, grooming and stable management. Friday, show off your new equestrian skills at the All-Camp. When you are not at the horse stable, enjoy swimming, canoeing, arts, and participate in other camp activities with your horse-loving pals. Badge work: Cadette Animal Helpers, Senior Voice for Animals, Ambassador Ultimate Recreation Challenge

Leader in Action (LiA)

July 1-6 Grades 6-8 $345 ($330 before March 1) Take on a leadership role at camp while you earn your LiA Award. Girl Scout Cadettes will get personalized assistance while working with Girl Scout Brownies. Award: LiA pin

Counselor in Training I (CIT I) July 1-6 Grades 9-12 $200

Counselor in Training II (CIT II) July 1-6 Grades 9-12 $100

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Camp Skimino is located on 98 wooded acres near Williamsburg, VA. Camp highlights include a swimming pool, boating pond, two modern bathhouses, a new indoor climbing wall, and a large playing field. The dining hall, craft house, health lodge and some housing units are air-conditioned. Skimino programs are written with the personality, age and needs of the girls in mind. Select programs designed to foster leadership in girls grades 6-12 are also offered. Camp is set up like a village especially for girls. This village has a series of neighborhoods, referred to as units. The unit that campers sleep in depends on their age and program selected. Girls live in platform tents or cabins with counselors nearby.

Extreme Cuisine

July 8-13 Grades 2-12 $345 ($330 before March 1) Outdoor cooking, adventure style! You and your team of extreme chefs will take on the ultimate cooking challenge. Each day a mystery basket will arrive. It will be up to your team to create amazing appetizers, entrees or desserts based on what is in your basket. You will use different cooking styles and lots of imagination! Badge work: Brownie Hiker, Junior Camper, Cadette New Cuisines, Senior Locavore, Ambassador Dinner Party

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Sample Schedule: 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Wake Up Breakfast Flag Up Activity One Snack Activity Two Games Lunch Me Time Kapers Activity Three Snack Activity Four Dinner Flag Down Evening activityInternational Night/ Girl Scout History Showers Lights Out

Leader in Action (LiA)

July 8-13 Grades 6-8 $345 ($330 before March 1) Take on a leadership role at camp while you earn your LiA Award. Girl Scout Cadettes will get personalized assistance while working with Brownies. Award: LiA pin


Counselor in Training I (CIT I)

July 8-13 Grades 9-12 $200 Do you have an interest in becoming a camp counselor? Then CIT I is right for you! You will live together in a special CIT unit while you learn leadership skills and what it takes to be a counselor. You will get the opportunity to practice your skills by helping in a unit of younger girls. Award: CIT I pin

Counselor in Training II (CIT II)

July 8-13 Grades 9-12 $100 Expand on your skills from CIT I while you specialize in the camp area of your choice; adventure, arts, waterfront or general counselor. The leadership skills obtained while serving as a CIT II will give you the opportunity to interview as a summer camp counselor once you reach the age of 18 years old. Prerequisite: campers must have completed CIT I. Award: CIT II pin

Jedi Academy

July 15-20 Grades 2-12 $345 ($330 before March 1) Unlock your inner Jedi and find the force of good inside of you at the Jedi Academy. You and other Jedis-in-training will work together to complete challenges, play canoe games, star gaze and learn the ways of the lightsaber. May the force be with you! Badge work: Brownie Hiker, Junior Camper, Cadette Trailblazing, Senior Adventurer, Ambassador Survival Camper

Stars, s to & giggle ries s! Jurassic Camp

July 22-27 Grades 2-12 $345 ($330 before March 1) Discover a long-lost world of dinosaurs hidden among the pines. Create your own fossils, geocache for dino-eggs, invent a new species of dinosaur, eat jungle breakfast and dig to see what you can find that might have been left behind. It’s a summer camp 65 million years in the making! Badge work: Brownie Pets, Junior Animal Habitats, Cadette Voice for Animals, Senior Animal Helpers, Ambassador Outdoor Art Master

Counselor in Training I (CIT I) July 22-27 Grades 9-12 $200

Counselor in Training II (CIT II) July 22-27 Grades 9-12 $100

Counselor in Training I (CIT I) July 15-20 Grades 9-12 $200

Counselor in Training II (CIT II) July 15-20 Grades 9-12 $100

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Experiencing the fun of day camp. Three locations to choose from! Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pack a lunch! We’ll provide healthy snacks.

Kitchenistas

July 9-13 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Enjoy a culinary adventure at camp. Whether you’re a chef in the making or a newbie, you’ll love making snacks for yourself and your friends. Your tasty treats will give you the energy to think, hike, run around, and do all the activities you love to do at camp. Badge work: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker, Brownie Snacks, Junior Simple Meals, Cadette New Cuisines

Program Aide

July 9-13 Grades 6-12 $90 Build your camp skills and see what it takes to mentor younger girls during a week at day camp while you expand your leadership skills. Prerequisite: girls must have completed Program Aide Training prior to the start of camp. Find information about Program Aide training at www.gsccc.org. A Program Aide Pin will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of service hours during summer camp.

Padawan Training Camp

July 16-20 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Have you ever wanted to be a Jedi? Learn to use the force as you test your agility in activities on land and water. Make your own light saber and train like a Padawan! The force is strong with these Girl Scouts! Badge work: Daisy Tula, Brownie Hiker, Junior Camper, Cadette Trailblazing.

Program Aide July 16-20 Grades 6-12 $90

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Day Camp Sample Schedule: 8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Can You Dig It?

Arrive at Camp Flag Ceremony Canoeing Arts and Crafts Interest Activities Lunch Rest Hour Themed Activities Swimming Clean Up Pick Up

July 23-27 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Travel back. The time is 65 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. You ask yourself do they still exist, or are they mythic creatures? This week, discover for yourself as you create your own fossil and dig to see what you can discover. Badge work: Daisy Zinni, Brownie Pets, Junior Animal Habitats, Cadette Voice for Animals

Program Aide July 23-27 Grades 6-12 $90


Camp Apasus is a wooded site located in Norfolk, VA. The camp has a swimming pool, boating on Mason Creek, camp sites and a craft house. Sertoma Lodge, with a kitchen and bathroom, is also part of the property. Campers participate in traditional activities such as archery, canoeing, swimming, arts and more.

Broadway Bound

July 30-August 3 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Lights. Camera. Action! Come create and perform your own scene for camp. You will work with other girls to create a fabulous skit to showcase your talent. No acting experience is necessary. Badge work: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker, Brownie Dancer, Junior Musician, Cadette Scribe

Program Aide

July 30-August 3 Grades 6-12 $90 Build your camp skills and see what it takes to mentor younger girls during a week at day camp while you expand your leadership skills. Prerequisite: girls must have completed Program Aide Training prior to the start of camp. Find information about Program Aide training at www.gsccc.org. A Program Aide Pin will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of service hours during summer camp.

Inspector Gadget

August 6-10 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Go undercover for a secret mission as you collect clues. Learn how to write in code, make a disguise and solve a mystery while exploring the outdoors and enjoying camp activities. Use clues, tools and your imagination to solve the mystery at Camp Apasus during this week of camp. Badge work: Daisy Good Neighbor, Brownie Senses, Junior Detective, Cadette Special Agent

Program Aide August 6-10 Grades 6-12 $90

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Day Camp Outback is located at A Place for Girls, the Council’s program center and headquarters in Chesapeake, VA. The Outback nature area offers a wonderful getaway spot. It features a board­walk over wetlands, a wildlife observation tower, fitness course, walking bridge over Bells Mill Creek, four picnic shelters and swimming pool. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities such as canoeing, swimming, archery and more.

Cupcake Wars

July 30-August 3 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Frosting, decorating and cupcakes galore! In between traditional camp activities, you and your camp-mates will spend time baking, decorating and sampling treats! By the end of the week, you will be ready for the Great Camp Bake-Off! Note: dress for mess. Aprons suggested. Badge work: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker, Brownie Snacks, Junior Simple Meals, Cadette New Cuisines

Program Aide

July 30-August 3 Grades 6-12 $90 Build your camp skills and see what it takes to mentor younger girls during a week at day camp while you expand your leadership skills. Prerequisite: girls must have completed Program Aide training prior to the start of camp. Find information about Program Aide training at www.gsccc.org. A Program Aide Pin will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of service hours during summer camp.

Imagine

August 6-10 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Let your imagination soar as you work together brainstorming an idea, creating a floor plan. You can master electricity and circuits through hands-on engineering and problem-solving skills as you design and build your Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Park. Badge work: Daisy Board Game Design Challenge, Brownie Inventor, Junior Entertainment Technology, Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice

Program Aide August 6-10 Grades 6-12 $90

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Day Camp Sample Schedule: 8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Arrive at Camp Flag Ceremony Canoeing Arts and Crafts Interest Activities Lunch Rest Hour Themed Activities Swimming Clean Up Pick Up


Art-Rageous!

August 13-17 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) Explore your creative side with a different art project each day. Make your own sketch book, accessorize with handmade jewelry, let your imagination run wild and get ready to create art, art, and more art of all kinds! Find your artist spirit this week and sparkle! Add splashes of color and dabble with texture, as you create works of art. Exhibit your art on the last day of camp. Badge work: Daisy Outdoor Art Maker, Brownie Outdoor Art Creator, Junior Outdoor Art Explorer, Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice

Program Aide August 13-17 Grades 6-12 $90

Beach Party

August 20-24 Grades 1-6 $165 ($150 before March 1) This is your last chance to celebrate the summer, soak up the sun and make a splash! You’re in for a tropical treat when camp is turned into a giant luau! Enjoy lots of pool time, fashion a lei with a friend and learn the hula! Water you waiting for? Bring your towel and join the party! Badge work: Daisy Making Choices, Brownie Making Friends, Junior Social Butterfly, Cadette Science of Happiness

Program Aide August 20-24 Grades 6-12 $90

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Ready for Camp? Take this quiz and find out! Circle the answer that best describes how you feel. Add each circled number and check your answer range at the bottom of the page. 1 = No way! 2 = Maybe 3 = You bet! 1 2 3 Do you like having lots of fun? 1 2 3 Do you enjoy staying overnight at a friend’s house? 1 2 3 Can you shampoo and brush your own hair? 1 2 3 Do you enjoy outdoor activities like hikes, sports and sleeping in a tent? 1 2 3 Can you go without radio, TV, video games, and a phone for an extended amount of time? 1 2 3 Can you see a daddy long legs, bugs or mice without running around and shrieking? 1 2 3 Can you make your own bed and keep track of your own things? 1 2 3 Do you like to meet new people and do things with other girls, not just your best friend? 1 2 3 Do you enjoy sleeping outside and listening to the sounds of nature? 1 2 3 Do you like to help plan activities and the things you do? 1 2 3 Can you walk to a nearby building to brush your teeth and go to the bathroom? 1 2 3 Are you ready to sleep in a tent with three or more other girls knowing your counselors are nearby? 1 2 3 Are you willing to help with kapers (camp responsibilities) like sweeping your tent, setting tables, and picking up your own trash? 1 2 3 Can you live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law? 1 2 3 Are you REALLY excited about going to camp? The Results! 15-25 You will enjoy a day camp, but it might be a good idea to wait until next year for resident/ overnight camp. 26-35 You might enjoy a weekend core camp, troop/group camping or a family program with a buddy. 36-45 You must be an experienced camper! It sounds like you are ready for a resident camp stay of five days.

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Camp Extras! Resident Camp Care Packages Treat your camper with a special care package! Make her stay at overnight (resident) camp memorable with one of our care package options. Camp care packages can be purchased at ebiz.gsccc.org. Care packages will be delivered to your camper during her week at resident camp. Supplies are limited, so order early! Care packages must be purchased by May 15.

Ultimate Camp Care Package - $30 Your camper will receive a care package of fun things such as a plush animal, flashlight, water bottle, signature pillow case and other cool items.

Standard Camp Care Package - $15 Your camper will receive a care package of fun things such as a flashlight, water bottle, bandana, and other cool items.

Trading Post The Trading Post is a store at each overnight (resident) camp where girls can learn about budgeting, bring home camp keepsakes and pick up forgotten camp gear (water bottles, bandanas, etc.). Purchase camp bucks ($10 or $20) for your camper’s Trading Post account during registration. Keep in mind that Trading Post funds cannot be accepted at check-in and cash is not allowed at any camp.

Troop Camping Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Camping is a key (and fun!) component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and troop camping provides an easy and affordable way for girls and volunteers to experience the great outdoors. Troop camping provides a great bonding opportunity as girls build campfires, go boating, practice archery, experience hiking, do arts and crafts — and so much more! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s four camp properties are available throughout the year for troops to experience camping in a variety of ways. Visit http://www.gsccc.org/en/camp/facility-rental.html to learn more about renting a camp for your troop’s next big camping trip.

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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions REGISTRATION INFORMATION SPACE – All camp sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to secure your spot. A $50 non-refundable deposit per camp session is required.

How can I register for camp?

ONLINE (recommended) Register online at ebiz.gsccc.org beginning on February 1, 2018. A $50 non-refundable deposit or the full camp fee must be paid. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express (online only) and Discover, as well as Visa logo check cards. MAIL or Drop off – the camp registration form and a $50 non-refundable deposit per camp session to: Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast 912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322 OR Peninsula Service Center 894 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 Office hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Camp registration closes 10 days prior to camp session start date. GIRL SCOUT MEMBERSHIP – All non-Girl Scouts will pay an additional $25 to become registered Girl Scouts. (A one-time fee for all summer). PAYMENTS – Payment in full is due 30 days prior to camp session start date. A payment schedule can be arranged. If full payment is not received by that date, the camp space will be released. CONFIRMATION – Shortly after your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation letter. If an email address is provided with registration, confirmation will be sent via email. You will receive a Parent Information Packet via email or regular mail filled with important information e.g., helpful packing tips. You will also find camper forms that will be required to be completed and returned no later than two weeks prior to the start of her session. All camp forms may also be downloaded from gsccc.org. REFUNDS – The $50 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations made between two and four weeks prior to camp will be reimbursed half of the cost of the session. Cancellations less than two weeks prior to camp and no-shows are non-refundable. Cancellation due to illness will be refunded less the $50 deposit if accompanied by a physician’s note. DISCOUNTS – A $15 per session discount is offered for any registration received prior to March 1, 2018, that is accompanied by the required non-refundable $50 deposit. Discount does not apply to CIT, Program Aide, Spring Break and Core Camp. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Money is set aside each year for financial assistance to help girls who might otherwise be unable to attend camp. Grants are made based on the number of requests, availability of funds and applicants’ needs. Applications along with a $50 non-refundable deposit must be submitted to the Council at least 60 days prior to the camp session start date. Applications are available by request by contacting customercare@gsccc.org. A payment schedule can be arranged for full payment to be received 30 days before camp session start date. Financial assistance is available for one camp session per year per girl.

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SHIRTS AND PATCHES – Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and camp patch per session attended. Remember to indicate your child’s shirt size on the registration form.

Q: Who can attend Girl Scout camp? A: Day camp is open to all girls who have completed kindergarten through graduating seniors. Resident camp is for girls who have completed first grade and up.

Q: How do I know my daughter is in good hands? A: Safety is our number one priority. Our camps operate by the standards of Girl Scouts of the USA, which meet or exceed the standards of the local and state health departments. Camp staff are carefully chosen and interviewed for their skills and abilities, belief in the ideals of Girl Scouting, love of the outdoors, and passion for children’s education. Many are college students, as well as Girl Scouts and former campers. All staff complete intensive training related to their position, including First Aid, CPR, camp craft skills, child development, waterfront skills, and creative art. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast celebrates Girl Scouting’s worldwide connections by hiring a selective group of counselors and staff from the United States and abroad.

Q: Does my camper need a physical? A: No, an up-to-date camper Health History form must be completed for every camper and returned to the Council office no later than two weeks prior to the camp session start date. Please help us provide adequate care for your daughter by giving information about her health that will make her stay at camp happy and healthy.

Q: How does the camp handle health care? A: There is a health center located at every camp and staffed around the clock by a health supervisor, who is certified in first aid and CPR. Parents are always contacted at the earliest opportunity in the event of serious injury or illness during camp. Each camp has an ongoing relationship with a health care facility nearby for consultation and emergency medical services if needed.

Q: Can I bring mail to camp or do I mail it? A: We recommend you hand carry mail and leave it at check-in. Don’t forget to put your camper’s name, session name and what day you would like the mail delivered. Alternatively, we have designated camp@gsccc.org as the parent camper email connection during their stay at resident camp. Emails will be checked twice a day, printed and given to your camper during mail call. We request that you limit emails to no more than two per day. Simply include your camper’s name and session name in the subject line.

Q: What are kapers? A: Kapers are chores, important in Girl Scouting, to learn that everyone must do their share. Sharing the kapers helps to keep the camp program site tidy and safe. Responsibilities are rotated among the girls and could include picking up litter, collecting firewood, lending a hand preparing meals and cleaning up, and cleaning bathrooms. This takes place in small groups and camp staff will also participate in each of these activities.


Q: Will my daughter earn badges at camp? A: Yes, girls earn badges or awards related to the session theme. At the end of each week if a badge or award was completed, the girls will receive them.

Q: Are electronics allowed at camp? A: At Girl Scout camp, we believe we are visitors in the great outdoors. We live side-by-side with bugs, animals and nature in simple living accommodations. While girls are enjoying their day or resident camp session, we require all campers to leave electronics at home. We do not have phones or computers for the girls to use, as we want them to enjoy their experience while not being distracted.

Q: Can I purchase a care package or Trading Post camp bucks at camp? A: Unfortunately, the Trading Post can’t complete care package or camp bucks transactions. These must be paid for online at ebiz.gsccc.org. Remember, cash is not allowed at any camp.

Q: Where will my child sleep? A: Sleeping arrangements at resident camp vary with the camp and program. Below is a table of the various accommodations available at each of our camps: Camp Skimino Camp Darden Adirondack ★ Cabin ★ ★ Lodge ★ ★ Platform Tent ★ ★ Yurt ★

Q: What are the meals like? A: There is nothing like activity and fresh air to make a girl HUNGRY! Camp meals and snacks are healthy and are foods kids like. We offer a vegetarian alternative at each meal. During breakfast, a cereal bar and fruit are available in addition to the main meal. During lunch and dinner, we offer a fresh salad bar as a supplement to the main meal. Most meals are prepared by our cooks and eaten in the dining hall. Girls have the opportunity to cook at least once with their unit (weather permitting). Most diets (gluten-free, diabetic, kosher, vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.) can be accommodated by contacting customercare@gsccc.org two weeks prior to the stay at camp. We follow the American Heart Association and Diabetes Association nutritional guidelines.

Q: Do campers get to choose their activities? A: Yes, each unit program offers specialized activities that campers will participate in. Campers will take part in girl planning which will give them an opportunity to pick some of the additional areas of focus and activities during their session.

Want to learn more? We are proud of our high-quality programs and want you to feel comfortable registering your campers to join the fun! Visit www.gsccc.org for more information. Check out the camp open houses to learn more (see page 2 for details)!

Q: Can my camper attend camp with a buddy/friend? A: During registration, a buddy’s name can be listed. Buddies must be in the same grade and must register for the same session.

Q: Can my camper call home during the week? A: 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 there is an emergency. Please discuss this with your child prior to camp.

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ts n e m Statferom nd a s r e camp ilies! fam “I loved Girl Scout camp! It was my favorite! Ms. Pickles is the best ever! She makes it super fun! I really liked archery and canoeing. I loved seeing all the other girls at different levels with their patches, so I can see what I want to earn! There were smaller groups, so I had a lot of fun! I can’t wait for next year!” -Becca, Girl Scout camper “My daughter had a fabulous time at camp! She came home excited to share about her day, every day (a complete 180 from school). I felt she was safe and in a caring respectful environment. The counselors did an awesome job and we are grateful and excited to return in August!” -Parent of camper “Amazing growth journey for any young girl...absolutely amazing...the organizers, supporters, volunteers at every level are unsurpassed by experience and commitment... For them to take on this challenge takes a huge amount of COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and especially character!!! Highly recommended!!” -Parent of camper

Lily

“Girl Scout Camp is a place where a girl can try new things, conquer her fears and meet amazing people! I love all of my camp counselors who truly pour their hearts into all they do. They make sure to give us the best camp experience possible. I hope to someday be one of those camp counselors! As a Counselor in Training, I witnessed the girls grow through the week, whether it was making a new friend, trying the high ropes course, or shooting a bulls eye at the archery range. This is the heart of Girl Scouts: growing girls with confidence and character, who are empowered to make the world a better place.” -Lily, Girl Scout Senior, Counselor in Training, Year 1 (CIT)

Stay Connected! Visit our website at www.gsccc.org. Questions? Contact us at customercare@gsccc.org or call 757-547-4405. Share your camp photos and stories by clicking “Share your story” at the bottom of our home page.

Registration begins February 1!

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