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Summer

Camp Guide

photo by Hanna Jacunski

2017


Who’s ready to camp?! Table of contents INTRODUCTIONS Camp readiness quizzes . . . . . . . Choose the right camp for you Open houses Meet your GSCTX camps leadership team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE Zilker Day Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . Camp Howdy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Did you know that research shows nature is an important aspect of a child’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically? That’s why we’re bringing your girl the chance to spend her summer in nature. Summer 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, develops self esteem, and gains a sense of independence and community. While playing outdoors, girls encounter more opportunities for decision making and work together to problem solve and think creatively. Camp allows girls to let their curiosity run free and sparks their imagination! Whether she attends a day camp or spends the whole week away from home, Girl Scout camps help her discover her potential, dreams, and aspirations.

Who can go to camp?

STEM Day Camps . . . . . . . . . . . Camp Brownwood . . . . . . . . . . . . Resident camps overview . . . . Camp Kachina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Camp Texlake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Highlight on horses . . . . . . . . . . Girl Scout Camp Leadership Academy (GSCLA) . . . . . . . . . . . REGISTRATION & FAQ Frequently asked questions . . . Tips for first-time campers . . .

welcome. Use this guide to find the camp that’s right for your girl. We offer day camps, half-week resident camps, as well as one- and two-week resident camps in locations around Central Texas. Always remember: the ages listed are based on the school grade your camper is entering The best part? ANY girl can attend Girl Scout day or resident camps! All you have to do is register on our website: www.gsctx.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join.html.


GIRL QUIZ

Are you ready for resident camp? CHECK YOUR ANSWER: 1

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Read the questions and check your honest answer. Be sure about your answers, because this quiz will help you decide if you are ready to attend one of our awesome resident (sleepaway) camps.

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1 = NO / 2 = MAYBE / 3 = YES

Can you stay overnight at a friend’s house without missing your family? Can you shampoo your own hair and keep it brushed and neat? Are you brave when you see bugs or hear strange noises at night? Can you make your bed and keep track of your belongings? Do you like to meet new people and do things with others – not just your buddy? Can you adjust to no air-conditioning* in your living unit and/or walking around in the Texas summer weather? Can you survive without a radio, mp3 player, TV, computer or cell phone? Do you help keep things clean and tidy around your home? Do you like being around other girls who are different from you? Do you really think you are ready for resident camp? Add up the numbers checked. If you have … Less than 22 points: You will be happiest attending an overnight session with your troop (see Camp Texlake’s Troop Camp week) or check out our day camp offerings. 23–26 points: You are brave and are ready to try your first resident camp experience. Check out our half-week sessions or even consider your first week-long session. Pack your courage and we’ll see you at camp! More than 27 points: You are really ready for camp, or must be an experienced camper! See you this summer!

PARENTS! Turn the page to take your quiz …

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PARENT/GUARDIAN QUIZ

Are you ready to send your girl to resident camp? CHECK YOUR ANSWER: 1

2

3

1 = NO / 2 = MAYBE / 3 = YES

Can your daughter stay overnight at a friend’s house without you feeling sad or needing to speak to her? Can you tolerate the way her hair looks when she shampoos and styles it herself? Can you talk with your daughter before camp and help her to be brave when she sees insects and other animals she may encounter at camp? Can you stand a week without having to pick up someone else’s shoes left on the floor? Do you want your daughter to meet new people and try new things? Does your daughter enjoy the outdoors? Can you help her adhere to the rule about no radios, mp3 players, or cell phones? Can you go for a week without seeing or talking to your daughter? Does your daughter enjoy being around other girls who are different from her? Are you prepared to entrust her care to our camp staff? Do you think your daughter is ready for resident camp? 4 

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Add up the numbers checked. If you have … Less than 22 points: Consider bringing your camper to one of our Open Houses (see page 6) to meet the staff and learn a little more about camp. If she decides to attend camp, rest assured that we will call you if she has any problems adjusting to the camp environment. You may also enjoy a session that she can attend with her troop or a day camp opportunity. 22–26 points: You are a brave parent and are ready for your daughter to try her first resident camp experience. We suggest a half-week session. She may also enjoy day/twilight camp or Carousel. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try a week-long session. Put on a brave smile, and come on down to Open House to meet some of the staff and take a tour of camp. More than 27 points: Either you or your daughter are very prepared, or this is not her first time at summer camp. You may even be ready to send her to camp for more than one week!


Choose the right camp for you We recommend you talk to your girl about the following questions when deciding on a camp:

How long do I want to be at camp? Whether your girl wants to come home each night, wants to try out a sleepover camp for the first time, or is ready to stay at camp for two weeks, we have multiple options available. See the graphic below for details.

Camp durations

What activities do I want to do? Weather permitting, each camper gets the opportunity to go swimming each day at resident camp and Zilker Day Camp. Each program listed in this guide gives a basic definition of what’s planned for that week, however, Girl Scouts of Central Texas camps promote girl-led program opportunities for our campers. We offer a certain amount of freedom for the girls as a group to choose their additional program options for their stay, that way no two camps are ever the

same! If you want to guarantee you’ll do certain activities, such as sailing, kayaking, or high ropes, make sure you choose a program that lists those activities in the description. Love horses? Make sure to choose a horse program! For more program details, contact the camp manager for the camp you’re interested in (see page contact information).

What is my experience level? We are committed to creating progressive opportunities for specialized outdoor activities like

Day camps: Zilker, Kachina, Howdy, etc. -week resident camps: Kachina, Texlake

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sailing and horseback riding for our campers. It’s vital to make sure you choose the program that’s the right level for you. Girls who go to a beginner horse program but have lots of horse experience (for example) will likely be bored, while girls who go to advanced sessions before they’re ready are set up for failure and a bad camp experience. Unless otherwise labeled, beginners are welcome in all programs. These are the definitions we use when describing the experience level of the programs:

BEGINNER In programs labeled as “beginner,” campers get a first experience or limited independent hands-on experience. These programs involve more guidance from instructors while campers are learning the very basics of the

FIRST-TIME CAMPERS New to GSCTX camps? Check out our new section on page 48 about preparing for camp! activity. These programs are best suited for campers who have an interest in the specialized activity, but very little to no experience.

INTERMEDIATE Intermediate programs are designed for campers who have some background in the activity. These programs allow campers to have more independent hands-on experiences while being carefully supervised by the instructor. The instructor for programs at this level might start off the week with more guidance before determining the appropriate amount of independence to give each camper. Intermediate programs are best for campers who have working knowledge in the activity area, but

are learning and handling more responsibility.

ADVANCED Programs marked as advanced are intended for campers who have a greater experience with the specialized activity. These programs involve campers taking more to most responsibility and the greatest amount of independent experience possible. The instructor is a support to the camper, but does not give the camper as much guided instruction as beginner and intermediate courses. Advanced programs require campers to have a working knowledge of the activity and be working towards mastering the specialized activity.

Open houses ZILKER DAY CAMP OPEN HOUSE Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2–5 pm Questions? Contact Alicia Gust, Senior Camp Services Manager, at AliciaG@gsctx.org.

CAMP KACHINA OPEN HOUSE Sunday, April 3, 2017, 2–5 pm Questions? Contact Kaytlyn Worner, Camp Kachina Manager, at KaytlynW@gsctx.org.

CAMP TEXLAKE OPEN HOUSE Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2–5 pm Questions? Contact Katie Sweeney, Camp Texlake Manager, at KatieS@gsctx.org. 6 

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Meet your GSCTX camps leadership team Alicia “Bubba” Gust

Kaytlyn “Rafiki” Worner Katie “PJ” Sweeney

SENIOR CAMP SERVICES MANAGER

CAMP KACHINA MANAGER

CAMP TEXLAKE MANAGER

Hi y’all! Did you know that Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili? I’m weird but wise like my Lion King namesake, and cannot wait to see new, smiling faces and to welcome back returning ones! This is my second summer as director at Camp Kachina, my third summer at Kachina overall, and my sixth summer working at Girl Scout

Hi, everybody! I can’t wait to meet each of our new campers this summer and reconnect with our returning campers when they come back. Some fun facts about me: this is my third year as Camp Texlake’s director, my sixth year as a camp director, and I even grew up going to Girl Scout camps – so I know first-hand what an awesome experience it is. This year I celebrate

years, I bleed green and have considered camp my home away from home since I was a wee little Brownie! I know what a magical place camp is, and I love being able to share that magic with girls today. My favorite moment at camp is the moment when a camper accomplishes something she never thought she could, whether cooking out over a fire, spending her first night away from home, or hitting a bullseye for the first time at the archery range. Not to mention paint wars, silly songs, and messy twister! Share in the adventures @CampKachina on Instagram and Twitter! The countdown has begun! Questions about Camp Kachina programs? Email me at KaytlynW@gsctx.org!

Scout. My favorite part of camp is … EVERYTHING! From cookout dinners to kayaking to swimming in the pool, I love it all. I especially enjoy making things sparkle with glitter while doing crafts. Feel free to connect with me on Instagram and Twitter @CamptasticTexas. Happy Camping and hope to see you soon! Questions about Camp Texlake programs? Email me at KatieS@gsctx.org!

I’ve dreamed of having my own camp since I first attended Girl Scout camp as a young girl. I’ve served girls and campers at our Zilker Day Camp and Camp Texlake in a variety of positions for five years. Last October, I joined the GSCTX camps team full-time in my current role to support and manage the overall camps program. I bring the volunteer leadership perspective to this role as I have served as a Service Unit Director, leader for multiple Girl Scout troops and leader for a High Adventure Troop. This year, in addition to supporting Zilker Day Camp, Camp Kachina, and Camp Texlake, I’ll be the camp director for the second annual Camp Brownwood in June. explore further into this camp guide. Questions about Zilker Day Camp or Camp Brownwood? Email me at AliciaG@gsctx.org.

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Amy “Daisy” Michalski

Michele “Star” Wagner

Julie “Eagle Eyes” Sattler

CAMP TEXLAKE EQUESTRIAN SPECIALIST

ACTIVITIES MANAGER

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRAR

Need help registering for summer camp? Give me a call or email me at MicheleW@gsctx.org so I can answer all your questions and get your child registered for our wonderful GSCTX summer camps. This will be my second year managing camp registrations and I can’t wait to help your camper have her best summer ever! I was a Girl Scout

Any questions about camp registration? I am here to help! I want all your registration experiences to be as easy and smooth as possible. I’m happy to direct you to resources and answer questions or concerns. As a former Girl Scout myself, mother of a Girl Scout, former Camp Mom, and Cookie Coordinator, I am on board with helping you make it happen for YOUR Girl Scout. We have created some amazing camp opportunities for your Girl Scout to have a memory-making camp experience at one of our beautiful properties. Please feel free to contact me for any assistance at JulieS@gsctx.org. I’m happy to help!

Hello, everyone! Who’s ready to go horseback riding!? Yay! Me, too! I love riding horses, but love teaching campers how to ride and all about horses even more. I’ve been a Girl Scout for more have been teaching horseback riding to Girl Scouts just as long. I began as a Program Aide and worked my way up the barn ladder to where I am today. Nothing wakes me up better in the morning than a hot cup of coffee and getting to do the work we do here at Camp Texlake. We have a score of activities for all ages to enjoy from cookouts to enjoying the best view of camp on one of our many horseback trail rides – you’ll have the time of your life with us here at the Camp Texlake barn. Check out our horses and follow their adventures year-round on their Instagram feed @camptexlakehorses. Happy Trails! Questions about Camp Texlake’s horse programs? Email me at AmyM@gsctx.org!

of the GSCTX Council staff for almost three years helping girls and adults register for all our program events, trainings, and camps. I love what the Girl Scout program can teach your camper, and I want to make sure that you have the best experience possible while registering her for our great camps! Please feel free to contact me so I can help you with registration and/or finding the right program for your camper.

Want to join our team? The GSCTX Camps Team welcomes enthusiastic, talented, and caring adults interested in making the difference in the life of a girl! We have positions at our Zilker Day Camp and resident camp programs. Staff members are selected based on experience, ability to serve as positive role models, and a genuine desire to work with children. 8

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Available seasonal positions include: Zilker Day Camp Director, kitchen staff, nurses, lifeguards, rangers, program staff, and counselors. We guarantee that in a single summer, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime and may just change the world, one life at a time! Interested in more information? Want to apply? Visit www.gsctx.org/en/camps/join-the-camp-team.html.


Zilker Day Camp This camp is based at our historic cabin nestled in the heart of Austin’s Zilker Park. Campers swim at a local pool, attend a field trip, create crafts, do badge work, learn new songs and games – and make new friends! the option for Extended Care from

3–6

What to bring to day camp REQUIRED ⏵ ⏵ ⏵ ⏵ ⏵

Tennis shoes Sunscreen Lunch (in soft-sided container or bag) Reusable water bottle Swimsuit & towel

Campers are divided into groups based on Girl Scout level and are guided through their week by fellow Girl Scouts. These leaders – our Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Program Aides – are trained and screened by the Zilker Summer Day Camp Director, and supervised by adult staffers. To learn how to become a Zilker

in, you will need to walk your child from McBeth Recreation Center to Zilker Cabin. For the safety of our campers, please DO NOT drive up to the cabin. On the first day of camp, allow extra time for check-in. You may

SUGGESTED

Check-out procedure

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Center Picnic Tables

Hat or bandana Swimsuit cover-up Bug repellent

Check-in procedure Center Picnic Tables Check-in all campers and camp aides with a staff member. Do NOT leave a child of ANY age unattended.

Each camper must be signed out by someone listed on their Girl Release Card who shows valid ID. If you arrive late to pick up your camper or your camper is in Extend-a-Camp, you will need to walk from McBeth Recreation Center to Zilker Cabin for pick-up.

We also need adult volunteers in order to operate this outstanding experience. A camper can attend free of charge if a guardian volunteers to work with the Zilker staff for the duration of the week. Contact Alicia Gust, Senior Camp Services Manager, for more information: AliciaG@ gsctx.org.

More info about your camper’s day Campers are outside in the elements all day and should dress for the heat. Lunch is picnic style and lunches will be kept cool, but not cold. Campers will go swimming at a local pool every day except field trip days. There will be a field trip once each week, usually on Wednesday. Parents will receive information on the field trip during Monday check-in. Campers must wear their camp t-shirt on field trip day. Transportation for swimming and field trips is provided by chartered bus. GSCTX SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

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DAY CAMP

Day camp schedule Dates

Grade Range

Program Name

6/5–6/9 6/11–6/16 6/12–6/16 6/19–6/23 6/26–6/30 7/2–7/7

= Zilker Day Camp

Max

= Kachina Day Camp

Fee

Notes

Girl Scout Ways Girl Scout Ways Extend-a-Camp Kachina Day Camp Animal Instincts Animal Instincts Extend-a-Camp “I Love the Outdoors!” CSI: Zilker CSI: Zilker Extend-a-Camp Kachina Day Camp

Day camp descriptions Girl Scout Ways

“I Love the Outdoors!”

Extend-a-Camp

Spend a week on all things Girl Scout! Make SWAPS, sing songs, and play like a true Girl Scout Camper! Daisies earn the Vi – “Be a sister to every Girl Scout” Petal; Brownies and Juniors earn the Girl Scout Ways Badge.

Learn new skills to make your time in the outdoors more exciting. Daisies earn the Clover – “Use Resources Wisely” Petal, Brownies earn the Hiker Badge, and Juniors earn the Camper Badge.

Keep the day camp fun going for a little longer with this extended care option! Can be used to extend the day for any of our Zilker day camps listed above. Campers must be

6 result in additional charges.

Animal Instincts

CSI: Zilker

Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! ... and kittens and puppies, too. Daisies earn the Zinni – “Considerate and Caring” Petal, Brownies earn the Pets Badge, and Juniors earn the Animal Habitats Badge.

Put your investigation skills to the test and learn a few new tricks. Daisies earn the Gerri – “Respect Authority” Petal, Brownies earn the Senses Badge, Juniors earn the Detective Badge, and Cadettes earn the Special Agent Badge.

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Day camp at Kachina! Get a taste of camp with games, crafts, swimming, and more! Monday through Friday

pm. Lunch and morning and afternoon snacks provided.


Camp Howdy Camp Howdy, now celebrating its camp near Bryan/College Station. Every June, Howdy Day Camp has a new, exciting theme and a chance for girls from kindergarten in the outdoors for a week.

The camp is entirely volunteer-run; our volunteers include graduates who act as “Aides” to the camp; our camp directors; and the Camp Howdy Crew, which does trail-clearing and builds terrific structures for the campers to use.

Register for Camp Howdy at bcsgirlscouts.org

THIS YEAR’S THEME

Jurassic Howdy Day Camp If dinosaurs still roamed Camp Howdy, what might they look like? Ever found petrified wood in the Brazos Valley, and want to know more about it? Curious about the critters and plants that watch us while we play and sleep? Then join the girls and adults of the Bryan/College Station service unit for Jurassic Howdy Day Camp!

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Girls ent Campcr Aide-In-

to the above. Girls who have completed AITs through High School seniors may register as Aides at groups.yahoo.com/howdyaides

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STEM Day Camps GET READY FOR COLLEGE Bryan/College Station Service Center Level: Ambassadors / $100 You just graduated high school – now what? Are you ready to live on your own? Get some last-minute lessons to make your transition to college as easy as possible. We provide girls with handy tips for around the house, good college practices and important life skills.

JUNIOR JOURNEY KICK-START: GET MOVING Kodosky Center, Austin Learn where your own energy comes from, take an energy pledge, learn about communication styles and interviewing techniques, and research ideas for a take-action project.

CADETTE JOURNEY KICK-START: BREATHE Kodosky Center, Austin Learn about all things air: noise pollution, silent time, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, air quality, the “flair” each girl possesses, and research ideas for a take-action project. 12

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3D DESIGN AND MINI GARDENS

MARS ROBOT ADVENTURE Kodosky Center, Austin

Kodosky Center, Austin Level: Juniors/Cadettes

design skill and print objects with mini-garden.

MINECRAFT MANIA II

Cadettes Create and design a habitat for astronauts living on Mars! Build a VEX robot to deploy the habitat on the mars surface! This STEM camp is full of hands on learning.

3D IN 3 DAYS! Kodosky Center, Austin Level: Brownies/Juniors Design a Minecraft Lego world where Steve will go on a mission to capture Pokémon and other creatures! Use creative problem solving, engineering skills, and collaboration. Build Lego robots, and make crafts.

Waco Service Center

Waco’s EDGE Lab and go home with available!

SENIOR JOURNEY KICK-START: SOW WHAT? Kodosky Center, Austin Girls explore where their food comes from, how their food choices impact the earth, how they can improve their personal and community food network. They will look at the global hunger issue and research and plan their a take-action project. Includes a field trip to learn about local food.


Camp Brownwood In the tradition of Camp Woodlake, which hosted many summers of Girl Scout fun in Brownwood, we are returning this year to the 4-H Conference Center, on beautiful Lake Brownwood, for another week of summer camp. This fun-filled, one week session of resident camp will include high ropes, archery, a rock

Girl Scouts attending this action-packed week will complete all but the “Take Action” component of their It’s Your Planet: Love It! Journey.

wall, kayaking, swimming, and much more. The adventure will be led by a team of your favorite GSCTX camp counselors and 4-H Conference Center staff working hand-in-hand. Campers will be housed in dormitory-style lodging with A/C, and indoor restrooms.

Dates

Program Name

6/5–6/9

Girl Scouts to the Rescue

Have more questions? Contact Senior Camps Services Manager, Alicia Gust at aliciag@gsctx.org.

Grade Range

Max

Fee

Notes

4–8

33

$335

a

Please check eBiz (http://bit.ly/gsusa-ebiz) for the most up-to-date information on camp availability. a = air-conditioned living quarters

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Resident camps Camps Kachina and Texlake offer programs for girls entering

of camp at our end-of-session exhibition, which begins Wednes-

All campers must have completed kindergarten to attend resident camp. Both Kachina and Texlake also offer programs of varying lengths:

we say goodbye to our half-week

Half-week sessions (Sunday– Wednesday): Our half-week programs are a great option for younger or new resident campers. Families and friends of campers in these programs are invited to join us in celebrating the magic

You may even discover that your camper is ready to attend a longer session later in the summer! One-week sessions: This is a wonderful option for both new and experienced campers. This session length has the biggest variety of program options to choose from at both camps.

Basics of check-in and check-out

For check-out, if the session ends on:

Check-in and check out times at both resident camps are as follows unless otherwise noted in the program description:

Check-in occurs every Sunday from 2–4 pm. (Check out the suggested packing list on page 51.)

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Wednesday – Parent

luggage pick up.) F pm (no parent presentation). New for 2017! Extended check out hours (until 6 pm) on Friday for an additional $25 per camper.

If you have tons of fun at camp, you’re more than welcome to attend multiple full-week sessions each summer! Two-week sessions: Available for older, more experienced resident campers, these sessions allow campers to stay for two weeks at their camp program to learn even more and have extra fun. Campers will have access to laundry facilities over the weekend along with extra time to relax and enjoy the camp.

Please be aware that there may be extended waits in line, particularly the car line for drop-off and pick-up on Sundays and Fridays. We appreciate your patience as we make sure campers arrive and depart as safely and efficiently as possible.


Camp Kachina Our lodgings KIVA LODGE Kiva is an air-conditioned lodge with a kitchen, interior bathroom, fireplace, homey wood floors, and a loft area. Wheelchair accessible.

WIGWAM LODGE

Camp Kachina is located in Morgan’s Point, Texas, on Lake Belton. Depending on the camp program, campers will stay in either air-conditioned lodges or our breezy platform tents. Camp Kachina is home to a new Junior Olympic–sized pool with

a climbing wall, an equally new slingshot range, kayaking, GaGa ball, and a beautiful natural environment with miles of trails. Kachina is also home to our yearround sailing program. Sessions for girls will combine our various program activities with activities specific to each program.

Wigwam is air-conditioned. Restrooms are located inside the lodge, along with a kitchen, stove, and refrigerator. Bunk beds give girls a campy feel.

WIKI-UP LODGE Wiki-up Lodge has A/C and a small kitchen. Its bathhouse is shared with the Dining Hall and is connected by a small porch.

YUMA PLATFORM TENTS Yuma’s tents (shown below) consist of a wood floor and a large canvas tent. The unit includes a covered shelter area and an open-air bathhouse. Each tent sleeps four girls and the sides roll up to invite the cool breeze.

Find photos of all of Kachina’s lodgings at www.flickr.com/photos/gsctx/albums/72157629219161085

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Kachina camp schedule Please check eBiz (http://bit.ly/gsusa-ebiz) for the most up-to-date information on camp availability. n = new for 2017  a = air-conditioned living quarters

Dates

Program Name

Lodging

Grade Range

Max

Fee

Notes

a na

Brownie Programs (entering grades 2–3) – Half Week 6/25–6/28

Be Brave!

7/9–7/12

Ooey Gooey Madness

Kiva

2–3

4

$225

Wigwam

2–3

8

$225

Brownie Programs (entering grades 2–3) – One Week 6/11–6/16

Brownie Champs

Wiki-up

2–3

6

$325

6/18–6/23

Harriet Potter Brownies

Wigwam

2–3

10

$325

7/16–7/21

Little Mermaids

Kiva

2–3

8

$325

7/23–7/28

Brownie Champs

Kiva

2–3

6

$325

a a a a

Junior Programs (entering grades 4–5) – One Week 6/11–6/16 6/18–6/23 6/25–6/30 7/2–7/7

Junior Champs

Kiva

4–5

6

$325

Wigwam

4–5

8

$325

Pioneer Girls

Yuma

4–5

8

$325

Bookworms

Kiva

4–5

8

$325

Harriet Potter Juniors

Kiva

4–5

10

$325

Wigwam

4–5

16

$325

Kiva

4–5

8

$325

Wigwam

4–5

8

$325

Nocked and Ready

Olaf’s Summer Adventure Sail ‘n’ S’more

7/9–7/14

Engineers to the Rescue!

7/16–7/21

Kaleidoscope

Kiva

4–5

12

$325

Junior Champs

Kiva

4–5

10

$325

Junior Survivor

Yuma

4–5

16

$325

7/23–7/28

a na a a a a a na a

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Dates

Program Name

Lodging

Grade Range

Max

Fee

Notes

Cadette Programs (entering grades 6–8) – One Week

6/25–6/30

Kachina Olympics 2017

Wiki-up

6–8

12

$325

7/9–7/14

Harriet Potter Cadettes

Kiva

6–8

8

$325

7/16–7/21

Guitar Hero

Wigwam

6–8

12

$325

7/23–7/28

Kickin’ It Like Katniss

Wigwam

6–8

8

$325

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6/11–6/16 6/18–6/23

Cadette Champs

Kiva

6–8

6

$325

CSI Kachina

Kiva

6–8

10

$325

Smooth Sailing

Kiva

6–8

6

$325

Cadette Programs (entering grades 6–8) – Two Weeks 7/2–7/14

Smooth Sailing

Kiva

6–8

8

$600

7/9–7/21

Survivor

Yuma

6–8

16

$600

Senior/Ambassador Programs (entering grades 9–12) – One Week 6/11–6/16

Senior/Ambassador Champs

Wigwam

9–12

12

$325

6/18–6/23

Nocturnals

Wiki-up

9–12

14

$325

Splish Splash

Wigwam

9–12

12

$325

Zombiepocalypse

Yuma

9–12

16

$325

7/2–7/7

Trailblazer

Yuma

9–12

16

$325

7/9–7/14

Take Your Aim!

Wiki-up

9–12

10

$325

Harriet Potter Senior/Ambassadors

Wiki-up

9–12

8

$325

Ultimate Chef

Wigwam

9–12

8

$325

6/25–6/30

7/23–7/28

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Skipper-in-Training (SIT)

Kiva

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Kachina camp descriptions Be Brave!

Brownie Champs

CSI Kachina

Grades 2–3 / Kiva

Grades 2–3 / Wiki-up

Grades 6–8 / Kiva

Blaze your own path and become the bravest of the brave! In this Disney-inspired camp you’ll become an expert archer, decorate your own arrows, pave new trails looking for wisps, learn about animals in the forest, and so much more!

Enjoy the best of the best activities of the summer! Bring your friends or troop for archery; swim in the new pool, try out the new slingshots; enjoy songs, games, team building – and all the best of classic camp!

Something has been stolen from camp! Come solve crimes at Kachina. Learn professional skills such as fingerprinting, code breaking, collecting clues, and prove who’s done it. The local police department will join us to help solve the camp’s mystery!

Bookworms Grades 4–5 / Kiva Ever wanted to live in the world of your favorite book? At this camp, dive into the worlds of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Panem, and more! Play quidditch, learn archery like Katniss, and experience Camp Half-Blood for the day. You are sure to have a blast no matter which realm you are in!

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Cadette Champs Grades 6–8 / Kiva Enjoy the best of the best activities of the summer! Bring your friends or troop for archery; swim in the pool, try out the new slingshots; enjoy songs, games, team building – and all the best of classic camp!

Counselor-in-Training See page 41 for details.

Engineers to the Rescue Grades 4–5 / Wigwam An earthquake has ruined your perfect camping trip! Your cell phone is dead, your food has fallen off a cliff, and your water pump is broken. Can you engineer your way out of this mess? Build a water filter, wind-powered crank, rubber-band


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powered car, and more during this Survivor-style week at camp.

Guitar Hero Grades 6–8 / Wigwam Are you ready to shred?! Learn to play guitar, or to take your guitar skills to the next level. At this jam session, learn or practice basic guitar skills and chord theory. Learn the four most useful chords – G, C, D, and E minor – and see what it takes to perform. Some local musicians will come and join the rockin’ good time!

Harriet Potter Brownies Grades 2–3 / Wigwam Discover the magic of camp! Be sorted into your house, play quidditch, cook up something tasty in potions, and make your very own wand to take home. The Kachina School of Witchcraft and Wizardry invites you to study at our Hogwarts extension; you are sure to have a magical time!

Harriet Potter Cadettes Grades 6–8 / Kiva Discover the magic of camp! Be sorted into your house, play quidditch,

cook up something tasty in potions, and make your own wand to take home. Practice potions, divination, and know your herbology to prepare to take the O.W.L. Don’t forget to brush up on your charms and spells; you never know if the professors at the Kachina School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will host a duel!

Harriet Potter Juniors Grades 4–5 / Kiva Discover the magic of camp! Be sorted into your house, play quidditch, cook up something tasty in potions, and make your very own wand to take home. Begin classes in the magical arts and expand your skills in charms, spells, transfiguration, and much more. Come study at Kachina’s School of Wichcraft and Wizardry!

Harriet Potter Seniors/ Ambassadors Grades 9–12 / Wiki-up Discover the magic of camp! Be sorted into your house, play quidditch, cook up something tasty in potions, and make your very own wand to take home. Ever wondered how you’d

fare on the N.E.W.T.s? Now is your chance to brush up on your wizarding skills and learn the challenging magic required for the N.E.W.T.s. Be sure to pay attention in your charms, transfiguration, divination, potions, and other classes – all while helping to hunt for Horcruxes. Soon you’ll be ready to graduate from the Kachina School of Witchraft and Wizardry!

Junior Champs Grades 4–5 / Kiva Enjoy the best of the best activities of the summer! Bring your friends or troop for archery; swim in the new pool, try out the new slingshots; enjoy songs, games, team building – and all the best of classic camp!

Junior Survivor Grades 4–5 / Yuma The ultimate camp experience, Junior style! Test yourself while learning survival skills. Pitch a tent, make your own paracord bracelets, learn basic knots, and see the stars! You will find yourself on land, in the water, and even cooking over a fire. Come for the fun!

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Kachina Olympics 2017

Kickin’ It Like Katniss

Nocked and Ready

Grades 6–8 / Wiki-up

Grades 6–8 / Wigwam

Grades 4–5 / Wigwam

Last summer, you watched athletes from around the world compete for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals in the Olympics. Now, it is your turn: we’re hosting the first-ever Kachina Olympics! We are inviting young athletes from all around to compete. Go for the Gold in different competitions on land and on the water.

Make your home district proud by perfecting your archery skills, outdoor cooking, and learning basic survival skills like the goddess Katniss herself. Test your skills by pitching a tent and sleeping under the starts for one night, but don’t worry sponsors will send you plenty of gifts! May the odds be ever in your favor this week!

Kaleidoscope

Leader-in-Training

Are your favorite characters experts in archery? Train to master the bow and arrow at Kachina! Each day, you’ll hone your skills at the archery range, until you are ready to show off your skills in a competition. Give your shooting arm a rest each day while you relax our pool’s cool waters. Don’t miss out on your chance to be acclaimed the best archer in camp!

Grades 4–5 / Kiva

See page 39 for details.

Clean your paintbrushes and sharpen your pencils – apprentice in the arts at Camp Kachina as you learn the skills to become an artist! Learn how to use different art mediums and techniques to find your master skill. Design your own masterpiece depicting your favorite scene from camp to hang in the dining hall. Unleash your imagination as you draw, paint, sculpt, and craft to your heart’s desire. You just might become the next Picasso!

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Little Mermaids Grades 2–3 / Kiva This session is for campers who are regular fishes out of water. Enjoy extra pool time with a floating lunch and a rockin’ night swim. Girls will get to play water games, search for mermaids while paddling on the lakefront, and have fun “under the sea.” The only thing missing from this session is a tail and gills!

Nocturnals Grades 9–12 / Wiki-up Come check out the night life, camp style. Make your way around camp enjoying night hikes, moonlight meals, glow-in-the-dark slingshots and archery, and even your very own late-night, private pool party!

Olaf’s Summer Adventure Grades 4–5 / Wigwam What does Olaf do in the summer? Let’s find out during a let-it-glow


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night hike! Build your own kind of snowman, paint a Frozen canvas, and have your very own snowball fight to escape the summer heat. Come and have fun with Olaf this summer and enjoy everything he wants to do. We will have a grand Frozen time!

navigate by using the stars. You will have so much fun in this program that you may not want to come back to the present! Girls will get to make their own slingshot and complete the Playing in the Past badge.

Ooey Gooey Madness

Program Aide in Training

Grades 2–3 / Wigwam

See page 39 for details.

Oh no! The camp fairies created a mess at camp! Come join them in creating gooey mixtures and getting messy! Be sure to pack clothes you can get messy in and a few extra outfits because you’ll be making your own slime, getting sticky with icky gicky gak, and going on the search for mud! You never know what mischievous messes the fairies have up their sleeve!

Pioneer Girls Grades 4–5 / Yuma Come play in the past during this week of historic fun. Use your pioneer spirit to learn techniques to cook outside, make your own toys, create candles and discover how to

Sail ‘n’ S’more! Grades 4–5 / Kiva Come get the best of both worlds at Camp Kachina. During ground school, girls will learn the basics of sailing, including rigging and tying knots, steering, and the safety of sailing. Go out on the water with the instructor to see if you are made for the sea life! On land, get creative by making your own sailing and sea creations. Stretch your sea legs by learning the ancient pirate traditions of archery and slingshots. Take a break by tie dyeing a t-shirt, kayaking, and taking a dip in the pool!

Senior/Ambassador Champs Grades 9–12 / Wigwam Enjoy the best of the best activities of the summer! Bring your friends or troop for archery; swim in the new pool, try out the new slingshots; enjoy songs, games, team building – and all the best of classic camp!

Skipper-in-Training See page 42 for more details.

Smooth Sailing Grades 6–8 / Kiva Come sail away! Further master your sailing skills by practicing your knots, and rigging a boat. Learn about safe capsize recovery and begin captaining your own boat. First-time sailors are welcome to learn the ropes of sailing. Girls will enjoy extra sailing time by having lunch by the water and exploring beautiful Lake Belton. Must be able to swim 50 yards and tread water for two minutes. Set sail for a grand time at Kachina!

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Splish Splash Grades 9–12 / Wigwam Summertime means sunshine, camp, and, of course, cooling off in the water! Enjoy spending most of your days splashing at the pool, paddling on Lake Belton, and soaking your friends in water games! Dry off to shoot a few quivers of arrows and visit the slingshot range. Be sure to pack enough swimsuits and towels as you revisit the water once again!

Survivor Grades 6–8 / Yuma The ultimate Survivor-style camp! Spend your days facing unique camp challenges involving archery, kayaking, and wilderness survival skills. Team up with fellow campers to complete each challenge. After two weeks of intense camp challenges, will your team emerge victorious?

Take Your Aim! Grades 9–12 / Wiki-up Whether you’re a master archer or a beginner learning to make that arrow

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fly, you’ll love this camp! Practice your aim on our archery and slingshot ranges. Test your skills with daily challenges – aim to pop a balloon with a surprise hidden inside, shoot to gain points to win your lunch, and take your aim playing favorite games with an archery twist!

Trailblazer Grades 9–12 / Yuma Are you into backpacking, hiking, being outward bound, and wilderness survival? Then come try out this camp – it’s designed just for you. Create your own place; learn knots, fire building, outdoor cooking, tent pitching, and much more. Orient yourself as you blaze the trails in Kachina’s wilderness.

Ultimate Chef Grades 9–12 / Wigwam Think you have what it takes to make delicious food over a campfire? Want to learn how? Take this course to learn different ways to cook tantalizing meals over a fire! Cook

at least one meal over the fire each day, while learning camp cooking techniques involving dutch ovens, cast iron skillets, and pie irons. You’ll even learn how to cook with a box oven. Be sure to save room for the sweet desserts!

Zombiepocalypse Grades 9–12 / Yuma Imagine waking up on the first morning of camp to discover the zombie apocalypse! Survive by learning quickly and being careful … zombies are lurking! Work as a team to create a shelter, find different food sources, collect clean water, and protect your unit. In the apocalypse, your skills will be tested in archery, fire building, navigation, and self-defense. Campers will also learn how to apply zombie makeup and participate in all camp activities. Do you have what it takes to survive?


Camp Texlake Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Travis in Spicewood, Texas, Camp Texlake is 455 acres of pure fun. Depending on the camp program, campers will stay in either screened treehouse cabins, cedar log cabins, or lodges.

Camp Texlake is home to a junior Olympic-sized pool, high- and low-ropes challenge course, archery range, sports field, and nature trails, and – for those horse lovers – a year-round equestrian program.

Your camper’s week of fun will combine archery, crafts, and swimming, along with the various activities specific to each program. Camp Texlake offers programs that last one half week, one week and two weeks for girls entering grades 1–12.

with campers. Only one program per cabin. One of Suncrest’s five cabins is wheelchair accessible, so if your camper needs to be housed in this cabin, please email KatieS@gsctx.org as soon as you’ve registered.

need to be housed in these units, please email KatieS@gsctx.org as soon as you’ve registered.

Our lodgings FLORA/FAUNA Dormitory style lodge with A/C, electricity for personal fans (if desired). Communal shower and restrooms with flush toilets and hot/cold water showers. Twelve bedrooms per building are designated for campers or staff; each bedroom houses four campers. Counselors and staff will sleep in a separate room from campers. Wheelchair accessible. Multiple programs will be housed in the same building.

SUNCREST Cabins with window A/C units that have bunk beds in a common room, electricity, bathrooms with flush toilets, and hot/cold water showers. Counselors/female staff are housed in the common room

TREEHOUSES Open-air cabins on stilts nestled in the Texlake trees. Communal shower and restrooms with flush toilets and hot/cold water showers. Not climate controlled, however there are outlets for campers to plug in personal fans, which are highly encouraged. Multiple programs may be housed in the same building. Two rooms per building, holding 12–14 campers in each room. Two treehouses are wheelchair accessible, so if you

DRIFTWOOD COVE Platform tents with metal frame beds, a fire ring, picnic tables, and a bathhouse with flush toilets and hot/cold water showers. Wheelchair accessible. No electricity except in bathhouse, so bring a reliable flashlight and, if desired, a battery-powered fan. Packing mosquito netting is encouraged for campers staying in this space. Note: In buildings that house campers, we only house female staff. Camp Texlake is an equal opportunity employer and occasionally has male staff in specialized areas. All male staff live in a separate space with separate shower and restroom facilities.

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Texlake camp schedule Please check eBiz (http://bit.ly/gsusa-ebiz) for the most up-to-date information on camp availability. n = new for 2017  a = air-conditioned living quarters

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Daisy / Brownie Programs (entering grades 1–3) – Half Week 6/11–6/14

S’mores and More

Suncrest

1–3

10

$280

6/25–6/28

S’mores and More

Suncrest

1–3

10

$280

7/9–7/12

S’mores and More

Suncrest

1–3

10

$280

7/23–7/26

S’mores and More

Suncrest

1–3

10

$280

Junior Programs (entering grades 4–5) – Half Week 6/18–6/21

Camper Sampler

Suncrest

4–5

10

$280

7/2–7/5

Camper Sampler

Suncrest

4–5

10

$280

7/16–7/19

Camper Sampler

Suncrest

4–5

10

$280

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All-Age Programs (entering grades 2–12) – Full Week 6/18–6/23

Troop Camp

Flora/Fauna

2–12

7/2–7/7

Troop Camp

Flora/Fauna

2–12

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Brownie Programs (entering grades 2–3) – Full Week Flashlights and Fairy Tales

Treehouse

2–3

18

$360

Wacky Water Fun

Suncrest

2–3

10

$370

6/18–6/23

Chef Frankenbrownie

Suncrest

2–3

18

$380

6/25–6/30

Color Splash

Suncrest

2–3

10

$380

7/2–7/7

Flashlights and Fairy Tales

Treehouse

2–3

18

$360

7/9–7/14

Animal Tales

Treehouse

2–3

12

$380

7/16–7/21

Chef Frankenbrownie

Suncrest

2–3

18

$380

Flora/Fauna

2–3

12

$380

Suncrest

2–3

10

$370

6/11–6/16

7/23–7/28

Color Splash Wacky Water Fun

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Lodging

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Max

Fee

Notes

Junior Programs (entering grades 4–5) – Full Week Art All Around

Treehouse

4–5

16

$380

Harriet Potter

Flora/Fauna

4–5

20

$375

6/25–6/30

Wilderness Explorers

Treehouse

4–5

16

$370

7/2–7/7

Celebrations

Flora/Fauna

4–5

16

$370

Art All Around

Treehouse

4–5

16

$380

Harriet Potter

Flora/Fauna

4–5

20

$375

Wilderness Explorers

Treehouse

4–5

16

$370

Celebrations

Flora/Fauna

4–5

16

$370

Pioneer Girls

Treehouse

4–5

16

$380

6/18–6/23

7/9–7/14 7/16–7/21 7/23–7/28

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Junior/Cadette Programs (entering grades 4–8) – Full Week Cirque du Texlake

Flora/Fauna

4–6

16

$405

Mission 2 Zulu

Flora/Fauna

5–8

16

$380

Can You Dig It?

Flora/Fauna

5–8

16

$425

Mission 2 Zulu

Flora/Fauna

5–8

16

$380

7/2–7/7

Engineers to the Rescue

Treehouse

5–8

16

$415

7/9–7/14

Camp Half-Blood Tryouts

Flora/Fauna

5–8

16

$385

7/16–7/21

Cirque du Texlake

Flora/Fauna

4–6

16

$405

Camp Half-Blood Tryouts

Flora/Fauna

5–8

16

$385

Can You Dig It?

Flora/Fauna

5–8

16

$425

6/11–6/16 6/25–6/30

7/23–7/28

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Cadette Programs (entering grades 6–8) – Full Week 6/18–6/23

GS vs. Zombies

Treehouse

6–8

20

$375

6/25–6/30

Full STEAM Ahead

Treehouse

6–8

20

$375

7/9–7/14

Skywalkers

Treehouse

6–8

24

$375

7/16–7/21

CSI Texlake

Treehouse

6–8

20

$375

7/23–7/28

GS vs. Zombies

Treehouse

6–8

20

$375

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Lodging

Grade Range

Max

Fee

Notes

Cadette/Senior Programs (entering grades 6–10) – Full Week 6/11–6/16

It’s Your Planet, Love IT! Journey Week

Treehouse

6–10

20

$370

6/25–6/30

Scubafied

Flora/Fauna

6–9

12

$475

7/2–7/7

It’s Your Planet, Love IT! Journey Week

Treehouse

6–10

20

$370

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Senior/Ambassador Programs (entering grades 9–12) – Full Week 6/11–6/16

Glamp Camp

Flora/Fauna

9–12

20

$375

7/9–7/14

Zombie Survival 101

Treehouse

9–12

12

$380

Super Agent Training Camp

Treehouse

9–12

12

$370

Glamp Camp

Flora/Fauna

9–12

20

$375

7/16–7/21

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2nd-year Cadette / Senior Programs (entering grades 7–10) – Two Weeks 6/18–6/30

Survivor

Driftwood Cove

7–10

20

$725

SWAPS 101 How have Girl Scouts traditionally greeted each other when they meet at an event? They swapped a small, simple craft – typically with their troop number, city, and state – as a token of friendship. A SWAP can represent the interest of the individual girl, tell the story of a troop, or commemorate an event. These little crafts became known as SWAPS. The acronym SWAP stands for “Share With a

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Pal” or SWAPS can also mean “Some Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” New to SWAPS? No problem! At each info night or open house, we are hosting a SWAPS workshop for your girls! At the workshop they will learn about the meaning of the SWAP tradition, why and how we use SWAPS in Girl Scouts, and even make their own simple SWAP to take home!


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Texlake camp descriptions Animal Tales Grades 2–3 / Treehouse Fur, feathers or scales … you never know what’s in store when you start exploring Texlake’s wild kingdom. Spend this week discovering the amazing animals in our world – from what they eat to where they live, along with having fun at the pool and everything else camp has to offer. If you can’t get enough of the Animal Planet, then this camp is for you!

Art All Around Grades 4–5 / Treehouse Let your imagination run free during this week-long art extravaganza! Get inspired by the natural world around you while getting messy exploring

different techniques and art mediums during this artistic experience. You’ll even learn how to create modeling dough or use charcoal for drawing in order to fashion a truly unique masterpiece. Every camper will get to show off their masterpiece at the end of the week before taking their creation home.

Camp Half-Blood cabin you’d represent, train your mind and body with unique challenges, and make your mark at the tryouts while showing off your skills. You never know who will be watching.…

Camp Half-Blood Tryouts

Sample a taste of the adventures Camp Texlake has to offer. Campers will have a blast trying new things during each session like swimming, hiking, and learning archery with new friends. Whether you’re coming to Camp Texlake for the first time or you’re not quite ready for a full week of adventure, Camper Sampler will let you try camp on for size.

Grades 5–8 / Flora/Fauna Do you have what it takes for the ultimate demi-god training camp? Experience first-hand this exciting week of athletic fun, and see where you stack up against your favorite gods and goddesses. Find out which

Camper Sampler Grades 4–5 / Suncrest

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Can You Dig It?

Chef Frankenbrownie

Grades 5–8 / Flora/Fauna

Grades 2–3 / Suncrest

Do dinos delight you? Do you dream of fossils? Then we have the camp for you! Learn about your favorite dinosaurs, create your own fossils (no waiting for centuries required), and even discover how you’d stack up against prehistoric creatures. Bring archeology alive with this new Camp Texlake adventure, 65 million years in the making.

Have a tasty time learning the basic science of cooking as you get inspired by your inner mad scientist! Perform experiments, make slime, and perfect secret recipes while enjoying all the delicious ooey gooey fun. Who knows: you may even get to use your best mad scientist laugh!

Celebrations Grades 4–5 / Flora/Fauna Join us at Camp Texlake for a weeklong party! Enjoy Christmas in July, celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, and have fun discovering seasonal holiday traditions from around the world. Throw water during our own mini-Songkran festival (Thailand’s New Year), discover the excitement of India’s Holi (Festival of Colors), and more. Each day at this session will be its own unique celebration of fun!

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Cirque du Texlake Grades 4–6 / Flora/Fauna Spend your week exploring skills from the big top. Clown around on the ground by perfecting your juggling and the art of face painting. Then increase the thrills by trying out tightrope walking and high wire acts on our high ropes course. Cool off at the pool between acts during this fun week of heart-pounding laughs!

art projects, sampling foods of all colors, and fun experiments on the science of rainbows. Whether you’re looking forward to color-themed nature hikes, tie-dyeing, or splashing in the pool, you will love this vibrant, color-filled week at camp!

Counselor-in-Training See page 41 for details.

CSI Texlake Grades 6–8 / Treehouse Like solving puzzles? Do you have a passion for justice? Help solve the great Texlake Caper of 2017. Learn professional detective skills such as fingerprinting, collecting clues, and interviewing suspects to prove whodunnit! We can’t solve the case without you.

Engineers to the Rescue

Color Splash

Grades 5–8 / Treehouse

Grades 2–3 / Suncrest

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off a cliff, and your water pump is broken. Can you engineer your way out of this mess? Build a water filter, wind-powered crank, rubber-band powered car, and more during this Survivor-style week at camp.

Flashlights and Fairy Tales

Girl Scouts vs. Zombies Grades 6–8 / Treehouse Do you have what it takes to withstand a zombie invasion? During this fun week at camp, you’ll learn zombie camouflage, basic survival skills, and other tricks to help you fend off the zombies after the rise of the undead.

Grades 2–3 / Treehouse

Glamp Camp

Bring your favorite fairy tale characters to life by learning their skills and having your own adventures. Shoot arrows like Merida, swim like Ariel, search for Winnie the Pooh in Camp Texlake’s 100-acre wood, and so much more. Don’t forget your favorite party outfit for the Fairy Tale Ball.

Grades 9–12 / Flora/Fauna

Full STEAM Ahead Grades 6–8 / Treehouse Spend a week having fun in the sun at camp during this unique blending of nature and technology. You can look forward to discovering the basics of robotics, adding to our geocaching course using SWAPS, and having fun creating natural art.

Discover the perfect balance between adventure and serenity during this relaxing week at camp. Work with the other members of your group to design an experience chosen by you, the campers. From hanging out on the ropes course to drifting lazily in the pool, you’re sure to enjoy all that Camp Texlake has to offer during this week of ultimate camp fun.

Harriet Potter Grades 4–5 / Flora/Fauna Discover the magical world of wizarding at our Hogwarts sister campus. Get sorted into the best house for

your skills, play quidditch, and cook up something tasty in potions during your week at our enchanting summer academy. Work with a visiting wand-maker to create something special before practicing for an epic Texlake Wizarding Tournament.

It’s Your Planet, Love IT! Journey Week Grades 6–10 / Treehouse Campers will complete most of the It’s Your Planet, Love IT! Journey specific for your age level while enjoying a week at Texlake. (You’ll complete all the Journey requirements that can be completed at camp.) This session is an easy and fun way to work toward the Journey requirements for Silver and Gold awards. Campers also get a chance to ask GSCTX staff questions about these award programs. Cadettes will complete the Breathe! Journey, and Seniors will work toward the Sow What? Journey.

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Mission 2 Zulu Grades 5–8 / Flora/Fauna Are you ready to brave a new world? Terranauts who sign up for this mission will voyage to the previously discovered planet Zulu. You’ll love preparing for liftoff, blasting into space, and exploring this Earth-like planet. Will you be the one to make the newest discovery on Zulu? Note: The first Mission to Zulu was undertaken by Troop 1880, for which they received a Bronze Award for Bravery.

Operations-in-Training See page 41 for details.

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Program Aide in Training See page 39 for details.

Scubafied

late into the night, you’ll sleep most of the morning so you’ll be well rested for the next evening’s space adventures! Note: You must be OK staying up late to enjoy this program.

Grades 6–9 / Flora/Fauna

S’mores and More

Enjoy the entire camp right down to the depths of the Texlake pool. Learn how to scuba dive during this water-filled week at camp! Participants must be able to swim 110 yards and tread water for two minutes. Campers who complete an additional open water test after this session will receive scuba certification.

Grades 1–3 / Suncrest

Skywalkers Grades 6–8 / Treehouse Check out Texlake’s night life during this fun program designed just for night owls! Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars as you take a Mission to Mars, explore the summer night sky, and discover how science fiction turns into science fact! Campers will delight in night hikes, stargazing, eating moonlight meals, and more. After staying up

Campers will love swimming in the pool, singing silly songs, roasting s’mores over a campfire, and so much more as they experience the fun and magic of Camp Texlake for the first time. This program is a great introduction to overnight camping for girls who aren’t quite ready to spend a full week at resident camp.

Super Agent Training Camp Grades 9–12 / Treehouse We’re marveling that Camp Texlake was chosen as a site for training aspiring super agents. We’re looking for a few great superhumans to join the training. New recruits will be put through our program’s exhilarating superhero basic training, which


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includes first aid in the field, teambuilding on our challenge course, and superhuman ethics. Recruits who pass will be given a full hero’s license.

Survivor Grades 7–10 / Driftwood The ultimate Survivor-style camp! Spend your days facing unique camp challenges involving archery, kayaking, and wilderness survival skills. Try the ropes course and sleep in our scenic platform tents, too. Team up with your fellow campers to complete each challenge. After two weeks of the intense camp challenges, will your team come out victorious?

With the help of camp staff, you’ll cook out over a fire and so much more! Adult participants will be responsible for following their group’s schedule provided for the week with a camp staff “ambassador,” but we’ll handle the activities and meals so everyone can join in the fun. Troops must meet, but are recommended not to exceed, girl/adult ratio guidelines as listed in Volunteer Essentials. No additional training required. Adult volunteers accompanying the troop to camp need to be registered Girl Scouts with a current Criminal Background Check on file with GSCTX.

Wacky Water Fun

Troop Camp

Grades 2–3 / Suncrest

Grades 2–12 / Flora/Fauna

Water adventures await you during this splash-tacular week. Enjoy all things water while having fun in the sun. Campers will delight in lounging at the pool, learning the basics of kayaking, playing water games, and more! You’ll have a blast during “dry-time” camp activities too, like hiking and archery.

Calling all Girl Scout troops! Join in our summer camp adventures as a troop. Troop leaders and girls will have fun in the sun with traditional camp activities like splashing in our Junior Olympic–size swimming pool, hitting the archery range, and exploring our beautiful lake by kayak.

Wilderness Explorers Grades 4–5 / Treehouse The ultimate camp experience, Junior style! Discover classic camping and wilderness survival skills while becoming part of a team. Find yourself exploring on land, in the water, and even scouting from the sky on our high ropes course! Come for the fun, stay for the adventure because discovery awaits.

Zombie Survival 101 Grades 9–12 / Treehouse Do you have what it takes to withstand a zombie invasion? You’ll learn the survival skills needed to stay ahead of the pack after the rise of the undead. In just one week, you’ll learn the skills and information you’ll need to avoid becoming a zombie snack. Whether you have zombies on your lawn or are surrounded by the walking dead, this program can help you make it out alive.

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Highlight on horses You’re going to love meeting the barn staff and our wonderful furry friends, the horses! We can’t wait to share our love for horses, camp, and the outdoors with you and your friends. Learning about horses, riding horses, and games with horses is what it’s all about in our wonderful and exciting horseback riding programs! Not sure which level to sign up for? Read below to figure out whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced equestrian. (That means horse-rider!)

1 BEGINNER A beginner riding program is designed so the instructors are more “hands-on” with the camper on horseback. We strongly encourage riders to ride independently of the instructor, with minimal assistance. However, if the camper needs to be assisted or led by an instructor while on her horse for the safety of all participants (riders, instructors, horses), then we will do so.

2 INTERMEDIATE An intermediate riding program is designed to further the camper’s/rider’s independent, physically unassisted riding skills. This means that the rider will not require the more hands-on approach of the beginner programs. While the instructor closely monitors the rider, the rider will learn how to better control the animal at a walking pace. If the instructor feels that the safety standards of both horse and rider are met, then the rider will advance into a faster pace called a trot. When the rider has mastered control of both the horse and herself during this faster pace, she will advance to the next level of riding skills.

3 ADVANCED An advanced riding program is designed to help the rider gain full independence from the instructor, while supervised closely, so that the rider furthers their riding skills and knowledge of horses.

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Texlake horse camp schedule Please check eBiz (bit.ly/gsusa-ebiz) for the most up-to-date information on camp availability. a = new for 2017  n = new for 2017  1 = beginner  2 = intermediate  3 = advanced

Dates

Program Name

Lodging

Grade Range

Max

Fee

Notes

1a 1a 1a 1a 1a

Daisy / Brownie Programs (entering grades 1–3) – Half Week 6/11–6/14

Ponies and Floaties

Suncrest

1–3

10

$380

6/18–6/21

Ponies and Floaties

Suncrest

1–3

10

$380

6/25–6/28

Ponies and Floaties

Suncrest

1–3

10

$380

7/16–7/19

Ponies and Floaties

Suncrest

1–3

10

$380

7/23–7/26

Ponies and Floaties

Suncrest

1–3

10

$380

Junior Programs (entering grades 4–5) – Half Week 6/25–6/28

Ready, Set, Ride!

Treehouse

4–5

12

$380

7/16–7/19

Ready, Set, Ride!

Treehouse

4–5

12

$380

7/23–7/26

Ready, Set, Ride!

Treehouse

4–5

12

$380

n1 n1 n1

Brownie Programs (entering grades 2–3) – One Week 6/11–6/16

Hoof Beats

Suncrest

2–3

10

$435

6/18–6/23

Hoof Beats

Suncrest

2–3

10

$435

7/16–7/21

Hoof Beats

Suncrest

2–3

10

$435

7/23–7/28

Hoof Beats

Suncrest

2–3

10

$435

1a 1a 1a 1a

Junior Programs (entering grades 4–5) – One Week Climbing Cowgirl

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

Cowgirl Splash

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

Climbing Cowgirl

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

Cowgirl Splash

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

6/25–6/30

Climbing Cowgirl

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

7/2–7/7

Climbing Cowgirl

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

7/23–7/28

Cowgirl Splash

Treehouse

4–5

12

$475

6/11–6/16 6/18–6/23

1–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–2

Register for horse camps as early as possible – they fill up quickly!

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Dates

Program Name

Lodging

Grade Range

Max

Fee

Notes

2a 2a 2a 1a 2a 2a 1a

Cadette/Senior Programs (entering grades 6–10) – One Week 6/25–6/30

Ropin’ and Riding

Suncrest

6–10

10

$475

7/2–7/7

Horsing Around

Suncrest

6–10

10

$475

Ropin’ and Riding

Suncrest

6–10

10

$475

Saddle Up

Suncrest

6–9

10

$475

Horsing Around

Suncrest

6–10

10

$475

Ropin’ and Riding

Suncrest

6–10

10

$475

Saddle Up

Suncrest

6–9

10

$475

7/9–7/14

2nd-year Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Programs (entering grades 7–12) – Two Weeks 7/9–7/21

Trail Boss

Flora/Fauna

7–12

10

$950

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Texlake horse camp descriptions Climbing Cowgirl Grades 4–5 / Treehouse Spend your days at camp in the two most popular places: the barn and the ropes course! Learn how to ride a horse at a walk and a trot, go on a relaxing trail ride, and conquer the exciting ropes course! This will be a thrilling introduction into intermediate horsemanship skills as well as challenging your climbing skills. This is a beginner moving into intermediate program – instructor-assisted if needed to ensure safety.

Cowgirl Splash Grades 4–5 / Treehouse Get ready to giddy-up and cool off! You’ll have so much fun learning how

to ride horses, going on a trail ride, and kayaking on the lake! Of course, after all that barn fun you’ll need to cool off by splashing in the pool. This is a beginner moving into intermediate program – instructor-assisted if needed to ensure safety.

Hoof Beats Grades 2–3 / Suncrest Learn how to find your groove as you ride a horse with minimal assistance and even go on a trail ride! Learn parts of the horse and parts of the saddle, rock out with horse-themed crafts, and cool off with a daily dip in the pool! This is a beginner, instructor-assisted program.

Horsing Around Grades 6–10 / Suncrest Welcome to our intermediate horsemanship program. During the week you will further advance your horsemanship skills. From grooming and learning how to saddle your own horse to riding, you’ll have a great time! Prerequisite: must be able to control a horse at a walk and a trot in an arena. This is an intermediate program – instructor-assisted only when needed.

Ponies and Floaties Grades 1–3 / Suncrest Want to learn about horses? New to the barn and camp scene? Join our fine, furry friends and get an

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introduction to the wonderful world of horses. In this session, you’ll learn how to groom and ride a horse with the instructor’s assistance. When you’re not having fun at the barn, you can cool down with your new camp friends at the pool! This is a beginner, instructor-assisted program.

Ready, Set, Ride! Grades 4–5 / Treehouse In this brand new program you will get two full horseback riding lessons in our arena, go on a trail ride, and learn to groom our wonderful horses! When you aren’t at the barn, you can cool down at the pool or choose from a wide array of other activities with you brand new camp friends! Our horses can’t wait to meet you! This is a beginner, instructor-assisted program.

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Ropin’ and Riding Grades 6–10 / Suncrest Want to ride horses and enjoy the adventures of the high ropes and challenge course? You’ll have a blast with our Wranglers while taking horseback riding lessons, learning more about horses, and going on a trail ride! Then try your hand at the high ropes and challenge course and test your adventurous spirit! This is an intermediate program – instructor-assisted only when needed.

Saddle Up Grades 6–9 / Suncrest Want to learn how to ride horses? This is the place for you! In this beginner horsemanship program you will learn how to ride a horse

independently, learn more about horses, and chill at the pool with your fellow campers! This is a beginner, instructor-assisted program.

Trail Boss Grades 7–12 / Flora/Fauna Welcome to the ultimate horsemanship experience! Advanced riders only, please! Riders must be able to control your horse at a walk, trot, and canter. Advance your horsemanship skills in riding and groundwork, spend the night at the barn, and experience our brand new Advanced Horsemanship trails, designed just for you! This is an intermediate moving into advanced program – supervised by instructors.

Wrangler-in-Training See page 42 for details.


Girl Scout Camp Leadership Academy (gscla) Our quest to create girls of courage, confidence, and character doesn’t end when school does. We’ve updated all of our camp leadership programs to better develop our young women into the leaders of tomorrow, with a clear emphasis on skill building through the entire progressive leadership program. GSCLA programs combine exciting summer camp activities that you love with leadership training, resulting in a unique, fun, and high-quality adventure for girls who dream big! These courses are progressive and designed based on the ages and skills of the GSCLA campers to give real-world, hands-on leadership learning. Each session of the same program will include similar leadership foundational skills, but as every week’s campers are different, GSCLA attendees who

attend multiple sessions will have the opportunity to develop and practice a wide range of skills. We also encourage GSCLA attendees to try leadership programs at different camps because this allows you to experience a variety of work environments and provides different learning opportunities. While it certainly is possible and encouraged to attend several leadership programs within the same summer, you don’t have to take multiple sessions in a single summer to progress to the next level. However, if applying for the Specialized Leadership Programs in the summer after you take the prerequisite LIT program, we encourage you to keep up your leadership skills throughout the school year by volunteering on weekends at camp or with younger people in your hometown before applying. GSCTX SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 

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The GSCLA program, step-by-step PROGRAM AIDE IN TRAINING (PAT)* GRADES 7–12

* PA training can be completed at one of our camp sessions (see next page) or during the year (watch for listings on eBiz).

ZILKER PROGRAM AIDE (PA) GRADES 7–12

LEADER-INTRAINING (LIT) GRADES 8–12

COUNSELORIN-TRAINING (CIT) GRADES 10–12

WRANGLERIN-TRAINING (WIT) GRADES 10–12

OPERATIONS-INTRAINING (OIT)

SKIPPERIN-TRAINING (SIT)

GRADES 10–12

GRADES 9–12

BECOME A STAFF MEMBER AT ONE OF OUR CAMPS!

REAL-WORLD JOBS!


GIRL SCOUT CAMP LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (GSCLA)

Program Aide in Training (PAT)

Leader-in-Training (LIT)

ENTERING GRADES 7–12

ENTERING GRADES 8–12

Beginner leadership program; no prerequisites. $325 per 1-week session. Participant min. 2; max. 8.

Intermediate leadership program; prerequisite: at least one Camp PAT session, in-person PA training, or equivalent leadership experience. $325 per 1-week session. Participant min. 2; max. 8.

This foundational leadership program is for girls who are just starting their leadership journey. PATs mentor younger girls by sharing skills, testing their knowledge, and trying out their new roles as budding leaders. Attendees in this program will enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming and hiking, while gaining a deeper understanding of what it takes to lead younger campers. Participants will earn at least one Leader in Action (LiA) award during their camp experience along with completing the foundational PA core training. Attendees who have already completed PA core training before their session will get additional leadership skill development during the week to build upon their knowledge.

Dates 6/11–6/16

Lodging

Notes

Kiva

ka ta ta ta ta ta ta ka ta

Flora/Fauna

6/18–6/23

Flora/Fauna

6/25–6/30

Flora/Fauna

7/2–7/7

Flora/Fauna

7/9–7/14

Flora/Fauna

7/16–7/21

Flora/Fauna

7/23–7/28

Wiki-Up Flora/Fauna

Leader-In-Training (LIT) is the second level of your GSCLA journey. This week-long program is designed to build upon the skills participants learned during their Program Aide in Training (PAT) course. LITs will discover the basics of planning and leading programs, conflict resolution, and group management. These future leaders will also learn about individual learning styles along with the developmental characteristics of younger campers. They will even find out what it takes to get accepted into the GSCLA specialized programs to continue their leadership journey.

Dates 6/11–6/16

Lodging

Notes

Wigwam

ka ta ta ta ta ta ta ka ta

Flora/Fauna

6/18–6/23

Flora/Fauna

6/25–6/30

Flora/Fauna

7/2–7/7

Flora/Fauna

7/9–7/14

Flora/Fauna

7/16–7/21

Flora/Fauna

7/23–7/28

Wiki-Up Flora/Fauna

k  Camp Kachina  t Camp Texlake  z  Zilker Day Camp a Air-conditioned living unit

Just getting started on your leadership journey? The two camps listed above are the ideal place to start!

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Zilker Program Aide (PA) ENTERING GRADES 7–12 Beginner/intermediate leadership program; must have had one camp PAT session (see previous page), PA training, or equivalent leadership experience; application required. This is a volunteer position. Participant min. 20; max. 35.

This training experience is for girls at any level along their leadership journey – just starting out or with years of experience. There are so many roles a PA can fill at Zilker Day Camp. She can serve as a group leader, teach crafts and badge work, lead songs and games, or assist staff with daily camp operations. She has the opportunity to mentor younger girls and enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming and hiking, while gaining a deeper understanding of what it takes to lead younger campers. Participants will have the chance to earn at least one Leader in Action (LiA) award during their camp experience along with completing the other foundational PA award requirements. Attendees who have already completed PA core training before their session will get additional leadership skill development during the week to build upon their knowledge. All PAs will gain important volunteer hours that can be applied in many different organizations. PAs who complete all four sessions of Zilker Day Camp, including Extended Care, will earn a week of camp at either Texlake or Kachina for just $100.00 in the month of July, or 50% off a two-week session. See page 9 for more details on Zilker Day Camps.

PA Dates

Lodging

Notes

6/5–6/9

n/a

6/12–6/16

n/a

6/19–6/23

n/a

6/26–6/30

n/a

z z z z

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Specialized leadership programs Specialized Leadership Programs are designed to give participants an in-depth, real world leadership experience in specific areas of camp in a safe and fun environment. Attendees will get on-the-job, skills-based leadership training that they can use in the future. Participants will also discover Going for the Gold and have the chance to get any Gold Award questions answered by a GSCTX staff member. In our specialized leadership programs, you can get experience for the following roles: counselors, operations staff (kitchen, waterfront, programming, etc.) (Texlake only), barn program staff (Texlake only), and sailing program staff (Kachina only). Participants will go through an application process before being selected for the program. The LIT or equivalent training/experience (such as past camp leadership programs) is required before being accepted into a specialized program. Applicants interested in attending more than one specialized program will need to indicate that on their application form. (See page 42 for more information about how to apply.) Remember, if you are applying for the Specialized Leadership Programs the summer after you take the prerequisite LIT program, we encourage you to keep up your leadership skills throughout the school year by volunteering on weekends at camp or with younger people in your hometown before applying. Not all campers are ready for advanced leadership roles at the same age and that’s ok. Some campers may be asked to repeat prior GSCLA sessions or get more experience before being accepted into a specialized leadership program.


GIRL SCOUT CAMP LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (GSCLA)

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

Operations-in-Training (OIT)

ENTERING GRADES 9–12

ENTERING GRADES 10–12

Advanced leadership program; prerequisite: LIT

Advanced leadership program; prerequisite: LIT

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program focuses on providing experiential training to develop skills working directly with younger campers in an outdoor activity setting. CITs will work with seasoned camp staff to help create camp magic for our younger campers, learn the developmental differences when working with different age groups, and hone their skills as mentors. In addition to sharing their individual talents with others, CITs will learn how to plan and implement program ideas, develop effective teaching techniques, and get experience leading in a flexible and fun environment.

Young women interested in discovering the essential, operational side of camp are encouraged to join the Operations-in-Training (OIT) program. The OIT participants will discover the “behind-the-scenes” foundation that helps keep camp running smoothly. OIT attendees spend time shadowing a variety of seasoned staff and developing skills in the camp’s commercial kitchen, working to keep camp functioning with the rangers, discovering the leadership skills it takes to be a camp manager, learning what it takes to run a camp waterfront, and more. OIT campers will even complete a Texas Food Handler’s certification, required for work in any commercial kitchen in Texas. Depending on camp needs and participant skills, extra time will be spent developing OITs in an operational area of their choice that’s best suited to them.

CIT Dates 6/18–6/30 7/9–7/21

Lodging Kiva & Wigwam Flora/Fauna Wiki-Up Flora/Fauna

Notes

OIT Dates

Lodging

6/18–6/30

Flora/Fauna

7/9–7/21

Flora/Fauna

Notes

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Wrangler-in-Training (WIT)

Skipper-in-Training (SIT)

ENTERING GRADES 10–12

ENTERING GRADES 9–12

Advanced leadership program; prerequisite: LIT training or equivalent leadership skills; must be able to provide proof of experience with horses (such as a recommendation letter from a horsemanship trainer or documentation of completing one or more ad-

Advanced leadership program; prerequisite: must have been a GSCTX Mariner or provide proof of sailing

Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) is for participants interested in barn leadership. WITs work closely with the Wranglers, Equestrian Specialist, and Leadership Program Specialist to further their leadership skills at the barn as well as honing their general leadership talents. During their first week, they will spend a portion of their time at the barn, furthering their knowledge of leading equestrian programs as well as spending time with the other GSCLA programs. During the second week, the WITs work even more closely with the Wranglers and the Equestrian Specialist at the barn, learning how to aid in the horsemanship training of campers.

WIT Dates

Lodging

6/18–6/30

Flora/Fauna

7/9–7/21

Flora/Fauna

Notes

Calling all sea-legged leaders! SIT is a program for girls with sailing knowledge to further their own skills while learning and practicing leadership so they can pass on their knowledge to others. During this two-week program, girls will work with the sailing program to learn how to become sailing instructors themselves. During the first week, SITs will focus on developing general leadership skills and techniques while enjoying all camp activities and furthering their own sailing skills. Transitioning to the second week, girls will utilize the leadership skills to assist the sailing Instructor in teaching other sailors. SITs must have sailing experience – US Sailing Small Required sailing skills include, but not limited to: previous experience in sailing solo, ability to tack, ability to jibe without capsizing, and ability to tie the following knots: cleat, figure eight, daisy chain, and the rolling hitch.

SIT Dates

Lodging

7/2–7/14

Kiva

Notes

How to apply to GSCLA To get started on your Girl Scout Camp Leadership Journey, pick the camp and session you wish to attend. Register for your chosen session on eBiz and pay your deposit. Once that step is complete, you will receive an email with more information. It will also contain a link to the GSCLA application. The application is electronic this year, so no printing or scanning will be necessary. Simply fill out the application and submit. You will be notified by email when your application has been approved. At that time you can pay your remaining balance (if necessary) and complete the required health forms. Your application will not be considered if you have not first registered for your chosen session(s).


*FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register my camper? We have two options available for camp registration:

ONLINE REGISTRATION (RECOMMENDED) Our online registration system is the best and quickest way to register for camp. When registering online you may either pay in full or you may put in a $75 deposit to hold your camp space. Registration deadline for each session will be 14 days prior to the camp session start date. Payment deadline is 21 days prior to the camp session start date. If you choose to pay only the $75 deposit, the second and final payment will be due no later than 21 days prior to the camp session start date. You may pay this balance any time before the deadline by logging into your eBiz account. Click on the Pay Now button to process your payment. Paying through eBiz is the quickest and most secure method to

pay your camp balance. However, if you would prefer to call us with your credit card information, we will accept payment over the phone as well, and of course you can always send a check through the mail to our Council address. If full payment is not received by 21 days prior to the camp start date, the camp registration will be cancelled and the deposit will be forfeited. Any registrations received after 21 days prior but BEFORE the Registration Deadline must pay the balance in FULL. Girl Scout Dough (also known as Cookie Dough) may also be used to pay for summer camp but cannot be applied directly online. To use Girl Scout Dough as payment, fill out a GS Dough Summer Camp form and send to customercare@gsctx.org. Once the form is processed, you will receive an email confirming the payment and you may then pay the balance due online.

FAQs* To register online, visit our website at www.gsctx.org/camps. From there, click on Summer Camp Registration. From this page, follow the links to the particular camp session your camper wants to attend. You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you register.

PAPER REGISTRATION If you are unable to register online or prefer paper registration, please complete our Resident Camp Registration Form, available on our website. Send the form with payment (either pay in full or pay a $75 deposit to hold the space) to our Camp Registrar at: Girl Scouts of Central Texas Attn: Camp Registrar 12012 Park Thirty-Five Circle Austin, TX 78753. Final payment for your camp registration must be received by council by no later than 21 days prior to the camp start date to hold your camper’s space. Please allow 5–7 business days for your


FAQS

camp registration to be processed. Once your camp registration has been processed you will be emailed a confirmation with further instructions for payment and other camp necessities.

After I register, when will I receive more info about camp? You will receive an email confirmation immediately after registering online, which contains important information and links to forms that may be required for your particular camp session. Health Forms: Your confirmation email will include links to two packets. One contains more specific information about your camp experience and ways to help you prepare. The other contains all the forms you need to complete before your camp session. We have streamlined the paperwork process this year by reducing the number of forms and making them fillable PDFs. All health forms and waivers must be completed and brought with you to camp. Additional staff will be on hand during check-in to make turning in of forms quicker and more efficient than ever.

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need it. Please complete our Financial Partnership form and send to deborahi@gsctx.org to start the process. Financial Partnership Forms should be completed at least four weeks before your camp session.

WHAT IS FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP? Financial Partnerships are available to registered Girl Scouts for assistance with summer camp registration. Because GSCTX is a non-profit organization, Financial Partnership funding is limited to the budgeted funds available. The Financial Partnership budget may be exhausted at any point in a membership year. If you are interested in applying for a Financial Partnership, please submit an application as early as possible. For high-value events like summer camp, Financial Partnership awards can reach a maximum of $400 per membership year. (Note: not all applicants will qualify for the full $400 amount.) All Financial Partnership applications must be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. Be sure to fill in all spaces and answer all questions on the application. Incomplete applications will be returned to the parent/guardian of the applicant for completion. This will delay the processing of your application. Financial Partnership award amounts are calculated using a scale system; therefore, it is not necessary to

include letters or explanations of special circumstances with your applications. Applicants who join Girl Scouts after one or both of the Council sponsored product sales events for the current membership year may apply for Financial Partnership. Financial Partnership’s awarded to girls who register after both Council sponsored Product Sales events, will be reduced by 25%. Only one Financial Partnership is awarded per girl, per membership year. If the camp program awarded is filled, the applicant may use the Financial Partnership award towards another GSTCX camp program of equal value. The balance due must still be paid for that camp as well. Financial Partnership will not be considered or awarded for camps held at another GS council.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP? To be considered for Financial Partnership, each girl must be registered for the current year and must have participated in both of the Council-sponsored Product Sales events (Fall Products and Cookie Sales). For girls registering after one or both sales events, Financial Partnership awards will be reduced based on participation. Each applicant must sell a minimum of 10 units (nuts or magazines) of Fall Products, and a minimum of 48 boxes of


FAQS

cookies to be eligible for Financial Partnership.

If my plans change, can I get a refund?

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP DEADLINES/ MEETING DATES?

While we hope that you are able to join us this summer for camp, we know that sometimes things happen and a change has to be made to your registration date. Up through two weeks prior to your camp’s start date, a full refund is available (minus a $75 fee). After this date, no refunds are available.

processing and notification. Applications received less than two weeks before an event will not be processed. When applications are submitted after an event has passed, or if your payment is made prior to submitting a Financial Partnership application, no Financial Partnership amount is awarded.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP WAS AWARDED OR DENIED FOR MY CAMPER? Applicants will be notified by letter via US mail. All responses will be sent to the parent or guardian listed on the application. Financial Partnership cards indicating the approved award amount will be issued with letters to girls approved to receive Financial Partnership.

CAN I APPLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT AFTER THE CAMP HAS OCCURRED? Financial Partnerships will not be used to reimburse for camp registration. You must apply for a Financial Partnership in advance.

What if bad weather happens during camp? Our outdoor activities are dependent upon the weather. In the case of bad weather (lightning, thunder, and high winds) it may become too dangerous to continue with the activity. The decision to cancel an activity due to bad weather is left up to the expertise/discretion of the instructor/ director leading and trained in the safety standards of the activity.

While alternative activities will keep campers happy and entertained during their stay, we will do our absolute best to reschedule any canceled activities, depending on the weather and time/day of the week. Some examples of this are: ⏵

Sailing in high winds can be risky and the possibility of the vessel capsizing becomes dangerously high. Swimming in any body of water is very dangerous in the event of a thunderstorm. (Lightning can travel as far as The ropes course elements can become too wet and can also become a lightning attractant during a storm. Our horses, while very well trained, can become scared (spooked) and be too dangerous to ride in thunderstorms, high winds, and hard rain.

We want to encourage you to not worry, as our camp is on high ground. Our staff is trained on what to do and where to go during bad/severe weather. We do not want to put you in any danger trying to go to camp. If there is an event that we need you to pick up your camper, we will implement our Emergency plan and our camp team will contact you with specific information of when and where to pick up your camper.

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Please do not put yourself in danger needlessly.

How can I stay in touch with my camper? GOT MAIL? Campers LOVE to get mail. You can bring camper mail for the entire week and save yourself some postage. During check-in, we will have labeled bins for each day of the week (Monday–Friday) that campers get mail. Make sure to include the camper’s name and program session name. Before dropping off camper mail in the bins provided, please make sure to include: Camper Name Camper Session Name (S’mores and More, Full STEAM Ahead, etc.) Camper Living Unit (Fauna, Starlight 1, Suncrest A, etc.) Send your camper an email to her camp’s email address: CampKachina@gsctx.org or CampTexlake@gsctx.org. Include your campers name, session name, and living unit in the subject line. Please don’t send emails before your camper’s session starts. Also remember campers won’t be able to respond via email. If you want to send something to your camper via USPS, each camp’s mailing address is hte 46 

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same as the driving/physical address, but keep in mind that anything mailed after Monday doesn’t always arrive before checkout on Friday, as each camp is in a rural area.

PHOTOS We know how much fun your camper has with us and understand your wanting us to share photos of her camp experience with you! While we do our best to get action photos, our top priority is making sure your camper is having the best summer camp experience possible. Please also note that some families do not want their camper’s photo to be taken or posted online – we absolutely respect their request. Thanks for your understanding! Here are a few other things to keep in mind: ⏵⏵ We will upload a group photo of each program by Wednesday evening of your campers’ program week. ⏵⏵ Candid shots of girls at activities and all camp events will be uploaded the following week, after your camper has departed, in an effort to maximize our staff time and to create a memorable experience for our campers. Checking out these photos with your camper will be a great way to relive their camp adventure!

⏵⏵ Camp staff will NOT interrupt our campers’ experience to take photos, nor will we force campers to take photos if they don’t want to. ⏵⏵ Candid photos are often taken while girls are doing various activities. If you really want to make sure your camper gets in the photos posted online, encourage her to keep an eye out for the camp staff member taking photos and to not be afraid to get in front of the camera. ⏵⏵ Don’t worry if your camper doesn’t have a beaming smile in every photo. Sometimes campers are thinking or concentrating on their activity and may not always have a big smile. If we ever have concerns about your camper while she is at camp, we will contact you. ⏵⏵ We will NOT take or post any pictures of campers that don’t have a photo release on file with GSCTX, including group photos. This permission will be part of your confirmation paperwork. Campers without a photo release on file may be asked to wear something nondescript (like a neck bolo or handkerchief) to identify them during large group activities so staff taking pictures can comply with the wishes of parents not


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wanting photos taken of their campers. ⏵⏵ Campers are welcome to bring disposable or digital cameras to camp, in fact we encourage it to capture the fun from their point of view. Keep in mind that only digital cameras are allowed. We still restrict other devices (such as cell phones and gaming systems) as an important part of learning to “unplug” from the online world, even if those devices also take pictures. Please see our technology policy in the next section for further details.

CELL PHONES AND TECHNOLOGY More than ever before, this year’s campers have grown up in a world connected by technological devices. An important hallmark of camp is to balance this reality with a high-quality outdoor experience aimed at inspiring respect for the natural world year-round. In order to provide this important experience, we require campers to leave all electronics at home. Any cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, handheld game devices, e-readers, iPads, tablets, or other computer-like objects brought to camp by campers will be collected and stored in the camp director’s office until the camper is picked up. We also

highly discourage campers from bringing hair dryers or curling irons. We appreciate your family’s efforts to support this important requirement!

Can my camper stay with her friend while she’s at camp? At resident camp, we place our campers into cabins by program. While one cabin may house campers in more than one program, girls who are in different programs and request each other as buddies will not be housed together. While more than half of our campers come to camp without a buddy, 100% of campers are sure to make new friends at camp, whether accompanied by a buddy or participating individually. We allow campers to request one buddy at resident camp. While we do our best to place buddies we cannot make any guarantees. We do not allow cabin requests. Buddy requests must be entered as part of the registration process and buddies must request each other.

What does the camp do to protect the girls’ health?

of the National Pediculosis Association, we follow the no lice, no nit guideline. Campers with either lice or nits will be sent home for treatment to ensure the health and safety of the rest of our campers. The camper may be admitted to camp for a later session once she is lice and nit free. The payment for your session will be applied to a future camp in the summer and if no camps for your camper’s age are available, you will receive a refund minus the $75 deposit. For prevention, we highly encourage parents to check for lice prior to arriving at camp as we check each camper during check in. Further information about lice and lice prevention can be found at www.headlice.org.

ZIKA GSCTX camp staff are monitoring the situation with the Zika virus and recommend you follow protection tips suggested by the CDC, including packing mosquito repellent with DEET. Find more information here: www.cdc.gov/zika/ index.html, including the latest news and tips for prevention.

LICE All campers will be checked for head lice during the check in process. Upon recommendation

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Tips for first-time campers Missing home We prefer the phrase “missing home” to the old term of “homesickness” because there is nothing wrong with a camper missing home. Missing home is not an illness – it’s the natural result of separating from home and loved ones. Almost all children (and grown-ups!) miss home when they’re away from it. People’s feelings simply vary in intensity.

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⏵⏵ having low expectations of camp ⏵⏵ feeling forced to go to camp ⏵⏵ being unsure whether adults will help them if they need help ⏵⏵ little practice coping with negative emotions ⏵⏵ parents expressing a lot of anxiety before the camper has even arrived Surprisingly, research has shown some factors have nothing to do with the intensity of missing home, including geographic distance between home and camp and the presence of a friend from home at camp.

Missing home is not usually problematic. If a child’s feelings of sadness and anxiety associated with missing home become so strong that making friends, having fun, sleeping, eating, and participating in activities is difficult, we will take action.

YOU CAN HELP! The best remedy for missing home is a partnership between families and camp staff:


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THE BEST AT-HOME PREVENTION STRATEGIES INCLUDE: ⏵⏵ working together as a family to select a camp, plan, and pack ⏵⏵ spending practice time away from home, such as a long weekend at a friend’s house ⏵⏵ experimenting with the best coping strategies during this practice separation ⏵⏵ preparing pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes to bring to camp Parents’ most common mistake is making the Pick-Up Deal. Tell your child that feelings of missing home are normal and help her practice coping before camp starts. But try not to say, “If you feel homesick, I’ll come and get you.” This conveys a message of doubt that undermines children’s confidence and independence. Pick-Up Deals become mental crutches and self-fulfilling prophecies for children as soon as they arrive at camp. If, after spending practice time away from home, a child is still very anxious about overnight camp, consider waiting until next summer for an overnight camp or trying a day camp. Keep youngsters informed of what’s going on at home, but avoid going into great detail since the young adventurers might feel they’re missing something back home. Directors advise parents not to mention how much they

miss their children or “that the dog and cat miss them.” Don’t worry! Your natural reaction is to call on the first day just about bedtime to see how your camper is doing. Remember, counselors are trained to recognize and deal with symptoms of missing home. If we have concerns about your camper, be assured we will contact you. We’re partners in your child’s summer camp adventure!

LEARNING INDEPENDENCE AT CAMP Self-discovery is an important part of the camp experience. Please, no visiting campers during camp sessions. Parents/ guardians are encouraged to tour the camp and talk with staff at the time of arrival, departure or during camp open house, details on page 6. The American Camp Association recommends that parents who want to learn more about preventing and managing missing home/homesickness read The Summer Camp Handbook, by Christopher Thurber, Ph.D, and Jon Malinowski, Ph.D., available from the American Camp Association (www.acabookstore.org), Amazon, or your local bookstore. Following are some tips from the American Camp Association to consider before your child leaves for camp:

DO’S ⏵⏵ If possible, visit the camp ahead of time so that your child will be familiar with the cabins and other general surroundings (see page 6 for camp open house dates) ⏵⏵ Consider arranging for a first-time camper to attend with a close friend, relative, or camp “buddy.” ⏵⏵ Do not tell your child in advance that you will “rescue” her from camp if he/she doesn’t like it. ⏵⏵ Discuss what camp will be like long before your child leaves, acknowledging her feelings; consider role-playing anticipated camp situations such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom. ⏵⏵ Allow your child to pack a favorite stuffed animal and/or picture so that your child will have a reminder of home. If you’re concerned about adjustment problems (such as missing home) while your child is at camp: ⏵⏵ Talk candidly with the camp director to obtain her perception of your child’s adjustment. ⏵⏵ Resist the temptation to “rescue” your child from this experience. ⏵⏵ Acknowledge your child’s feelings and communicate your love. You might say,

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TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME CAMPERS To keep your camper excited when talking to her before camp and in your letters:

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“You’ll have so much fun!”

“I’ll miss you!”

“Make new friends!”

“Wish your friend could go with you!”

“Challenge yourself and try new things!”

“If you don’t like camp, I’ll come pick you up.”

“Write to me about all the fun you are having!”

“I wish we could talk on the phone while you’re at camp.”

“I cannot wait to hear about your week!”

“Hope you aren’t missing me too much!”

“If you still feel this way in two days, we’ll discuss what we can do.” Support your child’s efforts to work out the problems with the help of the camp staff. Remind her, if necessary, that she has made a commitment. Encourage your child’s independence throughout the year. Practice separations, such as sleep-overs at a friend’s house, can simulate the camp environment. Involve your child in the process of choosing a camp. The more the child owns the decision, the more comfortable the child will feel being at camp. Honor the GSCTX no-cellphone policy. Don’t use bribery. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object sends

the wrong message. The reward should be your child’s new-found confidence and independence. ⏵⏵ When a “rescue letter” comes from the child, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective. Avoid the temptation to take the child home early. ⏵⏵ Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development. ⏵⏵ Give your child pre-addressed, stamped envelopes or postcards so that they can keep you informed of camp activities.

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What counselors wish parents knew ⏵⏵ If you pack with your camper, make sure she knows what she has and where it is. Also, please understand that at the end of camp, your daughter will be re-packing herself. ⏵⏵ Please let your unit counselors know if your child regularly wets the bed. This way, they can be prepared to discreetly change the sheets and wash bedding and nightclothes in the morning, while the girls are at breakfast. ⏵⏵ Please send pre-addressed and stamped envelopes with your daughter to write home. ⏵⏵ Bring towels for swimming and showering. ⏵⏵ Sisters do not necessarily make the best buddies. ⏵⏵ Please don’t tell your daughter she can call or go home if she gets homesick. ⏵⏵ Girls will be expected to help clean up after themselves. Let them practice at home with simple chores. ⏵⏵ Flip-flops make good “shower shoes.” ⏵⏵ Practice letting your daughter shower herself and wash/ brush her own hair before coming to camp. ⏵⏵ Pack a few extra changes of clothes in case hers get wet or muddy and she needs to change in the middle of the day.


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Resident camp suggested packing list PLEASE LABEL CAMPER’S ITEMS WITH PERMANENT MARKER. LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ LJLJ

Sleeping bag or bedroll Pillow Flashlight (A MUST! with new batteries) Insect repellent (non-aerosol types that contain DEET preferred) Waterproof sun screen (at least SPF 30) Bandana Duffle bag or trunk to carry sleeping gear, toiletries, changes of clothes Day pack or drawstring bag to carry personal items Swimming gear Personal hygiene items Hat with a brim Reusable water bottle Underwear Socks Shirts Shorts Sleepwear Closed-toe shoes (NO flip flops or sandals are allowed) Lake shoes (closed-toe preferred; old tennis shoes work best) Article of clothing to tie dye Mess kit for cookout night Reading materials Stuffed animal or special item from home Cards or games for rest time Supplies to mail letters home

You will receive a more detailed packing list specific to your program after you register. Please pay close attention to that packing list as each program has different needs that will be reflected in your list.

WHAT NOT TO BRING Suggestions from seasoned campers ⏵⏵ food or snacks (they attract bugs and other critters) ⏵⏵ electronics ⏵⏵ valuables ⏵⏵ make-up ⏵⏵ jewelry ⏵⏵ nice clothes or shoes (bring clothes that can get dirty and that encourage movement – not blouses, flats, nice jeans, dresses, or skirts) GSCTX staff are not responsible for any items that are lost or misplaced during your camper’s visit, so be sure to pack carefully.

SWIMSUITS AT CAMP We highly recommend you send your camper with a single-piece swimsuit. (You may also want to pack a cover-up.) Due to the active nature of camp and the large number of hours spent in the sun, we want to make sure to protect your camper as much as possible, and that includes recommending the safest swimwear for your camper. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Contact information can be found on page 7.

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