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summer? Contents 3 From Your Camp Team 5 Camp at a Glance 6 Camp Alice Pittenger 7 Camp Opportunties 8 Camp Activities 9 Camp Traditions 10 Weeklong Resident Camps 12 Weekend Camps 13 Midweek Camps 15 Camp Information 16 Health Services 17 Registration & Payment 18 Campership Program 19 Camp Registration Form 20 Campership Application 21 Leadership Camp Application 22 Camp Calendar

Camp registration opens January 15, 2014! Supported by:

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Girls, are you interested in having some amazing adventures while meeting new friends? Do you see yourself horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, star gazing, and swimming this summer?

Girl Scout camp offers all these opportunities and much more! We invite you to take a look through this 2014 camp guide and see how you can join in on the fun, friends and adventure! Girl Scouts of Silver Sage offers camp opportunities for girls entering 1st-12th grade (in the fall of 2014) at Camp Alice Pittenger in McCall, Idaho. At camp, each girl will develop leadership and teambuilding skills, learn to take risks and develop new skills. Girls will explore their creative side and reconnect with old friends while making new ones! Register for camp by filling out the form in the camp guide or visit our website at www.girlscouts-ssc.org. Registration will open on January 15, 2014. Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer! Your Camp Team, Molly “Wheezy” Loveless, Outdoor Program Manager Carol “Echo” Ashton, Camp Registrar

For more information, call 208-377-2011 or 800-846-0079 or e-mail camp@girlscouts-ssc.org

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Friends , Fun, Adventure!

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Camp at a Glance


Camp at a Glance Girls get a chance to try new things, make new friends, and reconnect with other Girl Scouts. It’s a place where girls find their adventurous side, and find the courage and confidence to take risks in a fun and safe environment. Camp is the place where girls have the freedom to be themselves!

Our Camp

Camp Alice Pittenger (CAP) is located near Ponderosa State Park

on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho. CAP features water activities, including swimming, tubing, lake kayaking, and canoeing. Girls also explore arts and the great outdoors.

Who Can Attend

Girls entering 2nd through 12th grades in the Fall of 2014 are invited to attend any of our camps. Girls entering 1st grade in the Fall of 2014 can attend Girls’ Weekend and Jack & Jill Weekend. You do not have to be involved in Girl Scouts prior to camp, however you must register before camp.

Dates

June through August. Weeklong resident camps, Weekend Core camps, Leadership Camp and weekend camps are available. Please refer to pages 10-13 for camp descriptions and page 22 for the camp calendar.

Arrival and Departure Times

Weeklong camp: arrive Sunday between 4–5 pm; leave Friday morning between 9–10 am. Short n’ Sweet campers leave Wednesday morning between 9-10 am. Weekend Camps: arrive Friday between 4–5 pm; leave Sunday between 11–12:00 pm (lunch not provided on day of departure).

Staff

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage management staff recruit and screen mature, qualified candidates who have a desire to share their enthusiasm for camping and the outdoors with your camper. Selection of camp staff is based on the individual’s experience, ability to serve as a role model, and a genuine desire to work with girls. All camp staff are background-checked and must have current first-aid and CPR certification. Pre-camp training includes program guidance, camping skill enhancement, human relation skills, and more. Qualified staff direct water activities, archery, team challenge courses, and other areas.

Camp at a Glance

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Camp Alice Pittenger

Nestled among the majestic pines, Camp Alice Pittenger (CAP) is located on the beautiful shores of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho.

Activities

CAP features water activities, including swimming, tubing, lake funyakking, and canoeing as well as off-site horseback riding during Paddle & Saddle camps. Girls experience the team challenge course, archery, hiking, and Girl Scout camp traditions (details on page 8).

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Camp Alice Pittenger

Facilities

Girls sleep in one of 30 bunkhouse cabins and take hot showers in a ‘sky lit’ shower house. There is a main lodge that features a full commercial kitchen and dining hall. Meals are provided to campers at every summer camp session.


Camp Opportunties Weeklong Resident Camp

At weeklong camp, girls will stay for three to five nights, depending on the session and will be placed in units according to grade level. Programming includes water activities, challenge course, archery, arts and crafts and more!

Leadership Camp

This two-week leadership camp provides girls entering 10th-12th grade the chance to strengthen leadership skills and become role models for younger campers. They will also learn how to lead and develop camp programs while participating in all the fun adventures camp has to offer. Girls wishing to attend this session must apply and will be approved on an individual basis. Space is limited. See page 21 for an application.

Weekend Camps

Weekend camps are the perfect opportunity for girls to get acquainted with camp before taking on a full week of resident camp. Weekend camps include Core Camp (Troop Camping), Girls’ Weekend, and Jack & Jill. Girls enjoy various waterfront activities, funyakking, canoeing, arts and crafts, and much more. Meals are provided as well as lifeguards, activity directors, and medical staff. *All adults attending a weekend camp must be or become an approved Girl Scouts of Silver Sage volunteer.

Midweek Camp

Are you looking for a weekend session during the week? This year, we’re offering midweek camps, weekend camp style in order to accomodate every schedule! Midweek Core Camp or Girls’ Weekend are 2-night sessions that run Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday. Girls attending midweek sessions take on the team challenge course, spend time at the archery range, have a good time in a canoe or funyak, and take a hike in Ponderosa State Park, splash around with their friends in Payette Lake and so much more! Girls also get to sing songs and roast marshmallows around the campfire. *All adults attending a weekend camp must be or become an approved Girl Scouts of Silver Sage volunteer.

Camp Opportunities

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Camp Activities Archery

Camp staff lead girls in archery technique, terminology, safe practices, and shooting practice.

Swimming

Camp Alice Pittenger has a designated swimming area in Payette Lake. Swim ability will be determined during a swim assessment. Life vests are available and certified lifeguards are on duty.

Boating & Tubing

Certified waterfront staff surpervise all boating activities and everyone wears a personal flotation device. Girls can sail the waters on canoes, funyaks or take a ride on the pontoon boat. Girls may also have the option to go tubing.

Arts and Crafts

At the Tinker Shop, girls will have the opportunity to work on craft projects ranging from friendship bracelets to nature crafts and much more!

Hiking

Ponderosa State Park is easily accessed from our camp. Girls go on supervised hikes through the tall pines along the Lily Marsh, Meadow Marsh and Huckleberry Bay trails.

Challenge Course

Our challenge course is a low-ropes course where girls learn about teamwork, leadership, and trust.

Cookouts and Overnights

At resident camp, girls prepare and cook their own meals over a campfire every Wednesday. During Challenge Week, girls 4th grade and above even get to spend the night on an island!

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Camp Activities


Camp Traditions

Polar Bear Challenge

When the sun goes down and the temperature begins to drop, girls, counselors, and lifeguards line the docks at CAP and take part in the Polar Bear Challenge! With an official countdown, everyone who wants to participate jumps off the dock into Payette Lake and swims together to the shore.

Pixi Parties

Pixi parties are a special bonding experience for girls at camp. Girls dress up, opt to be blindfolded, and are led through camp. They jump over imaginary logs and puddles, duck under imaginary trees, and eventually end up at the party. They dance, eat dessert, and have fun!

All Camp

All campers and staff come together to enjoy fun games and challenges. This is a great opportunity for each unit to bond with girls from different age groups and units in camp.

Opening and Closing Campfire

Opening campfire is a special introduction to the camp week. Campers meet counselors, sing camp songs, and make s’mores. At closing campfire, girls prepare skits or lead songs in front of the whole camp.

Camp Traditions

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Weeklong Resident Camps

Session 1 Paddle & Saddle

$385

June 29th –July 4th (5 nights)

Session 2 Paddle & Saddle

$385

July 6th- July 11th (5 nights)

Campers get the best of both worlds during this weeklong camp. Girls will get two 3 hour sessions of horseback riding as well as the adventure of water camp on beautiful Payette Lake. They will learn all about proper horse care and take fantastic trail rides. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to experience both the horses and water camp as space is limited. Camps fill quickly!

Campers get the best of both worlds during this weeklong camp. Girls will get two 3 hour sessions of horseback riding as well as the adventure of water camp on beautiful Payette Lake. They will learn all about proper horse care and take fantastic trail rides. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to experience both the horses and water camp as space is limited. Camps fill quickly!

Session 3 A Bit of This, A Bit of That

Session 4 Challenge Week

$295

July 13th –July 18th (5 nights)

Experience all of the traditional camp activities with a twist! Girls attending this session take on the team challenge course, spend time at the archery range, have a ‘paddlin’ good time in a canoe or funyak, take a hike in Ponderosa State Park and splash around with their friends in Payette Lake!

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Weeklong Resident Camp

$295

July 20th –July 25th (5 nights) Ready for a little competition? Discover your inner super hero and show your Girl Scout strength during this session. Girls participate in the team challenge course, compete in camp games and activities, and much more. Girls in 4th grade and higher will practice their outdoor survival skills and camp overnight on the island!


Session 5 A Bit of This, A Bit of That

$295

$175

August 10th –August 13th (3 nights)

August 3rd –August 8th (5 nights)

Experience all of the traditional camp activities with a twist! Girls attending this session take on the team challenge course, spend time at the archery range, have a ‘paddlin’ good time in a canoe or funyak, take a hike in Ponderosa State Park and splash around with their friends in Payette Lake!

Special Session Leadership Camp

Session 6 Short 'n Sweet

$295

July 6th – July 18th (12 nights) This two-week leadership camp provides girls entering 10th-12th grade the chance to strengthen leadership skills and become role models for younger campers. They will also learn how to lead and develop camp programs while participating in all the fun adventures camp has to offer. Girls wishing to attend this session must apply and will be approved on an individual basis. Space is limited. See page 21 for an application.

Are you looking for a three night adventure? If so this is the session for you! Girls attending this session take on the team challenge course, spend time at the archery range, canoe or funyak, and take a hike in Ponderosa State Park, splash around with their friends in Payette Lake and so much more!

"I love camp because you meet new friends and get out of your comfort zone!"

Weeklong Resident Camp

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Weekend Camps Weekend 1 Girls'’ Weekend*

$100

per person

At Girls’ Weekend, girls will get a taste of what resident camp is all about by spending the weekend with a significant female figure in her life. Campers will get a chance to bond while participating in camp activities.

$100

per person

This fun weekend camp is a great opportunity for dads, uncles, grandpas or older brothers who are 18 and over to bond with the special Girl Scout in his life. At Jack & Jill Weekend, guys and girls will get to experience a taste of resident camp.

Weekend 4 Jack & Jill Weekend**

$100

per person

August 8th-August 10th (2 nights)

July 25th-July 27th (2 nights) At Girls’ Weekend, girls will get a taste of what resident camp is all about by spending the weekend with a significant female figure in her life. Campers will get a chance to bond while participating in camp activities.

Weekend 5 Core Camp (Troops)*

$100

per person

July 11th-July 13th (2 nights)

June 27th-June 29th (2 nights)

Weekend 3 Girls’' Weekend*

Weekend 2 Jack & Jill Weekend**

This fun weekend camp is a great opportunity for dads, uncles, grandpas or older brothers who are 18 and over to bond with the special Girl Scout in his life. At Jack & Jill Weekend, guys and girls will get to experience a taste of resident camp.

$100

per person

August 15th- August 17th (2 nights) Bring your troop and enjoy a weekend of fun and adventure! Girls enjoy various waterfront activities, arts and crafts, and much more. There is also free time for the troop to bond at camp, or prepare a skit to perform at campfire. Please feel free to bring or make SWAPS to share with the other troops!

* All adults attending are required to be an approved Girl Scout volunteer. ** Girls will sleep in the same cabin as their chaperone. If you know of another male that is planning to attend and you would like to share a cabin please sign up as a cabin group, as space is very limited due to sleeping arrangements.

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Weekend Camps


Midweek Camps

Midweek 1 Core Camp* July 28th –July 30th (2 nights)

$100

per person

Are you looking for a weekend session during the week? If so, this is the session for you! Bring your troop and enjoy a weekend of fun and adventure! Girls enjoy various waterfront activities, arts and crafts, and much more. There is also free time for the troop to bond at camp, or prepare a skit to perform at campfire. Please feel free to bring or make SWAPS to share with the other troops! Campers arrive Monday between 4 and 5 pm and depart Wednesday between 10 and 11 am.

Midweek 2 Girls' Weekend* July 30th –August 1st (2 nights)

$100

per person

Are you looking for a weekend session during the week? If so, this is the session for you! At Girls’ Weekend, girls will get a taste of what resident camp is all about by spending the weekend with a significant female figure in her life. Campers will get a chance to bond while participating in camp activities. Campers arrive Wednesday between 4 and 5 pm and depart Friday between 10 and 11 am.

* All adults attending are required to be an approved Girl Scout volunteer.

Midweek Camps

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"Camp taught me that I'm stronger than I think I am!"

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Camp Information


Camp Information

Camp Buddies

Girls will make new friends while at camp. However, they may also request one friend in the same grade level to attend as a camp buddy. To ensure placement together, both girls must submit camp registration forms with her buddy’s name.

Camp Visitors

Parents may receive a camp tour when they drop off their camper. Because camp is a growing experience for girls, visiting campers during a session is not permitted and campers cannot be contacted by telephone. Please do not promise your camper she will be able to call home. You are encouraged to write letters.

Electronic Equipment

So all girl campers can enjoy the full camp experience, cell phones and other electronic devices (iPods, MP3 players, CD players, handheld games, etc.) are not allowed at camp. Digital cameras are the exception to this rule and are allowed at camp. If a camper is caught using an electronic device, it will be removed, labeled with her name, and returned at the end of the camp session.

Weather

Expected Camper Behavior

Campers exhibiting inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to biting, hitting, refusing to participate in a program, not following staff directions, bullying, or creating a hostile and unsafe environment will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian immediately with no refund.

Sleeping Arrangements

At Camp Alice Pittenger, girls sleep in bunkhouse cabins. Each girl will have her own bunk with a camp mattress. Counselors will have their own quarters in the same area, always within sight and sound of the girls.

Camp Care Packs

Camp Care Packs are a great way to brighten your camper’s day and letting her know you are thinking of her while she is at camp. In a super-cute day pack she will find a stuffed cuddly friend, and some other really wonderful items she will be using at camp daily. It makes the perfect gift for her time away from home. Watch for an order form in your parent packet!

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage reserves the right to alter activities due to weather conditions. Alternative options will be offered to replace an activity cancelled due to weather. Our primary concern is for the girls’ safety, and every effort will be made to reschedule activities. No refunds or adjustments in fees will be made.

Camp Information

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Health Services Physical Examinations

Health history forms are sent with parent packets to document each camper’s health status. Girls and adults attending more than three days of camp will be required to have a health exam (within the last 24 months from the session’s opening date). No camper will be admitted to camp without a current Health History Form, which you will turn in upon arrival at camp. Girls and adults attending less than three days of camp need to complete the first page of the Health History Form and bring it to camp.

Medical Professionals

Camps have a medical professional on site. Parents will be notified if there’s an emergency. Area medical centers are on-call if illness or injury requires additional attention.

Health Screening

Girls and adults will go through a brief health screening upon arrival at camp. Girls and adults found to have a high temperature or contagious disease will be sent home. All participants are checked for head lice during check-in at camp and if found, the camper will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian for treatment and cleared by a doctor before being allowed back at camp. The health supervisor has the right to refuse admittance to any girl/ adult who does not meet acceptable health standards. Note: This health screening does not eliminate the need for a health exam for girls and adults attending more than three days of camp.

Medication

The health supervisor will administer prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Note: MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN ORIGINAL CONTAINERS AND WILL ONLY BE ADMINISTERED TO THE SPECIFIC PERSON TO WHOM IT WAS PRESCRIBED.

Physical Requirements

Programs at Camp Alice Pittenger require that participants are able to walk up and down hill, on uneven trails, and hike up to a mile. To participate in any program, girls must be able to listen and follow all directions, wear required safety equipment, and perform the physical requirements of the activity.

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Health Services

Health and Hygiene

Girls need to be able to take care of their basic health and hygiene such as applying sunscreen, brushing their hair and teeth each day, showering, and changing their clothes each day. Counselors will help cue girls with basic needs, however girls are ultimately responsible for selfcare.

Family Emergency

In case of a family emergency, parents are supplied with the camp pager number for the Camp Director.

Refunds Due to Illness

Partial refunds are made only if a girl becomes ill and cannot attend her camp session as scheduled. A physician’s note is required and a request for the refund must be submitted in writing to Girl Scouts of Silver Sage within one week after the end of camp session. No refunds are given if a girl returns home during camp because of homesickness, inappropriate behavior, and/ or other circumstances. Note: The Camp Director reserves the right to request any child who is unable to adapt to camp living be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Special Dietary Needs

Girls are provided three nutritious meals and snacks daily. Basic special diets can be accommodated, including, lactose intolerance, vegetarian, and simple allergies (camper must understand her allergy and know what foods not to eat). Campers with moderate-tosevere allergies need to be able to fully manage their allergies at camp. We cannot guarantee a child will not come in contact with any type of food or allergen during her stay. Campers with gluten free diets will be charged an additional $20 for gluten free food. Please be sure to note special dietary needs on the registration form.

Homesickness

Homesickness is a natural reaction for girls being away from home, especially for the first time. Camp staff is trained to deal with homesickness and will work with the camper on an individual basis. If the problem persists, the Camp Director will be notified and parents will be contacted. To help prepare first-time campers for being away from home, we encourage parents to research homesickness tips on the Internet.


Registration & Payment Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough is earned by girls participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and can be used as payment toward camp. Adults attending our Girls’ Weekends or Jack & Jill Weekend camps can use their daughter’s Cookie Dough. For our Weekend Core camps, Cookie Dough can only be used by girls. Cookie Dough may be transferred among sisters, but cannot be transferred to other individuals. This a wonderful opportunity for a girl to pay her way to camp!

Deposits

In anticipation of a camper’s attendance, various expenses are incurred, such as supplies, equipment, registration, and camp staffing costs. Accordingly, there is a non-refundable deposit as follows: • $50 deposit per camper for weeklong resident camps. • $50 deposit per group for weekend and midweek camps. The deposit is applied to the session cost. If a session is cancelled by the participant, the deposit is retained.

Camperships (Financial Assistance)

Camperships are available to registered girls of the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage and are granted based on need. Only one campership per girl, per summer, please. Selections will be made by committee review. A campership application is available on page 20 and on our website at www.girlscoutsssc.org.

"Girl Scout camp is where I feel safe to be me!"

Steps to Register for Camp:

1. Select the camp session. 2. Complete the Camp Registration

form* (page 19) for each camper—girl or adult. Be sure to note any dietary or physical needs and name one camp buddy, if desired.

3. Complete the Campership Form (page 20), if financial assistance is requested. 4. Return completed forms and $50 deposit at least two weeks prior to the camp start date to our administrative office at: 1410 Etheridge Lane, Boise, ID 83704. 5. Staff will then work with adult for further paper work and payment.

*Registrations are accepted on a first come-first served basis.

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Campership Program It is our goal to give every girl the chance to go to camp regardless of economic circumstances.

Jlyn G, 2013 Campership Recipient

Girls who attend Girl Scout camp make life-long friends and learn what real friendship is all about. All of the activities at camp directly translate into concepts like confidence, self-discovery, character building and courage. The environment at camp offers girls a unique combination of fun, friendship, and community. It is our goal to give every girl the chance to go to camp regardless of economic circumstances. Our camperships (camp scholarships) are available to girls who are unable to pay for all or part of their camp fees. The funds for these scholarships come from foundations, organizations, and individuals. Camperships provide this life-changing experience for girls who may not otherwise attend Girl Scout camp.

You Can Support Our Camperships by:

• Donating online at www.girlscouts-ssc.org. Follow the “donate” button. You can choose “campership” as an option for your donation, or; • Donate directly on the registration form.

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Campership Program


Registration Form

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Campership Application


Leadership Camp Application

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Camp Calendar

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Camp Calendar


Questions about camp? Visit our website for more information: www.girlscouts-ssc.org Email: camp@girlscouts-scc.org Call: 208-377-2011 or 800-846-0079

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Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, Inc. 1410 Etheridge Lane Boise, ID 83704 p: 208-377-2011, 800-846-0079

www.girlscouts-ssc.org Regional Offices Twin Falls 450 Falls Ave., Ste. 105 Twin Falls, ID 83301 p: 208-733-9623 Pocatello 555 S 1st Avenue Pocatello, ID 83201 p: 208-234-9076 Idaho Falls 1430 E. 17th St., Suite C Idaho Falls, ID 83404 p: 208-524-4649

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Girl Scout Camp Guide 2014