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A message from our CEO & Chairwoman Welcome to The 2013 Camp Season! Council staff have been hard at work getting ready for this summer! There are some exciting changes that we want to share with you‌ Our property staff have been hard at work, getting the camps ready for the summer. At Camp Kittamaqund, we have rebuilt the lodge that was struck by lightening, serviced our platform tents, and repaired the pool. At Pamunkey Ridge, we have insulated several cabins, repaired fences, and resurfaced the pool! There are even more details on the list before the properties open for the season. Please consider joining us for Camp Service Day on March 16 at Camp Kitty and March 17 at Pamunkey Ridge. Another exciting development is the ability to register for camp online! Just visit the COMAR section of our website and check out the Camp Activities. This process may take everyone a while to get used to, but it allows council staff to streamline our service. If you have any questions or hesitations, please don’t hesitate to contact our Help Desk at extension 316 and they will walk you through the process. Our outdoor program staff, headed up by our new Director of Programs, will be taking an in-depth look at our offerings this summer. They will be making a thorough evaluation of everything from day-to-day programs to menu offerings to incorporating the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in more ways. We are looking forward to seeing the outcome of their hard work. In 2013, the Commonwealth Council celebrates 100 years. Please be a part of the celebration at any of the exciting events we have planned. Or, celebrate with us at camp! The council looks forward to seeing you there! Have a great summer! Viola O. Baskerville Interim Chief Executive Officer

Candra E. Parker Chair, GSCV Board of Directors


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A Letter from the CEO & Chair

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Camp Kittamaqund Camp Schedule (A-Z) Day Camp For Brownies For Juniors For Cadettes For Seniors For Ambassadors

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Before You Go

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Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp 11 Camp Schedule (A-Z) 12 For Daisies 13 For Brownies 13 For Juniors 14 For Cadettes 16 For Seniors 18 For Ambassadors 18 Day Camp 18

Equestrian Programs

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FAQs 20 Information About Camp

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Camp Kittamaqund Girl Scout Camp

About Camp Kittamaqund

Camp Kittamaqund is located on a 387-acre site in Northumberland County, approximately 80 miles east of Richmond with five miles of shoreline along the Great Wicomico River. Camp Kitty, as it is affectionately known, features four living units, enclosed shelters for inclement weather, a modern dinning hall with resturant quality kitchen, swimming pool, arts & crafts building, and a large sports field.

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Camp Schedule (Program A-Z) Program Name

Box of Jewels Counselor In Training I Counselor In Training I Counselor In Training I Counselor In Training II Counselor In Training II Counselor In Training II Day Camp Elite Mariners Journey Journal Periwinkle Pals Seriously Sailing Shutterbugs Smooth Sailing Water or Land... Both Please!

Date

June 23 - 28 June 16 - 28 June 7 - 12 July 14 - 19 June 16 - 28 June 7 - 12 June 14 - 19 June 17 - 21 June 16 -28 June 23 - 28 June 23 - 28 June 16 - 28 June 16 - 21 June 16 - 21 June 16 - 28

Grade Level

Cost

Grades 6 - 8 Ages 15 years and up Ages 15 years and up Ages 15 years and up Ages 16 years and up Ages 16 years and up Ages 16 years and up Grades K - 12 Grades 9 - 12 Grades 9 - 12 Grades 2 - 3 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 4 -5 Grades 4 - 5

$260 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $130 $405 $260 $260 $405 $260 $260 $405


Periwinkle Pals

Spend a long summer day at Kitty’s very own beach lagoon. While at the beach, enjoy playing games and building sand castles for mermaids near the shimmering waves. Explore the water ways where other sea creatures spend their days. Visit ‘Sleepy Hollow’s fairy forest” to build a fairy house, or take a sunset hike to hidden cove, have fun with arts and crafts in the tree house, outdoor cooking, games, and more. $260 June 23-28

Smooth Sailing

Weather permitting, they will do tippy test in a Sunfish sailboat, sail (with and experienced sailor) to a beach for an afternoon picnic and learn the parts of the sailboat. Plenty of time will still be set aside for arts and crafts, campfires, swimming and more! This is a great introduction to our extensive sailing program. Girls must be comfortable in water over their heads in a personal floating device. $260 June 16-21

Water or Land? … Both Please!

Do you think you have what it takes to ‘survive’ the week at camp? Explore the outdoors and cook a meal while enjoying your week of fun at camp. You will set up challenges for your fellow campers and create a camp-wide obstacle course for all your fellow camp survivors. Have some fun in the sun at Camp Kitty! Create your own sand art, play some cove games, splash around in the water, and discover a new world under the sea. Explore the depths of the Cove on our beach adventure. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, and get ready for a big old Beach Party Camp Kitty style. $405 June 16-28


Re-gatta-go (we-gota-go) Race

Race through camp on an amazing adventure, but watch out for detours! Teams of racers will navigate a course of challenges around camp where skill, knowledge, and teamwork get you ahead. Use different types of transportation and solve clues, riddles, puzzles and complete physical challenges to get to the next stop. Will you be the master archer, swimming star, the gleek? The race will end at the cove but your team must make its own boat to get there—regatta anyone? $260 June 23-28

Seriously Sailing

Weather permitting, girls will have sailing lessons. Staff will help Girls progress through Kitty’s unique sailing program. Girls will be divided into sailing classes geared towards their skill level. They will work with their instructors towards individual goals, culminating their experience with an all-camp “regatta” the Princess Kitty Invitational. Girls must be able to swim 50m and be comfortable in water over their heads in a personal floating device. $405 June 16-28

Shutterbugs 2013

It’s time to share the fun of camp with everyone else! Spend some time during the first week of camp learning to work the digital camera and try editing your own video. Then, spend your second week getting ready to share the fun of camp with the GS world as you share what Girl Scout camp is all about! Please bring a digital camera. Not only will you get to be the stars of your own video, but you’ll have plenty of time to experience all the fun camp has to offer. $260 June 16-21

Journey Journal

Do you need a break from all of the serious stuff? At camp be a girl with no worries, just relax, make friends and Journal. This is all about you and you story. Swim, sing, make crafts, cook s’mores and try archery. Take a break from reality and have a blast at camp $260 June 23-28

Elite Mariners

Sail the waters of the River in our fleet water crafts. Work to perfect your already strong sailing skills. This program is geared towards experienced sailors looking to advance their skills and learn racing techniques. Campers must have an intermediate to advanced level of sailing skills. All campers should be comfortable and confident operating a boat with minimal assistance, and must perform a skills check upon arrival to ensure that this is the correct level placement. Girls must be able to swim 50m and be comfortable in water over their heads in a personal floating device. $405 July 16-28


Counselor-In-Training I (CIT)

Begin your program at Camp Kittamaqund (June 17- 28) Girls will stay two full weeks at Camp Kitty – then head home on June 28 – finish this program at Pamunkey Ridge – Put your outdoor expertise and leadership experience into action in this two-year program. During year one, the first two weeks will be spent polishing your camp skills, exploring program development and learning leadership skills. For the remainder of the time, you will put these skills to use in an internship with younger campers. $400 July 7 – 12 and July 14 -19

Counselor-In-Training II (16+ years)

Those who have successfully completed a first year CIT program eligible for a second year of CIT training. Of course you will still have an opportunity to be in a CIT group, but you will also spend more time taking on a leadership role. You’ll start by joining the staff in pre-camp training as your school schedule allows. If you are ready, you will take Lifeguard training, and choose another area in which to become proficient. Whether you wish to concentrate in sailing, canoeing, archery, campcraft, challenge, nature or crafts, you will be given the opportunity to excel in your area of choice. Your time in the instructor role will be nurtured by senior staff who are willing to go the extra bit in order to help you succeed. You will be prepared to step into the staff as a well qualified member. $400.00 July 7 – 12 and July 14 -19

Counselor-In-Training Extended (15+ years)

Girls are able to add weeks to their experience. During the extra weeks you will choose to either participate in Lifeguard training, a land based program, advanced campcraft skills, joining peers to broaden your opportunities for leadership. You will gain more hands on experience with staff mentoring in your area of choice for the final weeks of camp. Schools have generally approved these weeks as “volunteer” or “community service” hours when they require them. Extended dates are June 30- July 3 July 21-26 July 28- Aug 3 Aug 4-9


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Pamunkey at a glance

Common Name P Ridge Year Built 1996 Accommodation Type Cabins

Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp

# of Beds 220 Outdoor Attractions Stage 6 Fire circles River Overlook # of Trails 10 Rest room Facilities Modern. Enclosed flush. # of Covered Shelters 3 Pavilion Style # of Staff 30 from USA, Scotland, Ireland & England

About Pamunkey

Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp is located on 240 acres along the banks of the Pamunkey River, approximately 25 minutes north of Richmond. A day and resident camp program facility, Pamunkey Ridge features cabins, modern rest rooms and dinning hall equipped with a restaurant quality kitchen, tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, equestrian center, and a large sports field.


Camp Schedule (Program A-Z) Program Name

Date

Grade Level

Cost

3 Cheers for Animals

June 30 - July 3

Daisey

$175

American Girls Are We Lost? Are We Lost? Boots & Saddles Boots & Saddles Boots & Saddles Boots & Saddles Boots & Saddles Celebrate You

July 14 - 19 July 28 - August 2 July 28 - August 2 July 7 - 12 July 14 - 19 July 21 - 26 July 18 - August 2 August 4 - 9 June 30 - July 3

Grades 4 - 5 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 9 - 12 Grades 2 - 12 Grades 2 - 12 Grades 2 - 12 Grades 2 - 12 Grades 2 - 12 Grades 4 - 5

$250 $260 $260 $395 $395 $395 $395 $395 $175

Chil-lax Daisey Daze Dark as Night Day Camp Gooey Going Fun Green Eyes and Ham Guard Me Its Your Wrold...Camp It! Mad Science Orion’s Belt Program Aid Training Program Aid Training Pamunkey Gladiators Pasture Pals Pigtails and Fiarytails Please Chill Project Designer Saddle-Up Scientifically Me Show Stoppers Splash Blast Star Light, Star Bright Sweet Tooth Teddy Tea Party Trained Program Aids Trained Program Aids Trained Program Aids Trained Program Aids Trained Program Aids Trained Program Aids WOW Water! You Gleek

July 21 - 26 July 8 - 12 July 7 - 12 July 8 - 12 July 21 - 26 August 4 - 9 June 30 - July 3 July 7 - 12 June 30 - July 3 July 21 - 26 June 30 - July 3 July 14 - 19 July 14 - 19 June 30 - July 3 June 30 - July 3 July 21 - 26 August 4 - 9 June 16 - 28 July 14 - 19 August 4 - 9 June 30 - July 3 July 28 - August 2 July 7 - 12 July 28 - August 2 June 30 - July 3 July 7 - 12 July 14 - 19 July 21 - 26 July 28 - August 2

Grades 6 - 8 Daisey Grades 6 - 8 Grades K - 12 Grades 2 - 3 Grades 2 - 3 16 years and older Grades 2 - 3 Grades 4 - 5 Grades 4 - 5 Grade 7 Grade 7 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 2 - 6 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 6 - 8 Grades K - 12 Grades 4 - 5 Grades 4 - 5 Grades 2 - 3 Grades 2 - 3 Grades 4 - 5 Grades 2 - 3 Grades 7 and older Grades 7 and older Grades 7 and older Grades 7 and older Grades 7 and older

$260 $130 $260 $130 $260 $260 $250 $260 $175 $260 $175 $200 $260 $230 $230 $260 $260 $20 $260 $260 $175 $260 $260 $260 $175 $175 $175 $175 $175

August 4 - 9 July 14 - 19 July 21 - 26

Grades 7 and older Grades 2 - 3 Grades 9 - 12

$175 $260 $ 260


Daisy Daze (5-day program)

For girls entering grades K-1 Okay, let’s get this camper started! This week is designed to help Daisies find their camping way. Girls will take part in a variety of introductory-level camping experiences. Girls will party, in true daisy style, for our independence celebration! $130 July 8-12

3 Cheers for Animals (Mini-Camp)

Are you ready to be Courageous and Strong with Tula? How about responsible for what I say and do like Mari? We think you are and while we are at it lets take a trip to visit the Pamunkey Ponies. No we are not horsing around. Let’s go see how the horses get groomed and help the Barn staff out. Then we will travel into the wilds of singing woods for our very own safari. The fun does not stop there so come out to camp – we will be laughing like hyenas and be busy as bees! $175 June 30 – July 3

It’s your world…Camp it! (Mini-Camp)

Join our festival of fun and celebrate the summer – Pamunkey style! In this exciting mini program, design your own camp experience when you choose the camptivities you want to participate in. Get creative in the craft shed, splash in the pool, learn some new dance moves, take a twilight hike, or even make gourmet goodies over a campfire. Try a little bit of everything and experience what camp is all about! Anything goes at this Fundaze Festival! $260 July 7-12

Pigtails and Fairytales (Mini Camp)

Do you want to spend a week with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the Three Little Pigs? In Fairytale Land you can! Spend time listening to and reading your favorite fairytales while making fairytale themed arts and crafts and playing fairytale themed games. Girls will also get to canoe, swim and more in this week of magic and fun! $175 June 30 – July 3


Splash Blast

WOW-WATER

Gooey Going Fun

Teddy Tea Party

If you just can’t get enough of the water, this is the program for you! Designed for young, beginner swimmers, join us for a cool week filled with canoeing, swimming, fishing, water games and investigating the aquatic habitat at Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp. $175 June 30 – July 3

Get messy! Make silly putty, crystals, ice cream, and learn science basics. Grab your old clothes and gear up for some slippery slimy fun! Enjoy all the great things Pamunkey has to offer – swimming, boating, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, and campfires! $260 July 21-26

Spend a wet and wild week at camp swimming, playing water games, boating, fishing, and learning about the world of water. Designed for beginners – advanced swimmers, this is a great way to get your feet wet in a week full of fun in the sun. $260 July 14-19

Do you have a special stuffed friend that you’d like to bring to camp? Bring them and the two of you will experience everything together such as crafts, nature, and the challenge course. You will have a tea party together and take home a special picture $260 July 28 – Aug 2

Green Eggs & Ham

The Cat in the has arrived at the Ridge for camp adventures! See what this week has in store for you, whether it’s making oobleck, designing and creating your own Dr. Seuss character, or much, much more. $260 Aug 4 - 9

American Girls

Explore life as it was 250 years ago. As colonists you’ll made pomander balls and a quill pen and then cook up innkeeper’s pie, molasses gingersnaps, and colonial stew. You and your group will spend a full day without electricity or modern inventions, and tour a colonial farm. $260 July 14- 19

Celebrate You!!

Every day is a celebration at camp while you celebrate for reasons big and small, from everyone’s “birthday” to new friendship! Each day is a different party as you enjoy party games, crafts, and food – end your stay with a centennial Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth celebration! Come celebrate and make new friends! So come party, party, party! $175 June 30 -July 3


Sweet Tooth

What’s the best meal of the day? Dessert of course! Spend your week at camp making delicious desserts and snacks while learning about different cooking methods, including cooking over a fire. Try your hand at things like chocolate éclairs on a stick and cobbler in a Dutch Oven. $260 July 7-12

Scientifically me

Come join the science of fun! Experiment with light, water and magnets, make slime and invisible ink, grow a crystal garden, and create a pizza box oven. You’ll also have time for swimming, boating, arts and crafts and a session at the archery range. $260 July 14-19

Orion’s Belt

You won’t hear the sound of an early morning alarm here! Spend a week staying up late and sleeping in. The fun is just starting while you do traditional daytime activities, and the real adventures start at sundown. Your moonlight activities will include night hiking, astronomy, late night snacks, science tricks, archery, swimming and a sleep-out under the night sky. $260 July 21-26

Show Stoppers

Be a show stopper and get a taste of the silver screen! Spend a day making your own set. Pick your costumes, practice a skit, and create a “movie” of your own. Receive a recorded DVD of your movie too. You’ll even put on a talent show for the whole camp. Take a bow and hear the applause! $260 Aug 4-9

MAD SCIENCE

Fizzy, gooey, bubbly experiments are waiting for a super scientist like you! Join other science sleuths as you explore how to make your experiments grow, pop, and explode! Take a trip to a handson science center, too! The more slime and ooze, the better with this non-stop week of science fun! $175 June 30 -July 3


Project Designer

Do you dream of becoming a designer or want to learn to sew? Girls will learn the basics of sewing and design something of their own! Learn how to use a sewing machine. Create a patchwork pillow and a simple bag to carry your camp things. Learn to use cutting tools, how to read a pattern, and how to sew on a button. As a group, create a memory quilt of fun things you did at camp to donate. $260 Aug 4-9

Are We Lost?

You’re stranded on an imaginary island with only your wits and camp friends to depend on. What would you do?! Practice lashing and build a tree bed? Cook your own meals? Learn outdoor skills and wilderness techniques, then use your imagination to make this primitive camp “island” your home away from home! Girls will spend the week on their “own ISLAND” - tents, cookouts, and survival skills anyone? Search for hidden clues using basic orienteering skills you will learn at camp. Practice letterboxing and geocaching. $260 July 28 - August 2

Please Chill

Embrace your inner flower child at camp. You’ll make tiedye shirts, weave daisy chains, and make friendship bracelets. Try a yoga session and center into a peaceful connection to camp. Work on making your piece of the earth a more peaceful place $260 July 21-26

Pamunkey Gladiators

Challenge the camp gladiators as you try to conquer our obstacle courses. Challenge the camp gladiators as you try to conquer our obstacle courses. Teams of racers will navigate a course of challenges around camp where skill, knowledge, and teamwork get you ahead. Use different types of transportation and solve clues, riddles, puzzles and complete physical challenges to get to the next stop. Will you be the master archer, swimming star and have an amazing race. $260 July 14-19


Dark As Night

What’s awake after hours at camp? You are! Find out what’s roaming, where the North Star hides, and what professions keep you up after dark. Take a night hike, check out the constellations while you star gaze at the barn, learn about raptors that hunt at night and other nocturnal critters, make glow-inthe dark night shirts, and enjoy camp by the light of the moon. You’ll sleep in, and your afternoons are filled with swimming, arts and crafts, and nature activities. Campers should bring an oversize white T-shirt. $255 July 7-12

Chil-lax

How would you like to come to camp and “chill out” for a few days? Maybe you would like to relax with soothing music, learn about and make natural skin products, and enjoy activities like massages, facials and yoga. Girls will learn about healthy eating, skin care and making exercise a fun part of every day. You are invited to experience it all!! $275 July 21-29

Program Aide Training

Are you interested in being in a leadership role at camp? Would you like to learn the ins and outs of working with younger girls? If so, this two-week camp is for you! During the first week, girls will receive leadership training and part of the second week they will assist counselors in leading camp activities. Program Aides will also enjoy being campers and participate in general camp activities. Session 1 - June 30- July 3 Session 2 - July 14-19 $175 week $200 week

Trained Program Aide

For girls entering grades 7-12 Once the training is completed (either at camp or in the troop setting), girls are eligible to register for further sessions as pre-trained Program Aides at a reduced cost of $175 (resident camp) per week. Girls will be assigned to a group and assist counselors, or work in a specialized area, such as arts and crafts or canoes. These hours count toward their Program Aide Patch. Session 1 - June 30- July 3 Session 2 - July 7-12 Session 3 - July 14-19 Session 4 - July 21- 26 Session 5 - July 28- Aug 2 Session 6 - Aug 4- 9 $175 per week


You Gleek

Come to a super camp sing-a-long! Learn some old songs, some new songs, and then write your own song. Perform for your camp mates in a Gleek Out Competition. If music,dance, and singing are your passion, this is the session for you. $260 July 21-26

Are We Lost?

You’re stranded on an imaginary island with only your wits and camp friends to depend on. What would you do?! Practice lashing and build a tree bed? Cook your own meals? Learn outdoor skills and wilderness techniques, then use your imagination to make this primitive camp “island” your home away from home! Girls will spend the week on their “own ISLAND” - tents, cookouts, and survival skills anyone? Search for hidden clues using basic orienteering skills you will learn at camp. Practice letterboxing and geocaching. $260 July 28 - Aug 2

Guard me

Come to Camp and become a lifeguard! Girls will spend their week learning skills from certified American Red Cross instructor. Upon passing the program, girls will earn their Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR certifications and can use these skills after camp ends. Girls must be able to swim 500 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7–10 feet, and retrieve a 10-pound object before taking this course. *NOTE: Girl must be age 16 or older the opening day of the Camp session. $250 June 30-July 3

Day Camp


Saddle-Up

Equestrian Programs

Daisy through Ambassador Saddle Up is a 2½-hour equestrian experience for Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts. Girls will learn the basics of grooming, tacking, riding, and caring for a horse. They will experience the excitement of riding a horse or pony in an enclosed environment. Saddle Up is designed for troops but individual Girl Scouts are more than welcome to attend however they will be assigned to troops going. The Saddle Up program takes place at Pamunkey Ridge Camp. Cost $20.00 per girl

Pasture Pals (Mini-Camp)

4 days and 3 nights For Younger Beginner Riders For girls entering grades 2-6 GIRLS WILL BE ASSIGNED CABINS ACCORDING TO AGE This is the perfect program for beginner riders that are not ready for a full week of camp. Learn some of what it takes to care for a horse while gaining basic instruction in horseback riding during this short week. You will still get to enjoy all the other fun activities that camp has to offer. Girls will be grouped by riding level. $225 June 30 - July 3

Boots n’ Saddles

Session 1— July 7-12 Session 2— July 14-19 Session 3— July 21-26 Session 4— July 28 – Aug 2 Session 5— Aug 4 -9 6 days and 5 nights For girls entering grades 3-12 GIRLS WILL BE ASSIGNED CABINS ACCORDING TO AGE This is the perfect program for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Beginners will learn the proper way to mount, dismount, walk and steer a horse. Intermediate and advanced riders will have the opportunity to improve and advance in their equestrian skills. The girls will learn aspects of the English riding discipline appropriate for their experience. If the girls chose to they may also learn and develop their skills in Western riding. Don’t worry; there will still be time to enjoy the other camp activities. Girls will be tested the first day by the equestrian specialist and grouped by riding levels. $395


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHERE ARE THE CAMPS?

A1: Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp is located on 240 acres along the shores of the Pamunkey River approximately 25 minutes north of Richmond, VA.

A2: Girl Scout Camp Kittamaqund is located on a 387-acre site in Northumberland County, approximately 80 miles east of Richmond with five miles of shoreline along the Great Wicomico River.

Q: WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS?

A1: Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp has two living units containing cabins sleeping eight to fourteen girls each. Modern shower and restroom facilities are also located in each unit. A2: Girl Scout Camp Kittamaqund has four living units; three units with platform tents sleeping 4 girls and one unit with platform tents sleeping 2 girls. All units contain private open-air hot showers

Q: IF MY CAMPER ATTENDS AN EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM, CAN SHE PARTICIPATE IN OTHER CAMP ACTIVITIES?

A: Yes, girls attending an equestrian program will have time for other activities as well. Although our equestrian programs are designed to be very intensive, your daughter will still have time for playing various sports and games, swimming and participating in other general camp activities.

Q: WILL MY DAUGHTER NEED SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO ATTEND AN EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM?

A: Yes, all girls in an equestrian program will need to bring boots or shoes with at least a half-inch heel to prevent their feet from sliding through the stirrups. Hiking boots with lug soles, tennis shoes, and sandals will not be allowed. Approved riding helmets for all participants will be provided. (Note: Camp does have loaner shoes however may not have proper sizes)

Q: WHEN SHOULD MY DAUGHTER ARRIVE AT CAMP?

A: Resident camp participants will check-in between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the opening day of a session. Parent (s) or guardians(s) are asked to stay with their daughter until the check-in procedure is completed.

Q: WHEN WILL MY DAUGHTER BE LEAVING CAMP?

A1: Equestrian Participants: Parents, families and friends are invited to attend a closing show on Fridays at 10 a.m. Girls will be ready for check-out at approximately 11:00 p.m. A2: General Resident Camp Participants: Parents, families and friends are invited to join in a closing ceremony starting promptly at 2:00 p.m. All girls should be picked up by 3:00 p.m. Parents should be sure that all of their daughter’s possessions are packed before leaving camp. (Parents may arrive as early as 1:05 p.m. to collect their daughter’s belongings.) Lost and found items will be held at the Girl Scout office in Mechanicsville for thirty days.

A3: Day Camp Participants: A closing ceremony on Friday will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Parents, family, and friends are invited and encouraged to attend Parents picking girls up from camp should do so by 3:00 p.m. Note: Gates open at 1:00 p.m.


Q: WILL AN ADULT SLEEP IN THE CABIN OR TENT WITH MY CHILD?

A: No, staff sleep in the living units, but have their own cabins or tents. This is in keeping with guidance from our national organization, GSUSA.

Q: WHO CAN ATTEND CAMP?

A: Camp is for all girls meeting the camp session age/grade guidelines in the fall of 2014. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, handicap, religion, socioeconomic status, or national origin. Due to safety and facility considerations, all programs have maximum participation capacities. Every attempt will be made to accommodate girls with disabilities if they are verbal and able to care for their own hygiene. If your daughter has special mental, physical or emotional needs, please contact GSCV’s Director of Outdoor Programs Services prior to registering.

Q: CAN WE COME VISIT DURING A CAMP SESSION?

A: No. To help the program continuity and maintain security for all campers, visitors are allowed at camp during open house and arrival and departure hours only.

Q: WHAT IF MY DAUGHTER IS TAKING MEDICATION?

A: All medication must be turned in to the camp’s health supervisor during check-in on opening day. All medications must be in their original containers and must bear the camper’s name on the label. Medications will be administered by the health supervisor.

Q: WHAT IF MY DAUGHTER HAS DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?

A: The kitchen staff will prepare special meals considerate of health problems, personal choice (e.g. vegetarian) or religious requirements. Include this information on your camper’s Health Examination form. In extreme cases, please notify the Director of Outdoor Programs Services at least three weeks prior to your daughter’s session.

Q: WHY SHOULD MY DAUGHTER ATTEND CAMP?

A: Camp is designed to encourage physical activity, promote competency and achievement in various skill areas and foster self-definition through creative expression. It is carried out in a supervised, structured outdoor setting with clear limits that allow for meaningful participation and positive interaction with peers and adults. Whether you choose a day, troop or resident camp program for your daughter, Girl Scout Commonwealth Council firmly believes “Camp Gives Kids a World of Good.”


Important Info About Summer Camp

When to Register

Registration opens February 21, 2013. Forms must be received on or after this date. Early registrations will be returned to sender. Registrations will be processed by the date received at GSCVuntil programs are full. Second and third program choices will automatically be assigned if the first program choice is filled. Due to safety and facility considerations, all programs have maximum participation capacities. Registration will remain open throughout the summer on a space available basis; however, registration for each program will close one week or until capacity is reached prior to the camp session start date. This is necessary for the preparation of all paperwork and reconciliation of fees. However, If your child has attended earlier sessions it may be possible to have her attend others, without the one week prior notice. Please call to check availability if this date has passed.

How To Register

This brochure contains registration forms for camp, the financial assistance form is online. If you wish to register for more than one program or week, check the box on the back of the appropriate registration form to indicate this. The appropriate deposit is required for EACH program; you are allowed three choices. Registration forms must be fully completed before processing at GSCV can begin. Incomplete forms will be mailed back to you. A $50 registration deposit ($25 if applying for financial assistance) is required per girl, per program, and will be applied toward the total camp fee. This registration deposit covers the cost of registration processing and is non-refundable, except when placement cannot be made or financial assistance is not granted. No other exceptions will be made. Deposit payments must be made by check, cash or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only) at time of registration. Super seller cookie coupons may not be used for the deposit. Step 1: Complete top and bottom, front and back, of the registration form (one portion is for the Girl Scout office and one for camp). Please do not separate the form. Remember, a parent/guardian’s signature is required. If a camper is coming from another Girl Scout council, indicate this on the registration form. Step 2: Enclose the registration deposit. If paying by check, make it payable to Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia or GSCV. Step 3: Mail or bring the form (s) to Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, P.O. Box 548, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. All registrations and payments must be sent to this address. A camper confirmation packet including a health examination form will be sent to you after your registration form has been processed.

Final Payments

You will be billed for the balance of the camp fee at the time you are notified of your daughter’s camp placement. A three-part payment plan is available. If you choose the payment plan, payment must be made on the dates indicated. You will not receive payment reminders at any time. All fees must be paid within one month prior to the first day of the camp session (refer to confirmation packet). If fees are not received by this time, your daughter will be removed from the program roster, placed on a waiting list and will not be guaranteed placement. It is your responsibility to make all payments promptly. Cookie dough may not be used as a deposit.

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.” -Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Final payment (con’t)

Payment options: Cash, check, “Cookie Dough” (except for the deposit), MasterCard or Visa. If your daughter is not currently a registered Girl Scout, you have two options: Option 1: You can register your daughter to become a Girl Scout ($12 national membership fee required) at the time you register her for camp plus the member fee. Option 2: Register her for camp only and pay the non-member fee. Fee Discounts Discount Option 1: Families having more than one daughter attending a camp program, or a daughter who attends two or more programs, will receive a $10 discount on the second and each additional registration thereafter. The discount will be reflected on the balance due information sent with your confirmation. No discounts may be used for the deposit. Discount Option 2: Use your super seller “Cookie Dough” coupons. Apply your “Cookie Dough” to the camp session of your choice at face value. “Cookie Dough” cannot be used for the deposit.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The balance of the camp fee (not the deposit) is refundable only if written notice is given to Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia one month prior to the start of the program, or a licensed physician states, in writing, that your daughter is unable to attend camp due to a health problem. No refunds will be given for any of the following reasons: 1. A camper returns home from camp due to home-sickness. 2. Camper uses tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. 3. Camper is sent home for behavior which does not meet the camper code of conduct signed before camp. 4. Camper or parent does not enjoy the camp session, or feels the camp session was not to their expectation. 5. A girl does not attend camp, and the council is not notified in writing one month prior to the start of the program, or notified in writing by a physician. 6. A camper misses a portion of their camp session. 7. Camp program components are modified due to weather or minimum number of campers are not met. 8. Camp trips cancelled due to lack of participant. 9. Natural disasters.

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.” -Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Health & Safety

All resident camp participants, girls and adults, are required to have a physical examination by a licensed physician within 24 months of the opening day of the camp session. Make arrangements to have physicals done now. A health supervisor or certified first aid provider is on-site and a doctor is on call 24 hours a day. All medications must be turned in during check-in and will be administered by the health supervisor and documented accordingly. All medications must be in their original containers and must bear the camper’s name on the label. Should a health emergency arise, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified. For this reason, it is important that you complete the registration form properly and include all telephone numbers and emergency contacts in case you cannot be reached. All camp participants are required to have a current, fully completed health history form that is signed by a parent or guardian. Appropriate forms will be mailed to you in the camper’s confirmation packet. Completed forms must be returned to the Mechanicsville Girl Scout office no later than two weeks prior to the start of your daughter’s camp session. Girls will not be allowed to stay on-site without health forms on file. The kitchen staff will prepare special meals considerate of health needs or religious requirements. Include this information on your camper’s health examination form, or health history form.

First-Rate Staff

We choose staff members for their character, understanding of girls, love for the out-of-doors, and special skills and certifications. Their backgrounds are screened through a nationwide database and they undergo pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. All employed resident and day camp staff are thoroughly trained in program skills, first aid, CPR, and emergency procedures prior to the beginning of camp. Volunteer day camp staff members are given training in program skills and emergency procedures prior to the start of camp.

Communication with Campers • • • •

Resident campers receive letters via U.S. mail or you may bring with you to check-in (information will be in confirmation packets) Resident campers make or receive phone calls only in case of emergency. The Director of Program Services is available by phone 24 hours a day. Visitors are permitted only for check-in and the closing ceremony.

Lost & Found

All recovered lost and found items will be held at the Mechanicsville office for 2 weeks after the camp season has concluded. Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia is not responsible for valuables lost at camp. Recovery of lost belongings is greatly increased when all items, not just clothing, are clearly marked with the camper’s first and last names -- this includes sleeping bags, pillows, individual mess kit pieces, towels, footwear, etc.

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.” -Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


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