Day/twilight camps occur during the summer months. Girls participate in a variety of activities during the day and return home in the afternoon or evening. Day camps typically start around 9 a.m. and twilight camps around 6:30 p.m.
Each day/twilight camp offers a wide variety of activities for girls to enjoy together. Typical offerings include practicing outdoor skills (fire building, cooking, or knot tying), making arts and crafts, singing songs, playing games, as well as stargazing, dancing, hiking and playing sports. Girls may also earn badges or complete some requirements for badges.
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Day camps are designed for girls and young women ages 5-17 living in GSSJC. Participants must be registered Girl Scouts or pay the $15 Girl Scout membership fee when registering for camp. Girl Scout membership is open to all girls ages 5-17 and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and pay the annual membership fee. Day camp is open to all girls regardless of their religion, race or socio-economic factors.
Each day camp sets its own fees, which are mailed to the individual registrar for each camp. Generally the fee covers craft and program supplies, the day camp patch, site fees, as well as health, housekeeping and office supplies. There may be additional fees for a camp T-shirt, overnight camping, swimming and special projects or activities. Refunds are made only up to the final camp registration deadline or if the camp session is canceled. Non-registered Girl Scouts must pay the $15 Girl Scout membership fee when registering for camp.
No girl will be denied the opportunity to participate in day camp due to financial reasons. Financial assistance is available to cover the membership fee. To apply for financial assistance a parent or guardian should fill out and sign the Financial Assistance Request Section on the registration form. Financial assistance is confidential.
Refunds: Each day camp issues refunds, not the Council. Each camp determines the amount of refund issued based on the date the refund is requested.
What to Bring
Campers should wear cool, comfortable clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent. Shirts must have sleeves, and shoes must have an enclosed toe and be worn with ankle-high socks.
Bring these items marked with the camper’s name to camp daily:
- something to drink and sack lunch
- cup with handle
- a rain coat or poncho
Camp is usually held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, each camp makes its own provisions and informs parents.
It is very important that registration deadlines are met for the following reasons:
- Supplies are purchased based on the number of registrations received by deadline.
- Some camps require a minimum number of girls to register by the deadline or the camp may be canceled.
- Some camps charge an additional fee for late registrations.
If you cannot meet the deadline, call the registrar to see if an exception can be made.
Parents are responsible for arranging transportation for their child to and from camp.
Girl, Peewee and Boy Units
Girl campers spend each day in small groups called units led by an adult unit leader. Within the units, girls have the opportunity to practice leadership skills and cooperation as they learn and play together.
Many camps offer a pre-school peewee unit for children of staff volunteers. The peewee units accept girls and boys through kindergarten. Most camps require peewees to be toilet-trained. Contact the director for details.
Boy units are for boys of staff who are 12 years or younger.
Health and Safety Measures
Each day camp will have a first aid station staffed by a trained first aider. All medications must be in the original container, be clearly labeled with instructions and given to the first aider who will administer them. Camp personnel will administer no other medication of any kind to campers. Emergencies will be the only exception.
Girl Scout Activity Insurance is considered secondary coverage for girls attending day camp, and parents will be notified in case of illness or injury.