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Camp Life

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At our three unique resident camps, girls get to pick sessions that best suits their interests and needs. We have a little something for everyone, from sailing and canoeing to horseback riding, art, outdoor survival, drama and more. If this is your first time to go to camp, or if you’re looking for something new, we suggest you check out all three of our camps and take a look at the sessions. You’re sure to find a session or two you’ll love!

Each session description lists the major activities that your camper will participate in. Your camper will also visit the pool each day, Monday through Thursday. Once at camp, campers will get to pick from several traditional and fun camp activities to round out their experience. Depending on the camp, these could include archery, crafts, games, dance, theater, canoeing, hiking, nature exploration, painting and more. Sometimes the camp staff can offer other specialized activities, like sign language or pottery, based on the talents of our camp staff.

Fridays are reserved as Fun Friday! Special activities take place on Fun Friday, including a chance for campers to try activities that they might not have been able to sign up for or that they did not realize they wanted to try until they saw their friends having fun. Unfortunately, sailing at Camp Casa Mare and horseback riding at Camp Misty Meadows are only for those who sign up for a sailing or riding session.

Sample Daily Schedule

7 a.m. Wake Up
7:45 a.m. Flag Raising
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - noon  Morning Class Rotations
Noon Lunch
1:30-3 p.m. Turtle Time/Hill Time*
3-5:30 p.m. Afternoon Class Rotations
6 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Evening Activities**
9 p.m. Showers
10 p.m. Lights Out

*Turtle Time/Hill Time is an afternoon rest time, designed to give campers a chance to complete some activities as a unit, catch up on unit kapers, and be out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

**Evening Activities change each night and can include an all-camp dance, campfire complete with stories, song and skits, night swim and more.

Camp Buddies
Campers are welcome to sign up for camp with a friend who is in the same Girl Scout level and is attending the same session of camp. GSSJC can only guarantee placement with one buddy. A group of three or more friends is often a challenge. For example, if three buddies are living in a platform tent, one girl would be placed with the group of three who already know each other.

Even the best of friends need time to explore their individual interests and make new friends while at camp. Camp buddies stay in the same cabin or tent, but may or may not select the same camp activities.

Many girls come to camp without a buddy. Camp is a wonderful place for girls to make new friends.

Camper Behavior
Campers exhibiting inappropriate behavior will have their parents/guardians called to pick up them up immediately with no refund.

Inappropriate behaviors include but are not limited to: biting, hitting, bullying, using excessive profanity, refusing to participate in program, not following staff directions or creating an unsafe environment.

More information about expected camper behavior and when camp staff contact parents can be found in the Parents Guide.

Check In and Check Out
The check in and check out times are as follows unless otherwise noted.

If the session starts on:
Sunday - Check in is from 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday - Check in is from 10-11 a.m.

If the session ends on:
Tuesday - Check out is 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday - Check out begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Parent Show begins at 7 p.m.

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Note: Week 4 is a short week due to the Fourth of July holiday. During that week only, check in is on Wednesday, July 5 from 2-4 p.m.

You will need to bring all of your check in forms with you to camp. Please do not send forms to Council. The forms you will need to bring to camp will be in your MyGS member profile under My Activities. Some sessions will have alternate check in and check out days and times. Please check your session’s description for more information or Specialty letter on the resident camp website.

Please do not bring pets to check in or check out.

Girls with Disabilities
Girl Scout camp is a recreational and educational program where understanding a camper's special needs in advance helps to ensure a positive experience. We encourage girls with disabilities to attend camp. Call 713-292-0224 to discuss your daughter's needs and how we can best accommodate her stay at camp.

Camper Essential Functions
In order to attend Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s summer resident camps, campers must meet the following essential functions:

  • Move independently from place to place.
  • Effectively interact in a group based on program content.
  • Be able to meet personal needs (bathing, toileting, dressing, diet management, etc.)
  • Capable self-manager of chronic illness. (In other words, a camper is aware of her own dietary needs, medication requirements and potential restrictions on physical activity and can alert counselors when she needs additional attention.)

Health Information
All campers must have a Resident Camp Health History signed by a doctor (or another licensed medical professional) and a health examination since August 1, 2016 (for summer 2017) in order to remain in camp at the start of a session. The immunization dates must be filled in on the form or a copy of the camper’s immunization record must accompany the form. Visit the forms page to download your forms. GSSJC recommends downloading the forms at least two weeks prior to the start of your camper’s session.

Campers with an exemption for health exams or vaccinations must have a current signed and notarized vaccine exemption form from the Texas State Department of Health Services. Campers without this form will not be able to remain in camp.

All campers will also be checked for head lice and must be lice-free and nit-free to remain in camp. Any camper found to have lice or nits will not be allowed to remain in camp. Campers must be treated off-site and can be brought back to camp when lice free. GSSJC will not provide lice treatment or a place for campers to be treated. No refunds are issued for campers who must leave camp due to lice. Please check your camper for head lice before coming to camp! More information about lice can be found at headlice.org.

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