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Summer Camp

It may seem like it’s been forever since you were last at Girl Scout camp, and we agree! We are so excited about summer 2021 and hope you are too. This summer we’ll be offering a mix of camp sessions all summer long – from day camp to family camp to overnight (resident) camp, and yes, we’re bringing back virtual camp, too.

  • Our updated health and safety guidelines will help ensure all of our campers and staff have a fun and safe summer!
  • Want to spend a few days at camp with your family? Check out family camping in air-conditioned cabins at Camp Pryor!
  • Planning to be home a lot and looking for fun things to do? Check out virtual camp hosted by GSSJC camp counselors every week of the summer!
  • Ready for overnight camp at our incredible Misty Meadows Ranch, Casa Mare or Camp Agnes Arnold? The horses, sailboats and lake filled with fun are all waiting for you! Be the first to experience the improvements we’ve made this year.
  • Need a place to spend the day and hoping to make new friends and explore lots of fun things? Join us for full-day, week-long day camp sessions at Program Place for Girls or one of two new locations in Cypress and Katy.

GSSJC has been working hard to put together a full, new plan for safe, summertime fun for 2021. Come join us!

What's New

Updated Sessions: Every session has been updated or is brand new this year! Don’t worry if you don’t see your favorite session. Due to the new condensed schedule, some sessions were put on hold to be updated and tweaked for a return in 2022!

Activity Themes: All camp activity themes will be posted in the Parent Guide. Please be sure to read the guidelines and pack accordingly.

Camper Mail: Campers love mail! We recommend traditional, hand-written mail or packages (with no food!). Mail may be pre-written and dropped off with your camper at check-in or mailed in advance of your camper’s session. Details are available in the Parent Guide.

Girls check out on Saturday: New in 2021, girls at resident camp with full week and two-week overnight sessions and will check out at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Girls will experience a full extra day of scheduled activities before our closing campfire on Friday. This was changed to extend the time the girls get to spend at camp as well as ease parent pickup by moving to a time with less traffic.

COVID-19 Protocols

Our no. 1 priority is health and safety. All of our summer camps meet the standards that are set by the state of Texas, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the American Camp Association.

These standards include health and safety, maintenance, program, and personnel.  Each camp has a health team on site in addition to local hospitals and first responders on call. In case of emergencies, parents are notified immediately. Refer to the parent guide in the GSSJC Online Community for Summer Camp for more details. 

COVID-19 Protocols

We know how important summer camp is to girls. From the new experiences, life-long friends, and evening campfires, we want to ensure your girl has a summer that upholds the best parts of camp that our campers have come to expect. We are also ensuring that we all remain safe during the uncertain times of COVID-19.

GSSJC is committed to and focused on safety and flexibility in the COVID 19 environment.  Our camps use a series of non-pharmacological layers to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19, and prevent infectious diseases at camp, as recommended by the American Camp Association (ACA)and the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN).

These include:

Health Screening, Monitoring and Testing

  • All staff and campers are required to complete a pre-camp health screening, including a negative PCR COVID-19 test, within 7 days prior to attending camp.  All staff and campers will complete a 7-day monitoring period with daily temperature and symptom checks and may be required to take a COVID-19 saliva test upon arrival at camp.
  • We will start each morning with a temperature check of girls and staff members. In addition, anyone entering camp will be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test and temperature check before checking in. 
  • We highly recommend that family members get a PCR COVID-19 test as well.

Unit Cohorts

  • Campers will spend their days at camp in unit groups.  This “pod” of people will stay in the same camp unit and become a camp family.  Girls will choose some activities such as archery, crafts and STEM as a unit, which means more time to bond with their unit Girl Scout sisters, creating lasting friendships and memories!  Cohorts will not mix, significantly reducing the chance of disease transmission.

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand washing has always been an important activity at Girl Scout camp, but it is even more critical this year!  Look for new handwashing and hand sanitizing stations throughout camp.  Girls and staff will wash hands before and after every activity, as we incorporate handwashing into the program itself.

Ventilation

  • Our properties team is busy evaluating the ventilation in every building and maximizing the airflow to help keep transmission rates down.  Summer camp is all about getting outdoors, and we will also be outside as much as possible!

Sanitizing

  • All shared activity equipment and communal spaces will undergo additional cleaning between uses.

Face Masks

  • All girls and staff should bring several cloth face masks and must always keep one with them. Girls and staff will be required to wear their facemask when they are indoors, or within 6 feet of a person outside.

Physical Distancing

  • Everyone at camp will be asked to always remain six feet or more from people outside of their unit. Don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of colorful signage and ground and floor markings to remind everyone to keep their distance.
  • Girls will have mealtimes with their units instead of with the entire camp.

In advance of sending your girl to camp, please review and adhere to the Guidelines for Youth Club Participants from the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas. Our safety protocols will closely mirror the guidance from state and local officials, up to and including temperature screening at check-in and a safety acknowledgment signed by a parent or guardian. Given state protocols and CDC information, GSSJC encourages individuals who may be more susceptible or at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 (including individuals with serious underlying health conditions), to carefully consider and weigh all risks in deciding whether participating in in-person camp is appropriate.  We also have lots of virtual day camp options for those who prefer.

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Ways to Register

Registration Tips 

  • Register early to have the best chance of getting your first choice. Be sure to have a second and third choice option ready in case your first-choice session is full.
  • Online registration is encouraged and all camper health forms must be completed in CampDoc online.
  • Please sign up for only one camp program per session. 
S'more You Know Webinars and Camp Tours

S'more You Know Webinars
Whether it’s your first time or you are a returning camper, many people have questions about summer camp. Need some clarity on registration? Join us for our S'more About Camp webinars as we discuss all things summer camp. Please note that each webinar will focus on one subject regarding camp, and it’s important to keep returning for more information.

Watch our March 16 chat - passcode is Summer21!

Camp Tours
In lieu of Open House this year, Camp Tours will be available as an in-person chance for those unfamiliar with our properties to “pop into camp.” Misty Meadows Ranch and Camp Agnes Arnold are April 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Casa Mare is April 25 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration links coming soon

Why Camp Matters

At Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council camps, we give girls a chance to discover more about who they are and what they can become. Each child is a unique individual and we believe that summer camp is beneficial for all girls.

Our friendly and caring staff will help guide your camper through our progression programs. Our camps are designed with every girls’ interest in mind. We encourage girls to take healthy risks and experience new things as they build essential life skills, such as:

  • Interpersonal and social skills
  • Conflict resolution and collaborative teamwork
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Sense of confidence and independence

Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem! Joining Girl Scouts is easy and you can just go to camp—no troop required!

Whether she is a first-time camper or an experienced adventurer, an outdoor enthusiast or a creative artist, your camper will find her perfect program at one of our overnight camps or at one of our many day camps. Overnight sessions at Camp Agnes Arnold, Casa Mare and Misty Meadows Ranch range from 3-13 days. Day camp sessions at Program Place for Girls, Cypress and Katy Mills run for five days.

Payments and Deposits

Registration fees include the camp session activities, a camp T-shirt and a summer camp patch (both given to the camper at camp on the last day of the session) and a $10 trading post allowance.  

A $50 deposit per camper, per session is required for all registrations. Automated payment plans and incremental payments are accessible in CampDoc. Payment in full for each session is due four (4) weeks prior to the start of the session. Camp pack fees will be due upon initial registration in addition to the deposit. After the due date, GSSJC reserves the right to cancel an unpaid camper from the session and deposits are non-refundable.

Camp CEOs – we appreciate all you’ve done through Product Sales. Look for an email about a special discount just for you.

Refund Policy and Registration Insurance

If you cancel in writing more than four weeks before the start date of the camp session, a full refund of all camp fees paid, minus the $50 non-refundable deposit, will be made. The $50 deposit and any other payments made on the canceled session may be transferred to another 2021 council camp session until four weeks prior to the start of the canceled session.  Changes and cancellations made less than four weeks before the camp session’s start date are non-refundable and non-transferrable, including changes made due to a camper’s inability to meet a stated prerequisite skill. We highly recommend that parents consider taking advantage of the protection plan available for purchase through the CampDoc portal, which provides travel and emergency medical protection if the camper must cancel their session.

Health Information

All resident campers must have a physical signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner within 12 months of their camp session. This does not apply for day-only camp. 

All day and resident campers must fill out the online health forms via CampDoc. Families may log on after registration and begin completing their forms as soon as registration is complete. To return to the health forms for completion, visit the Summer Camp Online Community. 

All day and resident campers must fill out the daily COVID-19 Prescreening forms beginning seven (7) days prior to the session start date. (Don’t worry – we’ll send an email to remind you!)

All day and resident campers must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within seven days prior to camp, with results uploaded to CampDoc. 

Financial Assistance (Camperships)

All girls who are members of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council may apply for financial assistance to attend summer resident and day camp. Applicants are required to pay the $50 deposit when applying for a campership unless applying for a full campership. Camperships cover the cost of the camp session only and do not include camp packs. 

Camperships are need-based awards limited to one resident camp session or two-day camp sessions per girl, per summer. A 2020-2021 GSUSA membership and participation in one or both product programs for the current membership year is required. Requests for camperships are due by April 15. Requests received after that date will be reviewed only if funds are available. A committee of volunteers will review your completed application and you will receive a notification from the committee with the approval amount or non-approval via letter. Data may be used for grant reporting with any personal information omitted. 

Awards are based on multiple criteria and may not be awarded right away. Processing campership requests can take several weeks. 

How to apply for campership:

1. Register for summer resident camp or day camp. 

  • Online registrants must pay the $50 deposit.
  • Full campership requests must turn in a 2021 summer camp registration form with the completed Campership application.

2. Complete the Campership application. All information must be completed, and the parent/guardian must sign the form before applications will be reviewed. 

 

Not a Girl Scout, yet? Join today!

Whether she’s a first-time camper or an experienced adventurer, an outdoor enthusiast or a creative artist, your girl will find her perfect program at one of our resident or day camps. Membership with Girl Scouts of the USA is required to register for all Girl Scout camps. Join today and take advantage of all of the other Girl Scout programs and activities available!