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Camp Life

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.

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.

Before Your Register...

Before you register your Girl Scout for a summer camp experience, please keep the following information in mind:

  • Buddies – Campers may choose to attend camp with one buddy who is the same Girl Scout level and is attending the same session of camp. Summer camp is a great place for girls to meet new people and make new friends, so attending camp with a buddy is entirely optional. (Due to living unit configurations, GSSJC can only guarantee placement with one buddy.)
  • 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 behavior can be found in the GSSJC Summer Camp Online Community.
  • Health Exam and Immunizations – All overnight campers must have a Healthcare Provider form signed by a doctor (or another licensed medical professional) and a health examination since August 1, 2018 (for summer 2019) in order to remain in camp at the start of a session. The immunization dates must be filled in online or uploaded to CampDoc. (Campers with an exemption for 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. 
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 713-292-0300 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.)
Homesickness Prevention

Please include your camper in the decision-making process, so that she is aware of the length of her stay at camp. Your camper’s answer to the “Are You Ready for Camp” quiz are a good indication as to whether she is ready to be away from home. Do not promise her she can come home early if she does not like camp the first couple of days. We will work with your camper and contact you when appropriate.

Early Pick-up/Late Check-in

Let camp personnel know of any scheduling conflicts that are different from the designated check in and check out times. You will need to complete the Early Release of Camper form, which is available at the front desk during check-in. Complete the form and leave a copy with the camp director or assistance camp director.

Staying in Touch

Girls love to receive mail from home while they are at camp. In addition to mailing letters and packages, parents may leave letters with the camp staff at check-in to be delivered throughout the week. Parents may also send their campers CampGrams through our registration platform! (More information is available in the GSSJC Summer Camp Online Community. Mail and CampGrams are distributed once a day, usually after lunch.

Should a parent need to speak with his or her daughter, please call the camp office and speak with the camp director or assistant camp director.

Camp Staff

All staff is a minimum of 18 years of age, or they are 17-year-old Girl Scouts who have successfully completed the national Counselor in Training (CIT) program. All employed staff have passed a criminal background check and have demonstrated the high moral characteristics we seek in our counselors. Our camp counselors are usually home-grown Girl Scouts who have many years of experience in programs offered by Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council or are from local universities. We also employ international exchange counselors who possess the skills and expertise required for the positions at camp.

Counselors are required to have a face-to-face interview or phone interview (depending on location) with the camp director or outdoor experience manager, while international camp counselors complete a thorough face-to-face interview by international exchange agencies. Only female staff are permitted to supervise girls in living quarters and any male staff only perform duties in areas of program, kitchen or maintenance. Staff receive on-site trainings and orientations and possess certifications (or relevant experience) related to their jobs. (For example, archery instructors receive training and certification by a national accredited archery association.)

Meals and Menu

All resident camp meals are prepared by a professional food service company that employs personnel who have passed a criminal background check and completed mandatory trainings in food handling, preparation and service. A wide range of nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly meals are prepared, and the camper has her choice of meals from that day’s menu. There is a full salad bar (available during lunch and dinner) and fruit bar at each meal, offering items such as watermelon, apples, bananas, grapes and strawberries. Campers have a choice of several hot or cold items during breakfast and, should a camper still be hungry, seconds are available after everyone has eaten. Water is available at every meal and a variety of fruit punches, milk and orange juice are served with the appropriate meal. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are also available. Should your camper have special nutritional requirements, please notify Council upon registration.

Safety

Safety has always been and will continue to be our top priority. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is committed to promoting the health, safety, security and overall well-being of all those attending our camps. Our overnight campers are accredited by the American Camp Association, a nationally recognized standards leader in the camping industry. Our camps meet standards set by Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as local and state regulations. Our program provides a safe environment under the supervision and guidance of trained, caring adults.

In addition, each program maintains a girl to adult ratio appropriate to the girl’s age:

Daisies – 2 counselors for the first 6 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 4 girls

Brownies – 2 counselors for the first 12 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 6 girls

Juniors – 2 counselors for the first 16 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 8 girls

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors – 2 counselors for the first 20 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 10 girls

Certified lifeguards or water safety instructors supervise all swimming and boating activities at camp. Prior to the commencement of camp, the local hospitals, fire department, police department and emergency medical service are contacted to notify them of our presence at camp for the duration of the summer.