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Parent Information

 A Letter from the Camp Manager

Hi everybody! I’m Puck and I run Girl Scout camp! I can’t wait for summer to begin. My job is to make sure camp is welcoming, fun, and a safe place for every girl who goes on an adventure with us! This is my twenty-eighth summer at camp! (Wow, that’s a long time!) I work with our amazing staff who are from right here in our area and from around the world to plan amazing activities perfect for girls of all ages. Though I will be living onsite at Camp Birch Trails, 

I am excited to welcome girls to ALL of our camps this summer.

Lisa "Puck" Freeman, Camp Manager


 General Camp Information

Yay! You're going to camp (or thinking about it)! Below you'll find information that is true no matter which of our amazing Girl Scout camps you choose! 

Life at Camp

 All Girls Welcome

Q: Can I go to Girl Scout camp if I'm not a Girl Scout?

A: Yes! You don’t have be a member of a troop to go to Girl Scout camp! All girls are welcome to have a wildly fun summer with us. Those who haven’t already joined Girl Scouts will need to become registered members but that’s really easy to do! Just log onto gsnw.gl/reg, sign-up, and pay your $30 fee. Adults who attend camp through our Outdoor Extravaganza, TOPS, and COOKS programs also need to be registered Girl Scout members.


 Girl-led, Girl Planned

In Girl Scouts, girls are the boss and that means they choose their own adventures. All campers will do all the awesome things her particular program offers. But each session also has tons of traditional, camp activities, games, songs, and more! We let the girls take the lead on choosing how to spend some of their time at camp!


 Grades

Q: Should I pick sessions based on the grade my girl just finished or is going into?

A: Session grades reflect the grade your girls is going into.


 Buddies

Q: My girls wants to make sure she and her friend(s) are together. How do I do that?

A: Girls can sign up as ‘buddies’, they need to register for the same program and list the girls name as their buddy when registering. 

They can include more than one person as their ‘buddy’ but we can’t always guarantee more than one pair to be placed together.

Do not include troop numbers as buddies.


 Adults at Camp

Q: Can parents attend camp?

A: Only on weekend programs, the day camp and overnight camp programs are just for girls. We have highly trained staff to lead them in their camp experience. 

Even though Troop weekends have traditionally been for Troops, this is a great time for caregivers to take their daughter to camp and experience it together. Outdoor Extravaganza and the weekend programs at Nawakwa and Sacajawea are all great options if a parent wants to attend camp with their daughter/child. Please note: All adults who attend camp must be registered adult Girl Scout members with a complete background check on file. Adults who do not register and go through the background check process will not be able to attend camp.


Cell phones and Electronics

Your child will be both safe and cared for at camp. We know that in today’s world parents depend on being in contact with their children in an instant via smart phones. Sometimes it is difficult to remember a time when knowing what children were doing minute to minute was not a guarantee! But we’re here to remind you that it is healthy. And normal. And necessary. In order to experience the full benefits of camp, campers are not permitted to have cell phones or devices which keep them plugged in and connected to their responsibilities at home. We believe, and research supports, that time away from screens and free from the expectation of connection to anything but the green space in front of them renews the soul. Girls will connect with nature, each other, and most importantly their inner selves as they learn new skills and tackle new challenges with the caring support of counselors in a safe and nurturing environment.

So, please do not expect photos, texts, or phone calls from camp staff or your child during their time with us.Parents should rest assured that our staff are highly trained and dedicated to providing the comfort and encouragement campers crave while helping them adjust to their time away from home. Occasional bumps, bruises, stings, and scrapes are part of life at camp and will be treated with care and concern. Parents will only be notified if medical attention requires parental permission. We’ve got this!

If campers do bring electronic items to camp, the Camp Director will take it and put it in a ziplock bag with their name on it and keep it safe and return it at the end of the week.


 Lost and Found

At each camp we have a bin of items that have been left behind. We will keep these items until the end of the summer and sort out the items camper could use again (raincoats, flashlights, etc.) and donate the rest.

Girls are encouraged to look in our lost and found bins at the end of each week they are at camp. Camp Staff will also show everyone in camp what is in the bin in hopes of reuniting girls and with their things. At the end of each week Camp Staff will also bring all the Lost and Found items out for parents to look through when they are picking up their child.


 Horse Programs

Q: Does my girl really have to be in fourth grade to do a horse camp session?

A: Yes. That is a hard and fast rule.

Q: Do they have to have the prerequisites?

A: We hope they do, but if they have riding experience and meet the age requirements for the session, they can sign up for a more advanced horse program.

Paying for Camp

 Deposits, Payments & Cookie Dough

  • All programs over $100 must pay a $50 deposit when registering
  • All programs under $100 must pay the entire amount when registering
  • Busing, before/after care, t-shirts, camp kits, trading post need to be paid when registering
  • Cookie dough can be applied to all camp programs, participants must still register and pay the deposit, after cookie dough is awarded in May, they can apply the CD to their balance. Any overpayment will be refunded.
    • Sign up right away! Because of the popularity of some of our programs we encourage caregivers to register their camper with the $50 deposit before the Cookie Dough and/or Camp Certificates are awarded - this will ensure the camper of her spot in the program. Once Cookie Dough/Camp Certificates are awarded and the amount of the program cost has been covered and excess in the amount will be refunded from the $50 deposit. 

All balances must be paid by May 21, 2019 for Weeks 1-4, at Birch Trails, Winnceomac, Nawakwa, Sacajawea and Nesbit and June 18, 2019 for Weeks 5-8 at Birch Trails and Winnecomac.


 Financial Assistance

  • Cost should never be a barrier to a girl attending camp.  Our Council provides financial assistance to those in need. If you would like to discuss financial assistance options, contact us at 888.747.6945 or info@gsnwgl.org
    • The questions that will be asked to receive Financial Aid are if your family is a single or dual income home, how many people are in the household, work status of the adults, if the girl has attended camp before, if they have participated in the Fall Product or Cookie Sale, and which session and dates the girl would like to attend. Parents will still need to pay the $50 deposit for the program and should do so by registering online first and then calling to inquire about Financial Aid.

Discounts

If a camper registers for more than one camp session, she will receive a $20 discount on each session after the first session. The discount will be applied after she registers; she will still need to pay the deposit at the time of registration.


 Change, Cancellation, and Refund Policy

Camp’s $50 deposit is non-refundable, and any possible refunds are made at GSNWGL’s discretion. Exceptions cannot be made.

Health and Safety

 CampDoc's is Here!

This summer, GSNWGL Summer Camps is partnering with CampDoc.com to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc.com offers an electronic health record system for camps, and you can now complete your camper’s health information electronically. The security and privacy of your camper's health information is important to us. The CampDoc.com site is secure, encrypted, and password protected. Only Camp health staff, and directors will have access to camper health information. From here forward the Health History Form, Wilderness Physical Form, Camper Confidentiality and Camper Release forms will be referred to as Health Profile. All camp forms (Health History, Camper Confidentiality, Wilderness Trip Physical Form, and Camper Release as named in previous years) must be submitted via CampDoc.com; no paper forms will be accepted.

  • After signing up for camp, you will receive an “Invitation” email from CampDoc.com.
    1. Click on the green "Accept Invite" link within the email to create your CampDoc.com account.
    2.  Enter your full email address, and click continue to set your password.
    3. Once logged in, select your camper's name and click on the health profile link to complete your camper's information.
    4. Required questions will be marked with an * and outlined in red.
    5. Upload any required documents to your CampDoc.com account. If you're on a phone/tablet, you can take a picture to upload the document.
    6. Return to CampDoc.com at any time to make changes or update your camper’s health information before camp begins.

We’re excited to let you know that your camper’s health information will save from year-to-year, so once you complete it in CampDoc.com this season, you won’t have to start from scratch next year.

CampDoc.com sends out periodic reminder emails for incomplete health information. These notifications will come from campdoc.com, so please add this to your safe sender list to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. We don’t want you to miss important notices about camp! Please note that CampDoc.com supports the current and previous major releases of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari which provide improved security and performance for health information. 


Q:  Do I have to complete the CampDocs Health Profile? And why do you need it?

A: All campers are required to have the Health Profile through CampDocs forms completed and signed by parents along with a copy if their insurance card to attend camp – they will not be allowed to be dropped off without these.


 Q:  Can I wait until the last minute to complete my campers CampDoc Health Profile?

A: No, you should complete her profile as soon as possible otherwise you will get locked out of the system and unable to update anything. Lockout dates are typically a week and a half before her program starts. Profiles must be complete before the lockout date and for the camper to attend camp.


Q: What about Wilderness Trips? Do I need a special Physical Form?

A: Girls participating in a Wilderness Trip**, must also have a physical by a doctor–the Physical Form which is a separate page from the Health Profile, this must be done every 24 months (if completed last year, those are on file at camp – still need a new Health Profile)This form will also need to be uploaded to your campers profile on the CampDoc’s website.


Q: I'm attending a weekend Troop Camping; do I need to complete a Health Profile on CampDocs for all the girls and adults?

A: Yes. All weekend program participants, girls and adults must also have a completed Health Profile to attend camp.


Q: My daughter is attending multiple camp sessions. Do I need to complete the CampDocs Health Profile each time

A: No. The great thing about CampDocs is that you only need to complete it once and we will have it for the summer.


Q: I can’t figure any of this out, help.

A: There are many great solutions to most issues that parents have for CampDocs through the CampDocs website. You can search your questions in the search box to find most answers on their website.

If you can't find your answer through the CampDocs website, please contact their Support Team with any CampDoc related questions at support@campdoc.com or 734.636.1000.

  • CampDoc Support Team hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eastern on weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern on weekends.

 Camp Nesbit

Campers attending the Volunteer run camp will need to complete the paper Health History Form as well as the Camper Confidentiality Forms. Once completed they should be printed and brought with your camper for the first day of Camp Nesbit.


 Camper Confidentiality Forms and Parent Release Forms

Q: What are Camper Confidentiality Forms and Parent Release Forms?

A: In past years these have been extra forms for parents to complete and allowed you to share information about your girl with us. With CampDocs, all of this information is collected in the same place, your camper's Health Profile


Q: What is a Parent Release on the Health Profile?

A: The Parent Release covers who can pick up the your girls from camp. Parents should put down the names of all people who could possibly be picking up their child from camp. Camp staff will have the parent or person who is on that list show a driver’s license and sign that document to ensure girls are going home with the correct people.

Reminder: When filling out the Parent Release - don't forget to put your own name on it.


Daily Medications

Q: My girl needs to take medication while at camp. What should I do?

A: Many girls take daily medication at camp. We ask that parents send the medication in its original container with dosage and directions still printed on the bottle. Camp staff need to know how to administer the medication to the girl. We also ask that they send the medication in a Ziplock   bag with the girls name on it, this way we can keep everything separate once they arrive at camp.

Camps will have/provide standard over the counter medication to girls while at camp. There is no need to send personal medication like ibuprofen or cough medicine with-we will provide that for them.

All medication is required to be stored in a locked cabinet within the Health Center at Camp Birch Trails, Nawakwa and Sacajawea and is stored in a locked cabinet in Eagle’s Lodge at Camp Winnecomac. We are required by Health Code and ACA (the American Camp Association) to document anything and everything given to a child. We have a bound Health Log that everything will be written in for the entirety of camp, we are required to keep these logs for 20 years past the youngest child turning 18.

Parents should fill out the medication section of the Health Profile so our staff can appropriately administer medication. Please write as much information on this as possible.


 Dietary Needs

Q: My girl is gluten free/vegetarian/allergies/diabetic/ADHD, etc. can you accommodate them?

A: Yes. We also ask you to note dietary needs on the Health Profile so we can make sure they get what they need at camp. Phone calls and emails a week prior to your girl's camp stay are also encouraged.

How it works: 

If a child has an allergy or aversion to certain food, the kitchen will adapt their meal based on what is planned for everyone in camp. Meaning if we are having spaghetti and the girl is gluten free-then she will just get gluten free noodles as a substitute etc.

If parents would like to send  specific food that their daughter would eat as opposed to the brands or kinds we may have at camp, they are more than welcome. Please make sure they write the child’s name on their food and send it in appropriate cooler or bag for storage at camp.

Camp Guide and Registration

 Camp Guide

Q: What do the other little circles with housing pictures on them in the Camp Guide mean?

A: To give parents and girls a better idea of where they will be staying, we added this key to the brochure this year. Most programs have two different options of housing possibilities because we cannot guarantee which housing area they will be staying in based on the number of girls signed up for all the different programs each week.  


Q: What do the trefoil icons mean?

A: The Trefoil icon denotes a program that will complete all components of a badge and the girls will take that badge home at the end of camp.


 Online Registration

Registration opens on January 30, 2019.

Need help? Check out these step-by-step instructions.

Q: Problems using eBiz?

A: Contact us at info@gsnwgl.org or by calling 888.747.6945.

*If you can, please use our online registration for camp! Otherwise, we do have a 2019 Camp Registration form available. (Note: using the paper form may take longer to process)

Busing

 General Busing Information

Q: Is there busing to and from camp?

A: Busing is offered for Camp Winnecomac and there is no additional cost. Each week busing is offered for Oshkosh, Neenah, Appleton South and Darboy. Weeks 2,4,6,8 busing is also offered for Green Bay and De Pere.


NEW this year-busing is only available HOME from Camp Birch Trails, there is a $20 fee to ride the bus home.

There is no busing offered for weekend programs at Camp Birch Trails, Camp Nawakwa, Camp Sacajawea, or Camp Nesbit.

Everyone attending Camp Winnecomac and Camp Birch Trails must choose a bus option when registering, if they are getting dropped off/picked up by parents, they must choose the no bus option.


Busing Schedules

Q: What is the busing schedule?

A: Here are the schedules!


Camp Winnecomac
Bus ONE – All Summer

Bus Stop

Address

Leave for Camp

Return Home

Oshkosh Lanes

275 North Washburn Street, Oshkosh, WI

7:45 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Kohl’s- Neenah

1175 Winneconne Avenue, Neenah, WI

8:00 a.m.

4:40 p.m.

Sabre Lanes - Appleton South

1330 Midway Road, Menasha, WI

8:20 a.m.

4:20 p.m.

Darboy Club

N9695 County Road North, Darboy, WI

8:30 a.m.

4:10 p.m.


Bus TWO – Even weeks (week 2, 4, 6, 8)

Bus Stop

Address

Leave for Camp

Return Home

Green Bay Pick N Save

1291 Lombardi Access Road, Green Bay, WI

8:00 a.m.

4:40 p.m.

De Pere Festival Foods

1001 Main Avenue, De Pere, WI

8:20 a.m.

4:20 p.m.
Camp Birch Trails

**NEW The bus from Camp Birch Trails is only dropping girls off at the Appleton Girl Scout office this summer. Caregivers will need to bring girls to camp on Sunday-please see the new Sunday Arriving procedures underneath Camp Birch Trails section. 

Returning bus from Camp Birch Trails Wednesday/Friday 4:30 p.m. GSNWGL Appleton Service Center 4693 N Lynndale Dr. Appleton, WI
Trading Post, Camper Kits & Cookie Dough

 Trading Post

Camp has a store! Want to take your camp love home with you? Our Trading Posts are filled with fun from toys to cuddly buddies, cozy shirts, tie dye swag, games, goodies, and more! Don’t forget to get a Rooted in Adventure camp t-shirt, sweatshirt, or patch to remember your time at camp! Our retail shops and trading posts will be stocked with the latest in summer fun. So be sure to send your camper with a few extra dollars in her pocket to spend at the Trading Post.

There are Trading Posts at all Council-run camps. That includes: Camp Birch Trails, Camp Winnecomac, Camp Nawakwa, and Camp Sacajawea.


 Money and Cookie Dough at Camp

The easiest way for your girl to shop at the Trading Post is to put money in her account during the registration process or at the Trading Post when you drop your camper off. Please note, after your camper’s time at camp, any unused trading post balances over $5 will be refunded in cash and sent home with your camper and any unused trading post funds in an amount under $5 will be donated to the GSNWGL Camp Financial Assistance Fun. Fall Bucks and Cookie Dough can also be used at the Trading Post – campers must come with their Cookie Dough and Fall Bucks in order to redeem it. This year we will not have the option to look up Cookie Dough/Fall Bucks card numbers from camp.


 Camper Kits

Send your camper off with an extra boost of comfort and fun with a Camper Care Kit! Our Camper Care Kits are filled will cool things for your camper, to help add a little extra fun and excitement to their camp experience! Each kit will include a premium plush fox, journal for jotting down camp memories or notes, and camp-friendly trinkets and surprises. Camper Care Kits are the perfect way to show you’re thinking of her when she’s away on camp adventures! These kits are delivered to your camper during her stay at camp and can be ordered when you register for camp. Camper Care Kits are not available for purchase in the Camp Trading Post, kits are available for pre-order only. Be sure to order early – quantities are limited. Please note, apparel must be preordered by May 1st to confirm size availability and will be available at the Trading Posts only while supplies last.

Confirmation Packets

 Camp Birch Trails

Here's everything you need to know about spending some of your summer at Camp Birch Trails. Below there are a few session specific breakouts. Don't worry if your session isn't list - everything you need is under "The Basics."

The Basics

 Arriving at Camp

Q: What time does camp start and end?

A: Camp starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday with staggered check-in times and ends at 2 p.m. on Friday.


Caregivers dropping off campers will need to eat lunch before arriving at camp on Sunday.

New This year at CBT, every camper will be dropped off by a parent/guardian and checked into camp.

  • Kindergarten to Second Grade check-in is from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Third to Sixth Grade check-in time is from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Seventh to Twelfth Grade check-in time is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

**If campers have siblings at different times please bring them with during the different check-in times.

Once campers are checked in by Camp Staff on the road into camp they will park and complete their Health Check-in with our Health Supervisor, turn any money or Cookie Dough into the Trading Post, speak with the Head Cook about the menu if needed for allergies, make a nametag for the week and then continue on to her living unit for the week to meet her counselor and move all her items in. 


 Accommodations

Q: Where is my daughter going to stay?

A: Due to evolving group sizes we cannot tell you for certain where your girl will be staying. All housing decisions are based on age with the youngest campers in the less rustic units.

Check out the Camp Guide for a sneak-peek of where your girl will stay at camp.


 Bunk Notes

Q: How can I contact my girl at camp?

A: Bunk Notes! This is an email service available to Camp Birch Trails campers. Parents pay a small fee to this outside company and then can send emails to their campers. (Please note: This is a one-way communications service. Girls will not be able to respond.)


Once a day before lunch, the company sends the camp all the emails collected over the past 24 hours, the camp staff print and deliver to the campers in the afternoon.

*Camps Internet is not reliable and there are times that we have not had internet and not been able to print Bunk Notes. We certainly do our best to get them out to the girls each day but there are times it is just not possible.


 Thursdays at Camp Birch Trails

On Thursday, girls get to sleep-in and have breakfast in their unit followed by Me Time. Me Time allows each girl to choose two activities of her choice!

After lunch and rest hour, we play an all-camp game - where everyone at camp takes part in the same activity. The activities can be anything from capture the flag, to carnivals, to Olympics.

Thursday dinner is a BIG deal and one of our biggest camp traditions. Our staff get dressed up and our biggest meal of the week is served, either turkey or pork with corn, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread, cranberries, and dessert. It is our largest meal of the week.

After dinner is our closing campfire. Each group is invited up to share their favorite memories or quotes from the week, make a wish boat to send out on the lake and enjoy the campfire. Once campfire is done we walk as a group to the Dining Hall to watch a slide show of pictures from the week and then have our bracelet ceremony for all girls.


 Programs that Leave Camp

Typically, any field trip that leaves camp will ride in a 12 or 15 passenger van. On some occasions we have rented a bus if we have more girls than space but that is very rare.

Girls are always chaperoned by camp staff. We keep our ratios of girls to adults at a maximum of 12 girls to two adults when leaving camp.

If a girl rides in a car seat/booster seat, the car seat should be left at camp on field trip days. 

Wilderness Trips

 Camp Experience

Before going on a full wilderness trip, girls should have some camping experience. If it says experience recommended or required, we ask that the girl has some tent camping experience, cooking over a fire knowledge, and is comfortable being away from home.


 Trip Duration

Q: Description says trip is X days long, what do they do the rest of time?

A: Girls will spend time learning to work together as a team, get prepared and packed for their trip, and then clean up after their trip as well as doing any other in-camp activities they choose.


 Supplies, Travel & Trip Leaders

Camp provides all trip specific equipment for the girls. They just need to bring their personal items listed in the confirmation packet.

Camp drives the group to their starting spot and then will pick them up when the trip is over and bring them back to camp. Each trip is also sent with either a cell phone or InReach Device to contact camp in case of an emergency.

Camp also provides a Trip Leader to lead the trips, they are highly trained in all of our different trips we offer. Each Trip Leader must have Wilderness First Aid, lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid training. 


 Backpacking

  • Camp will provide backpacks and other specific equipment the girls will need.
  • Level One-Ice Age Trail: Three to five days hiking from site to site. The girls will plan their meals together with their Trip Leader, pack all of their equipment, and hike out on their adventure. They do not need any prior experience for this trip.
  • Level Two-Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore: Four to seven days hiking from site to site. It’s a beautiful trail along the lake shore. The girls will plan their meals together with their Trip Leader, pack all of their equipment, and hike out on their adventure.
  • Level Three-Porcupine Mountains: Spend six to nine days hiking in the UP in the Porcupine Mountains wilderness area.
  • Level Four- Superior Hiking Trail: Spend eight to twelve days on the trail exploring the Superior Hiking Trail.
  • Level Five-Isle Royale National Park: Spend fourteen to eighteen days hiking the island of Isle Royale National Park surrounded by beautiful Lake Superior and is part of Michigan.
  • Trips are not always offered every year and will be offered as the groups of girls progress through the current program. The trips get longer for each level

 Canoeing

  • Camp will provide all the equipment the girls need.
  • Level One - Upper Wisconsin River: Three to five days on the water canoeing. The girls will plan their meals together with their Trip Leader, pack all of their equipment, and paddle out on their adventure. They do not need any prior experience for this trip.
  • Level Two - Michigamme River: Four to seven days canoeing from site to site. The girls will plan their meals together with their Trip Leader, pack all of their equipment, and hike out on their adventure. The girl should have participated in at least a level one wilderness trip.
  • Level Three - Manitowish Waters Canoe: Spend six to nine days on the water canoeing Manitowish in Northern Wisconsin.
  • Level Four - Boundary Waters Canoe Area: Spend eight to twelve days paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota.
  • Level Five - Quetico Canoe Area: Spend fourteen to eighteen days paddling the Canadian side of the Boundary Waters. Girls must have a valid US Passport to enter Canada.
  • Trips are not always offered every year and will be offered as the groups of girls progress through the current program. The trips get longer for each level.

 Kayaking

  • Camp will provide all the equipment the girls need.
  • Level One - Manitowish River: Three to five days on the water kayaking. The girls will plan their meals together with their Trip Leader, pack all of their equipment, and paddle out on their adventure. They do not need any prior experience for this trip.
  • Level Two - Chippewa Kayak: Spend Four to seven days kayaking the Chippewa Flowage.
  • Level Three - Namekagon River: Spend six to nine days on the water discovering the open vistas and grassy marsh of the Namekagon flowage.
  • Level Four - Apostle Islands: Spend eleven days on Lake Superior in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Pre-req-completed level 3 trip.
  • Level Five - Kayak Superior: Spend fourteen to eighteen days on the water traveling the Canadian side of Lake Superior through Lake Superior Provincial Park. Girls must have a valid US passport to enter Canada.
  • Trips are not always offered every year and will be offered as the groups of girls progress through the current program. The trips get longer for each level.
Sneak-a-Peek and Get Wild

Program Specifics

Sneak-a-Peek and Get Wild are half-week programs. Campers arrive on Sunday at 2 p.m. and leave on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

These programs are great for girls who might not be ready for a whole week of camp but want to experience it all!

Busing is available for your girl's trip home and there is a $20 fee to ride. If you want your girl to travel home via bus, choose the busing option during registration. The camp staff will know your daughter is in Sneak-a-Peek and Get Wild and will get her on the bus to go home.

Northwoods Adventure

 Program Specifics

Q: How strict is the 65 pounds weight minimum for zip lining?

A: This is a rule set by the zip lining company and they will not allow girls under 65 pounds to zip line. Girls under 65 pounds can register for the program, but they will only attend the tubing and horseback riding field trips.

Wild for Water

Program Specifics

Q: Where in Wisconsin Dells do they go?

A: Kalahari Water Park


Q: Will the girls go anywhere other than Wisconsin Dells?

A: Yes. They will go to two other local lakes.

You Can't Do That at Camp

 Program Specifics

Q: Can girls bring electronics to this session?

A: Yes, however the cell phones will be kept in the safe in the office when not in use and are only allowed to be used when at the Admin building while at camp.


Q: Can they bring a cell phone?

A: Yes, however the cell phones will be kept in the safe in the office when not in use and are only allowed to be used when at the Admin building while at camp. 

Wanderers

 Program Specifics

This trip is a pre-level program for girls to experience some of our Wilderness Trip programs. The girls will take a day trip down the Wisconsin River in canoes and will backpack and kayak around camp to decide which trip they would like to participate in the next summer.

Wild West

 Program Specifics

The girls will travel in a fifteen-passenger van with a minimum of two staff to visit Theodore Roosevelt and Custer State Parks. They will go on a trail ride with horses, hang out, and shop in Medora, North Dakota. They will be sleeping in tents at different camp grounds while they are out of camp, cooking over the fire or a small camp stove for their meals. This trip typically leaves Tuesday or Wednesday of their first week in camp and returns to camp a week later. The girls are encouraged to bring spending money with since they will be in tourist areas.

Island Adventure

 Program Specifics

The girls will canoe the Willow Flowage and find an island to set up a base camp on an island and then explore the Flowage by canoe or hiking around their island. They will spend their days learning about how to cook meals over the fire and on a camping stove, how to purify water and practice other Wilderness skills.

Nashville Star

 Program Specifics

The girls will travel in a fifteen-passenger van with a minimum of two staff to visit and tour around the Nashville area, go horseback riding, visit the Grand Ole Opry, and try line dancing, they will also be able to do some shopping while on the trip so it is encouraged to bring some spending money along. They will also explore other parts of Tennessee in their travels.

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Camp Winnecomac

Here's everything you need to know about spending some of your summer at Camp Winnecomac. Below there are a few session specific breakouts. Don't worry if your session isn't list - everything you need is under "The Basics."

The Basics

 Arrive at Camp

Q: What time does camp start and end?

A: All camp days run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Girls attending three-day sessions stay overnight for the duration of the program. They will begin at 9 a.m. the first day and end at 4 p.m. the last day. Three-day overnight sessions start on Tuesday and finish Thursday.


 Meals at Camp

Q: Do you provide lunch?

A: No. Each girl must bring a lunch each day. Camp does provide two snacks each day.

One day each week of each five-day sessions girls will cook their lunch over the fire. Girls do not need a packed lunch for that day – a weekly schedule will go home on Monday to let parents know what day that will happen.

For programs with overnights – a lunch will need to be brought from home for the first day, all food after that will be provided by camp.

If your girl is participating in the optional overnight, her dinner Thursday night and Friday breakfast and lunch are all provided. She will need to bring her lunch on Thursday unless her group is doing a cookout that day.


 Pool Day

Every Wednesday girls go to the pool in the afternoon. The girls walk to the Kaukauna Municipal Pool. Camp Winnecomac does not have a pool on site.


 Thursday Overnight

Every girl who attends a five-day program has the option to stay overnight at camp on Thursday. You can choose the overnight option during the registration process. There is an additional cost for the overnight of $7.


 Before/After Care

Work early or late? Drop your camper off as early as 7:30 and pick her up as late as 5:30. Supervision and activities provided, pick however many days of before/after care needed for just $3/day. Busing not available for girls utilizing before/after care.


 Open House

Every Friday we have an open house from 3 - 4 p.m. Caregivers can tour camp, and watch the slideshow of what happened at camp that week.


 Day Sessions

Q: Can the girls pick what program they do?

A: No, the girls will be placed in a group that has an open space for them, they will then participate in whatever activities that group has planned for the day.

Q: Can my whole troop sign up for a day session together on our own?

A: An Entire troop cannot sign up for a day session and expect to be in the only ones in their group. We may have to split up your group based upon size.

Q: Why can’t we choose a Day Session on Friday?

A: Friday’s are the last day of programming for the girls who have been to camp for the entire week. These days are typically spent finishing up other projects from their week and playing an all camp game. To get a better idea of what camp is like we encourage Day Session attendees to participate Monday through Thursday.

Q: I want to sign up for the Day Session and do the overnight?

A: We do not allow girls who have signed up for a Day Session to attend the optional overnight. The overnight is for girls who have spent the whole week at camp together.


 Programs that Leave Camp

Typically, any field trip that leaves camp will ride in a 12 or 15 passenger van. On some occasions we have rented a bus if we have more girls than space but that is very rare.

Girls are always chaperone by camp staff. We keep our ratios of girls to adults at a maximum of 12 girls to two adults when leaving camp.

If a girl rides in a car seat/booster seat, the car seat should be left at camp on field trip days. 

Program Aide Training

 Earning the Award

Once girls complete the training, they will receive an application to apply to volunteer at camp. The camp director will contact all applicants to set up what weeks they will volunteer. Girls must have volunteered at six activity sessions to earn the Program Aide Award.

Double Trouble

 Program Details

Campers will start at Camp Winnecomac, doing normal camp days on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, they will arrive at Camp Winnecomac, pack their things and will take a bus to Camp Birch Trails. They will remain at Camp Birch Trails until Friday when they will either take the bus home or will get picked up by their caregivers.

Trails Riders

Program Details

Campers will start at Camp Winnecomac, doing normal camp days on Monday and Tuesday. They will take a trail ride at a local stables near Camp Winnecomac. On Wednesday, they will arrive at Camp Winnecomac, pack their things and will take a bus to Camp Birch Trails. The girls will then complete two more trail rides at Blue Haven Stables near Camp Birch Trails. They will remain at Camp Birch Trails until Friday when they will either take the bus home or will get picked up by their caregivers.

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Other Camps

Troop Weekends

Outdoor Extravaganza at Camp Birch Trails

  • Campers arrive between 6-7 p.m. on Friday
  • Campers leave between 9 and 10 a.m. on Sunday
  • Based on ages of the girls attending, each Troop will be given a schedule based on art, nature, boating, games or archery and teambuilding for the weekend.
  • There are also additional add-on activities including horseback riding ($40/person) and zip lining ($90/person), they must sign up and pay for these when they register for camp and then we will schedule and drive them to their activity. An adult must be registered to attend these activities with the girls. 
    • The horseback riding add-on activity is $40/person. This activity is an hour long, but please note that there is a fifteen mintue drive to and from the horseback riding facility.
    • The zip lining add-on activity is $90/person. This activity is an two-three hours long, but please note that there is a forty-five mintue to an hour drive to and from the zip lining facility.
  • Troops will be housed together; the adults can assign campers to bunks/beds. If a troop doesn’t completely fill a cabin/yurt/tent they may have to share with another troop.
  • Camp provides all food for the weekend, if troops want snacks they can bring some and store them in the dining hall.
  • Troops/groups need to have a minimum of one adult, but we encourage troops to bring as many adults as needed to work with the girls.
  • Adults who attend camp need to be registered Girl Scout members and will need to complete a background check in order to attend. Adults who have not completed this will not be allowed to attend the program.
  • Since we have a limit of 90 people for these weekends, all of the people registered will stay in either the Lodge (a building with toilets and showers inside), Outlook Cabins (four bunk beds and close to the new shower house with flush toilets) or the Yurts (round cabins with four to five bunk beds and near pit toilets). All have electricity. 
  • There is no busing offered.
Basic Weekend Schedule
Friday Evening
Troops Arrive 6 p.m.
Activity 1 7:30 p.m.
Lights Out/Bedtime 9:30 p.m.
Saturday
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Activities 2 and 3 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 - 1 p.m.
Activities 4, 5, and Open Boating/Trading Post 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6 p.m.
Campfire 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Lights Out/Bedtime 9:30 - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Evaluations 8:45 a.m.
Open Trading Post 9 - 10 a.m.
Pack-up/Cleaning and Good Byes 9 - 10 a.m.

 Weekend in the Woods at Camp Nawakwa

  • Campers arrive between 6-7 p.m. on Friday
  • Campers leave between 9 and 10 a.m. on Sunday
  • Troops do not pick activities; a schedule of activities will be provided upon arrival at camp. Activities will be art, nature, boating, archery, field games, and teambuilding.
  • Troops will be housed together; the adults can assign campers to bunks/beds. If a troop doesn’t completely fill a cabin/yurt they may have to share with another troop.
  • Camp provides all food for the weekend, if troops want snacks they can bring some and store them in the dining hall.
  • Troops/groups need to have a minimum of one adult, but we encourage troops to bring as many adults as needed to work with the girls.
  • Adults who attend camp need to be registered Girl Scout members and will need to complete a background check in order to attend. Adults who have not completed this will not be allowed to attend the program. 
  • There is no bussing offered.
Basic Weekend Schedule
Friday Evening
Troops Arrive 6 p.m.
Activity 1 7:30 p.m.
Lights Out/Bedtime 9:30 p.m.
Saturday
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Activities 2 and 3 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 - 1 p.m.
Activities 4, 5, and Open Boating/Trading Post 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6 p.m.
Campfire 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Lights Out/Bedtime 9:30 - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Evaluations 8:45 a.m.
Open Trading Post 9 - 10 a.m.
Pack-up/Cleaning and Good Byes 9 - 10 a.m.

 Adventure in the Woods at Camp Sacajawea

  • Campers arrive between 6-7 p.m. on Friday.
  • Campers leave between 9 and 10 am on Sunday
  • Troops do not pick activities; a schedule of activities will be provided upon arrival at camp. Activities will be Art, Nature, Boating, Archery, Field Games and Teambuilding
  • Troops will be housed together; the adults can assign campers to bunks/beds. If a troop doesn’t completely fill a cabin they may have to share with another troop.
  • Dinner on Saturday evening will be cooked over the campfire as a group. Other meals will be cooked by camp staff and served around camp. Sacajawea does not have a large dining hall for us to feed everyone in.
  • Camp provides all food for the weekend, if troops want snacks they can bring some and store them in their vehicles.
  • Troops/groups need to have a minimum of one adult, but we encourage troops to bring as many adults as needed to work with the girls.
  • Adults who attend camp need to be registered Girl Scout members and will need to complete a background check in order to attend. Adults who have not completed this will not be allowed to attend the program.
Basic Weekend Schedule
Friday Evening
Troops Arrive 6 p.m.
Activity 1 7:30 p.m.
Lights Out/Bedtime 9:30 p.m.
Saturday
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Activities 2 and 3 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 - 1 p.m.
Activities 4, 5, and Open Boating/Trading Post 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6 p.m.
Campfire 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Lights Out/Bedtime 9:30 - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Evaluations 8:45 a.m.
Open Trading Post 9 - 10 a.m.
Pack-up/Cleaning and Good Byes 9 - 10 a.m.
Volunteer-led Camps

 Camp Nesbit

Questions about Camp Nesbit?

Contact Linda Levin at lindallevin@gmail.com

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Questions?

Contact us at info@gsnwgl.org or 888.747.6945

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