All Girls Welcome
Girl Scouts is a welcoming and inclusive organization. All girls are invited to make a lifetime of memories at Girl Scout camp. If a girl isn’t registered for Girl Scouts, she can still attend camp by registering for an additional $20 for a Girl Scout membership. She will then be eligible for Girl Scout programming through September 30, 2016. Please note: Adults who are attending GSNWGL programs also need to be registered Girl Scout members. This includes our Outdoor Extravaganza and Weekend in the Woods programs. We love gaining new Girl Scout members through camp!
The grades listed for all our camp sessions refer to the grades girls will be entering in the fall of 2016.
Girl Scouts is girl-led, allowing girls to put their own stamp on camp! Each camp session described in this planner provides an idea of what activities will be included at camp; however, girl input helps determine what activities actually happen. When the girls help make program decisions, they are discovering their interests, trying new things, and engaging in cooperation and team-building.
Registration & Confirmation
Camp registration open January 13, 2016! Only parents/guardians may register their girls for camp.
A link to the confirmation packets will be included in your confirmation emails, so it’s crucial that you provide us with a valid email address. If you aren’t sure if we have your current email address on file, please contact 888.747.6945 or email@example.com. Confirmation packets are also available at gsnw.gl/confirmations.
Payment, Cookie Dough, & Financial Aid
Programs that are $100 or less require payment in full at the time of registration. For programs that are over $100, or if you are requesting financial assistance, a $50 deposit must be included with registration.
Cookie Dough earned this year expires December 18, 2016, and camp is a great way to spend it! If you would like to use Cookie Dough but do not receive it by the time you register for camp, all required deposits and fees must be paid; after your Cookie Dough is received you may apply it to camp fees by calling 888.747.6945. If the amount of Cookie Dough used plus the amount of your deposit exceeds the total cost of your camp fees, you will receive a refund for the overage. Due to the volume of these requests, it may take up to four weeks to receive your refund. All balances must by the following dates:
- June 1, 2016: Balances due for all Weeks 1-4, Camp Nawakwa, and Camp Nesbit (Summer Thing)
- July 1, 2016: Balances due for all Weeks 5-8 and Camp Sacajawea
Change, Cancellation, & Refund Policy
Camp’s $50 deposit is non-refundable, and any possible refunds are made at GSNWGL’s discretion. Each change made to a registration—including changing camps, weeks, sessions, bus stops, camp kits, trading post deposits, etc.—will result in a non-refundable $15 change fee. Exceptions cannot be made.
A completed Health History Form is required in order to attend Girl Scout camp. A physical exam at least 24 months prior to the last day of the camp session is also necessary for anyone attending a wilderness trip program at Camp Birch Trails, a medical professional must sign the Health History Form verifying these conditions have been met. Girl must bring a completed health history form with them on the first day of camp.
Camper Readiness Quiz
Is your daughter ready for camp? Have her take this quiz and find out! Circle the answer that best describes how you and your camper feel, then add them up when you’re finished. Be honest with your answers! This can help you both decide if she’s ready to attend camp.
|3||2||1||Do you enjoy staying overnight at a friend’s house?|
|3||2||1||Do you enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and sleeping in a tent?|
|3||2||1||Are you willing to try new foods that you haven’t eaten before?|
|3||2||1||Can you go without TV, video games, computer, and phone?|
|3||2||1||Do you like to meet new people and interact with other girls, not just your best friends?|
|3||2||1||Can you brave a thunderstorm, bugs, and forest noises at night?|
|3||2||1||Can you take care of personal needs, like shampooing and brushing your hair?|
|3||2||1||Are you ready to sleep in a tent or cabin with 4-8 girls, knowing your counselors are in a nearby tent?|
|3||2||1||Can you make your own bed and keep track of your things?|
|3||2||1||Have you ever camped before?|
Less than 18 points: Consider trying a weekend camp with a group or parents first.
18-25 points: You may want to try a weekend camp or a week at day camp.
25+ points: You are an experienced camper who will thrive at resident camp!
Meet Our Camp Staff!
Hi, I’m Chip! I hope you’re as excited as I am for camp! This summer marks my 20th year involved in camp—from camper to counselor to camp director, I have seen and done it all. I think the best part of camp is meeting new friends; because of camp, I have friends all over the world who are like my family. Join us at camp this summer and you’ll make lifelong friends, too! If you have questions, just give me a call. See you this summer!
Danielle “Chip” Polzin
Outdoor Program Manager
Growing up at Girl Scout camp started my love of the outdoors and getting girls interested in all the amazing things camp has to offer. I’ve done a little bit of everything, from counselor to cook to director at all different camps, but this will be my first summer working at Camp Winnecomac… I can’t wait! Have questions about the exciting summer ahead? Give me a call. Happy camping!
Lisa “Puck” Freeman
Reaching Out Manager
Hi! My name is Linda Levin, better known as Murphy, and I have worked at Girl Scout camps in Michigan and Wisconsin for over 40 years. I believe that spending time at camp is the ONLY way to spend your summer, and being a Girl Scout Daisy troop leader is a great way to spend the rest of my year! I have been a public school teacher for 35 years, a church organist, a Girl Scout for almost 50 years, and an active volunteer in my community. I can’t wait to see all the campers’ smiles this summer!
Linda “Murphy” Levin
Camp Winnecomac Director
Summer Camp Progression
Trying something new and challenging yourself an important part of any Girl Scout camper experience. But how to do you keep the fun and excitement going? Our camps have a progression built in!
First Time Campers
Is your daughter new to camping? Spend a day, two, or three at Camp Winnecomac (Kaukauna, WI), Camp Sacajawea (Wisconsin Rapids,WI), or Camp Nawakwa (Cornell,WI) during one of our multiple day camp sessions! Girls can choose from a variety of sessions with focuses like art, cooking, outdoor skills, and more! For those girls ready to have an overnight camp experience, add on the optional overnight for an evening of memories and fun! Due to popular demand, we have added limited day camp offerings at Camp Sacajawea and Camp Nawakwa this summer!
Want to join your daughter while she experiences camp for the first time? Our Weekend in the Woods sessions or our Outdoor Extravaganzas are the perfect choice! Sample camp activities, food, songs, games and more – together! Weekend in the Woods is offered at Camp Sacajawea and Camp Nawakwa and Outdoor Extravaganza is offered at Camp Birch Trails (Irma, WI). There are six weekends to choose from this summer, so you’ll surely find one to fit your schedule!
Troops are welcome to attend Weekend in the Woods and Outdoor Extravaganzas together as a large group, too! Share the fun with your troop members and experience camp together! Troops with multiple levels of camp experience will love these weekend. They are a great way to help the girls work together as a team while trying new things!
Had a great time at Girl Scout camp last summer and want to return? We would love to have you come back again!
- Did you attend a one or two night camp session and want more adventure?
- It’s time for resident camp! Check out all that Camp Birch Trails has to offer!
- Did you attend resident camp last summer and want to try more?
- Build on your experience from last summer and take the next level of camp programming offered (we have skill progression built into our horse programs, water sports programs, and many others). Or try a totally new camp and learn new skills!
- Have you experience resident camp and want even more adventure?
- Our first level Wilderness Trips are a great place to start! Feeling up to the adventure and want to challenge yourself a little more, in a safe and supportive environment? Our two week trips are waiting for you!
Ready to Lead?
Our Program Aide Training programs, Counselor in Training programs, Apprentice Counselor Training, and our Trip Leader in Training programs will prepare you to be a leader not only at camp but everywhere else, too!