All Girls Welcome
Q: Can I go to Girl Scout camp if I'm not a Girl Scout?
A: Yes! You don’t have to 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 at Camp Birch Trails, Camp Nawakwa, and Camp Sacajawea, and Troop Camp Your Way, and Outdoor Troop Journey Overnight’s at Camp Winnecomac 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!
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 are going into the fall.
Q: My girls want 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 girl's 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 at Birch Trails, Nawakwa and Sacajawea and Troop Camp programs at Camp Winnecomac 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, smartwatches, 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 smartphones. Sometimes it is difficult to remember a time when knowing what children were doing minute to the 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, smartwatches, or devices that 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. Girls have also lost many smartwatches in our lakes and on-field trips-please do not send these with to camp.
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.
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.