All staff participate in an intense, mandatory training designed to prepare the staff to create a positive and supportive environment based on standards provided by leading experts in the camping industry. During this time the staff learn child development, the Girl Scout Program, camp skills, group dynamics, safety procedures, regulations, cooperative learning, and other important topics. Leadership staff are also required to attend additional camp training. Additionally, a camp medic will be on site throughout each week of overnight camp, and daily during day camp. Every staff member has been through a thorough screening and background check. The ratio of counselors to girls is determined by age level using the guidelines in Safety Activity Checkpoints, set by Girl Scouts of the USA.
Health and Safety
Camp sessions adhere to the safety standards required by Girl Scouts of the USA. If an illness or injury occurs that requires additional medical attention, camp locations are only a few miles from local hospital facilities. Parents will be notified immediately of any emergency situation. Basic healthcare items as listed on Camp Parent Consent Form are provided by parents and administered as listed on Camp Medication Distribution Form. All prescription and non-prescription medications brought to camp must be in their original containers and labeled clearly with the name of the medication, the camper’s name, and the exact instructions for usage. All medication must be checked in upon arrival (the forms will be sent with your confirmation).
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. purchases accident insurance for council activities. All girls attending camp must have health insurance. If girls do not currently have health insurance, a policy must be purchased prior to camp. Links to purchase this insurance online will be available at campdocs.com.
Camp life is an excellent opportunity for girls to live and work together. Camp is also a community of many people and certain standards of behavior are expected. The camp director and staff will do everything possible to help girls adjust to camp life. Girls who consistently exhibit inappropriate behavior, endanger themselves or others, are willfully disobedient, or whose behavior towards others (both campers and staff) is unacceptable, will be removed from camp and sent home without a refund.
Conditions Beyond Our Control
Conditions may arise that will cause a publicized and planned activity to be canceled.
Girls are housed together in units according to age level. Bunk assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp offers an excellent opportunity for campers to develop independent living skills, self-reliance, responsibility, and positive relationships. All campers and staff participate in kapers, which include flag ceremonies, care of shared program areas, and the clean-up of unit bath houses, cabins, and shelters. Each camper is responsible for her own personal care and grooming.
Girls are housed together in units according to age level. Bunk assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot accommodate requests for girls to bunk together. Camp staff will not know if girls belong to the same troop or go to the same school and parents should not expect girls to be placed together in the same cabin or unit. We encourage girls to make new friends within our Girl Scout community.
Telephones and Electronic Devices
Summer camp offers a great opportunity to learn about and navigate social situations while not being constantly connected to and immersed within a digital/virtual world. There is a No-Cell Phone policy at all camps. We agree to contact you if your child is experiencing a challenge in their adjustment to camp. We do not allow any electronic items, such as IPods, MP3 players, radios, Smart Watch devices, or tablets of any kind. Digital cameras are a great way to capture memories and are allowed at camp. The Girl Scouts cannot and will not be responsible, for any reason, for the loss or damage to your child’s electronic equipment.
Pick Up Policy
Non-staff adults are permitted at the camp entrance during drop-off and pick-up times. Only those adults listed as “Authorized” person(s) on the Camp Parent Consent Form will be permitted to pick up campers. Photo ID will be required for pick-up of all campers. Responsibility for campers not picked up within 30 minutes of pick-up time will be given to local authorities. In this instance, parents will need to pick up children at the local Sheriff’s Office.