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Give your Girl Scout the Great Outdoors This Summer!

Camp Guide Summer 2015


We Have an Amazing Summer For You!

Click here or on the image at left to view a pdf of everything you need to know about Summer Camp 2015!

What Camps Do We Offer?

Every summer, we provide girls with the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, have fun and get outside! We offer day camps and resident camps (sleep-away) at our two larger properties (Camp Scoutshire Woods and Kamp Kiwanis).

From horseback riding to sailing, crafting to zip lining, there is something for every girl at summer camp.


Camp Scoutshire Woods (June 7-12 and June 14-19)

Click here for our 2015 Camp Scoutshire Woods Flyer

Camp Scoutshire Woods will once again hold the popular Horse Camp for both weeks of camp.  Also, with the weekly themes of “Scoutshire Sleuth” and “Outdoor Challenge”, there are plenty of opportunities for girls of all ages to try new things, make new friends, learn new skills and have tons of summer fun!  All the popular activities will be back – such as zip lining, archery, swimming, boating and arts and crafts.  Leadership camp is also back for the older girls who want to earn their Program Aide or Counselor In Training awards.  Week one dates are June 7 – 12 and week two dates are June 14 – 19. 

Camp Scoutshire is near Citronelle, AL. Its large lake with a sandy beach make it just right for swmming and canoeing. The property, forested with pine and magnolia, offers the perfect camp atmosphere for hiking, crafting, campfires, games and rest. Camp Scoutshire Woods also features its own horse stables, so girls can learn how to ride and care for horses, while still enjoying traditional camp activities.

Click here to check out photos from previous Resident Camps at Scoutshire Woods

Kamp Kiwanis (June 21-26 and June 28-July 3)

Click here for our 2015 Kamp Kiwanis Flyer

Kamp Kiwanis has a new Swim Camp!  Each age level will spend most of their time in the water where they will work on their swimming skills, learn basic water safety and rescue skills, and also participate in water sports.  This new program is great for girls of all swimming levels and will be offered for both weeks of camp. 

KK will also have weekly themes of “Kiwanis Klues” where girls solve puzzles and mysteries, and “Who Are You?” where each day is spent learning about (and doing!) different career paths.  Leadership Camp will also return for girls looking to earn their Program Aide or Counselor in Training awards.  Week one dates are June 21 – 26 and week two dates are June 28 – July 3.

Kamp Kiwanis is located on 110 acres 45 minutes north of Montgomery, in Eclectic, AL. The camp sits on beautiful Lake Martin, which makes this wooded camp with awe-inspiring lakefront views the perfect spot for sailing, kayaking and even a ride on the banana boat.

With miles of trails, many along the waterfront, Kamp Kiwanis makes it fun for every girl to participate in her favorite camp activities. Our popular Sail Away Camp, where girls learn boating skills, takes place at Kamp Kiwanis.

Click here to check out photos from previous Resident Camps at at Kamp Kiwanis

New:  Be an Intern at camp! Intern Program 2015

This program will be offered at Scoutshire Woods and Kamp Kiwanis for rising 10th graders and up.  During their first week, Interns will be a part of the Leadership Camp, where they will review many of the skills they learned in their previous years.  The next week, the Interns will be put to work where they will shadow staff, help guide the campers, and be stewards to the camp’s special traditions!  

This brand new Intern Program is for girls who have completed CIT 1 or CIT 2, have participated in the 2015 Cookie Sale, and have successfully completed the application process for the Intern Program.  Space is limited and interns will be selected based on their merit and previous program performances.  This is a great opportunity for girls to see how camp is managed and gain valuable work skills and experience.

Registration Process
Select first and second camp session choices (see Session Descriptions sorted by Camp, Age-Level, or Length of Session). Make sure the camper meets grade-level requirements (grade refers to Fall school enrollment). Some sessions fill quickly, and your camper may have to attend her second choice.

Camp registrations for girls who sold more than 600 boxes of cookies will be accepted on March 16. Registrations for all camp sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis by postmark/order date at the Montgomery Service Center for Kamp Kiwanis and the Mobile Service Center for Camp Scoutshire Woods.

Camp registrations for all girls will be accepted starting March 23. Registrations for all camp sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis by postmark/order date at the Montgomery Service Center for Kamp Kiwanis and the Mobile Service Center for Camp Scoutshire Woods.

If the sessions your daughter wants to attend are full, her name will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be notified if a spot becomes available.

Upon receipt of registration form and deposit, each registered camper will receive a packet with specific information and forms. You can conveniently make your deposit by using our online store.

All remaining camp fees and forms are due on or before May 16. A late fee may apply after that date.

Please note: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama reserves the right to cancel and/or change the location of camp sessions at both Camp Scoutshire Woods and Kamp Kiwanis. If changes to our resident camp schedule occur, we will contact you as soon as possible.

Entrepreneur Price vs. Regular/Out of Council Price

The Entrepreneur price is for GSSA Girl Scouts who have sold either $75 in Fall Product Sales or 24+ boxes in the 2015 Cookie Sale. The Regular/ Out of Council price is for non-Girl Scouts or Girl Scouts who haven't participated as above. We make this distinction because the Fall Product Sale and the Cookie Sale Program help to support and maintain our camp properties.

Camp FAQs for Girls -- We're So Glad You Asked!

How long are camp sessions?
Brownie Sampler Sessions are 3 days, 2 nights, so you can "try out"camp; regular sessions are 6 days, 5 nights. Leadership in Training Camps for older girls are longer (detailed in session description).

Can I come to camp if I'm not a Girl Scout?
Yes! Any girl who will be going into 2nd through 12th grade is welcome. Just include the additional $100 fee and a complete Girl Scout membership form.

What should I wear?
Girls should bring regular "play" clothes. For safety reasons, closed-toe shoes are required. Girl Scout uniforms are not required at summer camp. Horse-riding sessions also require long pants and boots with heels (not hiking boots). A complete list of needed camp items will be e-mailed to each camper's parents/guardian upon registration.

Can I stay with my friend?
Yes! If your friend is close to your age and is registered for the same program, you can be camp buddies. You will do all the activities together, and you can bunk together, too. Be sure to put your registration forms in the same envelope!

May I bring electronics to camp?
No! Cell phones, televisions, iPods, radios or game devices (anything with a screen) are NOT allowed at camp. Take a break and enjoy the outdoors for a week!

2015 Important Dates

March 16: Camper applications accepted from girls who earned program credits during the 2015 Cookie Sale program.

March 23: Camper Applications accepted from all girls.

April 24: Applications from girls applying for a camp scholarship are due

May 15: Camp fees are due in full; Health History and Health Exam form due



Typical Day

7 a.m. Greet the Day
7:45 a.m. Flag Raising
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Day Campers Arrive
9 a.m. Unit Activities &
9:30 a.m. Morning Sessions
11 a.m. Mid-Morning Sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Planned Program
2:30 p.m. Afternoon Sessions
4:00 p.m. Day Campers Leave
5:45 p.m. Flag Lowering
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Evening Sessions
* Kapers, or general housekeeping, are a part of every Girl Scout program.

Camp FAQs for Parents -- Things You'll Want to Know.

How will I know my child is being supervised appropriately?
Camp staff members are specially trained to focus on each camper's well-being and safety. Supervision not only includes making sure girls are wearing life jackets but also that they are changing their clothes every day, drinking water and applying sunscreen and that healthy relationships are growing in their cabin or tent. Girl Scouts place a high priority on safety and train staff in all aspects of camp life – from leading activities to cooking over a campfire. Our goal is to carefully prepare and plan for each camp experience with your daughter in mind. The majority of our counselors are college students who are former campers and have completed the Counselor in Training courses.

How will I communicate with my child while she is at camp?
Our goal is for each girl to build autonomy while at camp. We ask that all cell phones remain at home. In general, we work to promote independence and group cohesion in campers by discouraging telephone contact during camp session, but there are exceptions to this philosophy. Parents can write emails to the camp email address. The camp director will print them off and hand them to the camper. Campers also love "real" letters and care packages during their stay. In the event of an emergency, parents can call the emergency phone number listed in the Camper Information Packet.

What if my daughter does not know any other girls at camp?
Your daughter will make new friends at camp! Our camp staff are trained to lead games and activities that allow the girls to get to know each other. The staff will encourage girls to work together, listen to each other, and share their special personality with the whole group! With their counselor's guidance, your daughter will have a blast with her new friends!

Our camps are accredited!

Are your camps accredited by the American Camp Association?
Yes! We are very proud that we meet the high standards set forth by the ACA.


Camp Staff

Camp staff members are enthusiastic, talented and caring individuals. Staff are selected on the basis of skills, experience, ability to serve as role models and their genuine desire to work with girls in the outdoors. The majority of our counselors are teachers or college students. The staff know how to involve girls in the camp community, make leadership decisions and how to handle homesickness.

All staff members receive extensive on-site training that includes camp facilities, health and safelty, activity programming and positive camper and staff interaction. Programs and activities are supervised by qualified staff and are conducted according to professional standards.

The health and safety of each camper is a primary concern of all the camp staff. The camps are inspected by the county boards of health and operate in compliance with their standards, along with those outlined gy Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Camp Association.Each staff member is trained in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR. A qualified health manager is on duty at all times. The camp health managers work closely with the camps' on-call physicians and arrangements are made in advance with local emergency response personnel for complete emergency care.

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