Results tagged “Summer Resident Camp” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer


It seems hard to believe that it's already time to start planning for resident, but it certainly is.   We have reviewed the comments from girls, had some discussions, and now we are working on what to offer for next summer's resident camp sessions.   To remain aligned with GSUSA, we are continuing to focus on core outdoor skills.   It is a return to some of the long held and cherished values of the Girl Scout program.   Since we don't know what outdoor badges will be offered, we are working to focus on all those program opportunities girls voted on for the 2015 program.

To answer our most often asked question, yes, we will continue to offer the horse program.  We will also continue to offer swimming lessons, so girls can increase their confidence and abilities in and around the water.   In a state that has lots of water, it is important for girls to have swimming skills and confidence around those skills.   Day camp worked for a number of girls who didn't want to spend the night, or their parents weren't comfortable with it.   We had some great successes there with a number of girls returning for a resident camp session, so we will offer day camp again.  Brownie Sampler is another great way to introduce your daughter to camp if you are concerned about the length of a full session.   Leadership camp will also be returning as part of the program.

One of the interesting things I have learned the past few years is that girls who have attended camp for years don't necessarily possess some of the outdoors skills we might expect.   Few know how to build a campfire, for example.   Outdoor cooking skills are somewhat limited.   We have done a great job with survivor skills, so GPS, compass, and some of the outdoor hiking skills are good, but others have not been part of the program.   Our current thinking is we will work to integrate more of those into the program for all girls.

My own foray into Girl Scouts was serving as the assistant director of a summer resident camp, so I understand and resonate with the values camp provides.   Last summer Karlyn Edmonds, COO, and I were able to spend our summer at resident camp.   What a tremendous gift that was.   We were able to see on a daily basis girls who were not deterred by their size, their skill level, their anxiety, or their fear.   One day I watched one of the smallest girls in her group take on the task at hand, master it, do it well, and then show her friends how to do it.   It was simply amazing to watch.

As we work to shape the summer program, we are in search of girl input.   If your daughter or troop has thoughts about the camp program, please contact us at

liz_brent.jpgWe were at the Capitol Hill Golf Course in Montgomery Tuesday, May 24, working on a great partnership with the LPGA golf tournament there for our girls and volunteers.   In September during the tournament, we will have girls who are standard bearers with each golfer.   What a great opportunity to be up close to the action and see it first-hand.  It's also a fun way to interact with a professional golfer and get involved in the tournament.  There will also be volunteer opportunities for parents as adult volunteers.   We are excited that Girl Scouts of all ages will be able to get involved in this special partnership.

Summer is a bit of a down time for Girl Scout troops, but we are working to make sure opportunities for Girl Scout fun are available year round. As many of you know, we run two resident camps during the summer, for which we spend a lot of time working to make certain the girls who attend have a great time.   Of course, not everyone can make resident camp, though.  

This summer our staff membership, volunteer and program team (MVP) group is working to have other activities for the girls.   Some are programs we have had each year, like the opportunity to host or attend America's Junior Miss (now Distinguished Young Women) events in Mobile.   Those programs are all planned and ready for girls to have a great time getting to know accomplished young women.   A Mobile area service unit offers a day camp at the Mobile Botanical Gardens.   In the northern part of the council, we will offer a Science Day in Troy, Family Fishing and Fun Day at Camp Humming Hills in Elba and a Christmas in July activity in Montgomery, just to name a few. Keep an eye on the programs and events tab on the council website for all the fun we have planned to make your summer a great one! And look for new program events for fall coming soon!

We'd like to clarify a couple of things about summer resident camp.  The date for the camp open houses is incorrect in the brochure - the open houses are Sunday, May 2 from 2 - 4 p.m.  You still have time to register to attend for the early bird price, $3.  What a steal!


Please use the Camp Scholarship Form, not the generic Financial Aid form, to request a scholarship to attend summer resident camp.


The summer resident camp registration is open, so send your registrations in!  We'll update you on GSSA Weekly as sessions fill up. 


There was also some confusion about June 1.  On June 1, we'll begin taking registrations for 2010-2011 camporees (completely separate from resident camp).  If you want to start planning your camporee, the Camporee Book is a great resource!


Now, back to the open houses... Hope to see you there!


Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods Open House

May 2, 2010 (Sun) 2 - 4 p.m.

Are your girls excited about attending summer camp? Maybe they are feeling a little anxious? Then this is your day to visit Kamp Kiwanis or Camp Scoutshire Woods and find out all the details of resident camp. Help ease their nerves (and their parents' nerves) by letting them get a taste for what goes on while they are at summer camp. This is their chance to visit camp and get registered before sessions start filling up. Guests can stop for a snack in the dining hall, visit the craft hut, check out the cabins! All girls who are going to be in first grade or above are welcome to bring their parents and explore camp for the day. 

Early Bird Cost: $3 per person

Cost: $4 per person

Early Bird Registration/Cancellation Deadline: April 9, 2010

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: April 23, 2010

Did your daughter go to Girl Scout resident camp this year?  If so, what did she like?  What did she learn? We want to know about your daughter's experience, so please have her take a few moments to complete our resident camp survey.  Her responses will help us as we develop programming for next summer.


So your daughter didn't go to camp this year?  Well, we want her opinions, too!  Was she scared to sleep in a tent?  Not into canoeing?  We want to know why camp isn't her "thing" and what we can do to make it something she wants to do next summer. Please have your daughter complete our survey and share her thoughts with us.

Girls are at camp, and they're having a fantastic time!  Each week of resident camp, we'll upload pictures from Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods.  We even have video from Kamp Kiwanis this week.

The photos are on the Camps and Properties page of the website at

The summer resident camp staff are at Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods this week getting ready for your girls.  The staff at Kamp Kiwanis took time out of their schedule to talk about their expectations for camp.  You still have time to sign your daughter up!  Check out the sessions at




My name is Kim Shaw.  Many of you may know me as SPORT. 

I have been a Girl Scout for the past 21 years, and one of my favorite places to be is Kamp Kiwanis.  I attended K.K. as a camper from 1992-1998 and was on staff from 1999-2007 as a unit counselor, assistant unit leader, lifeguard, waterfront director and most recently as assistant camp director to former Camp Director Cathy Whigham.  During my time as a camper, I worked tirelessly each year to sell enough cookies to earn a council campership.  As I got older, I not only sold cookies to go to camp, but I babysat to earn money, so that I could go for more than one week!  While attending camp, I completed much of the badge work required to earn my Silver and Gold awards.  I'm sure my counselors got tired of watching me perform certain skills and signing off on them, but they always encouraged me and they are the reason I was able to achieve such goals.


For as long as I can remember, Kamp Kiwanis has been a part of my life.  I am SO EXCITED to be able to go back this summer as your camp director.  I want to be able to give to girls what my counselors gave to me.  Ask any former camper, and they will tell you that they are who they are today because of the experiences they had a Kiwanis.  Our goal is to provide fun and safe opportunities for girls to try new outdoor activities like canoeing, swimming, kayaking, paddle-boating, sailing, and riding the banana boat to name a few!  There is so much Kamp Kiwanis has to offer.  This summer, we will be learning to read a map and compass and try our hand at a competition that is known throughout the world as orienteering.  Orienteering requires leadership and team work.  In fact, it is so popular that it is even an Olympic sport!


Our staff is committed to making Kamp Kiwanis a place where a girl can find herself away from Mom and Dad, brother and sister;  a place where she is responsible for herself, but is strong in her ability to work with others as a team.  Kamp Kiwanis builds capable, courageous, strong, compassionate leaders.  I can't wait for all the fun to begin! 


See you in June!


Can girls who are currently in Kindergarten register to attend resident camp?

Resident Camp Sessions are geared to match the current National age-level guidelines (Brownies - grade 2-3, Juniors - grade4-5, etc.).  As stated on the first page of the brochure, the camper should meet "grade-level requirements" and that "grade refers to Fall 2009."


In the past, girls in Kindergarten were allowed to attend camp as Brownies because they were moving into the 1st grade in the Fall and  1st graders were Brownies.   Now that 1st graders are officially considered Daisies, that changes the adult girl ratio requirements set forth in Safety-Wise.  Those guidelines were recently revised. (02/09)  The updates that GSUSA sent out, are published on our website in the left column of the Forms & Resources page.

"Girl Scout Daisies who have completed Kindergarten may independently participate in resident camp experiences lasting up to three nights." 

"Girl Scout Daisies who have completed first grade may independently participate in resident camp experiences lasting four or more nights."


So, to answer the question......

Yes, girls going into the 1st  grade in the fall of '09, are welcome to attend

camp during either Troop Camping or Family Camping week or Brownie Sampler at Camp Scoutshire Woods.


If you have any additional questions about this, contact Volunteer Liaison Cheryl Miller at 800-239-6636, ext: 2302.   

kk week 1 08-054.jpgThe time to register for summer camp is almost here and we want to make sure you have all the information you need to sign up!


Questions about the health forms?

There's two forms - the health exam and the health history form.  Within 24 months prior to camp, a physical examination by a licensed physician is required for resident campers. The Health History Form must be completed within two months of camp. Both required health forms will be sent to the camper upon registration, and completed forms must be submitted on or before May 21.  If you have a physical exam form on file with the council from last year and plan to use that form, you must notify the council by May 21. An updated Health History Form will still be required.

Corrections to the camp booklet:

????         Survivors More session is at Camp Scoutshire Woods (not Kamp Kiwanis).

????         The Program Aide and Wrangler in Training last session is June 21 - 26 and June 28 - July 3 (instead of June 21 - 27).

canoe_girls.jpgSummer Resident Camp at Scoutshire Woods or Kamp Kiwanis is the ultimate Girl Scout experience.  The girls learn new skills, forge new friendships, and gain confidence in themselves while having a great time in the outdoors!  Now is the time to plan for your girls to attend -- some sessions fill up quickly.  All the information you need is on our Camps and Property page

Remember, girls selling 600+ boxes of cookies can receive $175 towards a camp session AND register early.  Be sure to remind your troop parents of this great opportunity to get a huge discount on Resident Camp!

Not sure what to give your daughter this holiday season? Give her the gift of camp! Send in your $50 deposit by December 19 and receive 10% off your daughter's Girl Scout summer resident camp session.

While it may be cold outside now, warm her heart with anticipation (and memories) of campfires, swimming and friends! 

Here's the form -- you can fill it out online (or not) and print it out to send in.  Happy Holidays!

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