Camp: March 2009 Archives



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).

What happens at the end of Cookie Sale?  Signing up for Resident Camp!  And outstanding cookie sellers get to sign up early!

Girls who earned Cookie Camperships (by selling 600+ boxes of cookies) may register  starting March 23.  Camp registrations for all girls (including non-Girl Scouts) will be accepted starting March 30.   More information about all the different camp sessions may be found at the Camp page on our web site.

Registrations for all camp sessions, including girls with camperships, are on a first-come, first-served basis by postmark date at the Montgomery Service Center for Kamp Kiwanis and the Mobile Service Center for Camp Scoutshire Woods.  Walk-ins will not be accepted because camp registrations are processed by mail in order received to give every girl an equal opportunity to register for her first choice camp session. 

Many sessions fill up quickly, so get your registration in the mail on March 23 or 30!



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