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Camp Into the Out

For more than 100 years, camping has been a cornerstone of what Girl Scouts do! Although camp looks a little different this year, you won't want to miss the amazing Into the Out camp program we have planned especially for you! 

It’s time to get outside! This summer camp program is the perfect way for our girls to spend time in the outdoors – learning about nature, accepting challenges, and making new friends. Our very own GSSA camp traditions come alive each week as girls interact with many of their favorite camp counselors! 

Campers will participate in cabin chats, guided activities, games, and sing-a-longs with camp counselors, as well as walks around camp and your very own Into the Out kit full of camp goodies. Each virtual camp session will include camp magic, traditions, crafts, activities, and loads of fun. But don't worry—this virtual camp encourages limited screen time and instead, focuses on providing opportunities to explore nature safely at home.

These special camp kits have been designed to bring all the fun, learning, and memories of going to camp right to your camper’s home! The kits will include a t-shirt, camp mug, and all the supplies and directions you need to complete the activities. In addition, campers will receive some surprise SWAG in their camp kits 

The best part, if you participate in both camp sessions, you will earn the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge patch. You will complete half of the tasks in Session 1 and finish them up in Session 2. Sign up for both camps and receive a $10 discount and the patch in your second box!

Into the Out Camp Session 1 - What's In Your Backyard?

Dates: June 22-26, 2020

Deadline to Register: June 15, 2020

 

Into the Out Camp Session 2 - Into the Woods

Dates: July 6-10, 2020

Deadline to Register: June 29, 2020

 

 Camp Photo Challenge 

Enter our Into the Out Photo Challenge for a chance to win a FUN surprise! The winner will be announced on Friday at noon. All pictures must be submitted before the final day of your camp session.

Please submit the following 5 photos to be entered in to win:

  • With your unopened Camp Kit
  • Wearing your camp shirt
  • Participating in a camp activity
  • Talking to other campers via zoom
  • Picture of you with your tent

 Email all five pictures in one email with the subject Camp Photo Challenge to communications@girlscoutssa.org.

 Questions? Check out our FAQs for more information.
 
Virtual Summer Camp FAQs

How will I know what my camper is supposed to be doing each day? 

Each camp kit contains level-appropriate day-by-day guided activities for the session, a chore chart, and a schedule to keep her on track.

What is in the camp kit? 

A list of materials you will need if any, a camp t-shirt, camp logo cup, lanyard and name badge, craft supplies, challenge patch list, songs, games, and other fun surprises.

What type of technology will I need for my camper to participate in the online community?

Two different online platforms will be utilized; the Band App and Zoom. Both platforms can be used via phone, tablet, and desktop computer. User access to Band requires a phone number or email address. You will need internet access or cell service. To participate in video Zoom calls, a video camera is suggested, but not mandatory.

Can my camper participate if they don’t have access to the internet or an electronic device?

Yes! Your camper can complete all the activities in the box without interacting with the online platforms and while we encourage participation, it is not mandatory.

How soon will my daughter need to check-in for online sessions?

Once online registration is closed, the invitation link will be sent to each participant using the email provided during registration. Click the link 5-10 minutes before the start of each session.

Will I need to participate with my daughter?

All activities are designed to be age-appropriate, so your camper should be able to participate on her own. However, she may need your supervision and assistance with certain activities or craft projects. We recommend an adult stay close by during online sessions to ensure the camper is behaving appropriately and all computer rules are being followed.

What about my camper’s online safety?

The council and camp staff will supervise all online sessions. Your camp session is a private group, and access is by invitation only. Photos, videos, and comments posted will not be shared. Internet Safety guidelines are in place for all campers.

How much screen time will my camper have each day?

Online sessions will last 20-30 minutes in the morning and 20-30 minutes in the evening.

When do I pick up my daughter’s camp kit?

You will receive an email with the details about when and where to pick up the kit 5-7 days before your camp session. If you choose to have your kit shipped to you, those will arrive 3-5 days before your camp session and will be an extra $5.

Will my Girl Scout earn a badge/patch?

Your camper will complete half the requirements for the GS Love the Outdoors Challenge patch during the first camp session and complete the requirements during the second camp session. If she does not attend both sessions, she will have the opportunity to earn the patch on her own.

Do I need to be a registered Girl Scout?

No, any girl can register. 

Resident Camp Cancellation FAQs

Why are you making the decision to cancel camp so early?

We have waited as long as possible to make this decision and sought the counsel of many. Even considering that our camps adhere to the most stringent safety protocols and that stay-at-home orders could lift in early summer, social distancing and crowd limits will likely remain in effect, and too much is still unknown with respect to the spread of the virus. Additionally, opening resident camp in June would mean convening girls, young adults, and our staff early in the post-outbreak recovery period. We are simply not willing to risk gathering large numbers of Girl Scouts together before we know it is truly safe to do so.

How quickly will I receive a refund for my child’s camp registration deposit and/or fees?

Refunds for money paid for 2020 summer camp will be automatically processed in the original form of payment. We’ll begin processing refunds on April 27th, although it may take up to 2 weeks for you to see the refund. If you haven’t received a refund by May 11th, please contact customercare@girlscoutssa.org.

What can my girl/troop do with the Program Credits they earned last year that are expiring in August 2020?

We know girls work extremely hard during the Girl Scout Cookie Program to earn Program Credits for camp. To ensure girls can still use their Program Credits, the following changes have been put into effect:

  • Program Credits expiration for 2018-2019 Cookie Program and Fall Product Program (originally expires August 2020) has been extended to April 2021.
  • Program Credits may be applied to:
    • Council-sponsored programs
    • Retail purchases
    • Girl and Adult Renewals

What if my girl earned the camp three-day experience during the cookie program?

The product program team will be reaching out to the parents of these girls individually. Girls who chose a camp three-day experience as a Cookie Program incentive will be given the option to carry it over to next year, or they may switch this incentive to the Program Credit Option.

If there is no summer camp, will troops and service units be able to reserve the properties?

As previously announced, all GSSA properties remain closed to the public at this time. When we know it is safe to re-open our properties, we will let our members know.

In the late summer and into the fall, we hope to open camps for troop camping, and we are committed to providing as many camp-like opportunities as we possibly can and as the situation allows.

Can I still hold my own volunteer-based summer/ day camp later in the summer?

At this time, we cannot allow plans for Service Unit and troop day camps to move forward.  However, this may change later in the summer and into the fall. We will make our decision regarding the opening of camps later in the summer based on guidance from the American Camp Association and the government advises. For insurance and safety purposes, we ask that you partner with us as you are making plans for any late-summer day camps.

Research shows that children who receive healthy mental stimulation over the summer retain a significant amount of what they learn during the school year. Summer camp encourages children to try new things, feel good about themselves and experience activities that they would not normally be offered. Campers will have a rewarding experience no matter which session they choose. Prior membership in Girl Scouting is not required. 

Year-Round Outdoor Program
We offer fun, hands-on learning—an enrichment experience that meets girls' needs. Girl Scouts has innovative program activities, events and camps for girls of all interests. We offer year-round opportunities to try new things and challenge yourself in a camp setting. You'll do more than enjoy camp activities; you'll join a caring community. Girls learn skills to resolve conflict, accept differences, get along with others, and work together to achieve a shared goal. The atmosphere of acceptance and sharing at camp is special, and it helps girls thrive. We invite you to join us for one or more of our year-round camp programs.

Search for year-round outdoor programs in your area or at your favorite camp property.

You can reserve our camp properties for day or overnight outdoor fun!