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Summer Camps

As our community situation continues to change rapidly with COVID-19, our plans for Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama must shift accordingly. It is because of this that we have made the difficult decision to cancel summer 2020 resident camp, Service Unit Day Camps, or any volunteer-based day/summer camps. Please know that we did not come to this decision lightly.

Girl Safety is Our Top Priority.
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 COVID-19 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.

Letter to Families who Registered for Summer Camp 2020

Summer 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.

 

Our properties host camping and outdoor activities, which remain a favorite for girls at every age, as they have been throughout Girl Scout history. In the summer, we offer the opportunity to attend one of our resident or sail away camps. At summer camp, girls can conquer our zip lines and watercraft activities, camp in lodges and tents, learn outdoor and survival skills, and discover nature. Your girl does NOT have to be a Girl Scout to attend our summer camp.

THANK YOU to Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama for sponsoring our STEM Water Activities! Girls were able to learn about water resistance, friction, forward momentum, and how surface color affects surface temperature. 

 

Camp Guide
2020 Camp Dates

Scoutshire Woods

Pony Tails, Equestrienne &  Trail Masters - June 7-12 OR June 14-19, 2020

Outdoor Journey - June 7-12 OR June 14-19, 2020

Mini-Brownie & Mini-Junior - June 7-9 OR June 14-16, 2020

Kamp Kiwanis

Sail Away Novice Camp -  June 28-July 3, 2020

Sail Away Advanced Camp -  June 21-28, 2020

Outdoor Journey - June 21-26 OR June 28-July 2, 2020 

Mini-Brownie &  Mini-Junior - June 21-23 OR June 28-30, 2020 

Sail Away Camp

Our popular sailing camp is open to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (girls entering 6th through 12th grades in fall 2019). This camp is a 6-day, 5-night camp for girls who want to learn the exciting sport of sailing!

Girls will spend every day in a sailboat as they hone their skills on beautiful Lake Martin. They will practice their knots, perfect their tack and jibe, and successfully turtle their boat so that when the wind is perfect on the water, the girls will be ready to sail with confidence!

Additional activities include nautical-themed arts and crafts, sunrise paddles, water sports games, campfires, and zip-lining.

This camp is for girls of any sailing experience.  Girls must be proficient swimmers. Prior membership in Girl Scouting is not required.

 For more information on Sail Away Camp please contact Cheryl "River" Miller

Cookie Program Camp Discount

The Camp Discount is only for GSSA Girl Scouts who have participated in the 2019-20 Cookie Program. We make this distinction because the Cookie Program helps support and maintain our camp properties.

Based on the number of packages of cookies sold, the Camp Discount will be awarded for one camp session:

   50 pkgs = $25 Camp Discount for one session

  100 pkgs = $50 Camp Discount for one session

  150 pkgs = $75 Camp Discount for one session

  200 pkgs = $100 Camp Discount for one session

Girls who have sold 200 pkgs may receive an additional $100 Camp Discount for another session.

HOW DO I GET THIS DISCOUNT? 

Select the Camp Discount coupon when registering online, indicate the number of packages your daughter sold (50 pkgs, 100 pkgs, 150 pkgs or 200+ pkgs) and the appropriate amount of discount will be applied. 

If you plan to use Program Credits to pay for camp, complete the Girl Scout Credits section when registering online.

Deduct ALL anticipated credits or discounts before you pay off your camp balance.  Once the camp balance is paid, no refunds will be processed to allow you to use program credits, discounts or another payment method.

Camp Staff Application

Looking for a summer job that will be fun and adventurous, and will help you develop the skills future employers are looking for? Apply to be a part of summer camp staff! 

APPLY

Camp Scholarship Application

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama believes every girl should get to experience Girl Scout camp.  We provide options that make camp affordable. Consider earning Girl Scout Cookie Program Credits, setting up a camp payment plan, asking for troop assistance or camp gift cards.  If you still need help, complete the financial assistance application. Financial assistance is available to registered members of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. Scholarships are available for one session of summer camp per child, per summer. For more information about Camp Scholarships, see our camp guide.

APPLY

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, such as sailing, creative arts, horseback riding, zip lining, and many other water craft activities. Campers will have a rewarding experience no matter which session they choose. Prior membership in Girl Scouting is not required. Resident camps are held at Kamp Kiwanis and Scoutshire Woods.

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!