Frequently Asked Questions
What if my daughter is homesick? Can she come home?
Please include your daughter in the decision-making process so that she is aware of the length of her stay at camp. Your daughter’s answers to the “Are You Ready for Camp?” quiz in the catalog are a good indication as to whether she is ready to be away from home. Do not promise her she can come home early if she does not like camp the first couple of days. We will work with your daughter and contact you when appropriate.
What if I need to pick my daughter up early?
Let camp personnel know of any scheduling conflicts that are different from the designated check in and check out times. You will need to complete the Early Release of Camper Form, which is available at the front desk during camp check in. Complete the form and leave a copy with the camp director or assistant camp director.
How can I contact my daughter at camp?
Girls love to receive mail from home while they are at camp. In addition to mailing letters and packages, parents may leave letters with the camp staff at check in to be delivered throughout the week. Parents may now e-mail their daughters as well. (More information is available in the Parent Guides, found under the Parents’ tab.) Mail and e-mail are distributed once a day, usually after lunch.
Should a parent need to speak with his or her daughter, please call the camp office and speak with the camp director or assistant camp director.
I’d like to know more about the staff supervising my child.
All staff are a minimum of 18 years of age, or they are 17 year old Girl Scouts who have successfully completed the national Counselor In Training (CIT) program. All employed staff have passed a criminal background check and have demonstrated the high moral characteristics we see of our counselors. Our camp counselors are usually home grown Girl Scouts who have many years ofexperience in programs offered by Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council or are from local universities. We also employ international exchange counselors who possess the skills and expertise required for the positions at camp. Counselors are required to have a face-to-face interview or phone interview (depending on location) with the camp director or Outdoor Experience Manager, while international camp counselors complete a thorough face-to-face interview by international exchange agencies. Only female staff are permitted to supervise girls in living quarters and any male staff only perform duties in areas of program, kitchen or maintenance. Staff receive on-site trainings and orientations and possess certifications (or relevant experience) related to their jobs. (For example, archery instructors receive training and certification by a national accredited archery association.)
What are the campers going to eat?
All resident camp meals are prepared by a professional food service company that employs personnel who have passed a criminal background check and completed mandatory trainings in food handling, preparation and service. A wide range of nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly meals are prepared, and the camper has her choice of meals from that day’s menu. There is a full salad bar (available during lunch and dinner) and fruit bar at each meal, offering items such as watermelon, apples, bananas, grapes, and strawberries. Campers have a choice of several hot or cold items during breakfast and should a camper still be hungry, seconds are available after everyone has eaten. Water is available at every meal and a variety of fruit punches, milk and orange juice are served with the appropriate meal. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are also available. Should your camper have special nutritional requirements, please notify Council upon registration.
What safety precautions has GSSJC taken with regard to the resident camp program?
Safety has always been and will continue to be our top priority. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is committed to promoting the health, safety, security and overall well-being of all those attending our camps. Our resident camps are accredited by the American Camp Association, a national recognized standards leader in the camping industry. Our camps meet standards set by Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as local and state regulations. Our program provides a safe environment under the supervision and guidance of trained, caring adults.
In addition, each program maintains a girl to adult ratio appropriate to the girl’s age:
Daisies – 2 counselors for the first 6 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 4 girls
Brownies – 2 counselors for the first 12 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 6 girls
Juniors – 2 counselors for the first 16 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 8 girls
Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors – 2 counselors for the first 20 girls, and 1 additional counselor for every additional 10 girls
Certified Lifeguards or Water Safety Instructors supervise all swimming and boating activities at camp.
Prior to commencement of camp, the local hospitals, fire department, police department, and emergency medical service are contacted to notify them of our presence at camp for the duration of the summer.