Sleep Away Camp Information
Steps to get ready for camp before you register!
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When your daughter unpacks her belongings and settles into her tent or glen shelter, she will be heading for the time of her life. Memories are sure to be made roasting marshmallows around a campfire, singing songs, enjoying meals in the dining hall with lots of friends, hiking trails, splashing in the pool or creek, testing mind and body in a rigorous challenge course, or getting creative with crafts. An extraordinary experience awaits girls everywhere they gather at Sleep Away Camp.
Program categories are based on the grade your camper is currently in (spring 2013).
Our goal is to provide a safe environment where your daughter can gain skills, confidence and friendships as she has fun and creates lasting memories. We're looking forward to helping your daughter discover the magic of Sleep Away Camp!
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Parent Information Session (January 13)
Open Houses (May & June)
Financial Assistance Available
Bus Transportation Information
Campers with Disabilities
Important Dates 2013
November 1 Sleep Away Camp Programs can be viewed online!
January 13 Parent Information Session at Camp Potomac Woods
January 23 Registration opens online!
April 1 Forms due for Sleep Away Campers
May 1 Final payment due for Sleep Away Camp
May 18 Camp Open House: Camp Coles Trip
June 9 Camp Open House: Camp Winona
June 15 Camp Open House: Camp Potomac Woods
June 15 Camp Open House: Camp May Flather
Sleep Away Camp Information Packet includes a packing list, bus and camp pickup and drop off times, camp addresses and phone numbers, information about sending mail to your camper, suggestions for preventing home missing, a schedule for a typical day at camp, letter writing tips, packing tips, health care information, information about bringing medication to camp and more!
Each unit accommodates 12-24 campers and consists of a unit house or shelter, latrines or flush toilets (depending on camp), washstand or sinks (depending on camp), fire circle and screened glen shelters or platform tents. Each tent or glen shelter contains cots with matresses, mosquito netting and nightstands for four to six girls. Counselors are housed in a seperate glen shelter or platform tent in the unit. Most units do not have electricity. At night, the campers use their personal plash lights to find their way, and lanterns mark the location of the latrine, washstand and staff shelter. Girls are assigned living units by age and program.
A glen shelter is a wooden structure with four screened sides, a wooden roof and a wooden floor. The canvas curtains can be closed in inclement weather. Glen shelters can be found at all four camps.
Platform tents have wooden floors with a large canvas tent over a wooden frame. There is an extra roof tarp over the top of the tent. There are platform tents at May Flather and Coles Trip.
Food service professionals prepare all meals except for cookouts. Campers are given an opportunity to plan a menu and cook outdoors or have a picnic at least once during their stay. Our food service staff can meet most special dietary needs. If your camper has special dietary needs, please specify this in writing on her health form. Vegetarian alternatives are available at every meal. For more information prior to registering, you may also contact Jacqueline Walsh, Camping Specialist 202.274.3309.
GSCNC Sleep Away Camps can accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions. Please provide detailed information about your daughter's food allergies on her health form so we can best accommodate her at camp. Gluten free alternatives can be provided for all meals and snacks. Most of the food we serve is nut free, and nut free alternatives can be provided for all meals and snacks. If your daughter has an EpiPen, please also complete the specialized health care form to provide additional information. For questions about food allergies and dietary restrictions, please contact Jacqueline Walsh, Camping Specialist 202.274.3309 before registering your daughter for camp.
Staff members are carefully selected from applicants throughout the United States and around the world. They are chosen for the maturity, program skills, and experience and are required to attend an intensive pre-camp training session given by GSCNC. All staff members are 18 years of age or older. A Health Manager is in residence at the health center. Specially trained staff members direct the pool, waterfront, challenge course, and other specialty areas. Employment Information
Non-Girls Scouts are welcome to attend sleep away camp, but must register to
be part of the Girl Scout organization when registering for camp. Girls must be registered with Nation’s Capital council. Online camp registration will divert Non-Girl Scouts to a Girl Scout membership registration page, which you must complete before your camp registration is finalized. The annual registration fee is $12.
You will be able to enter buddy information during the registration process. This will not guarantee that this person will be registered for the program. If your daughter would like to go to camp with a buddy, we encourage you to apply in a similar time frame so that you are both able to secure a space in the same program. In order to be buddies, girls must be registered for the same program, during the same week at the same camp.
T-Shirt and Patch
All campers will receive a t-shirt and patch as part of their registration fee. When you register you will be able to choose a t-shirt size. Before your daughter is scheduled to attend camp, you will receive more information with an opportunity to purchase a camp care bag for your daughter.
There are no weekend accommodations available for campers, unless they are registered for a two-week program at May Flather or Coles Trip. All campers in the ACIT, WIT, CIT I, CIT II and JC programs must leave camp on the weekend. There are no exceptions, as there is no adult supervision available.
Within three weeks of registering for camp, you will receive a Confirmation Packet in the mail with additional information to help you and your camper prepare for Sleep Away Camp. This will include a important parent information packet, health forms and packing list.
After registration, you will receive an immediate email confirmation. Make sure that the email address associated with your camper’s account is a parent’s email address that is checked often. We will contact you regarding form submission, final payment, and other parent information using the email address associated with your camper’s account.
Girls attending sleep away camp must be in good health. Additional information and a health form will be mailed in your Confirmation Packet. Complete health information must be turned in by April 1, 2013.
A non-refundable registration deposit of $50 is due in order to complete the registration process. Final payment for all programs is due by May 1, 2013. Payment can be made with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express on our registration website.
Cancellations and Refunds
The $50 registration deposit is non-refundable. The remainder of the camp fee (excluding the deposit) will be refunded if:
- GSCNC receives a written notification of the withdrawal at least five weeks prior to the session.
- The camper leaves camp due to illness or injury and GSCNC receives a written request for a refund within two weeks after she returns home. The refund will be pro-rated on a per diem basis.
- A program is canceled and no alternate program is available.
If a camper leaves camp early due to homesickness or parent request, no refund will be given.
GSCNC reserves the right to cancel any program listed due to insufficient enrollment or other extenuating circumstances. Alternate programs or refunds will be offered.
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