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Sleep-Away Camp Additional Information

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Have questions about camp, payments, registration, or more? Check out our info below and contact us if you have questions!

 

Financial assistance is available - Please register for camp first and pay the initial $50 deposit, and then use this survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22SACampFA, to apply for financial aid.

COVID-19 - The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty in the world, but rest assured, we are staying on top of the latest updates and striving to make the best of this summer! We will post updates as needed to the COVID-19 section, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at camp@gscnc.org.

What is Sleep-Away Camp

What is Sleep-Away Camp?

Our three Girl Scout sleep-away camps, Camp May Flather, Camp Potomac Woods, and Camp Winona, provide unique environments that help Girl Scouts develop positive self-esteem, leadership skills, and social skills, all while having the time of their lives. The camp setting allows Girl Scouts to develop a strong sense of self, gain practical life skills, become resourceful problem solvers, and cultivate healthy relationships by living and working together. Camp is a great place for Girl Scouts to unlock their potential and discover the wonders of the outdoors and the adventures that await.

All sleep-away camp programs include campfires, swimming every full day of camp, hiking, nature activities, arts and crafts, target sports, making new friends, and more!

Camp life is the best life! Share our programs with your Girl Scout and find the camp that’s right for them.

Benefits of Girl Scout Camp

Benefits of Girl Scout Camp

A key benefit of being a Girl Scout is having access to our beautiful camps. In a girl-led, girl-first environment, Girl Scouts challenge themselves and take healthy risks, surrounded by supportive friends and camp staff. When Girl Scouts spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

And that’s great news—because when Girl Scouts get outside, they:

  • Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall.
  • Become team players and care more about protecting our environment.
Camp Information Booklet

Camp Information Booklet

The 2022 Sleep Away Camp Information Booklet can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3HlOl7w. If you have trouble accessing the document, check that you're not logged into a school or work email that will prevent you from accessing documents shared on google drive." 

Registration Confirmations

Registration Confirmations

Immediately after registering for camp, you will receive an email confirmation from noreply@doubleknot.com. It looks like a receipt, but if you scroll down, there is a highlighted section with additional information. It contains the link to financial aid and how to make changes to your registration. A more comprehensive email confirmation will be sent out in late March. Please be sure that the email address associated with your camper’s account is an email address you check often. We will also use this email address to contact you regarding COVID-19 updates, health form submissions through CampDoc.com, payment processing, and other updates and/or information associated with your camper’s registration.

Program Deposits
To help with program planning and preparation for the summer, we collect a non-refundable deposit of $50 at the time of registration. Payment can be made with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express on our registration website.

Full payment for all sleep-away camp programs is due April 4, 2022.

Cancellations/Refund

Cancellations/Refund

The $50 registration deposit is non-refundable. The remainder of the camp fee (excluding the deposit) will be refunded if:

  • The camper withdraws, and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital receives a written request at least five weeks prior to the start of the camper’s session.
  • The camper leaves camp due to an illness or injury, and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital receives a written request for a refund within two weeks of their return home. Refunds will be prorated on a per diem basis.

If a camper leaves early due to behavior, home missing, or caregiver request, no refund will be provided.

If a program is cancelled and no alternative program is available, you will receive a full refund.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital strives to make camp available to all Girl Scouts regardless of their family’s economic situation. To apply for financial assistance, first secure your camper’s space by registering for the program and session of choice and paying the $50 registration deposit. After registration, please apply for financial assistance by completing our online application. The online application requires your camper’s name, program name, session date, and whether your camper is already registered for the program. No information or proof regarding the family’s economic situation is needed. The online application is available here,  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22SACampFA.

If you complete the financial assistance application and you camper is not already registered, we will work with you to register your camper in the program you selected, based on availability. We require a $50 deposit to secure the space. Then you will be sent a link to our financial assistance online application to complete.

Camp Open House

Camp Open House

This summer, our camps will be doing in-person open houses in June. Open houses are an opportunity to tour camp, meet some of the counselors, and ask questions.

Camp Potomac Woods- June 11, 2022
Camp May Flather- June 18, 2022

More information will be available regarding times and registration in the spring.

Car Transportation

Car Transportation

More comfortable driving your camper? Parents/guardians can choose to drop off and pick up their camper by car. There is no opportunity for you to tour camp during drop-off/pick-up - plan to attend an Open House instead. Campers with drivers' licenses are NOT permitted to leave their vehicles at camp. 

Click here for drop-off schedules for both full weeks and half weeks. 

Bus Transportation

Bus Transportation

Camp can start on the bus! Hop on the bus for a ride to camp that’s fun for campers and easy for caregivers! Caregivers can save time and gas for just $50 one-way or round trip while Girl Scouts enjoy singing songs, chatting, and bonding with fellow campers. Caregivers may also drive their campers to and from sleep-away camp; however, most campers enjoy taking the bus as a way to transition into the new camp environment.

We will be running two bus stops: Montgomery County, MD, and Fairfax County, VA. Bus transportation will be available for campers at Camp May Flather and Camp Potomac Woods, provided a minimum number of riders is met. If we need to cancel a bus, you will be notified at least two weeks ahead. Only the Virginia bus stop will serve Camp Potomac Woods. Both bus stops will serve Camp May Flather. Due to traffic and location, bus transportation is recommended for all campers attending Camp May Flather.  

Click here for bus transportation times and locations.

** We must meet a minimum number of bus riders per bus. If minimums are not met, the bus will be canceled. Financial aid is available.

Due to low enrollment, we will NOT be offering bus service to camp Potomac Woods

Girls with Special Needs or Accommodations

Girl Scouts with Special Needs or Accommodations

Girl Scouts is proud to be the premier leadership organization for girls recognized as girls by family and school/community and who live culturally as a girl. At Girl Scout camp, providing a safe and positive experience for all campers is of utmost importance.

If your camper:

• Has medical, physical, developmental, social, or other special needs.
• Requires special accommodations similar to those employed at schools across the country regarding changing, sleeping arrangements, and other travel-related activities.

Please contact Denise Viau, Camping Services Manager, at camp@gscnc.org or 202-274-3308 before registering your camper, so we can help find the best program possible for them.

Thank you for helping us ensure that every camper has a fun and enjoyable camp experience.

Buddies

Buddies

After registration, you may list a name for your camper’s buddy while submitting your Camper’s Health Paperwork in CampDoc.com. This will not guarantee a program registration for this person. They must register independently.

If your camper would like to attend camp with a buddy, we encourage you to register for camp in a similar time frame so that you are both able to secure a space. To be buddies while at camp, campers must be attending the same program during the same week of camp and be in the same age group.

We cannot accommodate more than two campers buddied together. If you list multiple names, camp staff will use the first name listed for that camp session as your camper’s buddy request. Sleep-Away camp is not meant to be a troop event.

Living Units

Living Units

Living units at camp are rustic, and this allows Girl Scouts to build connections with nature and fellow campers. During their stay, campers live in groups based on grades and programs in different campsites called units. Each program/unit will have reduced capacities for summer 2022, dropping from 12-24 campers to 8-20 campers per group to accommodate physical distancing.

Each unit has sleeping facilities, a unit house or shelter, latrines or flush toilets (depending on the camp), a washstand or sink, a fire circle, and screened glen shelters or platform tents. Each platform tent or glen shelter contains cots with mattresses, mosquito netting, and nightstands and will be reduced to no more than four campers. Based on low enrollment, housing requests, or extenuating circumstances, more than four campers may be placed in a sleeping shelter.

Most units do not have electricity. Camp staff sleep in a separate, centrally located shelter in the unit. At night, the campers use their personal flashlights to find their way, and lights mark the latrine, washstand, and staff shelter location.

Camp staff determine unit placements and sleeping just prior to each session. Campers are assigned to living units based on age, program, and buddy requests (where possible). When registering for camp or completing your CampDoc.com health forms, be sure to list your camper’s buddy so we know to group them together.

Camp Facilities

Camp Facilities

We have glen shelters at all three camps. A glen shelter is a wooden structure with four screened sides, a wooden roof, and a wooden floor. In the event of inclement weather, there are canvas curtains that cover the windows to shield the inside of the shelter. Glen shelters will sleep up to four campers for summer 2022. If a program has low enrollment of only five campers, they may all be placed in one glen shelter.

Platform tents are located at Camp May Flather. Platform tents have wooden floors with a large canvas tent secured over a wooden frame. There is an extra tarp, which acts as a rain fly, over the top of the tent. Platform tents will sleep up to four campers for summer 2022. If a program has low enrollment of only five campers, they may all be placed in one platform tent.

Facilities also include a dining hall and kitchen, camp office, health center, arts and crafts building, shower house, and a swimming pool.

Meals

Meals

Food service professionals prepare all meals at camp. They even prep most of the cookouts, which campers (with help from staff) prepare themselves over the campfire. Menus are planned with hungry, growing Girl Scouts in mind. We provide kid-friendly food for all campers at camp, consisting of foods like chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, tacos, pizza, veggie sticks, and more!

All meals include fresh vegetables and fruits. During their stay at camp, campers attending for a full week or more have the opportunity to plan a menu and cook outdoors or have a picnic. A vegetarian option is available at all meals, and our food service staff can meet most special dietary needs. We collect dietary restriction and allergy information online on CampDoc when you complete your camper’s health form (after registration). If you have questions about dietary restrictions and food allergies, please contact the sleep-away camp team at camp@gscnc.org or 202-274-3308.

Camp Staff

Camp Staff

Camp staff members are enthusiastic, talented, and caring individuals who are 18 years of age or older. We recruit both regionally and worldwide and carefully select staff from colleges and universities, Girl Scout referrals, and international cultural exchange organizations. Our campers’ health and safety are our top priorities, and as such, we select staff based on their maturity, program skills, experience, and ability to serve as role models. A health director (RN or EMT/nursing student) is in residence at the Health Center and works closely with our on-call nurse practitioner. All staff must attend an intensive pre-camp training session, which includes safety, activity planning, camper care, team building, and much more. Staff members who supervise high-adventure activities such as the pool, water sports, challenge course, archery, caving, and other areas receive additional training and certifications.

Girl Scouts who are 16 years of age or older and have completed 11th grade by summer may apply for a Junior Counselor position at one of our three sleep-away camps. Read more about this position and its benefits on our staff page. Spaces are limited.

This year, in addition to completing background checks and pre-employment screening, camp staff will also complete COVID-19 pre-screening forms and be required to be vaccinated or regularly tested as necessary.

High Adventure & Camp Programming

High Adventure & Camp Programming

Each sleep-away camp offers different high adventure programming that may include slingshots, archery, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, and tomahawk throwing. Each camp is different and unique, and opportunities vary based on the camp, program, and the camper’s current grade.

By registering your Girl Scout for camp, you are giving your permission for them to participate in high adventure and general activities at camp. All camp activities (including high adventure and general program) are offered at the camp leadership team’s discretion and may be modified or cancelled due to weather, COVID-19 restrictions, or other extenuating circumstances. Camp activities may not be available to all units.

Please read each camp’s “About” section above, as well as the description for the program that interests your camper. This will help you know more about the specific high adventure activities your camper may experience while at sleep-away camp.

Junior Counselor

Junior Counselor

Requirements: Must be 16 years of age or older and completed 11th grade by summer. Completion of CIT I/II preferred, not required.

Ready to take your leadership experience to the next level? This paid position is the ultimate leadership experience for high school students not yet old enough to become full-time staff members. As a junior counselor, you will join the camp staff team, work alongside staff, hold similar job responsibilities, and inspire campers! You’ll work with camp leadership staff to set your schedule; selecting weeks to work, receiving training, and leading activities. Junior counselors work a range of weeks at each camp (usually 3-4 weeks) but still go home over the weekend. Girl Scouts cannot be both a CIT and junior counselor in the same summer, at the same camp. Junior counselors who turn 18 during the summer may be given the option to apply for a full-time staff position. This year, applicants can indicate on their applications if they are interested in specializing in lifeguarding or archery/slingshots.

Space is limited. All junior counselor applicants will be interviewed. Placement in the program is based on experience and is at the discretion of camp directors. Girl Scouts will receive a stipend for being a Junior Counselor.

Applications, including contact information for three references, must be completed online by January 10, 2022, at 12:00 PM. The application can be found HERE. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if positions remain.

More information about each camp location and Junior Counselor positions can be found at www.gscnc.org/resident. For questions, contact Emily “Sparrow” Reece at camp@gscnc.org or 202-274-3305.

Camp Potomac Woods – ranges from June 12 - Aug 2
Camp May Flather – ranges from June 19 - Aug 12
Camp Winona– ranges from June 19 - Aug 12

Camp Health Forms - CampDoc.com

Camp Health Forms – CampDoc.com

In our continuous efforts to provide the best possible care to our campers and staff, our sleep-away camps will use CampDoc.com to collect health information in advance of your Girl Scout attending camp.

CampDoc.com is an electronic health record system for camps, which helps us consolidate and integrate camper health information into a centralized and secure location. The system gives our camp directors and health staff electronic access to camper health information to provide accurate and quality patient care.

In late spring, once we have a clear picture of the summer, we will provide caregivers with more information regarding COVID-19 pre-screening prior to camp.

Camp Behavior

Camp Behavior

Providing a safe, healthy, and positive experience for every camper is a top priority. At camp, we expect campers will follow the Girl Scout Law and be “considerate and caring” of others as well as “be a sister to every Girl Scout.” Please encourage your campers to help create a safe camp community by speaking to staff if they see unacceptable behavior among other campers in their unit, cabins, or shower house. The staff are there to ensure every camper has a safe and fun experience at camp.

The camp staff and director will do everything possible to help campers adjust to camp life; however, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital reserves the right to send any camper home from camp who consistently displays unsuitable behavior, endangers themselves and/or the camp community, or exhibits unacceptable physical/verbal actions towards others. This includes knowingly or repeatedly violating the camp’s COVID-19 safety precautions and endangering other campers and staff.

The camper’s caregiver is responsible for picking their camper up from camp. No refunds will be given if a camper is sent home due to unacceptable behavior or inordinate home missing.

Weekend Accommodations

Weekend Accommodations

There are no weekend accommodations for campers unless they are registered for a two-week program at May Flather. All campers in Counselor-in-Training (CIT) I, CIT II, and Junior Counselor program must leave camp on their weekend breaks. There are no exceptions as there is no adult supervision available.

Visitors

Visitors

To avoid interrupting camp activities and because camp sessions are short, there are no visitor days during the camp session. Visiting is not permitted when you drop-off or pick-up your camper.

Attend Camp CEO

Attend Camp CEO

Take your leadership to the next level and kick off a new Girl Scout and school year at Camp CEO. Join us for a fun-filled, action-packed weekend in nature. Connect with prominent businesswomen who will share their life lessons and leadership journeys. Discover how your interests, skills, and dreams can transform you into a leader. Discover, connect, and take action with CEOs to make the world a better place while enjoying traditional camp activities.

Ensure you are first to receive information to secure your spot at this signature event of mentorship, friendships, and inspiration! Registration will open in late summer. Interested? Email camp@gscnc.org for more information.

Camp CEO                                                            Weekend Edition
Girl Scouts in Grades 10-12 (as of Sept '22)   September 23-25, 2022 
Camp Potomac Woods                                     Cost: $75

Tax Receipts for Childcare

Tax Receipts for Childcare

Camp receipts for tax purposes can only be issued after services are rendered. If you would like a receipt for taxes, please complete the Camp Receipt Request.

Questions?

Questions?

  • For questions about any sleep-away camp programs or locations, please contact us at camp@gscnc.org.
  • For questions about registration or DoubleKnot (account help, camp registration, payment, refunds, etc.), please contact us at customercare@gscnc.org or 202-237-1670.