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Who can go to camp?

Camp Covington, Camp Marydale, and Camp Whispering Pines welcomes all girls! Our programs are designed to meet the need for fun for both our Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, abilities, or socio-economic factors. Our campers must be at least 6 years old or entering 1st grade in fall 2015. Your camper may attend an unlimited number of sessions.

Progression

Camp progression is the key to a great experience. Girl Scout camp programs are designed for specific age levels so each girl may choose the experience that is appropriate for her. The idea is to give girls the skills they need one step at a time so they may be successful at each and every step. For example, girls need to learn how to ride a horse at a walk before learning how to ride at a trot, or learn basic paddle strokes in a canoe before using a kayak.

Progressive steps enable girls to be challenged, to a point for which they are ready.

What about the heat?

At camp, girls adapt easily to the climate. Campers naturally adapt to living in the summer heat without air conditioning or fans by staying hydrated, resting during the hottest part of the day, and wearing cool, cotton clothing. The equipment list included in the confirmation packet will include all necessary equipment to help beat the heat.

Staff monitors weather and will make adjustments in case of extreme heat days such as extended rest periods or additional swim times.

Food

Kid friendly, well-balanced dietician planned meals are served in the main dining hall. Special dietary needs must be noted on the health card. Parents of girls with special dietary needs (vegetarian, Kosher, halal, etc.) must contact the council at least 30 days prior to program to ensure their daughter’s needs can be accommodated.

Who will be my camper’s counselors?

Our counselors are male and female and selected based on their program skills, maturity, education, caring attitude, and experience with children. Program areas, such as ropes course, horses, swimming and boating, are directed by certified and trained staff. All of our staff must successfully complete pre-camp staff training, pass background screening and become members of Girl Scouts of the USA.

What is the trading post?

The camp trading post is a “general store” that sells camp items such as water bottles, stationery and stamps, and fun camp memorabilia.

Trading Post money will only be accepted on check-in day. The amount received will be credited to the camper’s account at the trading post. In the past, $25 was the amount received by most campers for use at trading post. The trading post is optional.

Camp Buddies

Girl Scout camp is a wonderful way to meet new people, although it can also be a great experience for two friends who already know each other. A camper may request a “buddy” on her camp registration form. To register as buddies, the girls must: list each other’s name on the registration form in the buddy blank; qualify and register for the same session (all 1st & 2nd choices). Make sure you and your buddy are planning this together. Buddy placement is not guaranteed. The Camp Director has final authority to house campers at her discretion.

Units

Girls of comparable age are organized into groups living in cabins or platform tents, called units. Girl Scouts of the USA requires that counselors have separate sleeping arrangements from campers. The unit counselors are housed in cabins or tents in close proximity to the campers. There are two units, Lakeview and Bunkhouse, at Marydale where adults sleep in the same building, but in a separate room. This unit is reserved for our youngest campers. Unit lodges are available for gatherings, rainy day activities, and cookouts. Bathhouses with hot showers and flush toilets are located in each unit; each shower and toilet stall is private. Each platform cabin or tent is equipped with cots and foam mattresses.

The tents at camp are on raised wooden platforms or concrete slabs with 256 square feet of living space.

Waiting List

If you register for a session which no longer has space available, you will be placed on a “waiting list” for the session. If space becomes available, girls will be placed in the order they were added to the list.

Parents must respond immediately to notice of waiting list placement, letting the council know if the girl can or cannot attend the camp session. “Buddies” will be placed together from a waiting list. In the event that only one (1) space is available, the council will place a camper, but only if their parent notifies the council that their camper may be placed without the original buddy requested.

Non-Girl Scouts

Not a Girl Scout or currently registered? Not a problem. Simply include the $15 annual national membership dues along with the camp fees/form and pay the regular session fees.

Check In and Check Out

Check-in and check-out times will be in your confirmation packets.

Camper Physical Exam

Campers are required to have a physical examination within 12 months prior to entering Resident Camp. The health form must be filled out and signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner, presented at check-in. Campers must have this form completed in order to attend camp. All immunizations and vaccinations need to be listed on the form. Health forms from previous years of camp are not available as they are permanently stored upon closure of camp season. Please keep a copy of the health form for your records.

Girls with Special Needs

Please contact the Camp Director for campers requiring special diets, special health care, or with mobility limitations over rough terrain. You will be able to discuss the nature of your camper’s needs and gather additional information to determine if the camp can provide the proper support, supervision and necessary accommodations for your camper to have a safe, fulfilling camp experience. To be successful at camp, your camper needs to be independent with self care (i.e.- showering, dressing, using the restroom, etc.), and able to function in an eight-to-one camper to staff ratio.

Expected Camper Behavior

Girls are expected to follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law, listen and follow the directions of counselors, use the buddy system, and stay within camp boundaries. Campers are not permitted to bring a cell phone. The Camp Director reserves the right to send home any camper who neglects to follow camp rules, becomes a danger to herself and/or others, or damages property. No refund will be given if a child is sent home due to misconduct. No drugs, alcohol, pets, or weapons are permitted on Girl Scout property.

Visits and Phone Calls

Due to the full schedule of activities, having family/friends visit may be disruptive for your daughter. Therefore, we do not have a camp visitation day. If there is an emergency, we will arrange a time for your daughter to be near a phone to receive or make a phone call. Campers are not permitted to bring a cell phone.

Modification of Programs

Girl Scouts Louisiana East plans quality programs for camp with the health, safety, and well-being of the camper as our first priority. Some sessions may be altered or cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or lack of registrations. The Camp Director may determine whether a girl is competent to participate in any activity and, if necessary, transfer her to another program. When necessary, campers will participate in alternate activities; there will be no reduction or refunds given if this occurs. No reductions or refunds will be issued if changes are made in activities due to weather or natural disaster. If a session is cancelled due to lack of registrations, campers will be afforded the opportunity to select another session or receive a full refund.

 

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