Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
My child is not a Girl Scout, can she still attend camp?
Is financial assistance available?
Yes, financial assistance is available to all registered members of GSNENY. Please complete the girl grant scholarship application.
What forms do I need to fill out? When are they due?
All forms are located on your daughter’s profile. Be sure to answer all the questions under the Camp Admission tab and complete the Camper Health Form and Camper Release Form. Both of these forms are required by NYSDOH and campers can not attend or remain at camp without them. Forms and completion of the Camp Admission questions are due June 15. Be sure to upload your campers immunizations and physical (resident camp only) as well as the medication page (for campers required to take medication while at camp).
Can my daughter bring her cell phone to camp?
No, please do not send cell phones, apple watches, digital cameras w/wifi, laptops, netbooks, I-pads, eReaders, Gameboys, PSP’s, Nintendo DSs. However, iPod/MP3 players and cameras without Wi-Fi capacity are allowed (generally older generations).
Can my daughter bring a camera?
To ensure the protection and privacy of campers, staff, and etc., digital cameras with wifi capacity are not permitted at camp. A camper taking inappropriate photos of campers and/or staff is prohibited. Disposable cameras are permitted and encouraged.
How can I stay in touch with my daughter while she is at camp?
Join the Camp Community! This is a secure online network that allows parents can read pots and see photos of their Girls at camp. You can also join Bunk Notes. This online letter system lets parents and other family members to write letters to their camper. The camp staff print and deliver the message to the campers daily. Your daughter is encouraged to write a letter back using the US Postal service.
Will my daughter be placed in the same group as her friend?
We will try our best to pair your camper with their buddy. Both campers must have all 3 conditions met: be registered for the same week, be registered for the same specialty program and be the same GS/grade Level. It is not required to have a buddy.
Who are the Staff Members?
Our camp staff members are enthusiastic, creative and caring adults who are selected based on their experiences, leadership abilities, and their ability to serve as role models to our campers. We select staff who are committed to the GS mission and to the camp mission. These staff members come from a varied background to support and care for your child. Staff members are recruited from colleges, universities, local agencies and through Camp America, an international camp staff recruitment agency. Criminal and sexual offense background checks are conducted for all staff members.
How old are the staff members?
Resident Camp: staff members working directly with campers must be at least 18 years old.
Day Camp: staff members working directly with campers must be at least 16 years old, most are 18 years old.
What training do the staff receive?
All staff go through an intensive one-week staff training which includes workshops/trainings in programming, outdoor skills, health and safety, emergency procedures, characteristics of youth age levels, homesickness, first aid/CPR and a variety of other workshops all designed to enhance the campers experience at summer camp. Staff members who supervisor specialty activities are required to have additional training/certifications.
What are the ratio of staff to campers?
We maintain a ratio of 1:10.
Where will my daughter sleep?
- Hidden Lake Camp: girls sleep in platform tents or lean-tos. Staff sleep nearby in an adjacent tent/lean-to within the unit.
- Lake Clear Camp girls sleep in cabins or our newly renovated lean-tos. Staff sleep in an adjacent room or lean-to.
Day Camp (optional weekly one night sleepover for girls entering grade 2 or higher): Girls sleep in platform tents, half-screened cabins, pop-up tents, or covered wagons (Camp Is-Sho-Da and Camp Meadowbrook). Staff sleep nearby within the cabin or next to the tent/wagon.
What will she eat?
Resident Camp: Our food is served family style within the dining hall. Throughout the week campers will have the opportunity to experience a cook-out, where they will plan and cook their food over an open fire. Staff work with the girls to ensure progression of skills and safety. All meals are appropriate for children and nutritious with plenty of options. Special diets can be accommodated with notice. Please be sure to discuss options the summer camp team.
Day Camp: campers bring their lunches daily and will eat either with their unit or camp community. At least once a week, your camper will experience a cook out meal where they will plane and cook their food over an open fire. Parents are notified of the cookout on Monday of each camp session.
A daily snack is served at both day and resident camps. Snacks are usually fruit, freezy pops, granola bars or crackers. Day campers may bring their own snack packed with their lunch. Resident campers may bring a small supply of snack. All food must remain in the kitchen to prevent animals inside of sleeping areas. Snacks are collected at check in and campers have access to their own snacks during snack time daily.
What if my daughter needs medical attention?
A health supervisor is on site at each camp and oversees the routine health care and administration of medications for all campers and staff. Parents will be notified in the event of an emergency.
What safety standards are followed?
Our camps are inspected twice a year by the NYS Department of Health. We are governed by NYSDOH, GSUSA, American Camp Association (ACA) and the Board of Directors for GSNENY.
Can I visit camp?
We offer an open house at each of our camp facilities. We encourage you to register for this event and to bring the whole family! Traditional camp activities such as swimming and boating will be offered to family while tours are given. This is your chance to meet the staff, ask questions and have fun!
Where are the camps located?
For the safety of our campers we do not publish the camp addresses. Once your daughter is registered for summer camp, you will be sent a confirmation letter with this information. Here is a map of the general locations of each camp.
What are the programs offered at camp?
Every camper will experience the traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, outdoor cooking and outdoor skills. You may elect to register your daughter for an additional program experience. These options include a little bit of everything from primitive camping, sailing, art programs, STEM, theater, to local field trips. Camp has something for everyone! Be sure to check out the summer camp options for more details.
Do you offer swim lessons?
Lake Clear Camp offers swim lessons which is included in the cost of summer camp. Be sure to register for this additional program. Each camper that participants will bring home the American Red Cross Swim information card.
What is the GSNENY Summer Camp Leadership Program?
Day Camp offers three leadership programs, LiA (Leader in Action), Program Aide (PA) and Journey through Leadership (day camp version of CIT1). Girls are engaged in workshops to develop their leadership style, hands-on training and opportunities to work directly with younger campers. Campers in this program have time throughout the week to participate in some of the traditional camp activities. Specialty program options are not available for any camper registered for a leadership program.
Resident/Overnight Camp offers two leadership programs, Counselor in Training (CIT) 1 & 2. CIT 1 is intended for Senior level campers (grades 9-10) and include workshops, hands-on training and leadership development set up in four modules. CIT 2 is an extension of CIT 1 and includes more time working directly with campers while receiving positive feedback from camp staff who serve as role models. Campers in this program have time throughout the week to participate in some of the traditional camp activities. Specialty program options are not available for any camper registered for a leadership program. CIT 2’s have the option of registering for additional programs to earn certifications in one of the follower (per week), lifeguarding, small craft safety, first aid, CPR or facilitating challenge course groups.
Need more information?
For more information regarding all aspects of camp, please read the Parent Camp Information Guide, contact the summer camp team for with any specific questions, or attend an open house.