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Summer Camp Resources & FAQ

Getting ready for summer camp is an exciting time for you and your camper, but we know it can be stressful, too. This page has several resources and answers to frequently asked questions that other parents have asked for.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact our Customer Care team.

Check out the 2020 Summer Camp Guide!

 

Paying for Camp

We believe that every Camper, regardless of financial circumstances, should have the opportunity to experience camp. Learn more about the cost of camp, tiered pricing, financial assistance, and other ways to fund your camper’s adventure:

Summer Camp Rates

What is Tiered Pricing?

To keep camp affordable, we use a voluntary tiered pricing structure. You may choose the pricing option that works best for your family. All campers have the same experience regardless of which price you choose to pay. Tier prices differ by $75 for Overnight Camp and $25 for Day Camp.

Tier A: The full rate for each camper to attend camp.

Tier B: A partially-subsidized rate, for families who can pay a little more, but not the full cost of camp.

Tier C: The fully subsidized rate for camp which is made available for members through fundraising, special events, and the hard work of Girl Scouts during the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. If applying for Financial Assistance, please select Tier C. 

Each camp program has pricing for all three tiers. Check out the camp programs available this summer [link to camp guide] and choose the tier that is best for you and your family.

Cookie Dough Rewards

Cookie Dough Rewards

Did your camper earn Cookie Dough through the Girl Scout Cookie Program? If you would like to use Cookie Dough to pay for camp but are waiting for your card to be reloaded or mailed to you in May, we advise registering for camp early and paying your $25 deposit with another payment method in order to hold your camper’s spot. Once your Cookie Dough Reward Card arrives or is reloaded in May, you can then use it to pay your remaining balance. Camp spots fill quickly! Be sure to secure your spot early!

For more information, visit www.GirlScoutsWW.org/cookies-and-more

Balances are due by May 19, 2020

After this date, camp accounts with a balance are subject to have their camp registration canceled due to non-payment and will not receive a refund. Customers who register for camp after May 19, 2020, must pay their full balance during registration unless they have been pre-approved for Financial Assistance, at which point only the $25 deposit must be paid during registration.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance camp grants are available to help with the cost of camp, up to $250 per year.

To apply for this grant, complete the annual Financial Assistance eligibility process on our Financial Assistance page, and register your camper for camp through our camp registration system, CampMinder.

When you register, you will have to pay a $25 camp deposit which is not covered by Financial Assistance and must be paid at the time of registration. If your $250 Camp Grant is approved, you will receive an email confirmation and it will be applied to the camp session that you choose. Any remaining balance must be paid by May 19, 2020. 

If your camper joined a waitlist, you must still complete the Financial Assistance application process to get pre-approved for Financial Assistance. You must submit your Financial Assistance application at least three weeks prior to the start of your camper’s waitlisted session so that we have time to process your request. If a spot becomes available for your camper, you will be contacted by someone on the camp registration team. You will need to let them know that you have been approved for Financial Assistance and would like your $250 grant applied towards the cost of your camp session. 

For more information about Camp Grants and the Financial Assistance Program, visit: www.GirlScoutsWW.org/FinancialAssistance

Additional Ways to Pay for Camp

This year, in order to continue to provide financial assistance to more Girl Scouts, changes were made to our financial assistance award amounts. We made the hard decision to prioritize serving the most girls with the funds we had available. This resulted in a reduction in the camp grant from $600 to $250. We realize this may cause some financial hardships for families, and we have put together a list of additional options that may be helpful in filling the funding gap.

Cookie Dough

Did you know? Girl Scouts earn Cookie Dough through the Cookie Sale that can be used towards camp fees. After the Cookie Sale, your camper will be given the option to use their earned money toward rewards or cookie dough, so make sure to specify which option your camper prefers, as the non-cookie dough rewards cannot be used toward camp.

  • 400 Cookie Boxes = $50 Cookie Dough
  • 500 Cookie Boxes = $100 Cookie Dough
  • 600 Cookie Boxes = $150 Cookie Dough

Money-Earning

Girl Scouts who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie or Fall Product Programs, can earn additional money for Girl Scout activities, including camp programs. Campers and their supporting adults should review the following documents prior to submitting a money-earning activity application. All activities must be approved prior to getting started.

Troop Support

Troops can decide what to do with money earned through Product Program or money-earning activities, and that includes supporting troop members who would otherwise be unable to afford the full cost of camp.

Payment Installment Options

Did you know that you don’t have to pay for camp all at once? As long as you pay your $25 deposit, your spot is reserved at camp. So long as you've paid in full by May 19, 2020, you can make any type of installments you want, for any amount that you are able to make each time. Payments can be made online through CampMinder, but can also be done over the phone or via mail. However, if you don’t pay in full by May 19, your camper’s spot will be released, and, unfortunately, we won’t be able to issue a refund after that point.

Extenuating Circumstances

We recognize that extenuating circumstances may exist that fall outside our eligibility guidelines.

If your family is experiencing any of the following situations: homelessness, foster care, recent change in family structure, recent job loss, significant illness, natural disaster (flood/fire) or extremely low income, please reach out to us using the email at FinancialAssistance@Girlscoutsww.org or mail a letter to GSWW Financial Assistance, PO Box 770, DuPont WA 98327.

In your email or letter, please provide us with a description of your family’s situation so that we may process your request based on our extenuating circumstances guidelines. 

   

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for camp?
  1. Explore camp sessions to view availability.
  2. Enter the dates, tiered price and program name of your camp session.*
  3. Create or sign in to your CampInTouch account and fill out the camper application to register your camper.
    New to CampInTouch? Here’s a guide for how new users can sign up and get started.
    Already have a CampInTouch account? Here’s a guide for returning CampInTouch Users. Log in and get started.
  4. Pay a $25 deposit.
  5. Complete any forms and documents.
  6. Full payment is due by May 19, 2020, and financial assistance is available.

*If the camp session you were looking for is full, check out the other camps that are available during that time!

Does my camper need to be a Girl Scout?

Yes, but if your camper isn’t a Girl Scout yet, no problem! The annual membership fee is $25, and financial assistance is available. We hope that after an awesome summer your camper will want to learn more about Girl Scouts and all the benefits that come with membership.

What does membership include? 
Membership comes with lots of perks, including the opportunity to take part in Girl Scout experiences and events throughout the year! On average, participation in Girl Scouts includes:

  • 8 new friends 
  • 100 hours of adventure and discovery 
  • 2,000 confidence-building minutes 
  • 360,000 seconds of fun and feeling great about themselves! 

Financial assistance is available to help cover the cost of both the camp session and the Girl Scout membership fee.

What does my camper need to take to camp? (Camp Packing List)

Depending on the camp and program your camper is registered for, there may be specific items you should pack for their trip. Check your CampInTouch profile for your “Camper Information Packet”. It will include all the information and paperwork needed to complete registration. It will also detail what to expect at camp and include your camp packing list.

There are several items your camper absolutely cannot bring:

  • Cell phones and other electronics
  • Food/candy
  • Toys
  • Alcohol/drugs
  • Animals
  • Weapons
Can you accommodate my camper's special needs?

All our camps can accommodate differently-abled campers. St. Albans has a dedicated week for campers who wish to experience camp with their peers. If your camper needs special accommodations, please directly contact the camp you would like to register for so that we can be sure to plan ahead for the accommodations your camper needs.

Can my camper go to camp with a friend or troop?

Did you know? You can enjoy summer camp with your whole troop by enrolling in Core Camp at Camp Robbinswold! This is an amazing way for your troop to challenge themselves and try new things while strengthening the friendships they have with their troop mates. We provide staff to help your troop during the entire stay, but troop volunteers will need to attend camp with their troops to meet the Safety Activity Checkpoint ratios.

To register your troop for Core Camp, parents must register their individual campers through their own CampInTouch account. (Please note that the troop leader will be unable to register a camper outside of their household.)

At our resident camps, you can request one buddy per session to be placed in the same cabin as your camper!  Please fill out the buddy request form at least two weeks prior to the start of your session, so that this placement can happen. Buddies must be signed up for the same program and in the same age range as your camper. Questions? Contact the camp registrar!

You can also camp with your troop year-round by renting one of our camps. Learn more about renting our camps here.

Can we attend camp as a family?

Bring the whole family to camp! Through our Family Camp and Partner Camp summer camp programs, families can enjoy swimming, boating, hiking, and other outdoor activities together. Browse our Family Camp and Partner Camp programs in the 2020 Camp Guide before registering through your Camp InTouch account. Questions? Contact the camp registrar!

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Resources

River Ranch Bus

Camp River Ranch charters school buses to serve Day Camp campers in King and South Snohomish counties. For every session, we offer a North Route, Central Route, and a South Route. All three routes run every week. River Ranch provides an adult bus counselor to ride with campers and offer activities, songs, and games designed to keep them engaged and excited about camp. 

For bus times/delays, call our Bus Transportation Hotline (425) 333-5258. All stops are subject to change. Please check your CampInTouch account for the most up-to-date schedule information. 

Click here to access the bus schedule.

How to Help with Missing Home

Is your camper anxious about going to overnight camp? Here are some things you can do to help with missing home while they are away.

  • Ask your camper if they want to bring a friend to camp! We can link up these two buddies so that they have each other during this big adventure.
  • Get your camper involved in the packing process so they feel more ownership over the experience.
  • Pack something from home, a favorite blanket or special pillowcase, for example, that will offer comfort when homesickness rears its head.
  • If your camper can write home, supply them with paper, envelopes, and stamps so that they may write to you about camp.

Please do not send your camper to camp with a cell phone or electronic device. It is very important that they fully embrace the camp experience. Staff is available if you would like to call and check in on your camper.

     

Ready for Summer Camp?
Go To the Camp Guide

 

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