FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW ARE UNITS PUT TOGETHER?
Campers are placed in groups of 8-10 girls in the same grade. Every effort is made to keep troops together within the confines of SafetyWise Guidelines. Groups do not exceed 10 campers due to capacity at ranges, boats, climbing wall, etc. This ensures campers are able to participate in each activity.
We will make every effort to keep your troop/group together.
Please indicate on the registration form if your camper would like to be grouped in a unit with her troop or does not have a preference.
HOW/WHEN DO I GET MY CAMPER’S T-SHIRT?
T-shirts will be available for pick up in Lakeville at 18625 Irvine Way the week before camp.
****NOTE FOR CAMPERS ENTERING 5TH GRADE****
Unit 5 tie-dyes their shirts on Tuesday. 5th grade campers MUST wear their own WHITE shirt on TUESDAY (any white shirt is fine). They will receive their camp t-shirt at camp. YOU DO NOT PICK YOUR SHIRT UP PRIOR TO CAMP. Tie dyed shirts will need to be washed on Tuesday night and girls MUST wear their tie dye shirts Wed-Thurs.
CAN I USE COOKIE CREDITS TO PAY FOR CAMP?
Unexpired cookie credits may be used to pay for camp. Cookie credits must be submitted no later than May 30, 2023. You will email your electronic cookie credits to Megan King.
IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR CAMP FEES?
Grants for Girls is available to those families who need financial assistance. You will register for camp AFTER you receive your Grant amount from GSRV and request a coupon code from us. It is recommended that you submit your request as soon as possible as funds are limited and are given on a first come, first served basis.
DO YOU ACCOMMODATE DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements. Please Note: if you request a special meal, we will provide it - make sure your camper knows they will be getting a special meal each day and asks for help in getting it.
WHAT SHOULD MY CAMPER WEAR TO CAMP?
The required t-shirt and for safety reasons, girls must wear closed toe shoes - NO flip flops or sandals! They should also wear their hair up or wear a hat to keep cool!
WHAT FOOD SHOULD MY CAMPER BRING?
Campers should have a good breakfast prior to coming to the park. Please make sure they have a couple of nutritious snacks that they can eat throughout the day. Nothing that will melt! This is important because it can be many hours between their breakfast and lunch and lunch and getting back home. Also, if your camper is a picky eater, make sure to pack a few extra things. Lunch at camp is really tasty and the girls have options – but if you know that they might not eat well – better to be safe than sorry.
IS THERE ANYTHING MY CAMPER SHOULD NOT BRING TO CAMP?
Flip flop shoes or sandals
Electronics of any kind
I HEAR THERE IS A CAMP STORE, WHAT CAN CAMPERS BUY? DO THEY HAVE TO?
There is a trading post (camp store) open during lunch Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.. Girls can bring money to purchase items. Money should be placed in a ziplock bag with your camper’s name written on the outside - an Adult Volunteer from your camper’s Unit can hold onto the money if you are concerned about it going missing. We’re finding that girls are skipping lunch to buy candy; therefore, we will give each camper one ticket per day for candy purchases. The campers still need to purchase items they would like, but can not purchase more candy than they have a ticket for. Tickets are not money – they are just a way to limit candy purchases. Campers are not limited in buying other items in the store. In addition to food, items available include camping gear, stuffed animals, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. The cost of items range from approximately $2 to $30. We recommend that younger camper’s preview the trading post on Tuesday and then make their purchase(s) on Wednesday or Thursday.
WHAT DO THE CAMPERS DO AT THE OVERNIGHT?
The overnight experience consists of hiking, advanced camp activities, campfire program with songs and skits, and we end the night sleeping in tents. In addition, they experience dinner and dessert cooked over the fire as well as a quick breakfast on Friday morning.
The campsite is in an open area with all tents visible to Campers, Program Aides in Training, Program Aides, and Adult Volunteers to ensure safety.
HOW DOES THE OVERNIGHT WORK?
(1) PHONE CALLS HOME
Campers will NOT be permitted to call home In case of emergency an adult volunteer will call you.
(2) TENT ASSIGNMENTS
Overnight volunteers work with campers on Tuesday and Wednesday to choose their tent mates. Camp tents accommodate 2 campers. Campers who wish to sleep with more than one other girl are asked to bring their own tents. It is recommended that campers who are attending with friends work their sleeping arrangement out in advance so they can clearly articulate their wishes to the volunteers.
(3) TROOPS ATTENDING OVERNIGHT WITH AN ADULT VOLUNTEER
Adult volunteers, such as Troop Leaders, wishing to be with troop members must indicate that on this registration form. If a large group wants to be in the same tent together they will be required to bring their own tent. NO adults are allowed in tents with campers,other than their own daughter.
(4) COVID UPDATE
If GSRV has any overnight requirements or guidelines at the time of camp, we will post them here.
WHAT SHOULD MY CAMPER PACK FOR THE OVERNIGHT?
Change of clothes
No snacks for overnight – they are not allowed in the tents overnight!
Bring everything in a waterproof bag with your name on it Thursday morning. Garbage bags with your name written on a piece of duct tape work really well. Don’t over pack – we don’t need much! We will be loading our supplies into a trailer on Thursday morning and campers will get their bags back when we say goodbye to the day campers that afternoon, so make sure nothing gets packed that your camper will need during the day Thursday.