Summer Camp FAQ
Girl Scout camps feature unique leadership opportunities where girls build 21st century life skills that help them become leaders of tomorrow. They discover how to be more independent and self-reliant, connect with others, individually and as a team, and ways to take action to protect the planet’s natural resources. Girls who attend Girl Scout Camp develop:
|Essential Skills||Learned through||Examples at Camp|
|Problem Solving,Team Building andDecision Making||roup living and challenge courseparticipation||Working together to care for the unit and the people in it, voting on decisions that will affect the whole group, and solving challenge course scenarios.|
|Healthy Relationships and ConflictResolution||Diversity among campers and staff||Communicating with others and interacting with people from different cultures, places and backgrounds.|
|Flexibility and Adaptability||Reactions to unexpected or newcircumstances||Experiencing new things at camp such as trying new foods and meeting new people.Adapting to schedule changes on rainy days.|
|Self-Discovery and Self-Confidence||Program activities and personal challenges||Climbing to the top of the rock wall, trying archery for the first time, and leading a song for younger girls.|
Resident Camp staff is recruited and carefully selected both regionally and from around the world. It is our belief that a diverse staff offers girls of all ages the opportunity to meet people from near and far, to learn more about themselves and people who are different from them. Applicants are required to undergo background, fingerprint and drug screenings. Specialty program instructors (lifeguards, horse personnel) have extensive training in their areas of expertise. Adult staff to camper ratios adheres to Girl Scout safety standards and are: 1:6 for Grades 2-3; 1:8 for Grades 4-5; 1:10 for Grades 6-8; and 1:12 for Grades 9-12.
Summer camp leadership includes:
Megan “Taz” Hardy
Outdoor Program Specialist
Kelly “Red” Bozard
Camp Conowingo Camp Director
(June – August)
- Has she been away from home overnight?
- Is she willing to live in an outdoor setting that includes night sounds, bugs, and using latrines?
- Can she shower and maintain her personal hygiene?
- Can she maintain, pack, and carry her own equipment?
- Is she willing to perform kapers (chores) including: cleaning a latrine and living area, collecting firewood, and assisting with other daily living tasks?
- Can she live and work with people of various diversities such as those of different races, religion, and socio-economic backgrounds?
The first and third sessions of camp are great for the first time camper. It is a shorter week and allows the camper to try out resident camp without making a commitment to a longer week.
Resident camp sessions are open to girls ages 6-17. Girls of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome. A $22 fee will be charged to non-members and applied to their Girl Scouts of the USA membership and activity insurance.
The price of each session varies depending upon length of session and the activities your camper will be participating in during the week. On average for traditional 6-day session (Sunday to Friday), the cost ranges from $330 to $415 and $350 to $525 for our Adventure Travel camp opportunities.
If you would like to request a refund, you must submit a request in writing at least three weeks before the start of your camper’s session. Camp fees (minus the $50 non-refundable deposit for each camp session), are refundable under the following conditions:
- The written request is received at least three weeks prior to the opening day of the camper’s session.
- A written certificate from a licensed medical professional stating the camper is unable to attend the camp session.
- Every effort will be made to accommodate your camper’s choices; however, a full refund will be made if a session is cancelled or the camp is unable to accommodate any of the camper’s choices.
- Refunds will not be given for no-shows.
If any medical situation or emergency due to illness, injury or a death in the family occurs during the camper’s session, the camp fee (minus the deposit) will be prorated and refunded. No refund will be given if a camper is sent home due to unacceptable behavior or homesickness.
Read the program descriptions together and help your camper choose the one that best meets her interests, grade level and family’s needs. Use school grades for fall 2015 to determine the grade level requirement listed for each session. The lasts program descriptions are located under the camp listing section on the website
While the camp is primitive in some aspects, it allows campers to connect with their natural surroundings. Campers live in Yurts, Glen Shelters, platform tents, cabins or lodges. Since each unit (campsite) has a different capacity and proximity to different activities, unit placements are not determined until immediately prior to each session. Within each unit are sleeping facilities, kitchen shelters, latrines, cold-water hand washing stations, and a campfire area. Most units do not have electricity or flushable toilets. The air-conditioned dining hall, bathhouse, health center at Pax Tu and swimming pool areas boast modern facilities.
Each sleeping unit, other than when the campers are travel tent camping, is equipped with a cot and mattress for sleeping. Staff members do not sleep in the same cabin or room as the campers, per Girl Scout policy, but sleep in their own area centrally located within the unit and known by each camper. (Think of it like having separate bedrooms at home: parent’s room, sister’s room, brother’s room, etc.) Sleeping with other girls helps your campers gain independence and self-reliance; as well as, developing communication and practical life skills by working together to care for themselves and the others within their unit.
Staff are ready and willing to assist in any bedtime traditions to help our campers feel comfortable at night, including “tucking in,” stories and songs. Be sure to let your campers counselors know any of these traditions when you drop them off at check-in.
Not a big deal! We understand that accident happen, especially being in a new sleeping location, where it can be hard to adjust. Sometimes even a camper who does not have a regular history of bed-wetting might struggle with it at times.
Please encourage your child to tell a counselor, so they can help ensure you camper continues to have a positive experience at camp. Once a staff member is told, they encourage the camper to leave her things on her bed, and collect the items to be laundered (including sleeping bag, pajamas and under things) while the campers are away at programs for the day.
It is important to talk to your camper about their nighttime bathroom needs and any concerns they might have before camp. Encourage them to confide in their counselor if they have and accident or need assistance, that the staff are there to support them. Also, if your camper has a history of bed-wetting or currently wears pull-ups for nighttime, please include that on the health history form – it will greatly help the camp’s ability to ensure your child has a positive experience. (All information is confidential and only shared with staff on an as needed basis)
All girls participating in a travel camp program are required to have a physical exam, signed by medical professional, within 12 months of the start of the camp session.
Every camper attending camp must submit a health history form.
Campers bringing medications to camp must submit a Medication Administration form signed by both a health-care provider and the parent or guardian authorizing the administration ANY medication during their stay at camp. The term “Medications” includes ALL prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, ointments and creams.
New forms must be submitted every summer. Health forms from previous years of camp are not available as they are permanently stored upon closure of camp season.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has a “no-nit/lice” policy at our camps. Please be sure to check your camper for nits or lice. If found, treat them before arrival at camp and alert the camp staff at check-in. If, during the check-in at camp, nits/lice are found, the camper will be sent home for treatment. After treatment, if the camper is nit-free, she will be welcome to join her unit or change to another session of camp (if space is available). If the camper is unable to return or transfer to an available session, the registration may be cancelled and camp fees may be refundable.
Yes! Girl Scout camp is about being with friends and making new friends. Girls may request to stay in the same living unit with one friend who is attending the same session (e.g. Saddles, paddles and Arrows). The two girls will be assigned to the same living space, but may be paired with other girls for activities throughout the camp session. Girls must put each other’s name on the registration form and register for the same session. To help girls make new friends, please limit your request to one friend. Requests for more than one friend cannot be honored.
Yes, girls with disabilities, health concerns or dietary needs, who can participate in camp activities with some assistance, are welcome and encouraged to register. To better serve the camper, prior notice of her needs is required. Please call the Outdoor Program Department at 410.358.9711 if you have any questions. All information will be kept confidential.
We are committed to ensuring that all girls have a positive camp experience. If your daughter needs additional support to be successful please contact the Camp Leadership at email@example.com / (410) 358-9711, and we will work with you to make sure we can provide that support. A Health Supervisor is on-site at camp and oversees the routine health care and administration of medications for all campers and staff. Additionally, 90% of staff are training in basic first aid/CPR/AED and Epi-pen administration and a select portion of staff are trained in professional rescuer techniques.
A doctor is on-call if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. Parents will be notified in the event of an emergency. If your child has a unique food allergy or special dietary need, please (this is very important) contact the Camp Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to yoru campers session at camp.
Since our food is ordered prior to each camp session and meals are typically planed well in advance, notifying the Camp Director right away is important. We will work with you to find the best possible solution to your child’s needs. These solutions may include families supplying unique and hard to find foods to supplement your child’s diet.
Due to the frequency of peanut allergies, our camps’ standard practice is to provide a “peanut free” table, though individuals WITHOUT peanut allergies CAN sit there, people who sit at this table CANNOT have peanut butter or peanut products. These products will still be available to those not sitting at that table.
As with any changes or notifications, please call the camp office directly and let the Camp Director or Camp office staff know the changes in circumstance. 410.378.4242
Yes! Financial assistance, based on need, is available to all registered Girl Scouts. The application must be submitted 45 days before the start of the program. The Financial Assistance Application (04-1121) can be obtained from the resources section of our website. Do you have questions, email Barbara Waller at email@example.com
Yes, Bus service is provided from four locations to and from the camp at for an additional charge. Girls are transported on motor coaches from the following locations:
- Baltimore City
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Seton Service Center
Park & Ride, Exit 28: I-695 and Providence Road
- Glen Burnie
North County Recreation Center
Annapolis High School
Specific drop-off and pick-up times will be sent in the confirmation packet. As each bus has a maximum of 46 riders, bus transportation is on a first come, first serve basis at time of registration. You will be notified in your confirmation packet as to your bus status.
7 am Wake-up
8 am Flag Ceremony and Breakfast
9 am Kapers (Camp Chores)
9:30 am Activity Times
12 pm Lunch
1 pm Me Time (Rest Hour)
2 pm Activity Times
6 pm Flag Ceremony and Dinner
7 pm Activity Time
8:30 pm Unit Times or All Camp Activity
Note: This is a sample schedule and there may be changes to times or activities.
Visit out Camp Conowingo page for more information about the campground.
Directions to Camp Conowingo
Directions from I-95 North:
- Take exit 80 for MD-543 toward Churchville (Turn left off of the ramp) go ~ 2.5 miles
- Turn Right at Calvary Rd/MD-136
- go ~ 9.4 miles
- At your second traffic light, turn Right onto Conowingo Rd/US-1 go ~ 7.3 miles
- Turn left at Rock Spring Road/ US-222 go ~ 1.7 miles
- Turn left at Old Conowingo Road (directly after yellow blinking light) go ~ 0.3 miles
- Go through the 4-way Stop onto Pilot Town Road go ~ 1.3 miles
- Turn Left at into the Shadowbrook Entrance go ~ 0.7 miles
Directions from US-1 North using I-695:
- Take Exit 32B to merge onto Belair Rd/US-1 toward Bel Air go ~ 31 miles
- Cross the Conowingo Dam and turn left on Rock Springs Rd/US-222 at the first traffic light
- Follow the above directions from US-222
46 Shadowbrook Rd., Conowingo, MD 21918
A Health Supervisor is on-site at each camp and oversees the routine health care and administration of medications for all campers and staff. A doctor is on-call if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. Parents would be notified in the event of an emergency.
The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. All our camps are ACA accredited. For parents, the ACA-accredited camp sign symbolizes excellence and our accountability and ongoing commitment to the children we serve.
For more information about the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Summer Camp programs, email Megan Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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