Parent Info

Just for Parents

We know you have lots of questions about sending your daughter to camp. Here are a lot of answers!

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Swim Evaluation

All swimmers will be under the careful supervision of a lifeguard while at the pool. Campers will be evaluated on their swimming skills by taking a swim test (details included in the parent pack). Campers will be put into a swimming group based on their ability and given a colored band that indicates their swimming group.

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Camper Communication

Camp is a place to become independent and build social skills. Campers will not be allowed to phone home or bring cell phones. Campers simply do better and grow more when they are allowed to focus on their camp experience. If a camper is having trouble adjusting to camp life after 24 hours or if there is a health concern, the Camp Director will contact the parent or guardian. Campers love to receive mail, such as care packages and “real” letters. Parents may also view photos from camp that are posted daily on a website operated by an outside source at no charge.

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Camp Care Kits!

Get ready for Camp with a Camp Care Kit! Kits are delivered directly to your Girl Scout during her time at camp. This year’s Camp Care Kit includes: Backpack, Activity Journal, Plush Teddy Bear, Foldable Water Bottle Bag, Sunglasses & Headband.
Camp Care kits are available for overnight campers only. Camp Care Kits must be pre-ordered and will not be available for purchase in the camp stores. Quantities are limited.

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Trading Post

The Trading Posts at our camps offer camp essentials and souvenirs, such as water bottles, flashlights, day packs, stuffed animals, items for autographs, and more! (The Trading Post does not offer snacks or beverages.) Items in The Trading Post cost $1 -$20 each.

Health & Safety

Girl Scouts places a high priority on safety and train staff in all aspects of camp life. Camp professionals
are trained to supervise campers.

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Camper Essential Function

In order to attend Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Girl Scout camps, campers must meet the following essential functions:

  • Move independently from place to place
  • Effectively interact in a group based on program content
  • Be able to meet personal needs (bathing, toileting, dressing, diet management, etc.)
  • Capable of managing their chronic illness or condition
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Staff Selection

Girl Scouts places a high priority on safety and train staff in all aspects of camp life. Each year we recruit the most warm, nurturing, energetic and responsible camp staff we can find.  Many have grown up in our own local Girl Scout Community. Staff must pass a criminal background check and complete an intensive seven day camp training prior to the start of summer. Specialized staff, such as lifeguards, boating instructors, challenge course facilitators and horseback riding instructors, possess certifications or relevant experience related to their jobs.

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Campers with Special Needs

We want your daughter to have a successful week at camp.  In order to lay the foundation for this success, Camp Directors need to know your daughter’s health history and about any special needs.

Contact camp@gsgatl.org before registering your daughter, if you have any questions about whether your daughter’s needs can be met at camp. If this is not the best camp environment for success, we will assist you in the search for a camp setting that can provide a great experience for your daughter.  

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When do we contact parents

We will contact parents or guardians if a camper:

  • Experiences extreme homesickness (needing constant attention, clinging to adults, needing someone by her side to fall asleep, disrupting camp activities or crying constantly)
  • Experiences behavior challenges (see Behavior Expectation Agreement)
  • Spends the night in the health center or misses a day of activities
  • Has an acute or sudden illness
  • Has a temperature of 100.5 or higher
  • Has an active case of head lice
  • Falls off a horse
  • Needs to be taken to Urgent Care or the hospital

FAQ

Meals / How will my daughter’s special dietary needs be handled?

We can accommodate for a variety of special dietary needs. If you have a camper with more extensive allergies or combination allergies such as no wheat/egg/dairy we might ask you to bring items that are safe for her to consume. Dietary restrictions must be on your camper’s health history and emailed to the camp director at least 2 weeks prior to her arrival.

Health Form Procedures

A physical examination is not required to attend Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Sleepaway or Day Camps. We do require the completion of a Health History available online through your CampInTouch Login. We also recommend that your camper is up-to-date on all of her required immunizations. Please visit vaccines.gov to answer any questions about vaccines.

Medication Administration

All Camper Information and Medical Forms should be completed online in CampInTouch prior to Check-In of your camper’s session. Any medication to be dispensed must be listed in CampInTouch on the Medication Administration Form (MAR).

Lost & Found

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. is not responsible for any lost items. Please label your campers items with their full name, so we can return them to her. At the close of each camp session all lost and found items not claimed are displayed during pick up. Any items left will be held for two weeks. Parents/guardians may contact the camp office and arrange a time and date to pick up any items or arrange for a FedEx or UPS mailing label to cover the cost of shipping. After two weeks, all items are donated to charity.

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