camp faqs

Summer Camp

What are the benefits of Girl Scout Camp?
Girls who attend Girl Scout Camp get to:

  • Make new friends
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Have fun!
  • Explore nature
  • Gain confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Explore their interests through specialized sessions

Who are the summer camp staff and leadership?
Camp staff is a team of enthusiastic, talented and caring adults who come from all over the United States and around the world to spend a summer with Girl Scout campers. They are excited about having lots of fun at camp and teaching girls to grow strong!

Resident Camp staff is recruited regionally and from around the world. We carefully select staff (who are all over the age of 18) from within the United States and abroad, such as England, Australia, Thailand, etc. 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.

Summer camp leadership includes:

Megan “Taz” Hardy
410.358.9711
mhardy@gscm.org
Resident Camp Director

What is the background of camp staff?
Applicants are required to undergo background, fingerprint and drug screening. Staff training includes first aid, safety and emergency procedures, outdoor skills, team building, how to work with homesick campers, understanding age level characteristics and Specialty program instructors (lifeguards, horse personnel) have extensive experience in their area of expertise. Adult staff to camper ratios adheres to Safety Wise standards and are: 1:6 for ages 6 to 8; 1:8 for ages 9 to 11; 1:10 for ages 12 to 14; and 1:12 for ages 15 to 17.

How do I know if my daughter is ready for resident camp?

  • Has she been away from home overnight?
  • Is she willing to live in an outdoor setting which 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 is designed for the first time camper. It is a shorter week and allows for the camper to try out resident camp without making a commitment to a longer week.

Who may attend Girl Scout resident camp?
Resident camp sessions are open to girls ages 6-17. Girls of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome. A $12 fee will be charged to non-members and applied to their Girl Scouts of the USA membership.

How do we choose a camp session?
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 2013 to determine the grade level requirement listed for each session.

What are the facilities like?
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, teepees, or lodges. Since each unit 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. Each sleeping unit, other than when the campers are tent camping, is equipped with a cot and mattress for sleeping. 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. Note: Staff members sleep in separate areas within the unit, but are centrally located within the unit to which they are assigned.

Are medical exams required?
All girls are required to have a physical exam within 24 months of the start of the camp session. A current health history, signed by a physician, is required for participation and will be sent with your confirmation packet. Health forms from previous years of camp are not available as they are permanently stored upon closure of camp season.


What is GSCM’s Nit/Lice Policy?
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 and, if found, treat them before arrival at camp. 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.

May we request to stay with a friend?
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. 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.

Can the camps accommodate special needs of campers?
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.

Is financial assistance available?
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 or from the Volunteer Resource Center at the Seton Service Center 410.358.9711 or 800.492.2521 or by emailing vrc@gscm.org.

Is bus transportation available for resident camp?
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
  • Towson
    Park & Ride, Exit 28: I-695 and Providence Road
  • Glen Burnie
    North County Recreation Center
  • Annapolis
    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.

A Typical Day at Camp
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.

How do I get to Camp Conowingo?
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

-OR-

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

What is the Camp Conowingo address?
46 Shadowbrook Rd., Conowingo, MD 21918

How can I access Bunk1 to view photos and send e-mails to campers?
Click here to access Bunk1.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Summer Camp programs, email Megan Hardy at mhardy@gscm.org.

Troop Camping

Do volunteers need special training to go camping with girls?
Troop/group leaders must attend camp training before going to camp. Find out more about what training you need on our Volunteer Training page.

What camps are available for troop camping?
Camp Conowingo, Camp Ilchester, Camp Woodlands, and Camp Whippoorwill are all available for troop camping at various points in the year. Visit our Facilities page to learn more about each of our camps. Contact cadams@gscm.org to find out about camp availability.

Where can I find rules and guidelines for Troop Camping?
Download the Guide to Council Properties to find out about rules and guidelines for troop camping.

 

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