All You Need to Know

summer camp details can seem daunting,
but don't worry: that's our area of expertise

We know that sending your daughter to camp for the first (or fifth) time can seem overwhelming, but we have answers to all of your questions below. And as always, we're here to help in any way.

  • Badges and Celebrations
    • Each week your camper will be completing the requirements for one badge that they will receive (except for Daisy Petals) and also complete additional requirements towards other badges. At checkout she will receive the badge that she has earned for that week along with a list of the other badge work the she has started.
      Birthdays are a fun celebration at camp. Special arrangements for giving a present or providing treats for your campers unit can be made in advance with the Outdoor Program Manager. Campers will celebrate birthdays by being recognized during lunch with cake and a big birthday song on their special day.
  • General Information
      Yes - the American Camp Association (ACA) is an independent national agency which imposes the highest standards of health, safety, program, and staffing for camps across the country. Camps are periodically visited and must maintain high marks to display the ACA logo. Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center has been an accredited camp since 2010 and meets or exceeds all required health and safety standards.
      Girls attend camp individually, not as a troop, but they may choose to attend with one buddy. If your camper has a special buddy that is in the same grade level and attending the same camp session, they must request each other on the registration form.

      Only one buddy request will be honored. Remember, a buddy is not a requirement and is not guaranteed. Many campers come to camp without a buddy and make new friends! We will try the best we can to accommodate your request.

      Girls of the same troop will not be guaranteed placement together. They must request one buddy only to be placed with during their camp session.
      Kapers/responsibilities are minor tasks that girls participate in while attending camp. Each staff member will model and teach campers proper ways to care for the environment and their camp surroundings. Each unit is responsible for the upkeep and cleaning of their area and for additional daily camp responsibilities. This may include cleaning the dining hall, restrooms, grounds, etc. Girls are closely monitored to make sure that established health and safety procedures are used in completing cleaning tasks. Girls will never directly handle any chemicals and will use gloves while cleaning.
      We reserve the right to cancel/alter any program activity when weather conditions are unsuitable, to include but not limited to, extreme heat, thunderstorms, etc. Alternative options will be offered at that time. Our primary concern is for the safety of the girls and every effort will be made to reschedule the activity. No refunds or adjustments in fees will be made.
      Any girl currently in K-11 (as of Fall 2014) can attend. Girls who are not currently registered as a Girl Scout may attend as a non-member for an additional fee.
      Camp has something for everyone! It is a place that provides a safe, positive, fun-filled and adventurous setting, which encourages discovery, problem solving and self-growth. It’s a place where every girl can explore the joys of camping and being outdoors. It’s where a girl can discover independence, self-reliance, have fun and make lifelong friendships.
      In an event that there is severe weather in the area, all the girls are moved to a safe location on the camp grounds according to the emergency action plan. While at these locations there are a number of rainy day programs that are done to keep the girl’s mind off of the weather until we are given the all clear.
      Depending on what type of camp your daughter will be attending will determine if you will need to provide food. If your daughter is attending a Day Camp at Celia Lane or Riverpoint then you will have to provide lunch for her. If your daughter will be attending a Resident Camp, all of her meals from Sunday night through Friday afternoon will be provided by our wonderful kitchen staff.

      If your daughter has any special dietary needs or allergies, please write it on the needs assessment (in your confirmation packet) and we will have our food service manager contact you with the menu.
      Camper accommodations are determined on a first come first serve basis and by what session they are registered for. Counselors will sleep in the same unit but in separate sleeping quarters from the campers and are always available if a camper needs them.
      Yes! Mail time is the best part of a camper’s day! We encourage parents to send mail for their child whether it is packages, mail or through our e-mail program that is called eCamp.

      eCamp is a ONE-way e-mail service that allows you to send e-mails to your child and also view the pictures that are taken during the week.

      We do ask that you please send mail in a timely manner so that your child can receive it the week that she is at camp. We also recommend that you drop mail off during check-in so that there is a guarantee that your child will receive the mail while they are at camp. If you would like to have your child send you mail, please pack pre-addressed envelopes with stamps so they can do so.
      The camp phone is for emergency and business calls. In case you need to contact the Outdoor Program Manager during camp, the phone number will be included in your confirmation packet. Please be understanding if you are unable to initially reach someone at camp. We will be checking and returning phone calls regularly.

      Campers are not allowed to bring cell phones or electronics of any kind to camp. An important part of the camping experience is being “unplugged”.
  • Healthcare
      In a conscious effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for all campers, Girl Scouts of Citrus requires that all medical forms be uploaded to the Camp Doc website no less than 1 week prior to camp start date. For Resident Camp, a physical exam that includes a health history that has been taken within 12 months of the camper’s last day of camp. Health exam forms must be singed by a licensed physician and a current shot record must be provided. If a girl arrives at camp without the appropriate medical paperwork she will not be allowed to stay unless she can obtain the missing documents from her physician or an Urgent Care Center on the day of check in.
      In a conscious effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for all campers, Girl Scouts of Citrus requires that all medical forms be uploaded to the Camp Doc website no less than 2 weeks prior to camp start date. For day camp, a current health history (completed by the parent) and a current shot record must be provided. If a girl arrives at camp without the appropriate medical paperwork she will not be allowed to stay unless she can obtain the missing documents from her physician or an Urgent Care Center on the day of check in.
      Yes, physicals are required for resident camp but not for day camp. The physical must be less than 12 months from the last day of camp that your camper will attend. For Day Camp only a health history and immunization record is required.
      Yes, at Resident Camp we have a qualified medical staff that is on site 24 hours a day as well as an on-call doctor if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. At Day Camp, staff is certified in First Aid and CPR. Parents will be notified any time there is an emergency regarding their child.
  • Information Nights
      Yes! If you would like to visit camp and meet the staff, then come on down to one of our 3 open houses. Take a tour of our sleeping and activity areas. You will learn about camp activities and have an opportunity to sit down with our staff and discuss any concerns or questions.

      Open House are from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the following locations

      Celia Lane Scout House - March 8th 2015
      Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center – March 15th 2015
      Riverpoint Program Center - March 22nd 2015

      The first 10 girls that bring a friend and register together at one of our open houses will be put in a special drawing! Prizes will vary each week and applicants can only win once.

      There is no cost for either of these events however registration is required.
      Absolutely! If you have attended an information night and would like to visit camp or meet the staff, then come on down to our beautiful 250 acre campsite. Tour any of our units, bring your family, and visit the activity areas. You will also have an opportunity to sit down with our staff and discuss any concerns or questions. Sessions will be held at Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center from 2 PM – 4 PM on the follow dates: March 9th, 2014 and April 13th, 2014. The first 25 girls that bring a friend and register together at one of our open houses will be put in a drawing for special gifts! Prizes will vary each week and applicants can only win once. There is no cost for either of these events however registration is required. Please check back for registration information.
  • Payments and Discounts
      Yes. Group photos will be taken during each week of camp and can be purchased before the camp session during online registration. Fees for the photos are as $10 per one group photo.
      Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and patch as part of their registration fee. When you register your camper, you will choose your camper’s t-shirt size.
      The trading post is the camp store and will be open during check-in for a variety of camp purchases. You will also be able to leave money for your camper to purchase items during her stay at camp. They offer items from water bottles to stuffed animals and from T-shirts to jewelry. No food items are available for purchase at this time.
      A $25 non-refundable deposits must be made at time of registration. The balance of the camp fee can be paid in payments or in a one lump sum. Final payments are due on the camp sessions due date.
      Girl Scouts of Citrus would like as many girls as possible to participate in a camp experience regardless of financial status. Scouterships are available for registered Girl Scouts of GSC that would like to attend camp and express financial need. For girls applying for financial assistance only, the deposit is refundable in case of non-approval or refusal of Scoutership.

      All campers must first register for the camp they would like to attend and pay the $25 deposit. Once you have done so you can apply online for a Scoutership.

      Once it is approved you will receive a confirmation stating the amount you were granted and remaining balance will fall under the same payment guidelines. If your application is received after the deadline it will only be processed if there are additional funds available.

      Financial assistance will only be granted 1 time per camper, per season. To allow this opportunity to as many girls as possible, Scouterships are limited to designated amounts and usually only cover a partial amount of the camp fee.
      Deposits are non-refundable except if the camp session has been cancelled by Council. If you need to cancel your registration, we must receive your request in writing no later than the registration deadline date for that camp session. Cancellations made after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund unless there are due to extenuating circumstances such as: health issues with supporting physician documentation, death of a family member or moving out of council jurisdiction.
      The following discounts are in place for the 2015 Summer Camp Season. Please be advised that discounts may not be combined with any other discounts or financial assistance. (Unless specified).

      Early Bird Registration: Register by April 1st and receive $40 off each resident camp and/or $20 off each day camp or sampler camp.

      Open House:Register at any open house and receive a special gift!

      Program Aides and Counselors in Training– Program Aides and Counselors in Training who wish to help at day camp or resident camp in a leadership role may do so for a maximum number of two (2) weeks.

      Program Aid Discount: $75 off day camp
      Counselor In Training Discount: $150 off resident camp

      Girls will not be assigned to a specific session of camp. Girls will select a week and work throughout the camp to support the entire camp program. Not all sessions will be available. Program Aides and Counselors in Training must first complete their interest forms for the summer and send them to once the requests have been reviewed, evaluated and approved you will be notified to complete your camp registration form.
      The trading post will be open at check in and you could leave money in an account for your child to spend while at camp. The trading post will be open once during the week so that your camper could purchase items to remember their camp experience.
  • Registration
      Camp Doc is the secure web based database that we use for all healthcare information. This program allows you to turn in all medical forms electronically and keep them on file for one year. As this is our third year using this service we are confident with the services we have been provided.
  • Special Needs
      No one shall be denied admission to our camp(s) because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or age, providing specific program requirements are met.
      Girl Scouts of Citrus seeks to provide an inclusive environment. Campers requiring special accommodations, meals, or equipment must notify us in writing 2 weeks prior to attending their camp session. Please send the completed needs assessment form to All information will be kept confidential and shared only with the appropriate staff.
  • Staff and Safety
      Camp Staff is selected based on previous experience working with youth, skills and certifications in specific areas, maturity, personality, teamwork, education, leadership ability and character. Staff members include college students and graduates, certified teachers, program professionals and former campers that have completed the counselor in training leadership program. All staff that is directly responsible for campers must be at least 18 years old.
      All staff participates in an intensive, mandatory training designed to prepare the staff to create a positive and supportive camp environment based on standards provided by leading experts in the camping industry. During this period, the staff learns child development, the Girl Scout Program, camp skills, group dynamics, safety procedures, and regulations, cooperative learning and other important topics. Leadership staff is also required to attend additional training.

      It is our commitment to ensure the safety of all campers, we strive to meet or exceed all established safety standards for staffing.

      Two adults to every 6 girls currently in Kindergarten or 1st grade.
      Two adults to every 12 girls currently in 2nd or 3rd grade.
      Two adults to every 16 girls currently in 4th or 5th grade.
      Two adults to every 20 girls currently in 6th through 8th grade.
      Two adults to every 24 girls currently in 9th through 12th grade.

      All new and existing staff members are required to go through an intensive interview process including, but not limited to: multiple interviews, receive a favorable National Criminal Background Check and clearance from a National Sexual Offender/Predator Check.
      Yes - male staff members (paid and volunteer) are a valued part of all aspects of Girl Scouting including camping. Additional guidelines are followed when men are present in order to ensure the privacy of the girls as well as of the male staff members: they are never allowed to enter a unit before contacting the staff in charge, are never alone with any girls and, are never in the same sleeping areas with the girls. In all situations, Safety-Activity Check Points, Risk Management, ACA Standards, local and state regulations are complied with.
      Parents are responsible for transporting children to and from all camps. The camp will provide transportation for special activities that are included in the camp session. Carpools are encouraged. A photo ID is required to pick up a child from camp.

      Most out-of-camp trips that require transportation, campers are driven in various council-owned, leased vehicles by staff members who are at least 21 years of age and have a favorable driving record. Some trips may require the use of charter buses or other vehicles. These approved vendors would provide their licensed staff members for transportation.
      We have camp staff members who are enthusiastic, talented, and caring adults (18 years or older) who are selected based on their experience and ability to serve as a role model.

      All of our staff members are required to have a level two background check and also required to attend a week long pre-camp training. Many of the staff members are returning from the previous years, some of them are currently in college studying Elementary Education and some of them are currently teachers in various schools within our Council jurisdiction.
      It is common, regardless of age, to miss home. Parents can help their daughter prepare for being at camp by talking positively about camp before arrival, helping the camper pack and encouraging the camper by explaining that everything will be alright at home while they are away. Parents often do not realize that a frequent cause of a camper’s missing home is worry that her parents will be “camper sick”.

      It is crucial for parents to set their daughters up for success. She is listening when you say “you are going to have so much fun at camp” and cheerful letters from home help her feel supported and happy at camp. We also have trained staff that is ready to talk with your child if she is ever feeling homesick while at camp.
  • Types of Camp
      These camps are designed to help girls and parents get used to an overnight camping experience that consists of 3 days and 2 nights. There are limited spaces available to ensure that girls do not feel overwhelmed. These sessions will be sleeping in the Skeeter Hollow Bunkhouse(unless otherwise specified) to give the girls the ability to be independent, but to also feel secure during their first experience. Girls registering for any camps must currently be in the grades specified.
      These camps are designed for girls that would prefer a camp experience that is not overnight. They are usually 5 days from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (before and after care available). Girls registering for any camps must currently be in the grades specified
      These camps are designed for girls that would prefer an overnight camp experience. Camps run for 6 days and 5 nights. Some sessions will include high adventure and some sessions will include traditional camp fun! Campers that come to these sessions range from 2nd through 12th grade depending on the sessions. Girls registering for any camps must currently be in the grades specified
      7:00 AM - Wake Up
      7:45 AM – 8:55 Flag & Breakfast
      9:10 – 10:20 AM – Camptivity #1
      10:30 – 11:40 AM – Camptivity #2
      11:50 – 1:00 PM – Lunch
      1:10 – 2:20 PM – Kapers/Me Time
      2:30 – 3:40 PM – Camptivity #3
      3:50 – 5:00 PM – Camptivity #4
      5:15 – 6:30 PM – Flag & Dinner
      6:45 - 9:00 PM Night Program
      7:00 – 8:45 AM – before care
      9:00 – 12:00 PM– Flag , Morning Activity & Snack
      12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch
      1:00 – 4:00 PM – Afternoon Activities
      4:00 - 6:00PM after care