2018 Camp Guide - RESIDENT & DAY CAMPS
2018 Camp Guide - RESIDENT & DAY CAMPS
2018 Camp Guide ⇨ ADVENTURE ⇨ FUN ⇨ LEADERSHIP ⇨ NEW FRIENDS ⇨ AND MORE! RESIDENT & DAY CAMPS APRIL VACATION ADVENTURES AND FAMILY/TROOP/GROUP CAMPING, TOO!
SUMMER CAMP AT-A-GLANCE WEST OF BOSTON CAPE COD & SOUTH SHORE NORTH OF BOSTON CAMP CEDAR HILL Waltham, MA CAMP FAVORITE Brewster, MA CAMP WIND-IN-THE- PINES Plymouth, MA CAMP MAUDE EATON Andover, MA CAMP RICE MOODY Reading, MA CAMP RUNELS Pelham, NH CAMP WABASSO Bradford, NH CAMP MENOTOMY Meredith, NH PROGRAM TYPE DAY RESIDENT HALF-DAY OPTION GRADE LEVEL GENERAL PROGRAMS K–10 1–12 K–12 1–12 K–5 K–12 2–12 ALL AGES LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS 7–11 11–12 7–12 7–12 6–10 7–12 11–12 ACTIVITY SPECIALTIES ARCHERY ART BIKING BOATING COOKING DRAMA HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE HORSEBACK RIDING LOW ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE PHOTOGRAPHY SAILING SCIENCE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING SURFING & WINDSURFING TRIP & TRAVEL SWIMMING POOL POND/LAKE BUS TRANSPORT INCLUDED (DAY CAMP) AVAILABLE (RESIDENT CAMP) EXTENDED CARE (DAY CAMP) INCLUDED AVAILABLE FAMILY CAMP WEEKEND ACTIVITY SPECIALTIES KEY ARCHERY ART BIKING BOATING LOW ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE COOKING DRAMA HORSEBACK RIDING PHOTOGRAPHY HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE SAILING SCIENCE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING SURFING & WINDSURFING TRIP & TRAVEL
For more information on our camps or to register online, visit hercamp.org CAMP GUIDE | 1 Dear Families, For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts and outdoor adventures have fit together like campfires and s’mores. Girl Scout camps provide girls with female role models, a single-gender and girl-led environment, lifelong friendships, fresh air and sunshine (away from phone and TV screens), and activities that boost self-esteem. At our four resident and six day camps in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, every girl is invited to become an outdoor adventurer. Our camps are safe, inclusive spaces for girls of all ages to have fun in nature: to take healthy risks, make noise, play games, develop leadership skills, learn new outdoor and adventure skills, and build friendships.
Our programs are tailored for each age, from our youngest campers having fun in pre-Kindergarten programs, to our 11th and 12th graders becoming Counselors in Training, and every girl in between. Our summer camp tradition awaits for all! We invite you and your girl to find the Girl Scout camps and programs that are right for her. Each camp has its own unique character with beautiful natural landscapes full of possibilities. Watch her excitement build as you both plan her experiences—horseback riding, water sports, arts and crafts, bicycling, hiking, theater arts, archery, science exploration, rock wall climbing, high ropes challenge courses, zip lining, and more.
When she returns home from camp, you will see firsthand the growth of her courage, confidence, and character. After camp, girls are welcome to join a local Girl Scout troop or simply enjoy our robust year-round programming. Girl Scouts offers friendship, leadership development, outdoor programming, and troop camping all year long. I also invite you to give her an early start on the fun with April Vacation Adventures, or plan a weekend for the whole family at our camp on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. We can’t wait to see you at camp! Carrie Weatherbee Chief Membership Services Officer Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Table of Contents GENERAL INFORMATION .
. 2–3 APRIL VACATION ADVENTURES . . 4–6 RESIDENT CAMPS Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA . . 8 Camp Runels, Pelham, NH . . 14 Camp Wabasso, Bradford, NH . . 21 Camp Wind-in-the-Pines, Plymouth, MA . 25 FAMILY, TROOP, AND GROUP CAMPING Camp Menotomy, Meredith, NH . 34 DAY CAMPS Camp Cedar Hill, Waltham, MA . . 37 Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA . . 44 Camp Maude Eaton, Andover, MA . . 47 Camp Rice Moody, Reading, MA . 52 Camp Runels, Pelham, NH . 56 Camp Wind-in-the-Pines, Plymouth, MA . . 60 REGISTRATION Registration Instructions and Forms . . 68 Financial Assistance . . 69 COUNCIL MAP . . 73 ADVERTISEMENTS .
. 74 Cover Photo Credit: Jess Souza Photography Research shows that girls benefit immensely from time outdoors: they experience personal growth and empowerment, challenge themselves, overcome fears, and learn teamwork and leadership skills.
Active participation in programs prevents the “summer brain drain” by keeping girls’ minds active and engaged while they take a break from school. Healthy risk-taking in a safe, supportive environment empowers girls to try new things, which helps them gain confidence. Camp allows girls to build strong friendships through shared experiences outside of the competitive school environment. Interacting with others in a different setting allows girls to reinvent themselves, learn from others’ perspectives, and make new friends whose diverse backgrounds will expand their worldview.
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2 | GENERAL INFORMATION Connect with us on social media: @GirlScoutsEMass General Information What You Need to Know You’re in the right place to plan your best summer ever! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ camp programs let you explore your personal interests, creativity, and the environment. Our caring, trained staff are committed to ensuring you have fun, make friends, and get to try lots of exciting activities. Imagine a summer full of visual and performing arts, sailing and swimming, hiking and biking, science, horseback riding, and much more! You choose: white sands or green hills, relaxation or challenge, day or overnight.
Whatever you choose, Girl Scout camp is where you will discover the wonders of nature and the potential inside you. Your camp friends are waiting to meet you! Register anytime at hercamp.org. Not a Girl Scout yet? Not a problem! Prior Girl Scout or troop membership is not required.
Before Choosing Your Camp Need more information to choose your camp? Please see our camp-specific pages for details about open houses, meet the staff events, and camp information nights. Details will also be listed on hercamp.org. Want to learn more before signing up but can’t get to camp for a tour? Our staff will come to you! Email email@example.com and we will be happy to schedule a visit at the time and location of your choice. Consider visiting during the summer even if you aren’t ready for camp this summer; it will help you get excited for your first camp experience. Our Team Think of our camp staff as your personal team.
We hand select our caring and skilled staff based on their ability to work with young people, be part of a team, teach and share skills, and their enthusiasm to commit to the values of Girl Scouting. Once hired, our staff attend one to three weeks of training to bond as a team and gain skills in camping, risk management, safety, and interpersonal communication. Many of the staff return each year and travel from all around the world to ensure you have an amazing camp experience. All staff are at least 18 years of age or are high school graduates. Safety is our priority, so we conduct thorough staff criminal background (CORI) and sexual offender (SORI) checks.
To comply with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and to be licensed by the local board of health, we inform you that you have the right to request proof of background checks, camp healthcare policies, discipline policies, as well as policies for filing grievances.
Accreditation The American Camp Association (ACA) sets high standards for the health and safety of campers and staff, and the delivery of quality programs. ACA accreditation means that the camp you are considering undergoes a thorough annual review of its operation—more than 250 standards from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other youth service agencies to ensure that current practices reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
Camp Safety Our priority is your safety and well-being at camp.
We follow all safety and risk management guidelines set by the local, state, and federal boards of health, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the ACA. All our camps are ACA accredited and, in Massachusetts, comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430.000). Our New Hampshire camps comply with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Rules (Part Env-WS 1120.00). In addition, the board of health of the town in which a camp is located licenses that camp. Camp Living You will be placed in a group of 5-30 girls, with 2-5 staff per group. If you choose resident camp, you will stay in a cabin (6-2 girls), yurt (6 girls), tent-a-lo (5 girls), or platform tent (4-6 girls).
All are supplied with cots/beds and mattresses. The program, number of girls, and campers’ ages determine the living arrangements. Each unit has shelter for rainy day activities, bathroom facilities, and storage.
For more information on our camps or to register online, visit hercamp.org GENERAL INFORMATION | 3 General Information Camp Buddies While we think one of the best things about camp is the chance to make new friends, we know that you may feel more comfortable attending with a friend. You may request one “buddy” per session. Both of you must register for the same camp, program, and session, and list each other on the registration forms. The camp director has final say on camp placement. Weapons, Drugs, Smoking Policy We do not permit recreational drugs, alcohol, pets, tobacco products, or weapons of any kind (e.g., Swiss army knives, scissors, etc.) at camp.
If you take a prescription medication, bring it to camp in its original container with your name on it, and turn it over to the bus monitor or healthcare supervisor upon your arrival at camp.
Pre-Camp Health Assessment You are required to have a physical examination within 12 months prior to arriving at camp. All health forms must be completed and signed by a physician each year (including inoculation update) and submitted no later than May 1, 2018. Your registration confirmation email will instruct your parent/ guardian to log into your CampInTouch account and complete all required forms. You may not attend camp without submitting your health history form and physician’s examination report. Care of Mildly Ill Campers We are prepared to handle health issues that may arise at camp.
A healthcare supervisor (HCS) staffs the camp health center and a healthcare consultant (local physician) is on call. Staff is responsible for reporting any signs of illness to the HCS, who assesses each situation. The HCS may administer over- the-counter medications she believes are warranted if they are authorized by the parent/guardian. If the HCS determines the camper should be sent home or seen by the healthcare consultant, she informs the camp director and arrangements are made. In both situations, the parent/guardian is contacted as soon as possible.
Campers With Special Needs We make every attempt to offer summer camp opportunities to all girls and can accommodate most special needs. Please call 617-350-8335 to discuss how we can make your camper’s experience exciting, appropriate, and fulfilling. The information you share with us will be held confidential, shared only as HIPAA allows, and in accordance with your wishes. Horseback Riding Programs If you register for one of our riding programs, you must bring long pants or jeans to camp. If you have a Pony Club-approved riding helmet with chin strap and/or one-inch heel boots, you may bring them too.
If not, we will provide an approved riding helmet and boots. For safety purposes, you will be skill-tested and the riding director will place you in the programs/lessons that match your skill level.
Driving Directions Directions to camp can be found on individual camp pages at hercamp.org and will be included in your confirmation packet. Please follow driving directions as provided; GPS directions may be unreliable. Note: Wind-in-the-Pines day camp and resident camp have different addresses. Bus Transportation Start camp fun on the way to camp! Bus transportation is included in the cost of day camp and is offered for $50 each way for resident camp. Day camp bus stop location details are included in this guide. To select a bus stop for pick-up and drop-off, complete the Day Camp Bus Selection Form available via your CampInTouch account.
Resident camp bus service will run to/from Boston, Braintree, Woburn, and camp. Refunds of bus fees will be issued only if notice of cancellation is given seven days prior to the pick-up date. Buses may be canceled by GSEMA due to insufficient enrollment. Program Cancellation If a program is canceled for lack of registrations, every effort will be made to place you in a similar program. Camp sessions will be held regardless of weather, but the program may be modified in extreme weather conditions. Inclement Weather Horseback riding, high ropes, and water activities may be canceled when weather conditions are unsuitable.
Alternative activities will be provided. Refunds are not given when activities are canceled due to weather conditions.
4 | APRIL VACATION ADVENTURES Connect with us on social media: @GirlScoutsEMass April Vacation Adventures Spring into the best April break ever! Join us at Camp Cedar Hill for a healthy, technology-free way to spend your week off from school. Make new friends as you sample camp life and plan ahead for your summer stay. Come for a day or two—or the whole week! Each day offers exciting new programs tailored to age levels. Calling all teens! Make the most of your spring break at camp—and beyond. Experience the best of both worlds: traditional camp activities and exciting field trips just for girls in grades 6-10.
All program fees include bus transportation, and financial aid is available. For questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp Cedar Hill | 241 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452 | Camp Hours: 9 AM-4 PM GRADES K-1 ⇨ Girl Scout members: $50 per day ⇨ Non-members: $50 per day, plus a $40 Girl Scout membership fee ⇨ Girls will be grouped by grade level Awesome Artists Tuesday, April 17 Color, craft, and create! Every girl is an artist during this colorful day at camp. Make crafts and decorate your own backpack to bring home your awesome creations. Sing songs, play games, and enjoy a snack (included) to make this day a real work of art.
Animal Adventures Wednesday, April 18 Do you love animals of all kinds? Check out what furry friends live at camp and explore their habitats. Get a visit from some special animals when an animal show comes to camp! All girls who attend this day will receive a copy of the illustrated book, Guess How Much I Love You.
Ooey-gooeyology Thursday, April 19 The best type of science is icky, sticky, and messy! Get your hands dirty and unleash your inner scientist. Using a variety of materials, you will create amazing experiments. Songs, games, and a snack are included in this ooey gooey day. Camp Sampler Friday, April 20 Explore all that camp has to offer! Cook over a campfire, make arts and crafts, sing songs, play games, and make new camp friends. “I really appreciate the diversity of the campers, who are from all over the Boston area and the suburbs. My girls are friends with kids from so many different places!”
For more information on our camps or to register online, visit hercamp.org APRIL VACATION ADVENTURES | 5 April Vacation Adventures GRADES 2-5 ⇨ Girl Scout members: $50 per day ⇨ Non-members: $50 per day, plus a $40 Girl Scout membership fee ⇨ Girls will be grouped by grade level (2-3, 4-5) DIY-namite Tuesday, April 17 Feel the pride of mastering a creative do-it-yourself project! Whether you choose to work with fabric and scissors or paint and canvases, you’ll create something awesome. Where’s Waldo?
Wednesday, April 18 Waldo is coming to camp and you can help us find him! Follow clues, hike around camp, and create art in search of our pal Waldo.
All girls who attend this day will receive a copy of the book, Where’s Waldo: 30th Anniversary Edition. Kitchen Chemistry Thursday, April 19 Are you ready to get messy? Have fun using kitchen science to make a milk rainbow or an erupting volcano—all from simple ingredients found in the kitchen. Camptastic Friday, April 20 Camp life is the best life! Enjoy a bit of everything camp has to offer: arts and crafts, nature, outdoor cooking, and more. Great for girls who wish summer camp could last all year!
GRADES 6-10 TEEN ADVENTURES ⇨ Girl Scout members: $60 per day ⇨ Non-members: $60 per day, plus a $40 Girl Scout membership fee ⇨ Days that feature an off-camp trip begin and end at Camp Cedar Hill. Girls will return in time for bus transportation home. Mission Impossible or Not? Tuesday, April 17 Are you ready to plan a daring escape, win a TV game show, explore a haunted house, and run an obstacle course? You’ll do that and so much more with a visit to Boda Borg Boston. Katniss Kamp Wednesday, April 18 Accept the challenge of learning Hunger Games-themed survival skills. Try archery, make your own bread, and channel the confidence of your own inner Katniss!
Urban Adventure Thursday, April 19 Head to Boston to take a bite out of Beantown! Ride in a Duck Boat on a tour of the city and end your afternoon visiting Quincy Market to sample snacks from some of Boston’s favorite eateries. High Adventure Friday, April 20 Go where the adventure is: Girl Scout camp! The high ropes course at Cedar Hill is set on a hill with stunning views of Boston, and built with teens in mind. It will challenge you to climb to new heights!
6 | APRIL VACATION ADVENTURES Connect with us on social media: @GirlScoutsEMass April Vacation Adventures Bus 6 pick-up drop-off Cambridge Kennedy-Longfellow School 7:40 AM 5:20 PM Somerville Winter Hill Community School 7:50 AM 5:10 PM Cambridge Peabody School 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Somerville West Somerville Neighborhood School 8:10 AM 4:50 PM Arlington Thompson Elementary School 8:20 AM 4:40 PM Arlington Arlington High School 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Belmont Winn Brook School 8:40 AM 4:20 PM Belmont Chenery Middle School 8:45 AM 4:15 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus 7 pick-up drop-off Everett Target Parking Lot 7:50 AM 5:10 PM Malden Immaculate Conception Church 8:15 AM 4:45 PM Medford Brooks Elementary School 8:25 AM 4:35 PM Winchester Town Hall 8:35 AM 4:25 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus 8 pick-up drop-off Framingham McCarthy School 7:50 AM 5:10 PM Natick Brown Elementary School 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Wellesley Fiske Elementary School 8:20 AM 4:40 PM Newtonville F.A.
Day Middle School 8:40 AM 4:20 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus Stops Bus 1 pick-up drop-off Milton Kelly Field Parking Lot, Brook Road 7:45 AM 5:15 PM Mattapan Chittick Elementary School 7:55 AM 5:05 PM Hyde Park Another Course to College School 8:10 AM 4:50 PM Dedham Avery School 8:20 AM 4:40 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus 2 pick-up drop-off Billerica Marshall Middle School 7:50 AM 5:10 PM Stoneham Stoneham Middle School 8:15 AM 4:45 PM Woburn Wyman Elementary School 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus 3 pick-up drop-off Bedford First Parish Unitarian Church 7:45 AM 5:15 PM Lexington Bridge Elementary School 8:10 AM 4:50 PM Lexington Harrington Elementary School 8:20 AM 4:40 PM Arlington Dallin Elementary School 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Belmont Butler Elementary School 8:45 AM 4:15 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus 4 pick-up drop-off Roslindale Roslindale Branch Library 7:55 AM 5:05 PM West Roxbury Holy Name Church 8:05 AM 4:55 PM Needham Greendale Avenue Worship Center 8:20 AM 4:40 PM Newton Centre Mason Rice Elementary School 8:35 AM 4:25 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Bus 5 pick-up drop-off Dorchester Lee School 7:45 AM 5:15 PM Dorchester St.
Mark’s Church 7:55 AM 5:05 PM Dorchester Dewar Street & Dorchester Avenue 8:05 AM 4:55 PM Roxbury Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center 8:20 AM 4:40 PM Boston 95 Berkeley Street 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Camp Cedar Hill 9:00 AM 4:00 PM What to Bring to April Vacation Adventures: ⇨ Backpack ⇨ Lunch ⇨ Water Bottle ⇨ Snack ⇨ Sweatshirt ⇨ Rain Jacket (weather dependent)
For more information on our camps or to register online, visit hercamp.org RESIDENT CAMP | 7 A home away from home where girls develop confidence, grow together, and have endless fun in the beautiful outdoors.
8 | RESIDENT CAMP Connect with us on social media: @GirlScoutsEMass Camp Favorite Get on board for camp adventures on the Cape! Summer Camp: June 24-August 17 ADDRESS 208 Crowell’s Bog Road Brewster, MA 02631 RESIDENT CAMP HOURS Start of session drop-off: Sunday, 1:30-3:30 PM End of session pick-up: Friday, 1:30-3:30 PM ACTIVITY SPECIALTIES (See key on inside front cover) RESIDENT CAMP • BREWSTER, MA Join us on Cape Cod’s beautiful Long Pond for our 60th summer! Camp Favorite’s water sport adventures are a thrilling twist on the traditional summer camp experience.
Sail, windsurf, kayak, and swim right from our freshwater beach. Surfing, advanced windsurfing, and sailing programs are offered at local saltwater beaches. Explore the Cape as you pedal down the Cape Cod Rail Trail as a part of our extensive biking program. Watch the sun set while sitting on the beach next to a crackling fire; you’ll be making camp memories for a lifetime.
Open Houses June 10, 10 AM-2 PM June 27, 1-4 PM ⇨ Discover how our ideal Cape Cod location puts you at the center of land and sea adventures. ⇨ Learn about our sailing programs, 250- mile bike club, sleeping accommodations, dining hall, and specialty sessions.