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Back to Basics – Back to Camp!

We believe girls will benefit from a camp experience this summer more than ever before! Join us this summer to make face-to-face lifelong friendships, be screen-free, enjoy the beauty of nature and have amazing adventures. Check out what we have in store!

Changes for Summer Camp 2021

While camp may not look like “normal” this summer, we’re focused on planning the enjoyable and meaningful experiences our girls and caregivers expect and appreciate, with added precautions.

This summer you can expect to see programs that are:

  • SMALLER – Campers will be in small unit groups with 2-3 dedicated counselors. Camp schedules will be intentionally modified to limit all-camp gatherings.
  • CLEANER – We will continue to follow the diligent cleanliness standards we established during Family Camp last summer. All shared program areas and equipment will be sanitized between uses, bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized multiple times a day and an increased focus will be put on campers washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
  • SAFER – We will be in line with all NYS guidelines for COVID-19 safety and following industry best practices recommended by the American Camp Association. Our healthcare practices will be fully revised, including COVID-19 testing for staff, the most up-to-date standing orders as reviewed by a physician and updated camper/staff screenings both before and during camp.
      Tiered Pricing

New for 2021, we will have a voluntary, 3-tiered pricing system. Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, we are instituting a voluntary fee structure. Choose the tier that’s best for your family!

  • Tier A – Our traditionally subsidized cost, representing a $100 subsidy
  • Tier B – Partially subsidized cost, representing a $50 subsidy
  • Tier C – Closest to the TRUE cost of camp, if you’re able to pay this amount—please do so

If additional support is needed to make camp possible for your girl, financial assistance is available for registered Girl Scouts. Please fill out this request form and submit it online.

We want you to know that 3-tiered pricing is:

  1. Your choice. On an honor system, each family can decide what’s best for them and their budget.
  2. Confidential. Unless the caregiver alerts the girl or her counselors, no one will be aware of this information once camp is running, and it won’t impact a girl’s camp experience whatsoever. Only members of the year-round camp team who help process registrations will have access to this information. Pricing information will only be referenced if you need help processing your registration.
  3. Easy. Within the registration process, it will be as simple as checking a box with your choice. No matter what tier you choose, there will be no additional steps or paperwork needed.

Our ultimate goal is to share the camp experience
with as many girls as possible!


General camp registration opens Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m.
Last day of standard registration is Monday, June 21

  • Amahami Adventure Center is in Deposit, NY, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountain region. Amahami offers all campers the opportunity to expand their knowledge, confidence and comfort in nature through an immersive outdoor experience. The property features many beautiful hiking trails, including one to Amahami’s very own fire tower! Amahami is located on a small private lake. Campers may spend the week sleeping in a troop house, cabin or platform tent.                       

     


  • Comstock Adventure Center
    in Ithaca, NY, is located along the shores of Cayuga Lake. Campers enjoy the unique natural surroundings created by the Finger Lakes while living in beautiful tree-top cabin village units. Comstock features nearly two miles of lakefront, offering a wide variety of water sports and a beautiful location to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  • Hoover Adventure Center is in the heart of Central New York, located along the shores of Song Lake in Tully. Hoover has a robust shooting sports program featuring slingshots, archery, BB guns and tomahawk throwing. In addition to shooting sports, Hoover has a beautiful lake for swimming and boating in the warmer months. Campsites available for all comfort levels include lodges, cabins, platform tents and primitive camping on a private island! Hoover’s proximity to Interstate 81 and gently rolling fields make it ideal for
    first-time campers!

      


  • Trefoil Adventure Center
    is in Harrisville, NY, located on the outskirts of gorgeous Adirondack Park. Campers get the ultimate high adventure and wilderness experience while spending a week in an intimate, outdoorsy setting. Trefoil features GSNYPENN’s only high and low ropes course! With its proximity to Adirondack Park, Trefoil is a great location for any camper looking to explore the outdoors! Most campers spend their week sleeping in a-frame units, or our
    famous yurt!                                                                                     

Summer Camp FAQ

(All sessions are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.)

Does my girl need to be a Girl Scout to register for camp?

No! Our resident and day camps are open to all girls and we encourage them to bring a friend, Girl Scout or not! If your girl would like to become a registered Girl Scout before camp, simply register here!

Non-members have a $25 fee added during the camp registration process. Non-members may choose whether they’d like to use this amount toward becoming a registered Girl Scout or not. If you decide to join, the $25 fee will be used for your 2021 Girl Scout annual membership! 

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, financial assistance is available for registered Girl Scouts. Please fill out this request form and submit it online. If you have any further questions, please contact executiveoffice@gsnypenn.org

What training do camp staff and volunteers receive?

All staff receives extensive training prior to the arrival of all campers. Training includes activity programming and outdoor skills, health and safety, emergency procedures, age-level characteristics, meeting camper needs, dealing with homesickness, sanitizing and other COVID-19 response protocols and much more. Staff who supervise and instruct high adventure or specialty activities are required to have additional training and qualifications.

What is the ratio of staff or volunteers to campers?

The ratio is based upon camper age and follows GSUSA guidelines. There will be at least two staff members present with the girls at
all times.

Staff to camper ratios:

Daisies (Grades K-1) 1:6
Brownies (Grades 2-3) 1:6
Juniors (Grades 4-5) 1:8
Cadettes (Grades 6-8) 1:10
Seniors (Grades 9-10) 1:10
Ambassadors (Grades 11-12) 1:10
What safety standards are followed?

Our camps are required to meet established standards set by state and local health departments, GSUSA and where applicable, the American Camp Association (ACA) for health and safety, site, program and personnel. Each camp is inspected twice a summer by the county health department in which the camp is located. COVID-19 safety protocols as mandated by state and county health departments and are strictly enforced. Masks and social distancing of 6 feet are required unless within a family group and hand sanitizer and
hand-washing stations are provided for your use. These protocols are ever-changing, so we appreciate your patience as we make the camp experience as safe as possible!

What if I do not have a computer or internet to complete the health questions?

We encourage parents/guardians to complete their health profiles online through CampDoc. If you are absolutely unable to do so, please contact us at 1.855.213.8555 to mail forms to you. You will need to complete the forms and send them back to the Cicero Service Center at least two weeks before your camp session, along with your camper’s immunization list and physical form.

What is Mom & Me/Me & My Pal/Me & My Guy?

These programs are designed for a Girl Scout and any special adult in her life! Depending on the program style, girls may come to camp accompanied by a special adult female, male or any special adult. Be sure to check the description of the specific program you are interested in for complete details! Be led by trained staff as you participate in some of your favorite camp activities like swimming, boating, arts and crafts, and archery. These programs are offered at all four of our camp properties throughout June, July and August. They are open to all levels, including Daisies! There is a $25 deposit per person for these camps due at the time of registration.

What is Troop Core Camp?

Troop Core Camp is the perfect program for a troop that wants to enjoy a camping experience as a group. Camp staff facilitates programming including archery, waterfront, arts and crafts, and more. Additionally, all meals and first aid are provided. Meals will be done cook-out style in your unit, guided by a camp staff member. Troops don’t need to bring a Simply Successful Camping or First Aid training to participate, making for a camping experience that is accessible to all! Troop Core Camp is offered throughout June, July and August at all four camp properties and is open to all levels. Cost is $65 per girl and each troop can bring two adults for free. Any additional adults are $50 per person. There is a $25 deposit per person for Troop Core Camps due at the time of registration.

*Please note: we are currently limiting group sizes for these programs. Group sizes will vary by camp, up to 50% capacity of each sleeping accommodation. Check with your specific camp to determine exact maximum group sizes.

What are Family Retreats?

Family Retreats are open to ALL! Girls and members of the whole family—mom, dad, grandma, brothers. Enjoy all of our classic camp activity offerings and get a whole unit to yourselves. Meals are not provided. Cost is $65 per participant and covers all activities throughout the weekend and lodging. There is a $25 deposit per person due at the time of registration.

*Please note: we are currently limiting group sizes for these programs. Group sizes will vary by camp, up to 50% capacity of each sleeping accommodation. Check with your specific camp to determine exact maximum group sizes.

What is the cancellation policy?

Payments for all council programs and events are non-refundable unless council cancels the event or the registering person/group cancels PRIOR to the registration deadline. Cancellations made after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Please note: the $50 deposit paid for resident/day camp and the $100 deposit paid for trips when registering is non-refundable.

Cancellation notifications will only be accepted in writing to: Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, ATTN: Summer Camp, 8170 Thompson Rd., Cicero, NY 13039 or via email to summercamp@gsnypenn.org. Refunds for cancellations are made only if the notification is received prior to the registration deadline. A cancellation may qualify for a refund (minus the deposit fee) if the cancellation is due to a qualified medical reason. A written refund request along with a doctor’s excuse must be received within two weeks of the cancellation.

If a participant uses council Cookie Dough as payment towards a summer camp program and qualifies for a refund, the Cookie Dough amount is refunded only as Cookie Dough. The refunded Cookie Dough will be issued with the same expiration date as the Cookie Dough that was used as payment.

*Please note: a minimum number of campers is required to run all programming. If the minimum is not met, camps may be subject to cancellation. 

When is payment due? What happens if payment is not made on time?

The last day of standard registration and final payment for all camps due in full is on Monday, June 21. After this date, we will reach out to remind you that your camp still has a balance. If your balance due is not paid by Monday, July 5, your camp registration will be cancelled.

When should all my health paperwork in CampDoc be completed?

The deadline for CampDoc medical forms is two weeks before your actual camp session. The payment deadline is not the same as the CampDoc paperwork deadline.

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