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Say YES to adventure – attend Girl Scout Summer Camp!

Update as of April 8, 2020: 
We are actively preparing for a fun, safe summer and are currently planning to operate camps as scheduled. We are monitoring recommendations from the CDC, NYS Department of Health, local/federal governments and GSUSA. Ultimately, camp plans are subject to change based on all of these factors, but right now, our plan is to operate camp as normal. 

We annually review our staff handbooks, parent/guardian information packets and camp procedures to reflect best practices in the camp community as well as hygiene changes recommended by health authorities. We are preparing to intensify our management of health care and sanitization protocols above and beyond our current processes, based upon recommendations from our county’s Department of Health and the American Camp Association. Staff training and program development will delve further into these topics to enhance what we already practice, and COVID-19 specific measures will be introduced as recommended. See below FAQ for further info. 

Please note: All summer camp information, including sessions and pricing, is located in the Summer Camp Guide above.

Registration and reservations for camp are made through the Doubleknot platform. Medical paperwork and forms remain through CampDoc. If you came to camp last summer, all you need to do is a simple update to your existing CampDoc record! Both systems are designed to make registering easy and quick! First time using Doubleknot? View this tutorial

If you still have questions or need help, contact us at 1.855.213.8555 or info@gsnypenn.org

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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 miles upon miles of 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.

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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. Comstock’s proximity to a variety of popular local destinations allows for many off-camp experiences for campers.

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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!

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Hoover Adventure Center is in the heart of Central New York, located along the shores of Song Lake in Tully. Hoover is home to the region’s only Day Camp experience, offering the perfect opportunity for any camper looking to get their feet wet and explore what camp has to offer. Hoover’s unique, flat setting, with ample field space allows for a variety of fun summer time activities, such as field games, sports, archery and exploring the many hiking trails on site. Hoover features two rustic cabin units and two platform tent units, for any camper who may choose to challenge themselves with an add-on overnight experience.

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Camp Agaliha at Harris Hill is a day camp in Elmira, NY, located at Harris Hill Park. “Agaliha” means sunshine—so join us alongside your Girl Scout sisters and friends this summer!

Camp Trading Posts

Shop for camp keepsakes and pick up other needs like flashlights, water bottles and more during camp sessions!

Trading Post hours vary by camp.

Cash, credit cards and Cookie Dough accepted for payment.

Merchandise available includes (but is not limited to):

• camp t-shirts
• surprise bags
• water bottles
• camp journals
• flashlights
• compasses
• bandannas
• and more!


 

FAQ

Whether you’re sending your girl away to camp for the first time or the 12th time, you’ll probably have questions! We want your girl to have the best camp experience ever. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers. Print full FAQ PDF.

Is your girl going on an extended camp trip? Use our Extended Trips Camp Guide to prepare.

If your question is not listed, please feel free to contact summercamp@gsnypenn.org or call our customer care at 1.855.213.8555.

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 2020 Girl Scout 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 financial assistance questions, please contact info@gsnypenn.org.

What training do camp staff and volunteers receive?

All staff receive an 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 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.

Adult 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.

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

We encourage parents/guardians to complete their own health profile 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 prior to your camp session, along with your camper’s immunization list and physical form.

What is Mom & Me?

Mom & Me is a program for a Girl Scout and any special adult female in her life! Be led by trained staff as you participate in some of your favorite camp activities like swimming, boating, arts and crafts, and archery. Mom & Me programs are offered at all four of our camp properties throughout June, July and August. Mom & Me is open to all levels, including Daisies! There is a $25 deposit per person for Mom & Me camps due at 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 facilitate programming including archery, waterfront, arts and crafts, and more. Additionally, all meals and first aid are provided. Troops don’t need to bring a Simply Successful Camping or First Aid training in order 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 $50 per adult. There is a $25 deposit per person for Troop Core Camps due at time of registration.

What is S.T.A.R. Camp?

S.T.A.R. Camp is open to ALL! Girls and members of the whole family—mom, dad, grandma, brothers or any Special Trusted Adult Relation (S.T.A.R.). Enjoy all of our classic camp activity offerings and receive a special t-shirt and patch. All meals are provided during the program. You can participate in S.T.A.R. Camp at Comstock or Trefoil during the month of June. There is a $25 deposit per person for S.T.A.R. camps due at time of registration.

What longer trip options are offered?

GSNYPENN is offering some amazing trips this year. This will be our second year heading to Disneyland and Camp Scherman in Southern California, and our first year taking a trip to Sweden and New Hampshire. In Sweden, we will learn about the Sami culture, primitive camp above the Arctic Circle and visit museums. In New Hampshire, we will rock climb and camp at state parks in the White Mountain area.

There’s also a My Gal & Me trip for Girl Scouts and any special adult female in their life. We know the “big kids” want to come to camp, too—here’s your chance to join your girl on a primitive backpacking trip in the Catskills. Learn the basics of planning and prepping for a primitive trip and then go off camp to paddle for a day and hike about six miles out (visiting a fire tower along the way).

More details on each of these trips can be found in our 2020 Summer Camp Guide. Pack your bags, it’s going to be a busy summer!    

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 $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 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?

Updated Payment Policy as of April 8, 2020: Due to the current economic climate and the extension of our cookie program, campers who have paid 50% of their camp fee by June 19, 2020 will be able to attend their camp session. Final payment for camp is due September 1, 2020. This gives us all the flexibility to wait for information and hopefully have our camp experiences as planned, and to also have the peace of mind to move ahead in registering your camper if you haven’t already done so.

When should all my health paperwork in CampDoc be completed?

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


Is Girl Scout camp right for you? To read a brochure from the NYS Health Department outlining the rights and responsibilities of campers, camp operators, and parents, please click here.