How to Register
Weather & Emergency Preparedness
Letters & Email
Camp Photos & Newsletter
Campers may request to be placed in the same unit as her friend(s). To ensure this, please list your camper’s buddy(s) name(s) on the online registration form. Buddies must register for the same session and dates.
Campers sleep in cabins and platform tents. Counselors sleep in tents or cabins that are very close by to supervise the girls, but not in the same tents or cabins as the girls.
Camp menus are very kid friendly and meet recommended dietary guidelines. Most meals are prepared by food service staff at the dining hall; however, girls are also given an opportunity to cook at least one meal outdoors. Please note all dietary restrictions (gluten free, diabetic, kosher, vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.) can be accommodated if you contact the Director of Camp and Program two weeks prior to your daughter’s say at camp. Campers with strict dietary restrictions are welcome to bring a few “alternative” meals if they wish.
Please plan on arriving at camp between 2:00-3:00 p.m. on the first day of the camp session. If you have medications or camp store money to turn in, you will be directed to each station and then asked to walk your daughter to her assigned campsite to meet her counselors and fellow campers. We advise all visitors and campers to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes appropriate for trails since it is about a 10 minute hike to the campsites. Please note that smoking and pets are not allowed on camp property.
Please plan on arriving to camp promptly at 6:15 p.m. on the last day of the camp session to pick up your daughter and participate in a fun end of camp celebration. Before the celebration begins you will be asked to check out your camper by presenting a form of photo ID and must be listed on the campers authorized transportation form. Types of celebrations include participating in our flag ceremony, singing traditional camp songs in our fire bowl and so much more. Not able to participate in the celebration? No problem! Please plan on checking out your camper around 6:45 p.m.
Safety is a number one concern at camp. Camp staff go through a thorough week of training which includes safety procedures in all areas of camp to keep your daughter safe while having lots of fun, too. Camp Evelyn is operated under standards of Girl Scouts of the USA, and meets or exceeds the standards of the local health department and the State of Wisconsin. All staff hired must pass a thorough application process including criminal and sexual offender background checks. Each staff member is certified in CPR and first aid and a qualified health supervisor is on-site at all times. If illness or injury requires additional medical attention there is a doctor on-call. Camp Evelyn also maintains state mandated adult-to-child ratios for supervision at all times.
All campers participate in a swimming skills assessment as one of the first activities at camp. Campers will be assigned to a swim area according to their swimming ability. Everyone is required to wear a life jacket in all boats, regardless of swimming ability. All aquatic activities are supervised by certified lifeguards and additional staff watchers.
A Girl Scout is always prepared, and that includes at camp. During training, staff members learn and practice emergency weather procedures and emergency action plans. If the weather is unusually hot or cold, or in the event of rain, activities will be changed to keep campers safe and comfortable. Weather is constantly being monitored by office staff and there are designated storm shelters throughout camp. Please remember that during weather alerts we will need the phone lines kept open to contact different parts of camp or emergency services. Please refrain from calling camp during severe weather.
All medications, ointments, vitamins etc. are dispensed by the health supervisor during your daughter’s stay at camp. When you arrive at camp, please be prepared to turn-in medications to the health supervisor.
All medications must be in their original containers and must be labeled with the pharmacy label, girl’s name, and directions for use. Medications cannot be dispensed to children without this information according to state law.
Over the counter medication is available to campers on a case-by-case basis provided by the camp. These medications are only dispensed to girls with parental consent which is part of the girl’s health history. Please do not bring over the counter medication unless it is needed on a regular basis.
Emergency medications such as epi-pens and inhalers may be carried by campers. We highly recommend you bring two so that your daughter can carry one with her and the other can be held by the health supervisor.
On arrival day all campers will receive a health screening. This includes a check for contagious scalp and skin conditions and current body temperature. Any girl with a temperature over 100 degrees, has evidence of nits or lice, or who is otherwise ill will be sent home. After a minimum of 24 hours and if there is no longer signs or symptoms, your daughter may return to camp with authorization from the Director of Camp and Program.
Camp Evelyn can accommodate a wide variety of special needs. In order to ensure your daughter’s camp experience is successful, please contact the Director of Camp and Program to discuss the camp session and the nature of your daughter’s needs. Special needs may include, but are not limited to physical, medical, developmental, dietary, behavioral, or communication needs.
Camp staff members are experienced with helping campers move past homesickness. They will work on getting the camper active and involved, help her meet new friends, and let her know that it is normal to have these feelings. We will also encourage homesick campers to write down their feelings in a letter home. If you receive a letter from camp that is less than positive, please do not worry. Homesickness is usually over by the time you receive the letter.
You can help your daughter cope with homesickness by: speaking openly about how normal the feeling of missing home are and how fast it usually goes away when they get involved in activities. Make her aware of what camp life is like so she is prepared for a new routine, lots of activity, spending the whole day out in nature, sleeping outdoors, using latrines and cooking over a fire. Parents are also encouraged to write positive letters or email encouraging her to try new things and stay positive.
If the Director of Camp and Program believes your daughter is not adjusting to camp life or having a positive experience, you will be contacted.
Mail is a very important part of a camper’s day. A letter or email from home can make the difference between a good day, and a great day! We recommend that you send mail to your daughter early or hand mail into a staff member at check-in. Camp Evelyn provides a one-way email service. You email your daughter through Bunk1 and we will print the emails out and distribute them once each day. First time users must register to use the service. Emails are purchased in packages and cost $1 per email. Campers can reply back to emails if parents purchase “bunk reply stationary” for $2 each. Of course, you can always supply your camper with the traditional stamps and envelopes if you are interested in receiving a letter from camp.
Campers are not allowed to have cell phones while at camp. We also ask that family and friends not call the camp office to talk to campers as this prevents girls from truly experiencing camp life. The Director of Camp and Program will notify parent/guardians by phone if there is any kind of accident, illness or other situations involving their daughter.
Each week camp posts photos of what is going on at camp and a fun newsletter so you can find out what fun activities are going on. To view the photos and newsletter, sign up through Bunk1. There is absolutely no cost to view the photos and newsletters; however, you may choose to purchase the pictures through the website. Very convenient!
A variety of items may be purchased from camping supplies to snacks and souvenirs. Funds can be pre-deposited into your camper’s account at the time of registration. Cash, check, credit card, Girl Scouts of Manitou Council gift cards and program credits are accepted. Your remaining balance will be returned to you in the form of a Girl Scouts of Manitou Council gift card. All Campers who have not made a pre-deposit at the time of registration are asked to deposit their money during check-in and it will be held by the canteen manager for the duration of the camp session.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council incurs costs for those who reserve a spot at camp prior to their arrival. Partial refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the request is made at least three weeks prior to the reserved camp session or in case of a documented sudden illness of the camper or in the event of a documented family emergency.
In the event of a natural disaster that forces cancellation of camp, Girl Scouts of Manitou Council reserves the right to refund on a partial basis.
Campers who do not show up for their scheduled session and have not cancelled, campers who are sent home due to behavioral problems, and campers who go home early due to homesickness will not receive a refund.
Although every attempt will be made to follow the activities as mentioned in the camp description, all camp sessions are subject to change and activities may be adjusted due to the girls’ abilities, weather or other factors. In addition, we feel it is important for girls to experience all levels of summer camping so there may be times where girls will take a day trip to Camp Manitou. Transportation and supervision will be provided by the camp staff.