Volunteer Orientation Handbook
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council
Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-serving organization in the United States and the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a sister-hood of close to 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council is a chartered member of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts is a membership organization open to all girls, kindergarten thru high school, and to women and men over the age of 18, who make the Girl Scout Promise, accept the Girl Scout Law, and pay annual membership fees. All registered adult volunteers are subject to a background check prior to appointment.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council impacts more than 7,000 members in seven counties: Dodge, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington. The Girl Scout Center, located in Sheboygan is where staff offices and the Girl Scouts Petals to Patches Shop is located. Online shopping is also available at shop.gsmanitou.org. Girl Scouts of Manitou Council maintains two camp properties: Camp Evelyn (Plymouth) offers summer resident camp and is available during the other months for troop camping adventures. Camp Manitou (Shoto) sites are available to rent all year.
Camp Evelyn is designed especially to enable Girl Scouts to experience high quality Girl Scouting in the out-of-doors. It is the perfect place for any group desiring a camp setting for a get-away, educational program, or retreat. Camp Evelyn is nestled on 240 acres of beautifully wooded property near Plymouth, Wisconsin. Highlights include the Mullet River, swimming pool, a lake, open areas for games, trails for hiking and plenty of room for various winter sports.
Camp Manitou is a 140-acre facility that enhances the outdoor experience for each everyone who visits. Located near Shoto, Wisconsin, Camp Manitou offers open fields for field and wide games, access to the West Twin River, a pond, and a nature trail through wooded and wetland areas for exploration. Areas for cross-country skiing, sledding, disc golf, and geo-caching courses.
|Please note: If your troop will be sleeping in the outdoors (tents) and/or cooking over a fire at least one advisor must complete Outdoor Adventure Training. The training is offered at Camp Evelyn and as a self-study guide. Information on Outdoor Adventure Training can be found at www.gsmanitou.org.|
It’s Fun!—Every child should have the opportunity to splash in the lake, row a boat and sing around a campfire. Camping is a right-of-passage that is never forgotten. It only takes the smell of a campfire or the melody of a camp song to open the memory flood gates and bring people back to time of camaraderie, anticipation, and joy.
Provides Quality Time—Camping gives girls a chance to unplug from technology. When girls take a break from television, cell phones and the internet, they rediscover their creative powers and realize there is always plenty to do!
Encourages Exploration—Camp is a place to re-connect with the outdoors. Outdoor experiences enrich girls’ perceptions of the natural world around them. In some instances, camp may be the only time a child is in contact with nature.