Please label all items with girl's first and last name. Encourage your daughter to participate in packing her own items so she knows what she has, where it is located and how she is going to re-pack to go home.
These items need to be with your daughter at check-in, so please do not place in the luggage trailer with the luggage that will be kept in her cabin or tent.
These items will be placed in a luggage trailer upon arrival at camp and will be driven by a camp staff member to the campsite:
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A girl may request to be placed in the same unit as her friend(s). The option to add a buddy is located in the health profile section of CampDoc. Please be sure to update the form to include the name of the desired buddy. Buddies must register for the same session and dates.
Girls will sleep on cots covered with mosquito netting in tents set up on raised platforms or in cabins. Blankets, pillows, or sheets from home, and maybe even a favorite stuffed animal make your cot comfy and cozy. Counselors sleep in tents or cabins that are VERY close by, but not in the same tents or cabins as girls. Decisions on where the girls sleep depend on girl attendance, camp session and availability.
There is nothing like activity and fresh air to make a girl HUNGRY! Camp meals and snacks are healthy and are foods kids like. Most meals are prepared by our cooks and eaten in the dining hall, and girls also cook at least one meal themselves outdoors, maybe more.
Most diets (gluten free, diabetic, kosher, vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.) can be accommodated by contacting the Director of Camp and Program at least two weeks prior to your daugther's stay at camp. Girls with dietary restrictions are welcome to bring a few alternative meals if they wish. Please include any dietary or meal restrictions in your daughter's health information as well.
Kapers are chores, important in Girl Scouting, to learn that everyone must do their share. In small groups, girls will take turn doing kapers like setting and clearing dining hall tables, sweeping, raising and lowering the flag, and helping camp be as beautiful as it can be.
Check-in is from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. The entire check-in process typically takes about an hour. We advice all visitors to dress comfortably and for the weather as it is about a 15 minute hike to your daughter's unit (campsite) on varied terrain. Please note that smoking and pets are not allowed on camp property. We ask that whoever is dropping off your daughter at camp to accompany them through check-in.
Once you arrive:
Please plan on arriving at camp at 3:30 p.m. You will be asked to check-out your daughter by presenting the QR code card you received during the check-in process.
After you have begun the check-out process, you may proceed to pick up your daughter and head to the luggage trailer to unload her belongings.
Please do not attempt to gather your daughter's luggage without her being present. It is far too common for parents to mistakenly grab another girl's items. Also, many girls may end up putting their laundry in plastic bags or may have purchased items at camp that they do not want to be left in the luggage trailer.
Safety is priority one at camp. Our staff complete intense training in how to keep girls safe while still having lots of fun. Camp Evelyn is operated by the standards of Girl Scouts of the USA, which meet or exceed the standards of the local and state health departments.
All camp staff pass a thorough screening process including criminal and sexual offender background checks. Each staff member is certified in CPR and first aid and many are lifeguards.
A qualified health supervisor is on-site at all times, and a doctor is on-call. Each girl staying five nights or more must provide documentation of a health assessment conducted by a medical professional.
All girls participate in a swimming skills assessment as one of the first activities at camp. Girls 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.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council will also meet or exceed standards of the American Camp Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sheboygan County Health Department for summer camp operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 the girls 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, provided by the camp, is available to girls on a case-by-case basis. 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, bronchial inhalers, diabetes medication, or other medication that is needed for life threatening situations may be carried by girls or kept with their direct staff. We highly recommend you bring more than one so that your daughter may carry one with her and the other may be held by the health supervisor.
On arrival day, all girls 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, who 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.
EVERY GIRL deserves the chance to camp! Camp Evelyn and Camp Manitou can accommodate most physical, medical, developmental, dietary, behavioral, or communication needs. Contact the Director of Camp and Program to discuss the camp session and specific needs.
Camp staff members are experienced with helping girls move past homesickness. They will work on getting the girls 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 girls 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 is and how fast it usually goes away when she gets 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 emails 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.
While your daughter is having the time of her life at camp, you can see what she is up to and let her know you are thinking about her by:
Camp is purposefully a place where girls can be "unplugged" allowing them to fully connect with each other and the environment. Cell phones and other electronic devices like iPods, iPads, tablets, computers, gaming systems, and more are not allowed at camp. We also ask that family and friends do not call the camp office to talk to girls as this prevents them 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.
The Camp Evelyn store (Canteen) is bursting with camp goodies, including t-shirts, water bottles, toys, additional activity items and more. Prices vary from $1 to $30 so there is something for everyone. A popular item is the yearly camp t-shirt. Help your daughter bring her camp memories home by depositing funds into her camp store account when you register her for camp. Those who have not made a deposit prior to the camp session are asked to deposit any store money into their daughter's account during check-in. Cash, check, credit card, gift cards, and program credits earned in the cookie sale are accepted. Any remaining balance at the end of the camp sessions can be donated to camp or will be refunded to the parent following the camp session. All campers will have the opportunity to visit the canteen at least once during their session, including day campers.
Let your daughter know you will be thinking of her with a camp care package! Care packages are purchased when you register and given to your daughter on her first day at camp. This year's camp care package costs $40 and includes: tie dye backpack, plush animal, waterbottle, notebook, sunglasses, and a visor. All the items in the care package are customized for Camp Evelyn & Camp Manitou.
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 girl or in the event of a documented family emergency.
In the event of a natural disaster that forces cancelation of camp, Girl Scouts of Manitou Council reserves the right to refund on a partial basis.
Girls who do not show up for their scheduled session and have not canceled, girls who are sent home due to behavioral problems, and girls 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, we reserve the right to change activities based on sudden changes due to girls' abilities, surprise presenters, weather, or other factors. For safety, Girl Scouts Daisies will not participate in archery but in other amazing activities in keeping with the theme of the session. In addition, we feel it is important for girls to experience all levels of summer camping, so there may times where girls will take a day trip from Camp Evelyn to Camp Manitou. Transportation and supervision will be provided by the camp staff.
The camp experience is an opportunity for a girl to learn responsibility for her own personal articles. Please discuss with your daughter the importance of caring for and keeping track of her gear.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal items. Please mark everything with your daughter's full name and check her luggage before leaving camp to ensure she is not leaving anything behind. If you realize something is missing, please contact the Director of Camp and Program. You may make arrangements to pick the item up at camp. If you need the item to be shipped, you will be charged a shipping and handling fee. All unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization or disposed of after September 1.
These are some of the questions we get asked most frequently that weren't covered in the information above. Have another question? Let us know!
All camp counselors are required to pass a background check and complete a two-week training program prior to working with campers, which includes CPR/First Aid certification and emergency preparedness, child development, group management, how to manage homesickness, and more.
Counselors are trained in safety and facilitation practices for the program activities available (archery, horses, lifeguarding, etc.).
All girls participate in a swimming skills assessment as one of the first activities at camp. They will be assigned to a swim area according to their ability and comfort level. Life jackets will be provided if needed and are required of everyone for some activities. Girls can also decide not to swim and use the time for other available activities.
Of course she can! She can come to camp as often and as much as both of you would like! She will make lots of memories here all summer long.
ALL GIRLS are welcome at camp! We encourage all girls to invite a new friend. Those who aren't current Girl Scouts add the $30 membership fee during registration. Please list your daughter's buddy name on her registration form to be placed in the same unit.
We want you to feel perfectly comfortable with camp. If you have more questions or concerns, or want to see camp before arriving, please reach out to our Director of Camp and Program, Hope, aka "Daisy," at email@example.com.