Camp Welaka-Saurus Resident Camp (Session 4 - BJ)
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Date: Sun Jul 14, 1:00 PM EST - Thu Jul 18, 5:00 PM EST
Category:
  • Outdoor
Level:
  • Juniors,
  • Daisies,
  • Brownies

Daily activities will include crafts, flag ceremonies, time in the pool, and F.O.B. (Quiet/rest time.) All meals and snacks are included in the program fee. Campers will also receive a Camp Welaka-saurus Resident Camp 2024 fun patch and camp t-shirt.  

Resident Camp is a time for campers to build their confidence and independence in a safe environment where they are empowered by their peers and camp staff to try new things. Check out our GSSEF Blog to learn more about the benefits of Resident Camp.  

 

Please register your camper for the appropriate grade level session based on their Fall 2024 grade level. (Ex. A 5th grade Junior would register for the Cadette session) 

 

General Information: 

  • Campers will be placed in camp units with others of the same or similar age 
  • Campers will sleep in cabins or platform tents (with wood flooring and cots.) We generally put our younger campers in cabins and older campers in platform tents.  
  • The health and safety of your Girl Scout is our top priority. A Registered Nurse will be onsite for the duration of each camp session. They will dispense all prescription and over-the-counter medications to campers and counselors as well as tend to campers' medical needs.  
  • Your Girl Scout will be supervised by capable and supportive camp counselors that have been carefully vetted and background screened. They cannot wait to meet your camper and share their enthusiasm for camp program! 

Preparing for Camp: 

  • Buddies - Having a familiar face or friend at Resident can help enrich the camp experience. Please make sure to identify any camp buddies that your camper knows are attending their session during the registration process. We do encourage making new friends and our cabins/tents only allow four occupants so we can only guarantee one buddy per camper. We will try to group buddies together as much as possible.   
  • FORMS - Your camper will need the forms available on the GSSEF Summer Camp Page by the first day of their session. You can complete the forms as early as you are able and mail them into Headquarters before June 5th.
    • GSSEF Headquarters c/o Kate Goosey 
    • 6944 Lake Worth Rd.  
    • Lake Worth, FL 33467 
  •  If forms are completed after June 5th, they can be mailed to: 
    • Camp Welaka c/o Kate Goosey 
    • 10205 SE Girl Scout Camp Rd 
    • Tequesta, FL 33469 
  • Homesickness - Homesickness is a part of life as everyone misses home, sometimes even the most experienced campers. Our counselors are experienced in helping girls work through these tough emotions using a variety of tactics. Counselors will spend extra time with homesick campers, distract them through activities and conversations, and most importantly acknowledge their feelings and reassure them that they are Girl Scout Strong and can do anything. You can help your camper by preparing them before they head out to camp. Encourage independence through sleepovers, trips with friends, and talking up how missing home is normal and part of building independence.  
  • Payment - At registration, you will pay a nonrefundable deposit. This secures your camper's spot at camp. Balances can then be paid through your MyGS account as a whole or spaced out. All balances must be paid completely by June 10, 2024. Your camper will not be permitted to check in for their session if their balance has not been paid in full.  
  • Cancellation Policy - The cancellation deadline for Resident Camp 2024 is June 1, 2024 to receive a refund. 
  • Cookie Reward Camp Credit - If your Girl Scout is planning to earn the Cookie Reward Camp Credit this cookie season, please reserve her spot at Resident Camp by registering and paying the nonrefundable deposit. Her Cooke Reward Credit will be applied to the camp session she is registered for once confirmed by the GSSEF Director of Product Sales.   
  • Electronics at camp - Electronics like cell phones, tablets and smart watches will be prohibited at camp this summer. We believe it is an important part of camp to unplug and connect with the outdoors as well as the other campers and camp staff for the duration of their experience. Your camper is allowed to bring a digital or disposable camera, personal music player, or electronic reader without cellular service.  
  • Calling Home - Campers will not be calling home during their session. We do encourage them to write letters home and will mail (if provided with correctly addressed envelopes with stamps) or deliver them to you at check out. In the event of an emergency, our Healthcare Manager or Camp Director will contact the guardians. Please prepare your camper as well as yourself for this aspect of camp  
  • Valuables - GSSEF will not be responsible for the loss, theft or damage of any valuables sent with your camper to camp. Please consider keeping all valuables like jewelry, electronics etc. at home for the time your camper will be at camp. 
  • Mail - Everyone loves getting mail, and mail at camp is no different! If you would like your camper to receive letters from home, please have your letters prepared before check in. Make sure the letters are clearly labeled with the camper's name and you can leave them in our camp mailbox to be delivered throughout the session. Your camper can also write letters home to you. Please provide your camper with paper, pen, and preaddressed, stamped envelopes. Outgoing mail will be collected at breakfast each morning and campers will receive their mail from home at rest time.  
  • Email -If you would like to email your camper, you may email CWResidentCamp@gssef.org by 12:00 PM each day of the session. Be sure to put your camper's name and unit in the subject line of the email. We will then print the emails and deliver them to the campers during F.O.B. each afternoon. Remember, your correspondence should be positive and encourage your camper to have fun. Campers will not be able to reply to emails, but you can ask questions in the emails and leave space for them to fill in their answers to give you when they go home.  

Confirmation Packets 
After registering for Resident Camp 2024, you will receive multiple email confirmations that contain important information about the check-in and check-out process, as well more details about the camp, such as a packing list. In addition, all required camper forms are available on the Summer Camp Webpage.  

Keep an eye on your email for at least two more confirmation emails regarding Resident camp 2024. We do our best to keep you as informed as possible as you prepare your Girl Scout for Resident Camp, but the complexity of this experience can cause plans to change. We will update you as soon as possible when changes do occur.  

 

Please feel free to reach out to customercare@gssef.org at any time for more information.