Our camps are staffed with activity specialists, a cook, a health supervisor and specialty staff for the various programs. Staff members are carefully selected for their skills as well as how they work with children and adults. They participate in weeklong training sessions where they earn appropriate certifications.
We provide lifeguards, boating and canoeing instructors -- depending upon your camp's features. You just show up and have fun!
Where Will Campers Sleep?
Campers usually sleep in Hogan unit (five to 10 cabins clustered together) or platform tent unit (consisting of five to 10 large canvas tents with raised wooden floors clustered together). Each unit has a covered shelter and washhouse. Campers may request to stay with one friend who registers for the same session.
Health and Safety
All camp programs are planned and staffed according to the high standards of Girl Scouts of the USA. Healthcare managers direct the health centers at each camp and are supported by on-call services of a local physician and emergency medical center. If a camper is on medication, the healthcare manager will administer and document it. Campers must turn in all medication (in the original container) to the healthcare manager upon arrival at camp.
Health histories are required for all programs. Physical exams are required for programs lasting more than two nights. Once a girl registers, she’ll receive the proper health form and instructions in her confirmation packet. So that we can provide the best possible experience for your camper, please note any special needs, disabilities or dietary restrictions on her registration form under "special needs". This helps us to establish appropriate staffing and any additional accommodations that a camper may require. Download the Girl Health Information form or the Adult Health History form so that physical exams can be scheduled in a timely manner for those needing them.
Visitors / Phone Calls
For safety reasons, access to Girl Scout camp properties is limited when camp is in session. Mail from home is welcome and delivered daily. Parents can leave mail at the check-in for delivery during the session to eliminate concerns over the timeliness of postal deliveries.
In the event of a home emergency or change in pick-up plans, please call the camp director. Camp phone numbers will be provided in your confirmation materials. Camp directors will contact parents in case of emergency or illness. Camp phones are limited to camp business only.
Parents or guardians can help a girl prepare for camp by:
- helping her to select from the resident or day camp programs for the one that meets her interests and availability.
- encouraging a friend to join her at camp.
- viewing our camp photos on our camp Facebook pages.
- touring camp at any of our Camp Open Houses, scheduled in the spring.
- reviewing the confirmation packet materials together.
A Typical Day at Camp
In addition to the themed activities for each particular camp program, all Girl Scout sessions offer these common elements:
- Campers participate in activities that are available at their particular camp. This may include swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, songs, games, campfires, etc. as part of their overall outdoor experience.
- Girl Scout traditions such as flag ceremonies mark the beginning and end of each day.
- Three well-balanced meals are served in the dining hall. Cookouts may also occur.
- Campers participate in kapers (camp chores) in their own living area and in shared areas. Girls care for equipment and facilities while at camp.
Program activities may vary or be cancelled due to weather conditions, campers’ needs and interests and/or health and safety precautions.
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois reserves the right to cancel any program or program activity when weather conditions are unsuitable – including extreme heat, thunderstorms, etc. Refunds are not given when activities are cancelled as a result of "Acts of God."