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Camp Life + Culture


Sample Camp Schedule

All camp programs and activities are subject to change due to weather, availability of materials, facilities and staff. Girls work together with their group and practice decision-making to plan camp activities. The number of activities varies by session length and program focus.

7:15 am Wake-up
8:00 am Breakfast, flag raising and kaper game
9:00 am Kapers (camp chores)
9:30 am Connection or Discover Path activities, includes mid-morning snack
Noon Lunch
12:45 pm Quiet/rest time, usually in girls’ cabins
1:45 pm Connection, Discover Path or other large group activities
4:00 pm Activity time including open swim and “verb” time (girls choose their activity)
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Connection, Discover Path or other large group activities
8:30 pm Camp Store/Trading Post and large group activities
9–10:30 pm Z Time – quiet time, journaling or small group activities, then get ready for bed.

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Meals + Food

Our goal is to provide healthy, home-cooked and delicious food for campers and staff. Our menu features fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or soy dairy products. Each meal includes vegetarian and lactose free options (which are the same entrée prepared without meat or dairy). Our cooks can provide gluten-free meals and accommodate other allergies as well. If you have a special dietary need, other than vegetarian, notify us two weeks in advance. The head cook can discuss the menu with you and ensure we have appropriate food and the knowledge to meet your camper’s needs.

We offer mid-morning, afternoon, and evening snacks, and we have a fruit bowl available at all times. Please do not send any food or snacks to camp with your camper.

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Showers at Camp

Each camp has shower facilities. Younger campers may not be accustomed to showering or washing hair. Please help teach this skill to your camper prior to her arrival to camp. We strive to have girls shower at least every other day.

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Camp Theme Weeks

In addition to the activities described in the camp description, camps have extra fun activities and celebrations depending on that week’s theme. Campers are encouraged to bring theme costumes, and Wednesday’s lunch and Thursday’s dinner will be a dress-up meal to celebrate the theme.

June 22: Space Week July 20: Pre-Historic Week
June 29: Western Week July 27: Superhero Week
July 6: Carnival Week August 3: Time Travel Week
July 13: Pirate Week August 10: Hawaiian Week

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Please let us know if your camper’s birthday occurs during her session. We want to recognize her special day! Let us know at the health check-in or email the camp director.

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Camp Store/Trading Post

Each camp has a store or “trading post”, and all campers will get to shop during their stay at camp. The trading post will be open on the first day of each sessio, so you will be able to shop and deposit money into her account.

Items at the trading post may include camp t-shirts, stuffed animals, stationary, stamps, camp patches, and postcards. Prices range from $1.25 to $35.

Campers in all programs deposit their money in a personal camp account (to prevent it from being lost) to be used throughout the session, and the balance is returned on checkout day. We accept cash, cookie credits, and checks.

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Gifts for Staff

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys staff may not receive or accept tips, gifts or gratuity, monetary or otherwise. To thank staff for a job well done or to provide funds for all girls to go to camp, please consider a donation to River Valleys.

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