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Girl Scout Camp is an outdoor program designed to give girls a positive and fun experience in the great outdoors. Under the guidance of trained and enthusiastic leaders, each camp provides age-appropriate activities allowing girls to experience a variety of Girl Scout programs in an outdoor setting. Activities include archery, arts, games, nature study, outdoor cooking, hiking, overnight camp-outs and lots more! Some camps offer swimming, boating and/or high-adventure activities for teen girls. Summer Camp Leadership Training is also offered for girls currently in the 6th grade and above who wish to learn more about becoming a camp staff member.

Girl Scout Summer Camps

2021 SUMMER CAMPS
(click on the "green" camp dates for more details & registration info)

Cave Hill Day Camp
Registration opens April 19.
When: July 26-30
Who: 
Rising 1st-7th Graders = Campers
Rising 8th-12th Graders = Junior Staffers
No tag-alongs this summer
Where: Grand Caverns, Grottoes
Cost: 
Rising 1st - 5th Graders $105
Rising 6th - 7th Graders $115
Rising 8th - 12th Graders $70
Camp Theme: Travel to Scandinavia
Camp Description:   If you have come to Cave Hill in past years you know we are usually HOT! So let's cool down as we tour Scandinavia.  Did you know they are the happiest people in the world? We have so much to learn and see. We will be taking you on a journey to this wonderful country without leaving the USA.

Dark Hollow Day Camp
Registration is open
When
Session 1: June 14-18
Session 2: June 21-25
Who: 
Rising 1st & 2nd Graders: June 14-18 (first session only)
Rising 3rd-6th Graders: June 14-18 and June 21-25
Rising 7th-10th Graders: June 14-18 and June 21-25 (Adventure Caravan)
Where: 
Girl Scout Camp Icimani, Roanoke
Cost: 
$90.00 per Rising 1st and 2nd (First Week Only)
$160.00 per Rising 3rd
$160.00 per Rising 4th
$160.00 per Rising 5th
$160.00 per Rising 6th
$195.00 per Adventure Caravan (Rising 7th-10th)
$25.00 per Kamp Program Assistant
$25.00 per CIT 1
$25.00 per CIT 2
$25.00 per Junior Staff (RIsing 11th & 12th)

EARLY DISCOUNT
Before 4/30/2021 a discount of $20.00 will apply to all Rising 3rd Registrants.
Before 4/30/2021 a discount of $20.00 will apply to all Rising 4th Registrants.
Before 4/30/2021 a discount of $20.00 will apply to all Rising 5th Registrants.
Before 4/30/2021 a discount of $20.00 will apply to all Rising 6th Registrants.

With the exception of Rising 1st and 2nd, participants who want to register for one week only need to contact the council at 540-777-5100 for back-office registration.

Camp Theme: Celebrate the Outdoors
Camp Description: That is right, we are back in-person. We will be implementing new safety measures for campers and staff to meet all of the health concerns of COVID-19. We still plan to enjoy our beautiful camp and great outdoors! Come join in the fun of learning how to live and have fun outdoors.  We sing, play games, plan skits, make new friends, and enjoy our tasty "Freezy Pops."  We learn about science, math, technology, engineering and art with hands-on activities. Camp is always fun and exciting! You definitely want to be there!!

Friendly Hollow Virtual Day Camp
Registration is open.
When: July 19-23
Who: Rising 1st-12th Graders
Where: 
virtual
Cost: $45 (+ $46 optional camp kit)
Camp Theme: Camping in a Virtual Campground
Camp Description: Come along with Chloe (our Girl Scout camp doll) as she’s "Camping in a Virtual Campground" at Friendly Hollow Day Camp. Experience camp from Chloe’s point-of-view as she participates in Girl Scout traditions, songs, crafts, camp skills, and a virtual camp tour.  Campers will feel they’re right there camping with Chloe through prerecorded videos, live events, and even other special activities only available through a private Google Drive! 

Greene Virtual Twilight Summer Camp
Registration opens April 13
When: June 21-25
Who: Rising 1st-5th Graders
Where: 
Nathanael Greene Elementary School, Standardsville
Cost: FREE
Camp Theme: Make the World a Better Place!
Camp Description: Greene Summer Camp is now an evening program. Join us for experiments, activities, and adventures in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) this year. We will have all the fun of our yearly summer camp with a new twist!

Rainbow's End Girl Scout Camp
Registration is open.
When: July 16-18
Who: Rising 2nd-6th Graders
Where: 
Scout Hut, Pembroke (Giles County)
Cost: $80/camper; $40/CPA-CIT
Camp Theme: Let's Go Outside
Camp Description: Enjoy Girl Scout traditions like sing-alongs, campfires, s’mores, and SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere). Catch bugs, enjoy the beauty of flowers, identify poison ivy, play outside, improve your archery skills, and earn badges. We will camp in tents for two nights. Girls at the Brownie and Junior grade levels (grades 2-5) may attend as campers. Leadership opportunities are available for older girls.

Singing Cedars Day Camp
Registration is not open at this time.
When: June 14-18
Who: Rising 1st-12th Graders
Where: 
Westover Park, Harrisonburg
Cost: TBA
Camp Theme: Medieval Merriment
Camp Description: TBA

Sugar Hollow Day Camp
Registration is open.
When:
Session 1: July 12 - July 16
Session 2: July 19 - July 23
Session 3: July 26 - July 30
Virtual SHDC
Who: Rising 1st-7th Graders
Where: 
Girl Scout Camp Sugar Hollow, Crozet
Cost: $250/girl
Camp Theme: Going for the Gold
Camp Description: Come to camp, and light the torch! Find your inner sportswoman as we play games, build skills, and make new friends!  Sugar Hollow traditions will continue: we will wade in the creek, enjoy nature, tie-dye camp shirts, hike our beautiful hills, sing around the campfire, and learn outdoor skills as we make new friends at camp. 

Trefoil Academy: The Season Pass
Registration is open.
When: May 15-August 7
Who: Rising 3rd-11th Graders
Where: 
virtual
Cost: $89 campers/$5 CITs
Camp Theme: Live Action Role-Play\Fantasy\Mischief
Camp Description: This is a summer long season pass, including the flagship virtual day camp experience of Trefoil Academy of Magery and Sorcery: The Virtual Summer Session (July 11-17). While there are no in-person events planned, a final decision will be made in late spring/early summer. Season pass holders will get first dibs on any in-person events that are held.

Trefoil Academy: The Unknown Mage: Alternative Reality Care Package
Registration is open 
When:  May 1, 2021
Cost: $60 
Camp Theme: Live Action Role-Play\Fantasy\Mischief
Camp Description:  This is a summer long season pass, including the flagship virtual day camp experience of Trefoil Academy of Magery and Sorcery: The Virtual Summer Session (July 11-17). While there are no in-person events planned, a final decision will be made in late spring/early summer. Season pass holders will get first dibs on any in-person events that are held.

GSVSC Camp COVID-19 Plans & Procedures

Though our newest health-related plans and procedures listed here are in response to COVID-19, Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council is just as committed as we've always been to providing a memorable summer experience for every Girl Scout.

Our efforts include: 

  • Guidance from the American Camp Association and Association of Camp Nurses

  • Following guidelines from the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, state, and local authorities

  • Reducing camp capacities

  • Reducing contact when arriving and leaving by staggering check-in and check-out times

  • Increased health screening at camper check-in and check-out

  • Daily health checks for staff

  • Unit Structures

    1. During all camp sessions, campers will be organized into units by appropriate age-levels. Girls and staff will be assigned to one unit.

    2. Unit size will not exceed 25 campers, not including staff.

    3. Units will not commingle. The campers will be in their assigned unit for the entirety of the week and will complete all camp program activities and meals together as a unit—no interaction with other units.

    4. A minimum of 10 feet of adequate spacing from other units during all camp activities.

    5. Each unit will have a designated space for indoor activities and inclement weather.

  • Mask Wearing

    1. Campers and staff will be required to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose at all times, for indoor and outdoor activities. There will be mask breaks throughout the day. 

    2. Campers and staff will not wear mask that involve activities such as sleeping, showering, eating, or swimming.

    3. Campers are to bring at least one mask per day.

  • Social Distancing

    1. All campers are to observe 6 feet of distancing from other campers and staff at all times.

    2. All campers are to observe 10 feet of distancing when engaging in singing, cheering, exercise, or other activities involving increased exhalation.

  • Increased air flow/ventilation where possible

  • Frequent handwashing

  • Hand sanitizer/washing stations throughout camp

  • Disinfecting surfaces daily, before and after use

Family efforts include:

  • Camper and all persons in the family that have contact with the camper limiting their contact with others outside of the family household, 14 days prior and during the week of camp; not required for campers or staff who have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

  • Families agreeing to have their campers tested 3-5 days prior to coming to camp, if they cannot limit contact outside of the household or be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Parent/guardian providing camper transportation to and from camp; Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, carpooling with others outside the family household is NOT an option at this time.

Benefits of Summer Camp

Camp builds problem-solvers! Girls with more frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and are better at solving problems—qualities that will help them embark on a lifetime of leadership, both academically and personally.

Camp exposes girls to new experiences! Of girls surveyed, 72% said that Girl Scouts gave them the chance to build their skills or try new outdoor activities.

Camp builds courage and confidence! Spending time in nature improves a girl’s concentration and creative reasoning. Outdoor experiences also help promote healthy social development and increase her self-esteem.

Girl Scout Camp Experiences

Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week, or longer, whether in-person safe or virtually online, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults.

Day camp is for girls in kindergarten and up, with activities on three or more consecutive days for four hours or more, using council-approved sites. The occasional overnight camp may be offered.

Twilight camp  is for girls in kindergarten and up, with activities on three or more consecutive evenings for four hours or more, using council-approved sites. The occasional overnight camp may be offered.

Weekend camp  is for girls in kindergarten and up, and typically lasts for two-three days with one or two overnights, using council-approved sites. Weekend camps are planned and carried out by a group of girls and volunteers.

Travel camping  is for experienced girls and adult campers. The group travels from one site to another on foot or via motorized or non-motorized transportation over a period of three or more nights, staying at different campsites along the way.

Resident camp  is for girls who have finished kindergarten. Girls camp for three to fourteen days and nights (the average is five nights), using council-approved sites.  They plan activities with their counselors/volunteers, taking advantage of the resources available at the campsite.

Virtual Camp  is for girls in kindergarten and up, with activities on three or more consecutive days for two to four hours or more.  Girls can pursue their love of adventure at a virtual camp from anywhere in the country! Check out the  GSVSC Event calendar  for our virtual camps or the Girl Scout  Virtual Camp Marketplace  to find hundreds of virtual camp programs from across the country—from equestrian to theater to science fiction to high adventure, there is a camp for every girl!

Parent Info About Summer Camp

At Girl Scout camp, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Fun and adventure know no bounds for Girl Scouts. We do it all! Girl Scout camp offers girls the opportunity to explore the out-of-doors while learning new skills and making friends. The outdoor environment provides a unique opportunity for girls and young women to build their leadership and teamwork skills and have new adventures while exploring the diversity of the natural world. Whether you're living in a tent or cabin, learning a new skill, or spending the day playing outside, it's impossible not to have fun and make friends.

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council offers a wide range of outdoor activities and camps from day programs to week-long overnights. There is an adventure for every girl. Summer is the perfect opportunity to slow down and get outside! Opportunities abound for girls of all ages, as well as for parents who want to help.

Materials to HELP YOU with Girl Scout Summer Camp
Summer Camp FAQ
Camp Hacks: How to Get Ready for Camp
Drama-Free Summer Camp? No Problem!
All New Camp Hacks to Help Your Camper Rock Summer Camp
More Parenting Advice for Raising Awesome Girls!

Special Needs
If your camper has any special need(s) to be accommodated including diabetes, severe asthma, other medical conditions, diet, physical disorder, learning disability, or developmental needs, please call the camp director at least 2 weeks prior to your campers arrival and discuss how the camp can best help her to have a positive camp experience. We want your help to make sure your camper has everything she needs while at camp.

Bring a Friend to Camp Patch Program

Bring a non-Girl Scout friend to summer camp and you will both earn a patch! Once you find your friend, have her register for summer camp and Girl Scouts, and then complete the online patch request here

Bring a Friend to Camp Patch
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Cadette Program Aide

Cadette Program Aide 

The Cadette Program Aide award is for Cadettes Girl Scouts who would you like to help younger Girl Scouts by sharing their skills, passions, and experiences, while building their own leadership skills. 

Girls will participate in the Cadette Program Aide (CPA) course provided by council to build a leadership foundation and develop skills that will help them handle different situations.  The workshop will provide Cadettes the opportunity to learn how to work with younger girls on different activities and in different settings.  

Sixth and seventh grade Cadette Girl Scouts who complete the Cadette Program Aide course can serve as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at service unit and council events!  Eight grade Cadettes, who’ve complete the Cadette Program Aide course can work with younger girls at their local day camp in an outdoor setting.  

Girls can pursue their Cadette Program Aid Award if:

  • They're in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.
  • They're registered as a Cadette Girl Scout.
  • They've earned one LIA Award (See Cadette Girl Guide to Girl Scouting for details).
  • They complete the Cadette Program Aide course designed by our council.
  • They work with younger girls over six activity sessions at a service unit or council event or in a day camp setting (day camp setting open to rising 8th graders only!).

Please check the GSVSC Event Calendar for course dates.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT I)

Counselor-In-Training - CIT I

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT I) Award is for Senior or Ambassador Girl Scouts (entering 9th -12th grade) who wish to mentor younger girls in a camp setting at any Virginia Skyline Council camp and/or earn their CIT I Award. Additional camp-specific training is required before working with younger girls in a camp setting. 

Girls can pursue their CIT I award and volunteer as a GSVSC youth camp counselor if:

  • They're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent).
  • They're registered as a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout.
  • They take Counselor-in-Training leadership course designed by council.
  • They work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.
  • They take the camp-specific training required before working with younger girls in a camp setting.

Please check the GSVSC Event Calendar for course dates! Apply to be a Counselor-in-Training (CIT 1). Submit your CIT I application (found here). References are required so be sure to share this CIT adult reference form

Counselor-in-Training (CIT II)

Counselor-In-Training - CIT II

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT II) Award is for Senior or Ambassador Girl Scouts interested in mentoring younger girls in a specific area of camp as they build skills toward becoming camp counselors should consider pursuing this award. CIT II should be able to lead or teach in a specialty area of camp and facilitate activities under the supervision of a qualified adult.

Girls can pursue their CIT II award and volunteer as a GSVSC youth camp counselor if:

  • They're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent).
  • They're registered as a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout.
  • They’ve earned their CIT I award.
  • They’re willing to work with younger girls over the course of at least one camp session while focusing on increasing her skills in one specific area—such as Archery Level I, riding instruction, lifeguarding, life skills, STEM, outdoor programming, or the arts.

Girls must contact the camp director and apply for the camp session they wish to work as a youth camp counselor prior to registering as a GSVSC youth camp counselor. 

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