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  • Campers
    All girls entering grades two through 12 are welcome to attend resident camp! Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem. You can register with your camp registration.
  • Individuals and Buddies
    She will gain independence and make friends that last a lifetime as she has a blast at camp.  Want to send her with a friend or “Camp Buddy”? Great!  Make sure the buddies are in the same grade and both include each other’s names during registration so we can make sure they are together! 
  • A Typical Day at Camp Alice Chester
    • 7:30 a.m.: Early rise and excitement (Optional). If you wake up early with a pep in your step start, your day with an activity like swimming, yoga, a dance party and more!
    • 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast and opening flag ceremony. Start your day with a tribute to the red, white and blue and a yummy breakfast to fuel all of the adventures you will have.
    • 9:30 a.m.: Camp Kapers. Pitch in on an all camp effort to make our space sparkle.
    • 10:15 a.m.: Game on for two awesome activities. Keep your cool at the waterfront, become one with nature or dabble in arts and crafts. You’ll challenge yourself as you learn new outdoor skills and discover the leader within while you support and encourage fellow campers through team building activities
    • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch and Me Time. Time to get refueled with some tasty food in the dining hall.
    • 2:45 p.m.: Three thrilling activity adventures. Didn’t get your fill of activities before refueling? No worries – the fun continues now!
    • 6:00 p.m.: Dinner and closing flag ceremony. Salute the flag before you re-energize with our delicious food so you are ready for what still lies ahead.
    • 7:15 p.m.: Excellent evening activities. End your day with more activities – it could be an All Camp adventure, campfire or cookout.
    • 9:00 p.m.: Day is done! Snuggle up in your sleeping bag as you wind down – chat with your cabin mates or write letters until flashlight time is over.
  • Budget Friendly Tips
    At Camp Alice Chester we strive to provide opportunities to all girls. We offer several discounts as well as other methods to attend camp.
    • Program Activity Credits (PAC) earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program Activity or Fall Nut Sale may be used. Submit with registration or mail when you register online.
    • Early Discounts are given for registrations received by our early registration date, which will be announced once registration has opened.
    • Financial Assistance is available from Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast to help families meet the cost of sending their daughters to camp.
    • Gift Certificates can be purchased at the Girl Scout Resource Centers in any increment. These make great gifts from grandparents and other family members. Click here for Resource Center hours and locations.
  • Camper Connections
    Connect with your camper even while she is away!

    Who doesn’t love to get mail? Whether it is a letter sent via email or post, mail is a very important part of every girl’s time at camp. Some of our campers receive four or five letters a week! Here are some tips for your letters:
    • Write letters ahead of time and place in our Secret Mailbox during check-in, or mail letters two to three days ahead of time, so she will have mail waiting for her.  
    • Label each envelope with her name, program name, and the day of the week that she should receive it.
    • Keep your letters short and cheerful. Avoid any negative news unless she already knew about it before she left home.
    • You may also email letters to your camper. We will check the email every morning at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Please make sure to include your girl’s name, program name, and what unit she is staying in. Emails can be sent to CACLetters@gswise.org. (If you send an email, double check to make sure you receive an automatic reply. If you didn't something might have gone wrong. You can try and send another email, or give us a call at 262.642.5845.)
    • See your confirmation email attachment for the Camp Alice Chester mailing address or mail to: Camp Alice Chester, P.O. Box 950, East Troy, WI 53120-0950
  • Phone Calls
    To help your camper build her independence, we ask that you do not send a cell phone with her. If you are concerned with how she may adjust to camp, contact the camp director to arrange a time to hear how she is doing from her counselors or camp staff.
  • Camp Care Kit
    Order a Camp Care Package for any session. We will ensure a surprise delivery to your camper on the first day!
  • Check-in and Check-out
    Check-in is from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

    Check-out is after the 30-minute family presentation that begins at 4 p.m. on closing day.
  • Confirmations
    You will receive an email confirming your registration after it has been processed which will contain links to the confirmation page on our web site. There is a guide for both campers and parents/guardians. These guides contain important information to help you and your camper have a successful day camp experience. A reminder will be emailed to you approximately one week before camp. 
  • Girls with Additional Needs
    We make every effort to meet the needs of all girls so that everyone can fully participate at camp. Please note any special emotional, learning, physical, mental or health needs for your child on the Registration and/or Health History form. For specific questions or situations, please e-mail kweyland@gswise.org or call 414-443-3997.
  • Directions to Camp
    Your confirmation information will have directions.
  • To Leave at Home
    Campers should leave the following at home and are not permitted at camp:
    • Pets
    • Cell Phones and Electronics (besides digital cameras)
    • Weapons
    • Fireworks
    • Alcohol and drugs
    • Candy
    • Food (unless otherwise spoken with the Camp Director)
    • Personal sports equipment
    • Vehicles
  • Weather
    Your camper’s safety is our number one priority. We encourage girls daily to drink lots of water and provide cooling off activities and stations during our warmer weeks. Although we do continue camp during the rain (don’t forget your poncho!), we move indoors for thunder. We make every effort to present activities as described in all kinds of weather. However, we may need to make changes to protect the health and safety of our campers, staff and volunteers.
  • Health Forms
    Campers are no longer required to provide a health exam with a doctor’s signature in order to attend camp. Please be thorough when completing the health history form. Highlight any health concerns and provide as much additional information as possible to ensure the best experience for your camper. You may provide us with information from your camper’s doctor if you feel it will help us better meet your camper’s needs.
  • Our Staff
    Our remarkable staff includes college students and educators from the United States and countries around the world. They’re compassionate, energetic and fun. They go through intensive training in youth development, activity skills, and safety procedures to help serve as outstanding role models for your daughter. We use a selective hiring process to screen applicants, including background checks. Staffing reflects an overall adult/camper ratio of 1:6. Visit our website in March to see staff bios. If you know any remarkable people who want to work at camp, send them to our jobs page. 
  • Trading Post
    Girls may purchase souvenirs at camp, each group visits the Trading Post once during the week. The Trading Post is not open during check-in, however it will be open after the Parent Program on check-out days. See the registration form for pre-ordered items.