Summer camp is an important part of the Girl Scout experience, and we want you to be prepared!
Alice Chester Overnight: Camp Alice Chester offers the opportunity to experience overnight camping at our 333-acre property in East Troy. Sessions range from two to five nights with a themed focus of the week to allow each camper to earn a badge. Our sleeping arrangements include bunkhouses, cabins, and platform tents.
GSWISE Day Camp: Sessions at GSWISE Day Camp in East Troy are five days and focused on five themes: Arts & Crafts, STEM, Nature, First Aid, and Sports & Games —a great opportunity to explore new interests! Our trained staff will guide your campers in engaging activities with hands-on learning.
Day Camps by Community (DCC): Day Camps by Community are for five days in East Troy, West Bend, Waukesha, or Kenosha, and are perfect if you’re looking for a way to get involved with your local Girl Scout community by yourself, with a friend, or with your troop. These sessions are run by adult volunteers from each family and/or troop and trained teens to help create the best camp experience. Volunteer to go to camp with your Girl Scout for a day (or more!) to keep the tradition going for Girl Scouts in your area.
Camp activities are age-based and progressive. This means that younger campers start off with easier and more manageable versions of certain camp activities like outdoor skills, archery, and boating. Progressive activities give campers an opportunity to build up their skills and confidence before aging into more challenging activities. Please refer to the Safety Activity Checkpoints to see what kind of activity is recommended for each program level.
Day Camps by Community are led entirely by volunteers and trained teens who are dedicated to engaging their local community and providing the best outdoor experiences for local Girl Scouts!
These volunteers include YOU!
Many Day Camps by Community need an adult from each family to register to volunteer for one day before they can register their camper(s). This makes sure that there will be enough adult coverage provided for all campers. Adult volunteers will assist with scheduled activities while building campers’ courage, confidence, and character.
Adult volunteers must have an active Girl Scout membership and
complete a background check. New Girl Scout volunteers can register here (including
Yes! All non-Girl Scout members will pay a $50 membership registration. Keep the Girl Scout fun going all year long! We can connect you to a troop, or you can join as an Individually Registered Girl Scout (IRG). Need help taking the next step on your Girl Scout journey? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-565-4475.
For most day camps and resident camps, campers must be at least 5 years old and entering first grade in the fall. There are a few exceptions to this—check your specific camp session for details. Resident campers must be entering second grade in the fall, and age ranges vary by session.
For Day Camps by Community, peewees (ages 3-5) and boys (ages 6-12) can attend camp on the days their parent/guardian volunteers at camp for $15/day. Please make sure your child is ready to be away from the adults and spend a day at camp.
Here is a suggested packing list. Adjust accordingly to the length and needs of your camper's stay. Pack all belongings in a suitcase or duffel bag. Label all belongings so they do not get lost. Bring clothes campers can move freely in and get dirty, as camp does take place outside! Food attracts mice, raccoons, and skunks into the tents and cabins, so please do not pack food, candy, or gum. Yes, we have well water, and it does taste a little different, but it is 100% safe to drink. Our staff know some clever tricks to help get rid of the campy taste.
Below is a suggested packing list. Pack all belongings in a backpack that your camper can carry. Also, pack a smaller drawstring bag so your camper doesn't have to carry their backpack around all day. Label all belongings things so they do not get lost. Do not bring a cell phone. Camp is a place for your camper to get away from usual routines. If you are nervous about your camper being away from home, please call the camp director to set up a time during the day that you can speak to your camper.
For Day Camps by Community, please check the specific Day Camp by Community page for your camp’s suggested packing list.
Camp activities may change due to the weather. Rain or shine - we still have camp! If there is rain and it is still safe to be outside, we will have designated programming outdoors. We utilize areas like pavilions and shade flies so campers can participate in activities while in the rain. Please send your camper dressed accordingly to stay dry and warm for rainy days. If the weather is inclement, campers may not be able to participate in activities that are affected by rain, storms, and extreme heat, including but not limited to horseback riding, boating, swimming, challenge course, and archery. Weather is consistently monitored, and activities and schedules will be modified as necessary.
In the event of severe weather, a building at camp is reserved for the safety of campers. Staff members will communicate with each other and the camp office for weather updates and emergencies.
When severe weather occurs, all campers are safely moved to the designated buildings for shelter and an all-camp activity takes place to occupy them. This helps to ease the campers’ concerns about the weather and keeps the focus on fun!
Safety is our top priority.
Yes! Each camp has a Trading Post with Girl Scout and camp items such as stuffed animals, fun patches, necklaces, t-shirts, and more. Items vary by camp location. The Trading Post does not sell bottled water or food items. Prices in the Trading Post range from $1-20 and up.
Lost and found items will be gathered daily, and staff will attempt to reunite lost items with their owners. To help with this process, please make sure to write your camper’s name clearly on all belongings.
Any unclaimed lost and found items will be available for you to peruse at the end of the week. Unclaimed lost and found items will be kept until the end of the summer, at which point they will be donated or thrown away.
Please contact your camp director if you discover your camper is missing something when they return home.
Yes! Camp Alice Chester Overnight Camp, CampHERO, and GSWISE Day Camp can place campers with buddies. Buddies must be in the same age group and register for the same session. Both buddies should request the other’s name during registration.
We are dedicated to serving all campers at Girl Scout summer camp and can accommodate them accordingly. Contact the camp director of your camp session to learn how we can work with you to make the camp experience a success.
We do our best to accommodate all special dietary needs and allergies. Please contact the camp director to discuss your camper’s needs so we can be prepared at camp.
For Day Camps by Community, please check the specific Day Camp by Community page for your camp’s dietary needs and allergy accommodations.
Review our camp offerings in our 2024 Summer Camp Booklet and then register for Girl Scout summer camp online through the CampMinder system. Camp registration opens on November 15. Please register while using a laptop or desktop, as CampMinder is not user-friendly on a mobile device.
If you request to use financial assistance or PAC, you must still pay the minimum $25 deposit.
Need help registering? Call us at (800) 565-4475 or email email@example.com.
Yes! Financial assistance is available. You can apply for summer camp financial assistance during your registration process. If you request financial assistance, you must still pay the minimum deposit upon registration of $25 for Day Camp and $50 for Overnight camp.
If you do not receive a form from GSWISE within seven days, please contact us.
You will receive a confirmation email shortly after initially registering. This email might go to a junk or spam folder. The email will include instructions on how to complete the rest of the registration process and filling out the required forms and documents for your camper’s session. Once these forms have been submitted and you have completed your payment, your camper is officially registered. If you do not receive your confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact Customer Care at (800) 565-4475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a session is filled, you will be able to put your camper on a waitlist and will be contacted if a spot opens up.
For Day Camps by Community, please check the specific Day Camp by Community page for your camp’s waitlist procedures.
|Up to 5 weeks prior to camp session start date.||
Cancellations can be transferred to another camp/session or a refund for the amount paid minus the deposit will be issued. Allow two weeks for refund processing and receipt.
|3-5 weeks before camp session start date.||
Cancellations can be transferred to another camp/session. A refund for the amount paid minus the deposit is only allowed in the following circumstances:
• Medical reasons
• Mandatory summer school
• A death or critical illness (immediate family)
• Family moves out of the area
|Less than three weeks prior to the camp session start date or during the camp session.||
No refund except for the following
• Medical reasons
• Mandatory summer school
• A death or critical illness (immediate
• Family moves out of the area
Camp Session is Full -OR- Cancelled by the Council.
Full refunds will be issued, including camp deposit. Allow two weeks for refund processing and receipt.
Adult volunteers must have an active Girl Scout membership and complete a background check. New Girl Scout volunteers must register for a Girl Scout Membership (including applicable fees). Adults volunteering for camp register online using the same process as the camper. Adults register as campers grades 12+. Register here. Please contact email@example.com with questions or for assistance.
Please help us keep other campers, volunteers, and staff healthy this season by keeping your camper at home if they are not feeling well. If your camper has any consistent signs/symptoms of a contagious illness, campers will not be allowed to attend camp until they are symptom-free and released for participation with a doctor’s note from their provider. Please send the doctor’s note to the camp director.
The health supervisor and trained staff will administer first aid and follow the written procedures given by the camp physician. If a camper becomes so ill that a long rest period is required for recovery, or that they cannot remain at camp, they will be sent home. If a camper’s illness or injury is severe, they will be given emergency care at the scene and then the parents/guardians will be notified. In life-threatening situations, treatment begins before notification. The following medications are stocked at camp and used (if approved on the camper’s health history form) on an as needed basis to manage illness and injury including Tylenol, Benadryl, Neosporin, anti-itch cream, aloe, TUMS, ibuprofen, eye drops, and EpiPens.
All medications and prescriptions must be given to the health supervisor in the morning. All medications must come in their original packaging with the camper’s name, the name of the medication, and the current dosage clearly labeled on the container. It is required for all campers to have a health history form on file so the health supervisors can properly administer a camper's medication. Please send a week's worth of your camper's medication in its original prescription container so the health supervisor can store it safely for the week and return the empty container at the end of camp.
Campers cannot keep medications in their belongings while at camp, except for EpiPens and inhalers.