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The Outdoors is awesome! Join us as we develop environmental stewdarship in the next generation.

At camp, girls can build a tent, build a campfire, build a life-long friendship. That’s what camp life is all about… and that’s just the beginning. Under the stars and outdoors girls learn to lead and make memories. They find mentors and become mentors.  

Through our environmental education programs, the focus is on 21st learning skills, connecting students to the outdoors, and envirnomental education.

The experience of a lifetime is waiting at camp. So, what are you waiting for?

Camp Summer 2023

Registration Opens January 22, 2023!
 
Claim Your Spot Today for Summer 2022!

To view the list of all of our summer camp offerings click the image above to be directed to the event calendar list.

To view the 2022 Camp Brochure click here.  The Camp Brochure has the programs with descriptions in a booklet format.  2023's Brochure will be available in late November.

 

Summer & Weekend Camps

GSSGC has so many new and exciting adventures waiting for you every season.  Start with summer and think to our other seasons as well.  Our camps are open to all girls from grades K-12.  Whether it be a day program with your family, a weekend away with your troop, or a summer-themed session with friends, there’s something for every girl.

Starting in 2nd grade, girls can even experience sleep-away camp by themselves or with a buddy. Not quite ready for a full week of camp excitement? Don’t worry, we have weekend sessions that give a taste of camp for a girls, parents and troop leaders. Ready to sign up or learn more? Visit our Sleep-Away Camps page or our Day & Weekend Camps page for more information!

All activities, food and lodging are included in camp pricing.

Day Camps

Every day is full of adventure and exploration at day camp! With options offered throughout our Council area, all girls ages 6-14 have the opportunity for fun, even if they’re not a Girl Scout yet. Day camps are led by our amazing Volunteers and can include anything from outdoor skills to STEM to earning badges! Almost anything a girl can want to experience can be found at day camp. Want to join the fun? 

Some of our areas do not have day camp at this time.  Consider helping us by volunteering or convincing someone in your areas to volunteer:

Want to Volunteer?
If you would like to lead a Day Camp in your area, we would love to work with you – training and support is available! This is a great opportunity for Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops. Please contact customercare@gssgc.org to get more information or call (909) 748-7229.

Troop and Service Unit Camps

Troop camping is a great way to learn and grow with friends and have fun at the same time. Troops and Service Units have year-round opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in any of our camp facilities or other properties.

At our camp facilities we can offer everything from Archery to Orienteering and everything in between, we can tailor an experience to fit your group’s needs. We’ve got you covered whether you want to plan your own programming, meals and supplies or have one of our trained camp staff help you do so. We can even provide all the meals and program supplies! Visit our Camp Properties page to get started today on your own!  Or visit the calendar to find a pre-designed program to participate in over the weekend.

Environmental Education Overnight (School or other Groups)

New opportunities are available for more participants to enjoy the beauty and adventure at Skyland Ranch! GSSGC is excited to announce the start of Environmental Education Programs at Skyland Ranch. 

Bring your troop or class to the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains for a day or an overnight adventure.  Most programs are single day or three days. You select your preferred program topics to create a customized class or troop trip.  Minimum group size 16.  Field Trips (day programs) starting now; Overnight trips starting in February.  

Need more information? Check out our Environmental Education Brochure to find out more.

Ready to Book?  ITS SIMPLE:

  1. CLICK on the link: https://hipaa.jotform.com/form/222568904492161
  2. Complete the form
  3. One of our staff will call you to
    • Answer questions
    • Set-up one of your prefered dates
  4. COMPLETE registration forms

PRICING?

  • Title 1 and other qualifying schools can apply for full/partial grant funding
  • 1 adult free w/ 8 students
  • Minimum 16 students; Maximum 100

Pricing for 4 hours of program and a snack break with snack
    $600 for first 16 students
    $200 for each additional 12 students & 1 adult
    $15/person for lunch add on 

 

Camp-on-the-Go (Travel)

 

San Gorgonio Girl Scouts

Adventure Awaits!
Girl Scouts Travel & Do High Adventure.  Travel locally or globally to learn about the world.  Girl Scouts believes in giving girls the opportunity to learn about themselves through travel.  Our council has opportunities for girls to travel with others that you know – or you can travel with GSUSA.  See gssgc.org/eventcalendar for local activities such as rafting, destination unknown, and group travel opportunities .  Or visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/ to learn more about opportunities around the world by GSUSA.  Contact customercare@gssgc.org to connect with Joyce and learn more.

 

Out-of-Council Troops

Girl Scouts Across the States
Come visit us in Southern California!  You can come for summer camp and stay for an experience.  Our council offers transportation from the major airports (Ontario or LAX) to camp.  Another option is your troop can sign up for one of the “So-Cal Experiences” now offered which can include transportation, any of the theme parks, and plenty of tours and extra fun. 

We are located about 2 hours from Los Angeles, 1 hour from Orange county (Disneyland), 2 hours from San Diego, 4 hours from Vegas, and 7 hours from San Francisco.  Work with us to plan your next Girl Scout trip including a variety of amusement parks.  Visit GSSGC.ORG/outdoor to learn more.

Find out about council level partnerships between the councils on "Sisters in Scouting" Accordian.

 

Info & How To's for Summer Resident Camp

ACA Accredited - Yes We Are!

Fun And Safety — ACA Camps Set the Standard
ACA Accreditation means that our resident camps have undergone a thorough (up to 290 standards) review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association® collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

What’s the difference between state licensing of camps and accreditation by ACA?

Accreditation is voluntary and ACA accreditation assures families that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Licensing is mandatory and requirements vary from state to state. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.

How do ACA standards exceed state licensing requirements?

ACA goes beyond basic requirements for health, cleanliness, and food service into specific areas of programming, including camp staff from director through counselors, emergency management plans, health care, and management. ACA applies separate standards for activities such as waterfront, horseback riding, and adventure and travel.

 

What are some of the ACA standards that camps rely on?

·         Staff to camper ratios are appropriate for different age groups

·         Goals for camp activities are developmentally based

·         Emergency transportation available at all times

·         First-aid facilities and trained staff available when campers are present

Why we at GSSGC believe insuring our resident camps are ACA accredited is so important for our resident camps..

ACA Accreditation means that we care enough to undergo a thorough peer review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at our camps reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

Cookie/Nutty Dough (applies to all GSSGC programs)

Congratulations on participating in a succesful enterpernuail progam & finding your success!  

One of the ways Cookie Dough and Nutty Dough may be used is for some of our Girl Scout programs including Camp Azalea Trails, Camp Skyland Ranch, our day camps, and our council STEM programs.

To access your cookie dough use the form when registering for the programs that accept cookie dough or emai customercare@gssgc.org.

If you are trying to access your cookie dough you earned before you recieve the physical card (as of mid-April) you can do so by doing the following:

  1. Visit the Event Calendar to select the program desired
  2. Complete your registration form
  3. Complete the alternative payment form*
  4. Checkout
  5. Select mail an invoice (the picture of the mailbox)
  6. You are registered - do not mail anything once the card numbers are available you will get a receipt stating your card has been charged – no news is good news; we will call if there is a concern.

*When asked for the card number either enter the number or if you do not know the number enter “Cookie Dough 20xx” or "Nutty Dough 20xx".  Where xx is the year of the cookie or nutty dough you are using.  Please enter the card number if at all possible.

 

If you already registered for camp?  You can still access the cookie dough early to pay for the balance on camp.  Please send customercare@gssgc.org an email asking to use your 20xx cookie dough card.  Please include the following information:

  • Name of camp
  • Camper’s Name (name on cookie dough)
  • Amount to charge

Please note if you requested that 20xx be used when you registered, we have already taken care of it for you.

 

Why should you register early?  Spaces are always filling up in all our programs (Girl Scout honor); in order to ensure your daughter has a spot at camp and in our other programs you will want to pay at least $60 to hold her spot; if she doesn’t quite have $60 register with what you have and pay the rest with a credit card or check once you get the link to make a payment.

 

Why register for camp?  Camp creates memories and is focused on helping kids learn the 21st century skills they need in todays society.  We help kids learn responsibility and leadership in their own lives.  We have programs for girls to attend with a parent (weekend camps) or on their own (4 or 5 day sessions typically M-F).  Some of the great themes for girl on their own include cooking, horseback riding, science (harry potter), super heros, and more.  Check out the programs we have to offer at camp on the Outdoor Program Page or visit the GSSGC calendar.

 

We look forward to seeing you at camp and our other programs.

2020 Rollover Funds & 2020 Cookie Camp Reward

An email was sent in January, in March and in April for your options to use rollover funds and the 2020 Cookie Camp Reward.  If you did not get the email please email customercare@gssgc.org to verify your email address and request a copy be resent to your family.

Rollover Funds and 2020 & 2021 Cookie Camp Rewards are all expiring in December 2022.

Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Remember the smell of roasting marshmallows and the echo of laughter around a campfire? Remember hiking and archery and friendships that never end? Camp is an amazing place to make memories for a girl and you can help make that happen. Adult volunteers are the cornerstone of Girl Scouts and we couldn’t do this without you. Our girls need you. We need you. Bring your knowledge, experience and love of the great outdoors. We promise camp will be just as amazing the second time around, when you’re seeing it through the eyes of a girl.

Opportunities for volunteering include 5-day Summer Camp Sessions, 3-day weekend camps during the school year, Day Camp Director, Camp Volunteer, Special Skill Volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator and more. No experience is necessary for many of these opportunities. All volunteers must be background screened and trained prior to starting.

Need more information? Check out our Camp Volunteer Flyer to find out more.

Ready to get started? Fill out our Camp Volunteer Form today!

Looking for a whole summer of fun? Check out one of our amazing camp job opportunities.

Sisters in Scouting (Girl Scout Council Partners)

All girls are welcome at our camps.  If you need pick-up from the airport please fly in and out of ONT or LAX and contact customercare@gssgc.org to arrange pick-up.

If you would like to have your council partner with us please have a council staff member contact Joyce Knoll, Senior Director of Program via customercare@gssgc.org.  Currently we are partnering with:

The Girl Scout Councils of Southern California (Orange County, Greater Los Angeles, San Diego Imperial, and us (San Gorgonio) continue to partner in all we do.  Each council allows girls to experience the camp that is right for them at no additional charge.  In addition, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is continuing to provide financial assistance for girls to attend Camp Skyland Ranch as funding is available.

FAQs (frequently asked questions)

F.A.Q.s for Camp Programs

  • Do you have to be a Girl Scout to attend Girl Scout camp?
    • Yes and no.  Girl Scout camp can be your first Girl Scout experience or the only Girl Scout experience during your year.  Many of our campers only participate in camp.  We ensure everyone feels comfortable, included and welcome at camp whether they participate in a Girl Scout Troop, as a Juliette or not at all.  If you are not currently registered you can check the box on the registration forms to add the $25 membership fee to the cost of your camp.
  • What about Camp Azalea Trails, can I attend that camp this summer?
    • We are sad to report that Camp Azalea Trails is still closed this summer due to the road damage caused by the heavy rains in 2019.  We have hope that the US Forestry Service will be repairing the road.  Once the road is repaired the Program Team has plans for program on that site.  It is getting close; keep an eye on the monthly council newsletter for the announcement when it is open.
  • What about horses this summer at camp?
    • We brought back horses in 2022.  Girls spend 4-6 hours per day interacting with the horses.  At least 1-2 hours are physically on the horse.  The other time is spent learning about the care of the horses, how to saddle, and other ranch experiences.
  • What are the plans for Covid-19?
    • Our council staff are keeping up-to-date on the best practices to keep our campers safe from infectious diseases including Covid-19.  We have always had many protocols and procedures in place that keep our campers and staff safe from a variety of infectious diseases.  If you have questions on infection prevention and/or covid or anything else or have concerns please email customercare@gssgc.org so that a staff person can answer your questions.
  • What type of program is happening at Camp Skyland Ranch this summer?
    • Camp is a traditional summer camp experience.  All campers will participate in daily activities (some activities, based on age appropriateness): target practice (archery and slingshots), nature exploration, games, crafts including tie-dye, outdoor cooking, animal time, ropes course, teambuilding, fencing, campfires, skits, survival skills, hikes, kapers, theme-based activities, a splash zone, and more.
  • How do I register for camp?
    • You can register online by navigating to the GSSGC calendar and finding the camp session of interest to your camper.  
  • Who are the staff at the GSSGC camps? 
    • Our camp staff is made of both volunteers and seasonal employees.  Most of our camp counselors are 18-25 years old and are trained in a variety of topics including the Girl Scout mission, expected outcomes, Girl Scout Leadership Experience, child development, safety and risk management, group dynamics, progression, operating procedures, programming, behavior management, camper supervision, and more.  Every one of our staff both volunteer and employed are background screened prior to starting at camp.
  • Camp sounds so fun, can I volunteer?
    • Yes!  We love our camp volunteers.  There is a variety of ways to volunteer including as a camp counselor in a unit with a group of kids (not your own so she can have the full camp experience), delivering a program with your specialized skill, helping with our virtual programs, and more.  To volunteer complete the Camp Volunteer interest form which will be emailed to our camp team.
  • Can we rent Camp Skyland Ranch? 
    • Yes!.  You can also rent Camp Wi-Wo-Ca too.  Visit the properties section of our website for more information.
  • Who is Tajar, Skylar, Sneaky, Peaky, and Grubmeister? 
    • Tajar (pronounced Ta - Jar) is our Camp Azalea Trails’ mascot.  Skylar is Camp Skyland Ranch’s mascot.  Tajar and Skylar live so close together they are great friends and visit each other with their other forest friends Sneaky, Peaky and Grubmeister.  Come to camp to learn more about their crazy antics.
  • Transportation to Camp? 
    • Transportation to individual girl summer resident camps is provided from the Redlands offce as part of camp fee.  If transportation is a problem for you or your camper to attend a weekend camp session please contact customercare@gssgc.org to see what arrangements can be made to assist with this need.  
  • Refund Policy? 
    • Written notification is required to cancel from any of our programs. Please see the GSSGC Polices & Procedures for our complete refund policy. Please note a non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.
  • Tell me more about shower time...  How long?  What style?
    • By this summer all of our showers will be single entry rooms.  It will have a shower and a chair with a lockable door.  We work with campers to ensure they have the privacy they need to feel comfortable showering and doing the skin care they need.  We do encourage campers to shower as quickly as possible (we recommend 3-5 minutes).  This supports our efforts conserve water as California is in a prepetual draught.  It also allows for everyone to have time to shower.  However, each camper has different needs and we want them to be able to have a positive experience at camp and being able to get clean is one of those.
  • What about Cookie Rewards, how do I access them?
    • Their are a vareity of Cookie and Nutty Rewards available for use this summer.  To use them you will complete the alternative payment form when registering for camp.  There is the option to select the different rewards currently available.  email customercare@gssgc.org for help with this.
  • We can’t quite afford camp this year does GSSGC have Financial Assistance?
    • Financial Assistance is available to girls in Riverside and San Bernardino County.  We are able to fund up to the amount of the program less the $60 non-refundable deposit.  If a camper applies for financial assistance and is not granted the funds for some reason (typically too-high of income) then the non-refundable deposit will be refunded.  If there are extenuating circumstances please include them on the Financial Assistance Form.  We use the federal income guidelines to determine eligibility.  Girls in “foster care” are automatically eligible.
    • To apply navigate to the forms section of our website and type camp financial assistance in the search box for the “Program Financial Assistance Form for Camp, Events, and Travel.  
  • What happens if GSSGC needs to cancel for any reason?
    • We do not take canceling lightly; however, if we need to cancel camp your campers registration including the non-refundable deposit.
  • What if our Family plans change and the camper can no longer attend?
    • In this case, written notification must be received four weeks before the opening date of the confirmed camp session to receive a refund less the $60 deposit.  It can be emailed to customercare@gssgc.org.  If it is after the four weeks we still ask for notification; otherwise, we will call you even if you have a balance due for your camp session.
  • What if cannot attend due to an illness or injury?
    • If this happens with 72-hours of girl going to camp please call the camp emergency phone number found in the camper confirmation packet (on the map page and in several other sections).  To receive a refund a written request, accompanied by a letter from the camper’s Physician, must be sent to customercare@gssgc.org within a reasonable time period to be considered for a refund or change of camp session.
  • What time is check-in/check-out for overnight resident camp?
    • Check-In (First Day of Session)
      • At Redlands 9:00 AM – 10 AM; Buses leave 10:15 AM
      • At Camp 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    • Check-out (Last Day of Session)
      • At Camp 10:30-11:30:  Campers not picked up by 11:30 will be re-assigned to the bus and will meet you in Redlands.  Buses pull out at noon (or a bit before)
      • At Redlands around 1:30 PM:  Check-out begins once all girls are in the Program Center (please allow us to get girls inside first)
  • Is virtual camp really anything like in-person camp?  
    • Well, yes and no.  Obviously, we can’t hug each other online and singing over Zoom does pose some challenges.  But we have worked hard to take the best parts of in-person resident camp (connections, fun, activity, interaction with caring adults/older girls, games, craft, skills and more!) and brought them to the Zoom environment.  In addition, we were happy to see that our evaluations last year returned that our Camp Awesome and Field Trip programs helped girls achieve the outcomes we expect in Girl Scouts (strong sense of self, positive value, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem solving).
  • Will there be a patch or t-shirt for this year?
    • For Camp Skyland Ranch we will have a t-shirt and patch for each camper including weekend campers who attend.  For Camp Awesome, our virtual camp campers will have a patch mailed to them after the camp session.

Questions? Didn’t find what you were looking for in the answers above Call 909-307-6555 or Email : customercare@gssgc.org for a staff person to answer your specific question. 

Infection Prevention Plan & Related FAQs

Infection Prevention Plan for Overnight Campers

Due to the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Riverside County Environmental Health Department (RCEH) have reviewed and updated procedures, policy and recommendations to contain the spread of viruses.  Girl Scouts of San Gogronio has been working closely with experts in this to create the most up-to-date standards and practices for camps in our county. 

Ultimately, the County determines the requirements for infection prevention in resident camps including the need for testing, vaccinations, and other regulations.  At this time we expect to go back to our normal practices that prevent many different types of infections including Covid-19.  This will include the following:

Vaccinations:  It is still our policy to follow the public school system on the requirements for all other vaccinations including allowed exemptions.  The Orange County Department of Education has an easy to follow grid.  To review the CDPH immunization requirements click on that link.  We also continue to recommend other vaccinations based on doctor and health department recommendations.

Cleaning and disinfecting:  Cleaning and disinfecting is a way of life with children.  We will be continuing with camper kapers as ususal (it is important to child development); however, adult staff will be cleaning and disinfecting using approved EPA cleaning products including paying particular attention to major touch surfaces.  

Education:  Education is always part of camp; this year, we will be paying particular attention to teaching campers about hand washing, respitaroy ettiquette, sunscreen, and other infection and health prevention tools to use to keep themselves and those around them safe.   

Sleeping/Cohorts:  Girl Scouts has always used cohorts; we call them units.  This summer will be no different.  All heads will be a minimum of 6' apart per CDC/CDPH/RCEH recommendations.

Camper Screening:  Our requirement is for campers and parents/guardians to monitor camper health (as parents/guardian do) and not attend if a camper if feeling unwell.  In addition, at resident camp, campers go through a health screening including temperature checks, wellness questions, and a check for lice.   

Food Service:   The camp kitchen has always followed restaurant code; which means the same things you are seeing in our restaurants throughout the county is what you will see at camp.  This code has always been designed to protect customers from illnesses. 

The following are tools that could be used if needed or recommended by our health partners:

  • Quarantine
  • Masks
  • Testing

In addition, GSSGC has a plan in case of outbreak for things like chicken pox, measles, COVID-19, etc.  For questions on this plan please contact customercare@gssgc.org. 

Confirmation

Camper Confirmations for summer are sent in late April and then approximately 2 weeks after a girl registers for a camp session.  If you do not recieve your camper confirmation please email customercare@gssgc.org. 

Please note summer camp for all participants (individual and weekend) has online health forms to complete.  For weekends both parent and child will have forms to complete.

 

Visit the Careers Page for open positions and job descriptions.

 

Contact Our Camping Team for all your camp needs!