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2021 Camp FAQs

Join us for 2021 Camp Info Nights!

Summer 2021 will bring safety updates to our summer camp programs. We’ll be welcoming a limited number of families to Camp Menzies this summer for modified programming. In person camp sessions will servs Girl Scouts and their families. Join us on Zoom for a virtual  and interactive presentation to learn more!

 

Registration is free (but required).

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2021 Camp Brochure

The safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is the highest priority for Girl Scouts Heart of Central CA. Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), and the American Camp Association (ACA), we have made changes to camp operations for summer 2021, the biggest of which are described below. Though this looks different than a typical summer, the feeling is the same. We’re committed to keeping the camp experience as consistent and magical as possible.

The protocols listed below are designed to give families a general idea of camp operations this summer and are subject to change. We will continue to monitor this very fluid situation and make updates regularly.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. As with any social activity, participation in Girl Scouts could present the risk of contracting COVID-19. While Camp Menzies takes every safety and preventative precaution, GSHCC can in no way warrant that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in GSHCC programs.

Precautions

We take the health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers seriously. Per recommendations of several organizations, we will screen campers and staff, operate in a cohort system, and enhance our cleaning protocols. All activities will take place in outdoor, open-air spaces.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Facilities

In addition to our already robust cleaning program, we will add additional cleaning steps. Cabins, indoor facilities (bathrooms, classrooms, activity spaces), and buses will be sanitized several times per day. Campers will also be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer between activities. Activities which require campers to use the same materials will either be modified to use single-use items or will have a process in place to sanitize items between each use.

Quarantine

Coming to camp this summer is a commitment. For the safety of everyone involved, we’re asking you to partner with us by limiting your camper’s and your family’s contacts for two weeks prior to your camp session. This means not organizing play dates or traveling with those outside of your immediate household. Most camp staff will arrive at camp at least two weeks prior to the beginning of camp.

Meals

We will limit the number of people in the dining hall at one time. To accommodate this, meals might be eaten in shifts, in a pod’s living space, or outdoors. Some meals may be cooked by each pod either in their unit or over a campfire.

Check-In and Check-Out

Since we are not providing bus transportation to and from Camp Menzies, all campers are responsible for getting themselves to camp. Directions will be provided to all campers after registering. Both check-in and check-out processes will be drive-through. 

Masks

Campers and staff will be required to wear masks when interacting with anyone who is not part of their pod and when indoors, with the exception of if they are in their own living space, are showering, or eating. Every effort will be made to keep these occurrences to a minimum. We suggest campers bring at least one mask per day, and bags to store used and clean masks.

Counselor-in-Training

The Counselor-in-Training program will run virtually this year. Please check the camp brochure for info about the virtual CIT program. We are not able to run Wrangler-in-Training programming this summer.

Dietary Needs

At camp, we are happy to ensure all camp participants recieve the nutrients they need while at Menzies. Please also take not that we are a nut free facility. Dietary restrictions, allergies, and other needs are all accommodated within this system under the supervision of the Kitchen Manager. We believe that a dietary restriction should not prevent a camper from attending and will work with your family to make sure all of you and your family feels safe while eating at camp. 

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid application is part of the registration process. You will encounter it as you are registering for camp.

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