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Summer Camp

It’s a summer like no other in 2020, and we want to help you have a summer camp adventure at home. We’re so excited to share that we have a very limited number of individual Camp Kits available for purchase!

Order your Camp Kit before they sell out! Each kit costs just $50, and you’ll have all you need to have an awesome at-home Summer Camp experience! Psst... Cookie Dough is valid on Camp Kit subscriptions, too! 

Each subscription kit includes camp swag, an activity to complete at home, a craft, and instructions. We’ll send you an email with links to instructional videos to complete your crafts and activities.

Choose your box below:

A note about Summer Camp:

During this unprecedented time in our organization, we’ve worked hard to make thoughtful decisions with your best interest in mind. In that same vein of love and safety, it is with the heaviest hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our resident and day camps, troop camps, and camp rentals at all GSGI camp properties through August 31, 2020.

We too are craving connection, nature, and the long held traditions of Girl Scout summer camp, and we understand the impact this has on you. From learning new skills, embracing courage, creating new friendships, celebrating another cookie season, hiking under the stars, singing around the campfire--camp is a magical place.

There are many factors that have guided us in our decision, with the top priority being the health and safety of our Girl Scout family; girls, counselors, staff, volunteers, extended families, and the community at large. We rely on the coordination of thousands of people during our robust summer camp programs, and the uncertainties and logistics of maintaining our impeccable safety record can’t be overstated.

Our determination and heart for Girl Scout camp doesn’t end with this change. We are committed to sharing the power of summer camp with you—it will undoubtedly look different this summer.

If your Girl Scout was already registered for camp, we’ll be reaching out via email the week of May 11 with details on how you will receive your refund. You can also view a FAQ below to answer specifics about payment refunds and more.

Please keep an eye on our website because we’ll post more virtual opportunities this summer to get girls outdoors and to celebrate the spirit of camp. Thank you for your patience as we get through this process.

It’s ok to be sad. We’re sad too. We’re heartbroken in fact. But we’re also resilient. We’re doing what Girl Scouts do, innovating, adapting and finding ways to make the world a better place.

Visit our news page for information about GSGI’s COVID-19 updates.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions and we have answers. Please see below for some of the questions you might have. 

Why is camp canceled?

We want summer camp to be a fun experience, and camper and staff safety is our highest priority. There are many factors that have guided us in our decision, with the top priority being the health and safety of our Girl Scout family. As Girl Scouts, we have a responsibility to our community to help limit the spread of this illness and set an example for others. Current social distancing guidelines would require changing our camp programs to the extent we believe would not foster the sense of community we so strive for.

Why was the entire summer canceled instead of week-to-week decisions?

At Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, we strive to provide the highest-quality summer camp experience. To do so, we require several weeks on-site to train our staff and prepare camp facilities. Pre-camp training includes industry certifications in lifeguarding, outdoor adventure, water safety, and horsemanship as well as leadership skills, safety protocols, emergency procedures, behavior management, and first aid training. We cannot run a safe camp program without this time to prepare, and we could not predict when it would be safe for camp staff to return to camp to complete this training.

Will I get a refund of my camp fees?

All fees you have paid towards your Girl Scout’s camp session will be refunded in full, minus any financial aid applied. You do not need to contact us for a refund. We are working through each camp session to process refunds, in the order that the sessions were to occur. (Meaning sessions scheduled earlier in the summer will receive a refund faster than events scheduled later in the summer.) In most cases, fees will be refunded directly back to the card or account that you used to originally pay your fees.  However; if you paid by one of the following methods, you will be receiving a check in the mail:

  1. Fees paid more than 6 months ago

  2. If you paid in a GSGI Leadership Center shop

  3. If you paid in cash or with a physical check

Checks will be mailed to the address that you entered during registration.   

Due to the volume of registrations the refund process is expected to take a little more time than usual. Your refund will be processed no later than two weeks before the scheduled start of your registered camp session. We appreciate your patience during this time.

How do I know what my refund amount is?

Please contact us at  800-342-8389 or info@gsiowa.org for help.

What if the card I paid with is expired or canceled? What if I have other questions about my refund?

Please contact us at 800-342-8389 or info@gsiowa.org for help.

Can I donate camp fees to Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa?

We rely heavily on revenues generated by camp programming to sustain our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character. By choosing to donate your refund helps ensure GSGI can continue to serve girls into the future.

Use this form by May 17, 2020 to let us know that you’d like to donate the fees you have paid. After that date, you can make an online donation.

Will there be virtual camp options?

We know the summer of 2020 will not be the same without Girl Scout camps operating as we intended. However, we are committed to keeping camp traditions alive throughout this time and look forward to sharing remote opportunities with you in the coming weeks.

Even more, we look forward to seeing all of you soon, so until then, this is “goodnight,” but certainly not “goodbye.”

Can I still buy camp merchandise?

Currently, we do not have an option for purchasing camp merchandise online. However, we are working on some fun Camp Kits to help your Girl Scout have her own at-home experience. Watch for more information on Camp Kits coming soon! 

Can I rent camp with my troop or group?

At this time all facility rentals are canceled through August 31, 2020.

What if my Girl Scout earned product program rewards for summer camp?

We’re working with the Product Program team for alternative rewards for girls and troops who earned camp sessions or troop camp. We’ll have more information on that when those emails go out to troop leaders and girls later in May.

 

Swimming. Hiking. Kayaking. Horseback Riding. Archery. Campfires. Friendship that will last a lifetime.