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Welcome Back!

We are excited to welcome you back to Stevens Ranch, Camp Kiwanis, and Camp Timberlake this summer. We are moving back to basics with traditional resident camp at Stevens Ranch and Camp Kiwanis, focusing on everyday camp activities such as archery, horseback riding, hiking, STEM activities, sing-a-longs, and badge work. Camp Timberlake's day camp will feature the updated ropes challenge course. Our goal for camp is take kids away from the screens and get them back outdoors. Your daughter will return to you with more confidence, and a new respect for her natural surroundings.

Camps will operate at a reduced capacity this summer in line with camp licensing guidelines.

Our camp progression allows for first time campers to attend day camps or shorter overnight camps, and while more experienced campers look forward to longer outdoor experiences.

2021 Summer Camp FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: Can cookie bucks from 2020 be used for summer camp?
A: Any Girl Scout who sold a minimum of 70 packages during the 2021 cookie program may utilize cookie bucks earned in both 2020 and 2021 to attend GSTOP summer camps.

Q: Where is my printed camp guide?
A: This year, camp information can be found online to provide the most up-to-date information in a timely manner.

Q: How can I register at the GSNETX STEM Center of Excellence in Dallas?
A: New this year, GSTOP members may utilize Cookie Bucks to attend the GSNETX STEM Center of Excellence based upon space available with their summer programs. To learn more about the offerings this summer at the STEM Center, email GSNETX Customer Care regarding your interest in attending.

Q: What does it mean if my child is on a wait list?
A: All camp sessions can have a wait list. As space becomes available for a camp session, we automatically move girls from the wait list to the camp session. If your child is waitlisted and your schedule changes, please remove your child from a wait list.

Q: After reading through all of the FAQs, I still have questions. Who do I ask?
A: Any questions regarding summer camps can be emailed to camp@gs-top.org. Once camps have started, camp directors can be reached via the email and phone number for each camp listed in the Parent Handbook.

COVID-19 QUESTIONS

Q:Will masks/face coverings be required at camp?
A: No. Masks/face coverings are optional once the child is checked-in to camp.

Q: What if my child wants to wear a mask?
A: She may wear a mask. We know that some parents, staff, and girls will be more comfortable with a mask. As always, Girl Scouts will respect the decision of others as we live by the Girl Scout Law. There will be no tolerance for any disregard to the comfortability of a camper or staff member to wear a mask while on camp property.

Q: How are you protecting the girls and staff against COVID-19?
A: Camps will follow all Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains COVID-19 Guidelines, which include CDC and American Camp Association guidelines. Anyone who attends camp must have a negative COVID-19 test administered less than 5-days prior to the start of the first day of camp, have a negative COVID-19 test administered during the check-in process, or show proof of vaccination by showing the campers original vaccination card at check in. Any changes to the guidelines during the summer will be implemented at least 14-days after announcing said changes to allow parents to cancel their daughter's camp registration within the 14-day cancellation window.

Q: If my child shows symptoms at camp, will camp health officials administer a COVID-19 test?
A: Yes. If a camper or staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19 while on camp property, a lower nasal swab quick test will be administered. These tests take approximately 20 minutes to gain results.

Q: What happens if someone at camp is diagnosed with COVID-19?
A: Once at camp, if a camper is diagnosed with COVID-19, that individual's parents will be contacted to pick up the camper immediately. Any camper that has been within the infected individual's pod will have her camp session come to an end. Parents will be contacted to pick up their children immediately. The infected pod will be separated from the rest of the camp. Refunds will be pro-rated.

Q: What guidelines are Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains following when creating camp procedures around COVID-19?
A: Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). Through our camp accreditation and GSUSA, we are required to follow ACA guidelines for all summer camps. We also abide by the Texas Department of Health Youth Camp guidelines, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA guidelines as it relates to operations of our summer camp programs.

Q: If a staff member or camper has received the vaccine, is that staff member or camper still tested for COVID-19?
A: No. Staff and campers must provide their original vaccination card as proof of vaccination. The final shot of the vaccine must be at minimum two (2) weeks from the first day of camp to be considered fully vaccinated.

Q: Why are you requiring testing or proof of vaccine for summer camp, but you don’t require testing or proof of vaccine for other troop activities?
A: In accordance to our COVID-19 guidelines, it is up to the troop as to when and how they meet. The protection of the girls is managed by the parents and troop leaders. For summer camp, the protection of the girls is managed by GSTOP staff. Our goal this summer is to provide an exciting camp experience for the girls, without masks, while protecting all campers and staff from COVID-19.

RESIDENT CAMP

Q: How will camp look different this year?
A: Resident camps will either be Traditional Outdoor or Horse Themed. While each week of Traditional Outdoor will offer the same specialized activities, there will be new STEM and badgework activities each week. By utilizing the Traditional Outdoor theme, we are able to welcome more girls to camp this summer.

Q: Who can attend resident camp?
A: Girls entering grades 2 through 12 in the Fall of 2021.

Q: If I'm not attending a horse session, what is the theme of my camp session?
A: This year, each camp session is a traditional outdoor camp experience offering all campers archery, horseback riding, swimming, STEM activities, and more.

Q: Why is there not a CIT 2 session this summer?
A: Our camps will close every week for cleaning, so we are unable to hold any two-week camp programs this summer. CIT 2 requires CITs to move between pods, which cannot be accommodated under American Camp Association (ACA) COVID-19 guidelines for this summer. We are very sad to miss this year and are especially sad to miss seeing those girls!

Q: Where do resident camps take place?
A: Camp Kiwanis, located outside of Amarillo, TX, and Stevens Ranch, located south of Fort Worth, TX.

Q: How often do the girls shower during camp?
A: Girls shower every other day at Girl Scout camp (Mondays, Wednesdays, and sometimes Fridays). If the camp experiences power failure or lightening is predicted within 10 miles, showers and pool times are postponed until the power has returned and lightening has cleared the 10-mile radius.

Q: How many cookie bucks does a day at resident camp cost?
A: 150 packages

DAY CAMP

Q: How do Daisies get outdoors?
A: First-year Daisies (entering first grade in the fall) can experience Day Camps and a 2-day traditional outdoor camp this summer. Additional opportunities for Daisies will occur this fall, as well.

Q: Where is Day Camp located?
A: Day Camp is located at Camp Timberlake, just west of Fort Worth.

Q: Who can attend Day Camp?
A: Girls who will be Daisies through Juniors as of Fall 2021.

Q: How many cookie bucks does a day at day camp cost?
A: 125 packages

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP

Q: Why is the only HAT a trip to Walt Disney World?
A: Our high adventure partners are unable to commit to groups for the summer due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Q: Do girls attending the Walt Disney World trip need a negative COVID-19 test?
A: Yes. Girls attending this trip will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medial professional within 5-days to the start of the first day of the trip.

Q: Will masks/face coverings be required on this trip?
A: Masks/face coverings will be required per the regulations of the airlines and resorts at the time of the trip.