Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Activity Guide Summer 2012

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Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Activity Guide Summer 2012

General InfoWho should come to camp andwhat’s it all about?Our summer activities are open to all girls, including non-Girl Scouts.Any girl entering first grade through twelfth grade is welcome at camp.You don’t have to have any camping experience to come to camp,and you don’t have to come with friends or a troop. You’ll make newfriends while you’re here. The GSCI summer camp experience isavailable in many forms: resident camp, day camp, family events, andcore camping where troops stay at camp and camp staff runactivities.American Camp Association (ACA)All of GSCI’s camp facilities are proud to hold current accreditationby the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA accreditation is thebest evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe andnurturing environment for their children. This voluntary accreditationassures parents that camp practices have been measured againstnational standards and go a step beyond a state’s basic licensingrequirements.Accreditation is based on a commitment by the camp to undergo athorough review of its operations – from staff qualifications andtraining to emergency management. The American CampAssociation has created a website for parents and families whichincludes tips on getting your camper ready for camp.www.campparents.orgCampership Assistance FundOn the registration forms you will notice a place to make an optionalcontribution to our Campership Assistance Fund. This fund allowsfamilies to make a gift on behalf of girls who otherwise would not beable to afford to attend Girl Scout camp and summer activities. Yoursupport will help provide the Girl Scout experience to girls with afinancial need, thereby assisting us in our goal to give every girl withinour jurisdiction access to the leadership development, characterbuilding, and fun that Girl Scouting provides. To apply for Campershipassistance please see page 37.Who are the camp staff?Our camp staff are enthusiastic, talented, and caring adults who areexcited about having lots of fun at camp and building girls of courage,confidence, and character. The selection process for camp staffincludes screening their experience, their ability to serve as rolemodels for girls, and their genuine desire to work with children.Interviews, reference checks, and thorough background screeningare all part of the selection process. Staff training includes a full weekof first aid, CPR, safety and emergency management, outdoor skills,team building, helping children deal with homesickness,understanding age level characteristics, and more. Staff whofacilitate high adventure, horseback riding, water activities, and tripsare trained and/or have certifications. Many of our camp staff returnyear after year, building relationships with returning campers andfurthering their own development as camp professionals. Volunteersand council staff also assist as necessary.2


camp directorsBillie “Skeeter” WaddellSkeeter has spent eleven summers working at Girl Scout camp and has been a director for nine years. She grew up as a Girl Scoutin the Glasford area and hopes that girls will come to day camp looking for a super silly fun time and willing to try new activities andmake new friends. Skeeter wants girls to know that day camp is a great way to learn about camp and hang out with your friendsduring the day and then be able to go home at night. It’s a great way to get an introduction to camp before progressing to residentcamp. When camp is not in session Skeeter works as a program specialist leading age-level programs for GSCI. Contact Billie atbwaddell@girlscouts-gsci.org.Katie “Bugs” NolanBugs is looking forward to her sixth summer as a GSCI camp director and her ninth summer working at Girl Scout camp. Bugs hasshared her experience and expertise with other camp professionals at the American Camp Association’s Mid-States Conventionin 2010 and 2011 as a workshop co-leader. She is pleased to offer several camp sessions this summer that are the direct result ofcampers’ requests while also keeping those tried and true favorites. In order to keep up with all our teen campers we’ve createdmore traveling camps, high adventure camps, and camps that give you plenty of time to hang out and relax. Bugs hopes you’llconsider resident camp this summer, and if you’re not up for a full week she suggests you check out one of our three-daysessions. Whether you are a returning camper or brand new to the experience, Bugs looks forward to greeting you at the campfront gate and joining you for campfires, swimming, outdoor cooking, and stargazing. Contact Katie at knolan@girlscouts-gsci.org.Lisa “Deli” SonsDeli loves the outdoors and has worked in various positions with children and environmental education for 13 years. Deli hashelped with camp since she started working for the council in 2007. As a program specialist Deli creates fun and interestingprograms for Girl Scouts throughout the year and at camp. You might have seen her helping at camp in years past, especially ifyou registered for the older Girl Scout resident camp, Trailblazers. Deli believes that each girl has the ability to grow in confidence,independence, character, and her ability to do everything and anything she sets her mind to. Join Deli at day camp this summer atCamp Peairs and Camp Tapawingo and explore all that camp and Girl Scouts can offer. Contact Lisa at lsons@girlscouts-gsci.org.Jennifer “Sherwood” KernanSherwood has been a camper since she was five, a counselor for two years, an Assistant Camp Director for three years, and isgetting ready for her second summer as Camp Director at Camp Widjiwagan. Sherwood has presented at professional campconferences for two years, sharing her camp knowledge with other directors. She holds a degree in elementary education and isexcited for another summer of girls trying new things and making new friends while discovering the great outdoors! She is alsoexcited to offer new opportunities at Camp Widjiwagan for girls of all ages and looks forward to seeing you all this summer!Contact Jennifer at jkernan@girlscouts-gsci.org.3


Trefoil BoutiquesOrder your camper a gift bag!Happy Camper Bag $15(camp bag, sunglasses, 2 “camp friends”bracelets, playing cards, and camera)S’mores Bag $25(camp bag, sunglasses, 2 “camp friends”bracelets, pen and stationery set,and head lamp)See registration form to order.celebrate theGirl Scout 100thanniversarywith items fromour TrefoilBoutiquesNoJOURNEYis completewithout aGirl’s GuideeRegistrationTake advantage of eRegistration - a fast, easy,convenient way to register for council-sponsoredevents and activities.Three Simple StepsLEARNGirl Scouts of Central Illinois is excited to offer youonline registration. This online registration will allowyou to:• Manage your own, your Girl Scout’s, and your troop’smembership• Re-register your troop’s members• Register for events, camp, and other programs• Sign up for adult learning opportunitiesWe recommend that you read the eRegistrationFrequently Asked Questions located on our websiteat www.girlscouts-gsci.org so you are familiar with thesystem.ACTIVATEThe first step in eRegistration is to activate youraccount with us. Once your account is activated, youwill have access to your customer profile and you willbe able to use all aspects of eRegistration.In order to activate your account you must be acurrently registered Girl Scout and have an emailaddress. Your account can be activated with yourGirl Scout membership identification number or youremail address. If you are unsure whether we have youremail address in our system please call our Help Desk.If you have more than one Girl Scout in your family, youmust set up a unique and separate user name for eachGirl Scout member.REGISTERPayments for membership re-registration, events,camp, and training may be made with a MasterCard,Visa, Discover, or a bank debit card.If you have any questions about eRegistration orneed assistance activating your account, pleasecontact our Help Desk at 888-623-1237 orhelpdesk@girlscouts-gsci.org.Trefoil Boutiques are located at each service center.Our boutiques carry a variety of Girl Scout merchandise forpurchase, or you may order online at shop.girlscouts-gsci.org.For Trefoil Boutique hours, visit our website atwww.girlscouts-gsci.org5


on-site infoGirl Planning and Badge WorkOne of the ways we see that our campers grow in courage, confidence, and character is by allowing them to work together tocreate their own experience at camp. Counselors facilitate this process as campers create the rules for the group as well asthe schedule for the week. Counselors work with campers to focus activities on Girl Scout Journeys and badges. Campersmay choose topics that are unrelated to their program area or stick to their program area. Badges will not be included; youmay purchase them after camp at your local service center.Changes in ActivitiesThe number and type of activities completed by campers depends on girl planning and interests of the group and may varyfrom the session description. Activities may be modified or rescheduled depending on weather, group behavior, or availablematerials. If the weather is inclement, girls may not be able to participate in activities that are affected by rain, storms, andextreme heat, including but not limited to horseback riding, boating, and archery.more infoMealsDay campers receive a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack (snacks only at Community Day Camps) and residentcampers will receive all meals, as well as girl-planned snacks. Meals are nutritious, balanced, and served family style,allowing campers to control what goes on their plates. Assorted healthy snacks are available in the dining hall during the day.For campers with special dietary needs due to medical conditions or religious beliefs, contact the camp director two weeksprior to camp to discuss the scheduled menu and necessary accommodations. In these cases campers may be allowedto bring supplemental/alternative food items, which must be turned in at check-in. Do not pack food/snacks into camper’sluggage, as it attracts animals and insects into the tents and cabins. For family events, road trips, and core camping, mealavailability is indicated in the description of the event or activity.Counselor/ Camper RatioGirl Scout Daisies (entering grade 1) – 2 adults per 6 girlsGirl Scout Brownies (entering grades 2 – 3) – 2 adults per 12 girlsGirl Scout Juniors (entering grades 4 – 5) – 2 adults per 16 girlsTeens (entering grades 6 – 12) – 2 adults per 20 girlsNote: Day and mini-resident campers are put into age level groups. A camper will never be alone with an adult at camp; shewill always be with an additional staff member or another camper. In situations where one-on-one conversations or medicalattention must take place the camper and staff member will be within eyesight of other staff or campers.Cell Phones and ElectronicsIn order to provide participants with the best possible camp experience, cell phones and electronic devices are not allowedat camp and girls do not have readily available access to phones or computers. We understand in our technology-basedsociety that this may be a challenge; however, this gives campers the opportunity to challenge themselves, trust others, andsolve problems on their own. Parents are welcome to call and speak to the camp director or camp nurse about their camper.In case of an emergency, parents/guardians or the emergency contact person will be contacted. We encourage families tosend mail, care packages, and one-way e-mail to their campers.Trading PostEach GSCI camp has a camp store offering a variety of camp souvenirs: T-shirts, bags, water bottles, stuffed animals, pens,patches, and more. Campers typically find that $15-$25 will give them the ability to buy what they would like. This money iscollected at check-in.7


family and weekend events100 Years of Core CampingWe have come a long way from dunking our dishes in the river,but let’s head back in time as we remember some of ourfavorite Girl Scout camping traditions. Bring your troop tocamp for a fun-filled summer weekend. Troops will plan theirweekend around several camp activities, and certified staffwill be provided for swimming, boating, archery, and othertraditional camp favorites.Who: All grade levelsDate: Friday, June 15 - Saturday, June 16, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 7:00 p.m. Friday- 3:00 p.m. SaturdayDate: Friday, June 22 - Saturday, June 23, 2012Location: Camp WidjiwaganTime: 7:00 p.m. Friday- 3:00 p.m. SaturdayFee: $25 per girl/adultMin/Max: 30/70 participantsPlease eat dinner before arriving. Breakfast, cookout lunch,and a snack will be provided over the weekend. Troops arehoused in platform tents and cabins. Troops are responsiblefor meeting girl/adult ratios. We also suggest bringingadditional troop activities in case of extra down time.Me and My Gal Pixie ParadiseCreate a fairy wand and some glittery lip gloss and nail polishwith your favorite gal. Enjoy a cookout lunch, play games, go ona fairy hunt, and learn what camp life is all about.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012Location: Camp KiwanisTime: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Fee: $10 per girl/adultMin/Max: 30/75 participantsWear your best fairy costume. Lunch is included. Attendingadults must be at least 18 years old.Check out our website for Camp Rally andHelping Hands Day opportunities!Me and My GuyWestern AdventureHave a blast at camp with your favorite cowboy duringa day full of western adventures. Wear your best cowgirlgarb for wandering through vast open spaces andhiking hidden trails. Saddle up for some horseback riding,learn the art of leather crafting, and jump into the localwatering hole to cool off. Round up for lunch and cookover an open fire like a true cowgirl.Who: Girls entering grades 4 - 12Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Fee: $20 per girl/adultMin/Max: 30/ 60 participantsBring a swimsuit for swimming and long pants forhorseback riding. Cookout lunch is included. Attendingadults must be at least 18 years old.Camp Spa WeekendPack up your bags and bring your mom, sister, aunt,or grandma to camp for a relaxing retreat. Chill at thewater’s edge or go for a swim. Create gooey chocolatycampfire snacks and attend an evening camp spa whereyou can create your own facials and lip gloss and even geta manicure. Enjoy a picnic lunch under the trees in theshaded cool grass after taking a hike along the woodedtrails. This is a weekend you and your favorite gal aresure to remember!Who: All grade levelsDate: Saturday, July 7 - Sunday, July 8, 2012Location: Camp WidjiwaganTime: 10:00 a.m. Saturday - 8:00 p.m. Saturday(day-only option)10:00 a.m. Saturday - 9:00 a.m. Sunday(overnight option)Fee: $25 per person(day-only option)$30 per person (overnight option)Date: Friday, July 20 - Saturday, July 21, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 7:00 p.m. Friday - 3:00 p.m. SaturdayFee: $25 per personMin/Max: 30/100 participantsPlease bring a picnic blanket for lunch. Peairsparticipants: please eat dinner before you arrive onFriday evening. Breakfast and a picnic lunch will beprovided on Saturday. Widjiwagan participants:please eat breakfast before you arrive on Saturday. Apicnic lunch and dinner are provided on Saturday.Breakfast is provided on Sunday for those who choosethe overnight option at Widjiwagan. Sleepingaccommodations are platform tents at both facilities.Attending adults must be at least 18 years old.8


day camps overviewCamp is an exciting place for girls to enjoy a well-rounded Girl Scout experience. Girls will learn newthings and grow strong in any session they choose to attend. Day camp allows girls a safe environmentto learn new games, make arts and crafts, practice outdoor cooking skills, develop environmentalawareness, and, most of all, have fun with new friends and play in the water. Day camp is the perfectstarter camp for girls who want to get comfortable in the outdoors and who are interested in exploringnew activities close to home. Before and after care is available at all day camps at no additionalcharge, with the exception of the three community day camps listed on page 16. For the daycamps listed on pages 13-15, lunch and snack are included each day. For the community day campslisted on page 16, snacks are included but campers should bring a sack lunch.Typical Day Camp Schedule7:30-9:00 a.m. Check-in and before care9:00 a.m. Opening flag ceremony and morningsnack9:30-11:30 a.m. Girl-planned activities focused oneducation and weekly theme (artinstruction, cooking lessons, ecologygames, etc.)12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch and rest time1:00- 3:30 p.m. Girl-planned activities focused onpracticing new skills (water activities,scavenger hunts, games, etc.)3:30 p.m. Closing flag ceremony and afternoonsnack4:00-5:30 p.m. Check-out and after careDay Camp Bus ScheduleThe bus pick-up points for Camp Tapawingo day camp arelisted below. Please note that pick-up and drop-off times areapproximate. Please complete the day camp registration formand select bus and drop/pick up sites.Pick-up Drop-off Location7:45 a.m. 4:35 p.m. Wilder-Waite School, Peoria8:25 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Peoria Service CenterMin/Max: 50/120Cost: $37 per girlFriday campers participate in all-camp activities,showing off their new skills and trying to complete theweekly challenge!9


day campsCamp KiwanisDr. Seuss on the LooseWho doesn’t enjoy green eggs and ham? In this session we’llexplore the world of Dr. Seuss books and you can experiencebecoming a Dr. Seuss character. Each day we’ll spend timewith a different Dr. Seuss book and get to know the world ofDr. Seuss through science experiments and art projects. Inbetween Seuss-tastic adventures there will be plenty of timeto enjoy camp with hikes, games, and songs.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/50Camp H2Ohh!That’s right, we brought it back - our most popular campsession! This super soakin’ session takes you from the lake tothe pool and back again. Get soaked at the water carnival, learnto canoe, go down the water slide, and enjoy hikes, creativearts, and cooking out.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/50Artful AnticsDo you like to draw, paint, dance, and sing? This summercamp session is all about exploring the arts. Learn aboutdifferent art media, experiment with primary colors and seethe amazing things that happen when you mix them, and learnsome new dance moves. In between art projects we’ll keepcool with crazy water games, sing songs, and relax and enjoycamp.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2015Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/50Outdoor AdventurerCalling all outdoor enthusiasts! Hike, learn to tie knots, playgames, sing your heart out, and discover what happens atcamp after dark. Explore nature, learn how to find your waywith a compass, make art projects, and canoe - all while makingnew friends. Participants may choose an optional sleepover onThursday night.Who: Girls entering grades 1 - 6Date: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.with optional sleepover on ThursdayFee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/50$10 additional fee for overnight option. Dinner andbreakfast provided.Penguins and Polar BearsLive like you are in Antarctica or the Arctic in the middleof summer! Enjoy snow cones, go for an early morningpolar bear swim, make a special cold-loving friend to takehome with you, and have fun at the black and white ball inaddition to other fun camp activities.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/50Camp PeairsPaws, Claws, Wings, and ThingsExplore all that camp has to offer this summer, includingwildlife, plants, trees, trails, archery, and the lake. Visit withfurry and feathered friends, create works of art, try yourhand at tie-dying, and learn some outdoor games and anew Girl Scout song or two.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 30/60Camp TapawingoWacky, Wild, and WonderfulA wild and wacky time awaits any camper who signs upfor this fun-filled week of outdoor exploration, games, artprojects, swimming, and more. Tie-dye camp shirts,make lunch over a fire, play canoe games, practiceorienteering on a scavenger hunt, and learn about horsecare and wildlife.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 30/100Mish Mash MadnessIn this mish mash of everything having to do with camp andthe great outdoors, each day will center around a differenttheme. One day you might find yourself creating art andtie-dying and the next day you might discover new and funscience experiments. You’ll also have the opportunity tocanoe, cook over a fire, and polish your orienteering skills.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 30/10010


Camp WidjiwaganDesserts UnlimitedMmm! There is nothing better than desserts made atcamp! Test your taste buds as you try a new desserteach day and learn new ways to make old favorites.Experiment with s’mores over a campfire or trybaking cookies using solar energy - with plenty of timefor swimming and other camp activities. This is sure tobe the most delicious week of camp!Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/70Painter’s ParadiseLooking to focus on your creative side? Let your talentsflow and experiment with paints, design jewelry, or tryyour hand at pottery. There will also be plenty of time forcookouts, swimming, and kayaking. Paradise would notbe complete without a luau to end the week!Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/70Splash ZoneBe sure to bring your swimsuit and towel to this session,because every day you will be doing something with or inthe water to cool off- splash parties, swimming, andcanoeing - and you’ll enjoy cookouts, art projects, andcamp games, too!Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/70Sherwood’s School of MagicSharpen your senses as we study the secrets of herbology,campfire potions, and charms. Create your very own wand androbe. Hike the woods to discover the habits of camp’s mostmagical creature and enjoy an optional sleepover on Thursday.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.with optional sleepover on ThursdayFee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/70$10 additional fee for overnight option. Dinner andbreakfast provided.Are You Game?Kick off the 2012 Summer Olympics at camp! Join us for aweek of fun group games and sports. Try your hand at our newgaga pit, challenge your friends to a game of four square, andwhen it gets hot, hit the pool for some fun in the water. This is agreat week for making new friends and playing outside!Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/70Penguins and Polar BearsLive like you are in Antarctica or the Arctic in the middle ofsummer! Enjoy snow cones, go for an early morning polar bearswim, make a special cold-loving friend to take home with you,and have fun at the black and white ball in addition to other funcamp activities.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/70day campsCamp H2Ohh!That’s right, we brought it back - our most popular campsession! This super soakin’ session takes you from thelake to the pool and back again. Get soaked at the watercarnival, learn to canoe, go down the water slide, andenjoy hikes, creative arts, and cooking out.Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $125 per girlMin/Max: 20/7011


teen day campsTeen Day CampsCamp WidjiwaganDay Camp AssistantsThink you might want to be a camp counselor some day?Spend the summer with us and learn what it truly means to be acounselor as you work alongside the staff counselors andassist them each day with younger campers. This opportunityis available to girls who have completed Program AideTraining or attended any LIT or CIT program at camp lastsummer. There are six Day Camp Assistant positions availableper session.Who: Girls entering grades 8-12Date: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Date: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Date: Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Teen TravelersSpend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday enjoying someof your favorite camp activities, then take off the othertwo days and explore the world outside of camp. Tuesdayspend the day giving back to your local community andThursday trek down to St. Louis for the day. This week isguaranteed to change up the usual day camp routine andadd something new and exciting!Who: Girls entering grades 6-8Date: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Trip to the St. Louis Science Center on Thursday.Date: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Trip to the St. Louis Zoo on Thursday.Fee: $200 per girlMin/Max: 10/13Check-in and check-out times are subject to changeon Tuesday and Thursday to allow time for specialactivities.Date: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Date: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Date: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Date: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2012Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $25 per girlMin/Max: 1/612


These sessions are organized by GSCI council staffand held at partnering venues rather than councilcamp facilities. Fees include all activities and snacks.Girls must bring a sack lunch. Friday Family Lunchand gift bags are not available, but the Trading Postwill be available once during the week so that girlsmay purchase Girl Scout merchandise.Trail MixJust like trail mix, this week contains a little bit ofeverything. “Ingredients” include activities from the worldsof science, art, drama, leadership, and more! Two days ofafternoon swimming, one day of outdoor fun, and somespecial guests from the community will help keep thingsfun and exciting!Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 2012Location: Decatur Service CenterTime: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Fee: $70 per girlMin/Max: 25/50Fun patch included.Fun in the SunJoin us for a week in the great outdoors enjoying a mix ofall your favorite things! We’ll hit the trails for a nature hike,cool off with water games, get messy with creative artprojects and science experiments, and make new friends.Best of all, you’ll enjoy Girl Scout camp traditions, such asoutdoor cooking and your favorite songs.community day campsWho: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22, 2012Location: Camp Sacajawea, QuincyTime: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Fee: $70 per girlMin/Max: 20/40Fun patch included.Critters, Clues, and You!Wildlife and the great outdoors await you this week!Discover the trails at camp and the signs animals leavebehind. Meet both wild and domestic animals and learnwhere they live and what they eat. Connect with yourfellow Girl Scouts while searching for clues on the trailsduring scavenger hunts and orienteering. Make a differentart project each day to celebrate your creativity!Who: Girls entering grades 1-5Date: Tuesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 2, 2012Location: Streator Baptist Camp, StreatorTime: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $40 per girlMin/Max: 30/6013


esident campsoverviewDo you like creative arts? Water activities? Singing around a campfire with a bunch of new friends?Horseback riding? Whatever your interests, we’ve got a camp session for you! Each session has aspecial focus for different interests and levels of experience, for both first-timers and seasonedcampers. Choose a focus that sounds fun to you!Typical Resident Camp ScheduleCheck-in Times:Mini-resident Camps: 1:00 p.m.Teen Camps: 2:00 p.m.Junior Camps: 2:30 p.m.Brownie Camps: 3:30 p.m.Note: Check-in may take up to an hour.Check-out Friday from Noon-2:00 p.m.Mini-resident Camp check-out: 4:00 p.m.Typical Resident Camp Schedule7:45 a.m. Opening flag ceremony8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast9:00 –11:30 a.m. Girl-planned activities12:00 –1:00 p.m. Lunch1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Rest hour2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Girl-planned activities4:00 – 5:45 p.m. Showers, Trading Post, Kapers5:45 – 6:00 p.m. Closing flag ceremony6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner7:00 p.m. All-camp activities (costume parties, campfires) or unit activities (night hikes, team building)camp traditionsCamp MagicDuring their time at camp campers enjoy the unique magic and special traditions of resident camp, from camouflaging fora wild walk to save our beloved camp fairies to challenge meals that might leave a camper temporarily tied to her neighbor.Captain Hook causes a big shipwreck at Camp Peairs in the dining hall at some point each week, making a very pirate-likemess out of lunch, and at Camp Tapawingo the wild west bandits might steal lunch, requiring campers to work together tomaster challenges to get our food back! Read your packing list carefully so you can ensure your camper is ready for all theexciting activities and adventures that await her!Camp KapersKapers are chores girls share while attending camp. Each staff member will model and teach campers proper ways to carefor the environment and their camp surroundings. Each unit is responsible for the upkeep and cleaning of their area and foradditional daily camp responsibilities. This may include cleaning the dining hall, latrines, bathhouse, grounds, etc. Girls areclosely monitored to make sure that established health and safety procedures are used in completing cleaning tasks.14


Got a super busy summer but can’t imagine missingout on summer camp? Or maybe you’recontemplating taking that step to full residentcamp? Mini-resident camp sessions will give you ataste of what resident camp has to offer as youexperience traditional camp activities such ashiking, outdoor cooking, and sleeping in a platformtent – but in a shorter time period.Flashlights and FirefliesSpend three days and two nights sampling a little bit ofeverything that makes resident camp great: art projects,games, singing, swimming, boating, and outdoorexploration. Make new friends and discover your own‘can-do’ attitude!Who: Girls entering grades K - 3Date: Sunday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 3, 2012Location: Camp KiwanisTime: 1:00 p.m. Sunday - 4:00 p.m. TuesdayWho: All grade levelsDate: Sunday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 3, 2012Location: Camp WidjiwaganTime: 1:00 p.m. Sunday - 4:00 p.m. TuesdayFee: $150 per girlMin/Max: 20/70 Widjiwagan, 10/20 KiwanisWhen requesting buddies, keep in mind that camperswill split into living units by grade levels.Canoes and KayaksIf you love the water, join us for three days of canoeingand kayaking at Lake of the Woods. We ‘ll pack a lunchand take a day trip out of camp to Kickapoo State Parkto paddle around the lake with the swans. Back at campwe’ll hike, cook out, and make new friends.Water BugsSpend this three day mini-resident camp in the watersplashing around and exploring the pond. Play fun water gameslike sponge dodge ball, drip drip drop, and raindrop relay thatare sure to leave you soaked and keep you cool. Paddle aroundin canoes on the pond and discover the plants, animals, andbugs that live in the water. When you’re all dried off join yourfriends around the campfire for songs and s’mores.Who: Girls entering grades 1-12Date: Sunday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 3, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 1:00 p.m. Sunday - 4:00 p.m. TuesdayFee: $150 per girlMin/Max: 30/ 60When requesting buddies, keep in mind that campers will splitinto living units by grade levels.Wild WestSpend this three day mini-resident camp as a Wild Westcowgirl. Learn about horses and barn life while you have aground lesson and then jump in the saddle for a short ride.Create some leather crafts, make your way through a wildwest relay race, and enjoy some good ol’ story tellin’ and skitsaround the campfire. There will also be time for swimming,singing, and s’mores.Who: Girls entering grades 1-12Date: Thursday, July 5 - Saturday, July 7, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 1:00 p.m. Thursday- 4:00 p.m. SaturdayFee: $150 per girlMin/Max: 30/ 60When requesting buddies, keep in mind that campers will splitinto living units by grade levels.3 day mini-resident campsWho: Girls entering grades 4 - 8Date: Sunday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 3, 2012Location: Camp KiwanisTime: 1:00 p.m. Sunday - 4:00 p.m. TuesdayFee: $150 per girlMin/Max: 10/12Must be a confident swimmer.15


4 day mini-resident campsPeairs Pink PalsSpend four days in a world of pink! Try some pinktie-dying and put on your pink pjs for the pink slumber party,where you’ll decorate pink cupcakes, bead some pink jewelry,and play silly games with pink balloons. There will also be plentyof time for swimming, campfires, and s’mores making, butdon’t be surprised if the s’mores are pink, too!Who: Girls entering grades 1-3Date: Tuesday, July 17 - Friday, July 20, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. FridayFee: $190 per girlMin/Max: 6/12Wake and WavesSplash around and play fun water games like sponge dodgeball, drip drip drop, and raindrop relay that are sure to leaveyou soaked and keep you cool. Grab a lifejacket and jump intoone of the many Peairs boats or head to the beach to swim andbuild sand castles. When you’re ready to dry off, enjoy sometie-dye and sing camp songs.Who: Girls entering grades 3-4Date: Tuesday, July 17 - Friday, July 20, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. FridayFee: $190 per girlMin/Max: 6/20On TargetSpend four days with a bow and arrow in your hands,hanging out at the archery range and perfecting your shot.Create your own targets and play archery games, and topoff your week with an archery tournament to determinethe archer champion. There will also be plenty of time toswim, go for a sail, and make camp crafts.Who: Girls entering grades 4-6Date: Tuesday, July 17 - Friday, July 20, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. FridayFee: $190 per girlMin/Max: 6/20GraffitiStretch your creative side and experiment with fun andunique forms of art and self-expression. Design andsketch a giant chalk mural, paint funky neon portraits oncanvas, and create a camp comic book with your fellowcampers. When you’re ready to put the brushes downthere will be plenty of time to hang out at the beach, takea sailboat for a spin, and stay up until midnight makingcampfire snacks.Who: Girls entering grades 7-12Date: Tuesday, July 17 - Friday, July 20,2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. FridayFee: $190 per girlMin/Max: 6/2016


CAMPS FOR GIRL SCOUTBROWNIESDoodlebugsDo you know what happens when you mix yellow andblue paint? Have you ever tie-dyed or made your ownclay? As a Doodlebug you’ll spend the week learningabout art and trying your hand at a variety of art media,from weaving to stencils to papier-mache. Of course,there will also be time for other camp activities such ashiking and swimming.Who: Girls entering grades 2-3Date: Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/12Do-Re-MiDuring this week of musical inspiration, make your owninstruments, listen to music from around the world,write your own songs and musical skits, and of coursesing lots of silly camp songs. You’ll even get to createyour own camp song book with the help of yourcounselors. When you’re not making music, splasharound in the pool, become a shaving cream bunny, orcreate some new types of s’mores over the campfire.Who: Girls entering grades 2-3Date: Sunday, June 17 - Friday, June 22, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/12Zoo PalsIf animals are your passion, you’ve found the perfectcamp session. Practice swimming like a fish while weplay games and learn how animals move in the water.Go on a scavenger hunt and discover how animals findwhat they need in nature. Have a blast at the zooslumber party where you’ll make your own stuffedanimals and fun animal snacks and watch an animalmovie. Wildlife Prairie Park will bring some animals for usto see and learn about, too!Who: Girls entering grades 2-3Date: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/12MermaidsCalling all mermaids! Swim every morning and every afternoon,then trade in your fins for feet so you can slip ‘n’ slide, tosswater balloons, and become a shaving cream bunny. Makesome mermaid-inspired art and snacks and learn about theanimals who share the water with us. Plan a special meal for thewhole camp to show off the magic that’s under the sea, andleave the water to attend a mermaid slumber party where you’llbecome a princess for the night.Who: Girls entering grades 2-3Date: Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayDate: Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/12Campers are encouraged to pack a princess dress for theprincess slumber party.Candles & CandyDuring this artistic and creative session we’ll make scentedcandles in the sand at the beach, sweet treats over thecampfire, and brightly colored tie-dye. Enjoy a color hike,looking for beautiful colors in nature, and have a floating lunchon the lake. Plan a pajama slumber party with your new friendsand make snacks, play games, and make your own stuffedanimal to take home with you.Who: Girls entering grades 2-3Date: Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 12:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/12Brownie BoatsThis session is for water lovers who want to spend a weeksplashing around Lake Bloomington in boats or at the beach.Gather at the boat house every morning to try out all the boatsand play goofy boating games. Head to the beach in theafternoon to swim, play water games, build sand castles, andlook for turtles and other lake critters.Who: Girls entering grades 2-3Date: Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 3:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/12It is recommended that campers for this session arecomfortable in and around the water.resident camps for brownies17


esident camps for juniorsCAMPS FOR GIRL SCOUTJUNIORSDolphinsSpend a few days as a beach bum swimming and hanging outat the beach. Enjoy early morning swims, underwaterexplorations, and silly water games. Splash around at your ownwater carnival, plan a picnic lunch by the lake, zip down thewaterslide, and relax on the beach making colorful lanyards.Be sure to pack a lot of swimsuits!Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/20Messy MadnessPack your oldest clothes and spend the week creating all themessy fun you can imagine. Stomp around in the muddy creekand woods on a scavenger hunt, break out the face paint for amessy makeover complete with a wacky hair contest, and getcovered from head to toe in shaving cream before headingdown a giant slip ‘n’ slide to rinse off. All you need is a sense ofadventure and a little soap to get clean at the end of the week!Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/20Sail AwayJoin other mariners and spend the week sailing the sparklingwaters of Lake Bloomington. Develop your knot-tying skillsto keep your sails and boat in ship-shape and practice boatrescues and tip tests that are sure to leave you soaked. Withthe lines in your hands and your friends at your side, let thewinds fill the sails of your boat and carry you across the water.When you’re ready to dry off head to the lodge for a sailorslumber party, make sailboat snacks and crafts, and evenwatch a sailor inspired movie!Who: Girls entering grades 4-6Date: Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/20Archers & AnchorsDo you prefer canoeing around the lake or aiming for thebulls eye with your bow and arrow? Get the best of bothworlds when you work on archery skills during morningtarget practice, and in the afternoon try out all the boatsin the boat house. At the end of the week we’ll pack asack lunch and head off in canoes to Pine Ridge, wherewe’ll enjoy an archery competition.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/20TrekkersExplore camp and sleep in a new place every night. Enjoya private beach party and sleep under the stars. Then it’soff to a spa and movie night in the lodge. Finally, head outfor a night of camping in Pine Ridge after a day of archery.When you aren’t packing for your next move or setting upyour tent, you’ll have plenty of time to go swimming, zipdown the water slide, learn some new outdoor cookingskills, and play goofy games with your counselors andfriends.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/20Prior overnight camp experience is strongly encouraged.Trekkers is recommended for campers who wish toattend Trailblazer camp sessions. See page 25 for adescription of Trailblazer II and page 26 for Trailblazer I.See Dabblers on page 24 for an additional camp forGirl Scout Juniors.18


Girl Scouts of Central Illinois offers two kinds of equestrian experiences at camp – thosesessions which are full-time equestrian camps with the primary focus on equestrianactivities, and those which are part-time equestrian camps with an occasional opportunity toride while the main focus of the session is on something else. This gives campers theopportunity to choose the program that best fits their interests.Participants in full-time equestrian sessions will be scheduled 3-4 hours each day forequestrian-related activities. Participants in part-time equestrian sessions will have one ortwo scheduled horse times during the week for 2-4 hours each. Equestrian time will be splitbetween ground lessons (grooming, tack, etc.) and riding lessons (in the saddle activities).In order to provide the best possible program, all campers in horse programs will split intogroups based on riding skill. During extreme weather such as heavy rain or high heat, ridinglessons will be adapted or cancelled in order to protect the health of campers and horses andin those cases camp staff will plan other horse-related activities such as bathing horses orbraiding manes.Boots and helmets are provided for riding, and campers who wish to bring their own mustcheck with the Equine Program Specialist to ensure equipment meets safety standards. Anyquestions regarding riding skills or appropriate boots and helmets should be directed to AnnBower, Equine Program Specialist, at abower@girlscouts-gsci.org.equestrian resident camps19


equestrian resident camps20EQUESTRIAN CAMPFULL TIMECowgirl Round-UpCalling all cowgirls - get ready for a week of horseback fun!Learn the basics of horse care and riding, knot-tying, lassothrowing, leather craft, and cooking meals over a fire. Explorehiking trails, splash in the pool, and paddle around in the lake.Hang your hat while you relax around the campfire and spend anight sleeping under the stars.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $265 per girlMin/Max: 6/16Prior horseback riding experience is recommended but notrequired.Hoofin’ ItDo you love horses and want to know everything about them?Get up early and help get the horses ready for the day byfeeding, grooming, and saddling. Learn from the veterinarianabout basic horse health care and talk with the farrier to learnall about the horses’ hooves then head to the arena to learnabout horsemanship. When you pull off your riding boots,spend time at the pool, on the archery range, or around thecampfire.Who: Girls entering grades 6-8Date: Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $265 per girlMin/Max: 6/16Campers must be confident they can control a horse at awalk or trot. Prior horse experience is recommended but notrequired.Clippity-ClopClippity-Clop is perfect for first time riders. Hang out at thehorse barn and learn about the different kinds of horses, theirmarkings, and how to groom them. When you’re ready you’llhave the opportunity to saddle up and ride. Don’t worry- therewill still be plenty of time to splash around in the pool, try yourhand at outdoor cooking, and make some traditional camp artprojects such as tie-dye and leather craft.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, June 17 - Friday, June 22, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoDate: Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $265 per girlMin/Max: 6/16 per sessionNo prior horse experience is needed; recommended forbeginning riders.Mane EventPolish your boots and get your horse shined up! Learnproper horsemanship and horse care, and work all weekon what it takes to win the blue ribbon - proper feeding,grooming, braiding, and riding. Discover the differencesbetween Western and English riding and saddle up bothways. Splashing in the pool, hiking the trails, and laughingwith friends will help ease the pre-show jitters. At theend of the week, demonstrate your skills in the CampTapawingo horse show!Who: Girls entering grades 6-8Date: Sunday, June 17 - Friday, June 22, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $265 per girlMin/Max: 6/16Rodeo RallyPull on your boots and saddle up for some real rodeofun! Have a blast in the arena learning real rodeo eventslike barrel racing, pole bending, and flag races. When youaren’t in the arena, have fun learning about the role of arodeo clown as you hold a costume contest, learn tojuggle, and make balloon animals. When you’re donehorsin’ around, splash in the pool, cook over the campfire,and make some camp-inspired art.Who: Girls entering grades 4-6Date: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $265 per girlMin/Max: 6/16Campers must be comfortable around horses and able tohandle them at a walk or trot. Prior horse experience isrecommended but not required.Tack ‘n’ TrailUse your riding skills out on the trails as you learn how tomaneuver your horse through rugged terrain, use propertools to help clear safe trails for horses and riders, andpack a picnic lunch to enjoy with your pony. Spend timein the arena perfecting your riding skills on an obstaclecourse. After you hang your hat for the day, cool off in thepool and tell your friends about all of your adventures!Who: Girls entering grades 7-12Date: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $265 per girlMin/Max: 6/16Prior horseback riding experience is required.Campers must have attended at least two prior horsecamps, taken lessons, or be a member of the GSCI SaddleClub and must be able to handle a horse at a walk and atrot. Campers’ collective riding skills and weather mayaffect the extent of trail riding.See page 29 for a description of the equestriansession Top Hand.


EQUESTRIAN CAMPPART TIMESea HorsesNot sure if you want to spend your time swimming like a seamonkey or riding like a true horse fan? Now you can do both!Spend time at the barn during the week having a groundlesson and even jumping up in the saddle once. Cool offeach day with some pool time and play and create new andexciting water games. When you’re not at one of the twohottest spots at camp, you’ll have time to hike the trails, plana night of sweet campfire desserts, and tie-dye.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/15DabblersTry a bit of everything during this action-packed week atcamp. Play swimming games in the water after a beaverbreakfast, then paddle around in a canoe and enjoy afloating lunch. Discover the animals at camp as you hike tothe archery range, and explore the night as you never havewhen you stay up late cooking sweets over the fire, go on aglow-stick night hike, and sleep out under the stars. After acookout breakfast, develop your teamwork skills with somechallenging team games.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, June 17- Friday, June 22, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayCreature QuestLearn all about the animals at camp, from feathered friends tofour -legged buddies. Search for animal tracks while you’rehiking the trails, pull on some boots for a pond study andsearch for frogs, turtles, and fish, or head to the barn for aground lesson and maybe even a chance to jump in the saddle.Plan a slumber party where you’ll build your own stuffedanimal. Wildlife Prairie Park will bring some additional animalsfor us to see and learn about. When you’re done monkeyingaround jump into the pool for a swim, try your hand at archery,and make some campfire desserts.Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/15Paddle & SaddleYou don’t have to choose between boating and horsebackriding - you can do both! Take to the water in your canoelearning a variety of paddle strokes at Camp Tapawingo, thenpack up for a day trip to Camp Peairs for some sailing. Saddleup in the horse arena where you’ll groom and ride. When you’redone with your paddle and saddle for the day jump into thepool and cool off with your friends. Now that’s the best of bothworlds!Who: Girls entering grades 4-5Date: Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/15Participants should be comfortable in and around water andaround horses.equestrian resident campsDate: Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:30 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/15 - Tapawingo, 6/20 - PeairsTapawingo campers will have the chance to visit the barnonce, where they will learn to tack and ride in the arena.Peairs campers will learn to rig and sail the sailboats, usekayaks, and go on a short boating trip.21


Spa SensationDiscover peace and inner beauty while immersingyourself in the beauty of camp. De-stress as you relaxpoolside, become inspired by the sunset and the starsthat light up the sky, pamper yourself by creating yourown spa products, and discover the empowering effectsof yoga. After a week of camp-style relaxation, head backinto the world rejuvenated.Who: Girls entering grades 6-8Date: Sunday, July 8- Friday, July 13, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/15Trailblazer ITest your survival skills this week when you start outsleeping in the comfort of a platform tent, then pack upthe canoes with gear and food for the week and discovercamp along the Whispering Pines trail. Set up camp inPine Ridge, putting up tents, cooking every meal overa fire, finding your way with a compass, and practicingyour archery skills. Bond with your counselors and fellowcampers, play team-building games, swim in the lake,take on boating challenges, and explore the night. Returnto main camp in time for an amazing dinner and closingcampfire.Who: Girls entering grades 6-8Date: Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/14Due to the extreme nature of this program, participantsmust have attended resident camp at least twice priorto attending this session. Campers must be confident intheir outdoor cooking and canoeing skills. Priorattendance in Trekkers is recommended (see page 21 fordescription of Trekkers). Personal outdoor equipment(mess kit, sleeping bag and pad, etc.) is required for thesession. Contact Katie at the Peoria Service Center withany questions at 800-640-8671 ext. 1409.VoyagersIf your favorite sight of camp is from the lake, this is a week ofwater journeys you won’t want to miss. Pack up the canoeseach day and head to the park around the bend for acookout, navigate your way to Pine Ridge and practice yourarchery skills, or paddle your way to take a dip in the coolwaters of muddy creek. Every day will be a new adventure onthe lake and you’ll still have time for a s’mores bar, makinglanyards, and hanging out at the beach.Who: Girls entering grades 6-8Date Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/20Prior boating experience is recommended but not required.Sail-YakingHave you ever kayaked in a sail boat or gone paddle boardingor surfing on a noodle? This wacky water session is for creativeand kooky boaters, as we’ll be turning the boat house upsidedown with crazy antics. After refreshing our skills we’ll spendthe week exploring all the unique ways we can get aroundon the water. When you’re ready to dry off, have fun goofingaround on land with activities such as tie-dye, archery, andeating breakfast for dinner.Who: Girls entering grades 7-12Date: Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/10Prior boating experience is recommended.teen resident campsIsland GirlsAloha, beach buddies! Spend one of the last weeks of thesummer hanging out at the beach, swimming or paddlingaround at the boat house. Plan a tropical meal and createfire on water to cook it. Let the beach inspire you to createsand art and sand candles. Plan a luau party at the beachcomplete with a hula contest, the limbo, tropical music,making leis, and sleeping under the stars. Pack a few swimsuits and meet at the beach!Who: Girls entering grades 7-12Date: Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $245 per girlMin/Max: 6/2023


teen resident campsTEEN LEADERSHIP CAMPSThese sessions are long-standing Girl Scout traditions, where teens work together to discover their leadershippotential while designing and carrying out activities and programs at resident camp. As you learn the ropes ofbeing a leader and counselor you’ll learn to trust and count on each other through challenging team games thathelp you develop who you are in a friendly and supportive environment. Join the long line of teen Girl Scouts beforeyou and learn how you can change the world for a child!In order to maintain their spot at camp all Counselor in Training I & II participants must submit a Teen LeadershipApplication, three letters of recommendation, and a sample camp activity. Application and instructions areavailable at your local service center or on line at www.girlscouts-gsci.org. New this year: Leader in Trainingparticipants are not required to submit a Teen Leadership Application. If you have any questions about TeenLeadership Camps contact Katie Nolan at knolan@girlscouts-gsci.org .Counselor in Training IIIf you love everything about camp and would love nothingmore than to one day become a member of the camp staff,CIT II will set you on the path to realizing your dream. Chooseyour own focus area, such as equine, aquatics, or outdoorskills. Learn, work, and grow side by side with experiencedcamp staff, and meet with your adviser each evening to reflecton your experiences.Who: Girls entering grades 11-12SESSION 1- Equine or outdoor skills focusDate: Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15 andSunday, June 17- Friday, June 22, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $200 per girlMin/Max: 2/4SESSION 2 - Equine or outdoor skills focusDate: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29 andSunday, July 8- Friday, July 13, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $200 per girlMin/Max: 2/4SESSION 3 - Aquatic or outdoor skills focusDate: Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27 andSunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3 andThursday, August 5 - Tuesday, August 10, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 2/4CIT II at Camp Tapawingo is a two week program; CIT II atCamp Peairs is a three week program. Participants mustreturn home on the weekends on Friday during campercheck-out and return Sunday during camper check-in.Approval is required prior to registration. Participants musthave attended CIT I or have the camp director’s approval.Participants may not register for multiple sessions of CIT IIand priority for placement is given to campers who have notparticipated in CIT II previous summers.Event and Mini-Res CITsEvent CITs: Join counselors and other camp staff atcamp for the day and learn more about a campcounselor’s job. Help run an activity station such as watergames, boating, hiking, or outdoor cooking for troops.Mini-Res CITs: Spend 100% of these 3 or 4 day miniresidentcamps with our first-time resident campersputting your counselor skills to the test. Spend your daysside by side with counselors and enjoy the opportunity toshare your love of camp with some of our youngestcampers. A must-have experience for any CIT who wantsto be camp staff one day.Who: Girls entering grades 10-12EVENT CITDate: Saturday, June 16, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.EVENT CITDate: Saturday, June 23, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.EVENT CITDate: Saturday, July 21, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Fee: $5 per girlMin/Max: 2/6MINI-RESIDENT CAMP CITDate: Sunday, July 1- Tuesday, July 3, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 1:00 p.m. Sunday - 4:00 p.m. TuesdayMINI-RESIDENT CAMP CITDate: Thursday, July 5- Saturday, July 7, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 1:00 p.m. Thursday - 4:00 p.m. SaturdayMINI-RESIDENT CAMP CITDate: Tuesday, July 17- Friday, July 20, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. Friday24Fee: $25 per girlMin/Max: 6/10


Leader in TrainingDevelop your leadership style though challengingteam-building on the low ropes course, and discover yourpotential while climbing the high ropes course. Spend timeshadowing, interviewing, and learning tricks of the tradefrom the camp staff while you and your fellow LITs workdirectly with younger resident and day campers. With thesupport of your counselors and new friends you’ll worktoward completion of the Leadership Pin.Who: Girls entering grades 7-9Date: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $255 per girlMin/Max: 6/15Participants must have bridged to Girl Scout Cadette priorto the beginning of the camp session. The LIT program is aprerequisite for CIT programs.Counselor in Training IIf you love working with younger campers and hanging out witholder Girl Scouts in an outdoor setting, you will love this twoweek session. You’ll spend the first week at Camp Tapawingoimproving your camping and leadership skills and observing thecounselors in action. Then join back up at Camp Peairs, whereyou’ll be paired with a unit to lead daily camp activities. As aCounselor in Training you’ll have plenty of time to stay up latemaking midnight grilled cheese and playing goofy CIT games.You will receive the CIT 1 pin in a private ceremony the last nightat camp.Who: Girls entering grades 9-10Date: Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13, 2012at Camp Tapawingo andSunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27, 2012at Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $200 per girlMin/Max: 6/10Campers will be at Camp Tapawingo week 1, have a week off,and then spend week 2 at Camp Peairs. Counselor in Training Icampers must submit a completed Teen LeadershipApplication, including three personal references, prior toregistration. Contact your service center for an applicationor access online at www.girlscouts-gsci. org. Campers mustreturn home during the weekend on Friday during campercheck-out and return on Sunday during camper check-in.teen resident campsSee page 15 for Day Camp Assistant opportunities atCamp Widjiwagan.25


teen resident campsTRAVEL CAMPSLooking for a bigger adventure to challenge your skills?Join us on the road and take it to the extreme as we travelaround central Illinois and, for the first time (just like youasked for!), leave state lines!Participants must be experienced resident campers withat least two prior camp sessions and they must bephysically able to carry their own gear during the weekand keep track of their belongings.Questions about Travel Camps should be directed to Katie“Bugs” Nolan at knolan@girlscouts-gsci.org.Travel TrailThe road has been calling us, girls, so let’s go! Start youradventure at camp learning some new skills necessary for thisadventure, then we’ll pack up just the basics of our gear andfood for a ten-day journey. We’ll hit the road for the Ozarks ofMissouri and Arkansas and we’ll explore caves, hike trails,discover wildlife, rock climb, ride horses, backpack in thewilderness, camp under the stars, canoe the rapids, and muchmore during this special session that’s the first of its kind forGSCI. When you return to camp enjoy an amazing dinner andan evening swim ‘n’ spa.Who: Girls entering grades 8 - 12Date: Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 20, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. WednesdayFee: $500 per girlMin/Max: 8/14Top HandRide across central Illinois on horseback, meeting newfriends and horses along the way. Start out practicing yourskills in the riding arena at Camp Tapawingo as we groom,tack, and ride. Then we’ll trek across the state visitinghorse barns and camping out at other GSCI camps.Before returning to Camp Tapawingo we’ll stop at theRockin’ P Ranch for a challenging two-hour ride along thetrails after a day full of equine activities. Return to campjust in time for dinner and closing campfire.Who: Girls entering grades 9-12Date: Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $330 per girlMin/Max: 6/ 10Participants must have three weeks of horse campexperience or documentation from a horse instructorthat they can handle a horse at a walk, trot, and canter.Participants must have their own riding boots andhelmets.Must have previously attended one of the following:Trailblazers 1, 2, or 3, or Winter Trailblazers. Must be at leastintermediate level of learning with the following: canoeing,backpacking, primitive camping, and outdoor cooking. Mustbe a confident swimmer and hiker and able to handle extremeweather conditions and terrain while backpacking, hiking,camping, and canoeing.Road TrippersBecome a nomadic traveler as we caravan across centralIllinois. You’ll start at Camp Peairs where you will explore LakeBloomington during an all-day boating trip. Then pack up andtake aim at the archery range at Camp Kiwanis and hike thetrails along the Sangamon River. From there you’ll spend theday in a harness swinging from the teams course high abovethe trees at Camp Widjiwagan. Before your journey brings youfull circle saddle up at Camp Tapawingo while working onriding skills and playing horseback riding games. Return toCamp Peairs just in time for dinner and closing campfire.Who: Girls entering grades 9-12Date: Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 2:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00 p.m. FridayFee: $310 per girlMin/Max: 6/10Campers must have attended resident camp twice prior to thissession and will be required to pack and carry their ownpersonal gear during the week.26


Group LessonsHorseback riding lessons are available for small groups/troops. In a group setting, riders begin to feel a sense ofindependence and confidence in their skills. Both Westernand English disciplines are available. Groups arerecommended for those in the same skill level.Who: Girls entering grades 4 - adultDates: Saturday, July 21, 2012,Saturday, August 4, 2012, orSaturday, August 11, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTime: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Fee: $20 per participantMin/Max: 2/5Prior horse experience is recommended but not required forgroup riding lessons. Group lessons are recommended forriders of the same skill level.Private Weekday LessonsPrivate horseback riding lessons are available for beginningthrough advanced riders. As a beginner, learn the basics ofgrooming, tacking, and riding. Intermediate and advancedriders can take advantage of one on one time with theinstructor to hone your riding skills. Both Western and Englishdisciplines offered.Who: Girls entering grades 4 - adultDates: Tuesday, July 17, 2012,Tuesday, July 24, 2012,Tuesday, July 31, 2012, orTuesday, August 7, 2012Location: Camp TapawingoTimes: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.,10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., or12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.Fee: $40 per participanthorseback riding lessons27


trips and travelsHoliday World and Splashing SafariCaravanHop on the bus for a trip to Santa Claus, Indiana, and spend theday at Holiday World and Splashing Safari Park. Spend all day atthe water park or at the amusement park - you choose. Leavethe driving to us and have fun with your troop or your family.Who: All grade levels and familiesDate: Saturday, July 28, 2012Location: Holiday World, IndianaTime: 7:00 a.m.7:00 a.m. bus will depart fromChampaign Service Center and returndeparture is at 6:30 p.m. from Holiday WorldFee: $70 per participantMin/Max: 40/53Admission to the park and transportation included.Depending on interest, another bus may be added to departfrom the Decatur Service Center.Tall Ship WindyTravel to Navy Pier and sail on a four-masted schooner.The Windy is a 148 foot traditional four-masted gaff topsailtall ship. Built of modern materials but resembling old tradingschooners and sail training ships, the Windy has all thecharacter and charm of the great Age of Sail. Learn a bit ofsailing history while you spend some time on Lake Michigan.Who: Girls entering grades 4 - adultDate: Saturday, August 4, 2012Location: Navy Pier, ChicagoTime: 7:00 a.m.7:00 a.m. bus will depart fromChampaign Service Center and returndeparture is at 6:30 p.m. from Navy PierFee: $45 per participantMin/Max: 40/53Girl Scout Day with the St. LouisCardinalsSpend the afternoon at Busch Stadium cheering on theSt. Louis Cardinals. Prior to the game Girl Scouts andfamilies get to march on the playing field. Ticket includesentry to the game.Who: All grade levels and familiesDate: TBALocation: Busch StadiumTime: TBAFee: $17 per personMinimum/Maximum: 800/1200Soft-sided coolers with snacks and plastic water or sodabottles are allowed. No cans or bottles. All ticket sales arefinal. Troops are responsible for meeting girl/adult ratios.Transportation is ticket holders’ responsibility.Europe 2013Spend ten days seeing London, Rome, Florence, andParis. Our adventure will include five tours led by licensedlocal guides and three walking tours.Who: Girls ages 14 - adult (by date of trip)Date: June 25-July 4, 2013 (tentative)Fee: $3270 per girl and $3605 per adult($200 deposit per person attending due atregistration)Min/max: 10/40Transportation from Champaign and sailing tour included.28


Scout Day at the FairJoin us at the Illinois State Fair for Scout Day! Thisannual tradition allows Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts(18 and under) who come in uniform to receive freeadmission to the fair. Come to the Scout Day Tentoutside the entrance to the Carnival Midway to buydiscounted carnival ride passes. The first 1,000Scouts at the tent will receive a free Scout Day patch.Who: All grade levels and familiesDate: Monday, August 13, 2012Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds,SpringfieldTime: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.An informational flyer with additional details will beavailable at all GSCI service centers in June 2012.End of Summer CelebrationNot ready for the summer to end? Come out to campand celebrate one last time! Join us for one more dayof water fun, boating, archery, and all those summerfavorites we hate to say goodbye to! Wrap up the endof the season and help us celebrate the summer andour 2012 camp unit winner.Who: Girls entering grades K-12Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012Location: Camp WidjiwaganTime: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Fee: $6 per girl/$3 per adultMin/Max: 50/100Lunch and snack included.Smooth SailingEven the smoothest sailing rarely leaves you dry, socome ready to get wet! Whether or not you alreadyknow what a boom is, we will help you learn the ropesand feel confident in a sailboat. Starting on land, you’lllearn how to tie some basic knots, learn all about aboat’s parts and how they work, and enjoy a riggingchallenge before you even hit the water. Then we’lltake you out in a boat, where you’ll learn how toharness the wind and maneuver around the lake. Onceyou are able to demonstrate your skills, we’ll set youfree on the water.Who: Girls in grades 6-12Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Beginning the Next 100 YearsKick off fall with a day in nature with Girl Scouts and your family.Explore what Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will be offering in the2012-2013 membership year, play games, and enjoy activitiesfor all ages and a family cookout!Who: All grade levels and familiesDate: Saturday, September 8, 2012Location: Weldon Springs, ClintonTime: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Fee: $5.00 per participantMin/Max: 50/150Hot dogs, chips, and dessert will be served.Adventure at the AquariumTurtles, penguins, whales, dolphins, otters, and more - spenda whole day checking out your favorite marine animal friends!Watch a 4-D movie, tour all of the exhibits, take in an aquaticshow, and enjoy a private, behind-the-scenes tour of theaquarium.Who: All grade levelsDate: Saturday, September 15, 2012Location: Chicago Shedd Aquarium, ChicagoTime: 6:00 a.m. -9:30 p.m. Peoria Service Center7:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m. Peru KmartFee: $52 per girl/$57 per adultMin/Max: 46/52 participantsBus will pick up from and return to Peoria Service Center andPeru Kmart locations. Fun patch and snack included.Participants should bring a sack lunch or money to eat lunch atthe aquarium and money for dinner on the way home. Troopsare responsible for meeting girl/adult ratios.Horseback riding sessions will be available at CampTapawingo in September. For information check outthe next issue of the Activity Guide on our website inAugust at www.girlscouts-gsci.org.august - september activitiesDate: Saturday, September 8, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $12 per participantMin/Max: 8/ 1529


august - september activitiesCan you Canoe?Did you get introduced to boating at camp over the summer,or have you always wanted to learn? Join us for this funboating workshop where we’ll go from the basics to sendingyou out on the water by yourself in just a couple of hours. Firstwe’ll discuss boating safety issues and how to use paddles toget us where we want to go. After you master your skills on land,jump in a boat and see what you can do on the water.Who: Girls in grades 4-12Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Fee: $12 per participantMin/Max: 8/ 20Challenge CourseGSCI’s challenge course program offers low and highropes courses at each site and a variety of groundinitiatives designed to enhance student leadership,teamwork, and problem-solving skills, as well as improvecommunication, cooperation, support, trust, and risktakingcapabilities. Low Ropes Courses explore andrecognize the benefits of highly effective teams and teambuilding. High Ropes Courses take your group to a higherlevel by utilizing elements that are 20 and 40 feet in theair. Participants use ropes and harnesses to negotiate thecourse as well as a zip line. The Camp Widjiwagan coursealso features a climbing tower.Who: Girls in grades 5 - adultDates: Saturday, September 15, 2012,Saturday, September 22, 2012, orSaturday, September 29, 2012Location: Camp Tapawingo orCamp WidjiwaganTime: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Fee: $15/half day per participant$30 full day per participantMin/Max: 6/15Must be in grade 5 or older to participate. Low ropescourse is recommended before participating in the highcourse. If your group would like to do both it will take a fullday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Must complete the challengecourse waiver and health history form in order toparticipate. Please note that ending times may varydepending on group size and dynamics.Mini BoatersMini Boaters gives our beginning boaters a taste of whatboating is all about. Take a tour of the boathouse and learnall about the many kinds of boats at camp. After we coversafety skills, select just the right life jacket, talk about whyyou need a whistle on a boat and even what to do if you fallout, we’ll take you for a ride on the lake and you can help uspaddle along. If you’re ready you can even take a boat outon your own!Who: Girls in grades K-5Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Location: Camp KiwanisTime: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Fee: $12 per participantMin/Max: 8/ 20This is an introductory-level boating program.


Family Fall FestSpend the day at camp with your family or troop to kick offthe new Girl Scout year while you enjoy beautiful fall colorsand exciting camp activities. Go on a hayrack ride, enjoyarchery, try your hand at boating, run through a fall-themedrelay race, and after you work up an appetite make acookout dinner complete with apple cinnamon s’mores.Make sure you visit the Camp Trading Post before you leaveand take a group photo at the camp sign.Who: All grade levels and familiesDate: Saturday, September 29, 2012Location: Camp PeairsTime: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Fee: $7 per participantMin/Max: 50/ 150CITs and Program Aides are needed to assist with thisprogram.Healthy Girls, Happy MomsBring your mom to the dance studio for some special motherdaughterbonding time. Relax and build strong muscles withyoga, and learn about healthy eating and nutrition during a KidsCan Cook Too lesson. This day is about learning how to takecare of your body so you can live a long, happy life!Who: Girls in grades 2-3Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012Location: Cheryl Loatsch Studio, QuincyTime: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Fee: $25 per pairMin/Max: 10/20 pairsaugust - september activitiesGirl Scouts of Central Illinoisservice centersGSCI operates service centers in the following locations, proudly serving 38 counties across central Illinois. For service centerhours of operation, please visit our website at www.girlscouts-gsci.org.Springfield Service Centerand Headquarters3020 Baker DriveSpringfield, IL 62703877-231-1446Bloomington Service Center3 Westport CourtBloomington, IL 61704800-777-1912Champaign Service Center701 Devonshire, Suite B16Champaign, IL 61820800-328-5112Decatur Service Center462 W. William St.Decatur, IL 62522800-791-9319Peoria Service Center1103 W. Lake Ave.Peoria, IL 61614800-640-8671Peru Service Center2220 Marquette Rd., Suite103Peru, IL 61354815-223-3613Quincy Service Center3837 Eastlake Centre Dr.Quincy, IL 62305877-477-4757

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