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Essential Information for Parents

Parent Guides

Our Parent Guides contain information that will help you prepare for camp, including what to bring, what to wear, daily camp life activities, overnights, trips, and deadlines for forms. Be sure to read through the guide for the camp your daughter will be attending. 

Jockey Hollow Day Camp Parent Guide

Lake Rickabear Day Camp Parent Guide

Health History Form

Every camper needs to submit a Health History Form prior to attending camp. Download a copy and fill one out for your camper. A physician's signature is not required.

Submit the completed form via scan/email to healthforms@gsnnj.org, fax to (973) 927-7683, or by mail to Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, attn: Summer Camp, 1579 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ 07869.

If scanning/emailing, use a PDF format. Photos will not be accepted. Use a smartphone scan app in lieu of taking a photo of the Health History Form, and retain a copy for your records.

Wait List

Some camp sessions are very popular and fill up fast. If your daughter was unable to sign up for a particular camp session that was already filled, we offer a Wait List option. Simply put her name on the Wait List for that session, and we'll contact you if a space opens up prior to the camp date. 


Additional Camp Information

Accreditation

The health and safety of our campers and staff are our primary concern. We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which reviews staff qualifications and training, emergency management, program quality, health and safety standards, and much more. Additionally, our camps comply with standards set by the New Jersey State Department of Health, American Red Cross, and Girl Scouts of the USA.

AM/PM Care

AM Care: Lake Rickabear Day Camp offers before care on-site from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The fee is $50 per one-week session and $100 per two-week session. No per diem rate is available. Campers need to be dropped off at camp. AM Care is not available at Jockey Hollow Day Camp.

PM Care: Extend the camp day for campers with after care program held on site at Jockey Hollow Day Camp and Lake Rickabear Day Camp. PM care is offered from the end of the camp day until 6:00 p.m. Campers need to be picked up at camp. The fee is $50 per one-week session and $100 per two-week session. No per diem is available. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the frequently asked questions posed by our parents can be found at our FAQ & Answers section of the website.

How to Register

1. Review our Summer Camp 2020 Brochure the program offerings and select the sessions and programs that best fit your camper’s interests.

2. Register for the sessions your camper would like to attend!

  • Go to Program/Camp Registration. 
  • Log in under Current Member Login. Note: this is not part of the Girl Scout Membership Registration System and you may have a different login. (If you cannot remember your login information, retrieve the login or open a Customer Care Help Desk Ticket.)
  • After logging in, search for the camp programs you would like your camper(s) to attend. 
  • Pay a $80 deposit per session or pay in full. If registering after May 27, 2020, payment in full is required at time of registration.

3. Look for the email confirmation. All confirmations and camp correspondence are sent via email. At the time of registration, verify that your current email address is on file. Email confirmations are from noreply@uapps.net. Be sure to check your spam folder.

4. Submit the Health History Form. Submit the completed Health History Form and immunization record as soon as possible, but no later than May 27, 2020. Day Camp Health History Forms DO NOT require a doctor’s signature. 

Submit one of the following ways:
a. scan/email to: healthforms@gsnnj.org 
b. via fax to: (973) 927-7683
c. mail to:
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
Attn: Day Camp
1579 Sussex Turnpike
Randolph, NJ 07869

Day Camp online registration closes 16 days before the first day of each session.  

Lunch Program

An optional cold lunch program is provided by Simply Gourmet, an independent food service company. Simply Gourmet offers “kid-friendly,” nutritious, nut-free meals delivered daily and individually packaged with the camper’s name. Participate by going to www.simplygourmetlunches.com. Menus and pricing for both July and August will be available for ordering by the middle of June 2020.

Overnights

Complete the camp experience with an overnight at camp! During select sessions, girls can participate in an evening campfire and sing-along, and sleep in a building, tent, or yurt at Lake Rickabear or in a cabin at Jockey Hollow with their unit. Three meals (Wednesday dinner, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday) and a snack will be provided. Campers must pre-register for any of the overnights. Registration for overnights closes 16 days before each camp session begins. Each overnight is an additional $40. Overnights are included in the camp fees for the teen programs where specified.

Registration Changes/Cancellations/Payments

Changes to Registration
An additional fee of $20 per request for any changes will be applied after the initial registration is processed. Any changes to a day camp order must be emailed to customercare@gsnnj.org.

Payment Schedule
You may pay a $80 deposit per session or pay in full at the time of registration. All payments are to be charged with a debit or credit card online. To pay the balance, return to the online day camp registration website any time, but no later than May 27, 2020 and pay with a debit/credit card. To make partial payments over the phone, please call customer care at 973-248-8200. All registrations submitted after May 27, 2020 must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Non-member Registration 
Girls who are registered with another council or those not currently registered as a Girl Scout are welcome to attend GSNNJ day camps. An additional non-refundable fee of $40 will be charged per session. Please contact customercare@gsnnj.org and we will assist you in registering your camper.

Girls who are not currently registered will become a member of GSNNJ. Girls may continue in Girl Scouts after camp by emailing customercare@gsnnj.org.

Need assistance with day camp registration?
We’re happy to help! Call (973) 248-8200 or email customercare@gsnnj.org.

Cancellation Policy
Camp fees will be refunded, minus a 15% administrative fee, ONLY if an email request is received by the camp director no later than May 27, 2020. This includes fees for overnights and AM and PM Care. (Requests received after May 27, 2020 cannot be refunded). In case of an accident, illness (verification from a doctor is required), or death of an immediate family member, a camper will be offered the next available session or a refund will be considered on a case by case basis.

GSNNJ reserves the right to cancel programs or services that do not meet our minimum enrollment requirements. All fees will be refunded if the camper is not placed in another program. There is no refund if a camper is asked to leave camp due to behavioral problems or disobeys camp policies.

Staff

Each unit of campers is comprised of a minimum of two counselors who are at least 18 years old, ensuring girls have mature and responsible caretakers. Each summer camp staff member completes an application with references and are individually interviewed and background checked. All staff members complete a minimum of three days of pre-camp training. All unit staff and lifeguards are certified in First Aid and CPR. Key staff are EpiPen certified.

Staff Nurse and Special Needs

Jockey Hollow Day Camp and Lake Rickabear Day Camp have a certified nurse on staff at camp every day.

Jockey Hollow Day Camp and Lake Rickabear Day Camp can provide reasonable accommodations to girls with special needs.

Contact Rachel Jaffe, Jockey Hollow Day Camp Director, at rjaffe@gsnnj.org, or Elena Morgan, Lake Rickabear Day Camp Director, at emorgan@gsnnj.org, or call (973) 248-8200 to determine if we can adequately serve your camper’s needs.

All girls are welcome at Jockey Hollow Day Camp and Lake Rickabear Day Camp, where they will make new friends, try new things, and learn leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

Transportation

Transportation for Jockey Hollow Day Camp

Bus transportation to and from camp is included in the camp fee. Buses arrive at camp between 8:50 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and leave camp at approximately 3:45 p.m. A bus stop (or parent transport) must be selected at the time of registration. Bus times may vary due to traffic and weather conditions. An email will be sent with directions on how to register for remind.com (bus delay notifications) prior to the start of each session. A bus counselor is present on each bus.

Buses cannot wait beyond the scheduled times, so please arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to pick-up and drop-off times. For the safety of our campers, an authorized adult must present a photo ID when picking up a camper each day.
Arriving and Departing by Car: Campers transported to camp by a parent/guardian should arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. and should be picked up at 3:35 p.m. For campers being transported by a parent/guardian, select Parent Transport during online registration. Select PM Care for those staying for extended care.

Jockey Hollow Summer Day Camp 2020 Bus Routes


Transportation for Lake Rickabear Day Camp

Bus transportation to and from camp is included in the camp fee. Buses arrive at camp at approximately 9:00 a.m. and leave camp at approximately 4:00 p.m. A bus stop or parent transport must be selected at the time of registration. Bus times may vary due to traffic and weather conditions. An email will be sent with directions on how to register for remind.com (bus delay notifications) prior to the start of each session. A bus counselor is present on each bus.

Buses cannot wait beyond the scheduled times. Please arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to pick-up and drop-off times. An adult must stay with the camper until the bus arrives. For the safety of our campers, an authorized adult must present a photo ID when picking up a camper each day.
Arriving and Departing by Car: Campers transported to camp by a parent/guardian should arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and should be picked up between 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. For campers being transported by a parent/guardian, select Parent Transport during online registration. Select AM or PM Care for those staying for extended care.

Lake Rickabear Summer Day Camp 2020 Bus Routes