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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current mask policy at camp?

In creating our Communicable Disease Plan and determining our COVID policies and procedures, we reference guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, the CDC, American Camp Association, and Girl Scouts of the USA.

We have not established a definitive mask policy for Summer Camp 2022 at this time, however, we will determine one based on community health status closer to the opening date of camp. For your reference, this was the mask policy in place for summer 2021 during July and August:

  • Masks will be worn by campers at all times when on buses (except in situations of extreme heat while seated) and when indoors. Masks will be worn outdoors at certain activities when social distancing of 3 feet is not possible. Girls who prefer to wear masks at all times are encouraged to do so.
  • Our staff who are fully vaccinated are required to wear masks when with campers and social distancing of 3 feet is not possible. Our non-vaccinated staff are required to wear masks at all times. 
  • For additional Camp Safety Information, refer to our Parent Guides. 
Is vaccination required to attend camp?

No, vaccination is not required, but highly recommended, except for certain Lake Rickabear Camp trips, where specific venues require vaccination.

Does my girl need to be a Girl Scout to attend camp?

Your girl does not need to be a Girl Scout to attend our camps. All girls are welcome to attend summer camp at our camps. Girls who are not currently registered as a Girl Scout, will be charged a one time $40 fee per camper. Girls who are registered Girl Scouts in another council will be charged an additional $20 fee per session.

Why Girl Scout camp?

Why Girl Scout Camp? At Girl Scout camp, girls feel comfortable acquiring new skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. From a relaxed swim to teaming up on a project, our camps offer girls a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and build courage, confidence, and character. 

CONFIDENCE: For many girls, camp has unlimited potential to unlock or boost a girl’s confidence. Girls have the opportunity to try new things and test their limits.

CHARACTER: Camp is a safe place for girls to learn individual responsibility and work as part of a team. 

SISTERHOOD: Girls will explore nature, build confidence by trying new things, and take healthy risks with the support of a sisterhood of fellow campers and strong female role models.

BADGE EARNING: Girls will have the opportunity to earn Girl Scout badges in horsemanship, camping, leadership, and more. By wearing their badges proudly on their uniform all year long, they can remember their accomplishments and special moments from camp.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: In our technology-free setting, girls embark on a summer that unlocks their potential and allows them to thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And this summer, girls will need that more than ever.  

What if my preferred camp session is full?

Some camp sessions are very popular and fill up fast. If a particular camp session is full, the option to place your camper on the wait list will appear. We will contact you if a space opens up prior to the camp date.

A return call to the office must be made within one business day to keep her space in the session. If you are interested in registering for all seven sessions but the session you are looking for is full, we will assist you in registering for the sold out session. Simply contact Customer Care by emailing or calling (973) 248-8200 to let us know.

Can my camper be in the same unit as her friend?

Girls like to make new friends at camp. But we also know that some girls want to be with a particular friend, so we will try to accommodate a request to be placed with a buddy in the same unit. If we are able to accommodate your request, we will still encourage her to make new friends within her unit. At times, we will pair her up with someone new during games, buddy lines, and other activities at camp. Girls wishing to be buddies must be in the same program and cannot be more than one grade apart. Only one buddy can be requested and it must be reciprocal on the buddy’s registration. 

At Lake Rickabear Day Camp, the preference is for girls to be part of the same Girl Scout level (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, etc.). If the girls are not part of the same Girl Scout level, the older girl will be moved down one level to be with her younger buddy.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Finances should never be an obstacle to a day camp adventure! Any GSNNJ registered Girl Scout may apply for financial assistance. Each family’s request and the availability of funds determine the amount granted. Fill out the Girl/Adult Financial Assistance (GAFA) form and submit it for review. Forward a copy of your camp invoice to Gigi Mauder at The $80 deposit for camp is required and can be refunded if sufficient financial aid is not available. Our deadline for financial assistance applications is April 2, 2022. No applications will be accepted after that date.

Do you offer a lunch program at camp?

An optional lunch program is provided by Simply Gourmet, an independent food service company. Simply Gourmet offers hot or cold “kid-friendly,” nutritious, nut-free meals delivered daily and individually packaged with the camper’s name. Participate by going to Menus and pricing for both July and August will be available for ordering by the middle of June 2022.

I received my registration confirmation, but nothing else. What do I need to know before camp begins?

Most of the information needed can be found in the respective Parent Guides. Your Camp Director will send an email one week prior to the start of the session with any last-minute information, such as information about bus delay notifications (via the Procare app) and more.

What will my camper be given to remember her camp experience?

Each session, your daughter will come home with a free photo of her camp unit. She will also receive a free t-shirt the first session she attends summer camp. Our Trading Post (camp store) will be open to purchase additional camp memorabilia such as clothing, key chains, jewelry, and stuffed animals. Each unit will have one assigned time during the week to visit the Trading Post. Your camper is welcome to visit on other days, too, as her unit’s schedule allows.

My camper is having a great time at camp. Can I sign her up for more weeks?

If there is availability, we would be happy to register your camper for an additional session. Email the Camp Director or call camp to see if we can accommodate your request.

Questions? Call Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Customer Care: (973) 248-8200

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