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2018 Camp Bus Schedules:

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What is best, day camp or overnight camp?

The Choice is yours! Whether it’s day camp or overnight camp, you’ll experience all the fun that Girl Scout Summer Camp can offer.

With Day Camp, you'll be placed into a group based on your grade and experience. If you and a friend are heading to camp together and in the same grade, we can place you in the same group - just let us know! Girls are always welcome to be a part of our Day Camp sessions. Day Camp sessions are one week and are open to girls entering grades 1st through 8th. Sessions run from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Girl Scouts take the bus to and from camp offering a great way to meet your fellow campers. Please note that bussing is mandatory for Promising Acres and Rocky Farm and optional for Green Forest and Camp Cookie.

Typical days at Day Camp can include swimming lessons, free swim, crafts, boating (kayaks, canoes and paddle boats!), hiking, outdoor cooking, and nature exploration. At Camps Cookie and Green Forest you swim in a pond and at Camp Promising Acres you swim in a pool!

Aside from bringing your smile and a sense of adventure, we'll ask you to pack a lunch, a towel, your favorite bathing suit, lots of sunscreen (and bug spray!) and water. Oh, and bring a mess kit, too! (A mess kit is a washable dish, bowl, cup and eating utensils for our Thursday cookouts!)

Overnight camp at Camp Hoffman is open to girls entering grades 2 through 12. You can come for a three-day or a one-week program. Overnight camping gives you the chance to challenge yourself, get outside your comfort zone and of course, develop lifelong friendships and memories. Groups are based on program choice, but you'll also have the opportunity to choose activities that interest you most. One week sessions allow you to focus on your interests: archery, sailing, canoeing or exploring the night sky. Check out the deluxe high and low ropes challenge course! This course was made possible through a generous grant from The Champlin Foundations. The choices for adventure and fun are all yours and endless!

You'll sleep in platform tents – these are big canvas tents raised off the ground on a wooden platform. And, yes, there are showers with hot water and flushing toilets! You'll dine in the big, beautiful Barbara W. French Dining Hall.

Are Camp Scholarships available?

We believe that every girl should have an opportunity to experience summer camp! To that end, we encourage applying for our camp scholarships. Nothing should stand in the way of a summer filled with friendship, fun and new-found confidence. All girls are welcome to attend camp without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or socio-economic status.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, civic organization and foundations, camp scholarships to attend a GSSNE summer camp program – day or overnight – are available for girls who, without this assistance, would not be able to attend Girl Scout camp.

Click HERE for our Camp Scholarship Application Form. (Click here for Spanish Language form)

We recommend completing and mailing the Camp Scholarship Application and required documentation to GSSNE as soon as possible since our funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Completed applications may be mailed to GSSNE, 500 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI 02886. Financial aid applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Questions? Call us at 401.331.4500 or 800.331.0149 and ask for a camp registrar to assist you!

What makes Girl Scout Summer Counselors different than other counselors?

What is one of the things girls like most about Girl Scout camp? The counselors! Many of our counselors (including those from all over the world!) come back year after year, their love of the outdoors and “all things Girl Scout” makes for a fun summer! And all counselors are put through extensive training which includes:

  • Understanding safety considerations in a camping environment, operating procedures, and competencies required for program activities
  • Age-appropriate behavior management and camper supervision techniques that create a physically and emotionally safe environment
  • Trained in performance and conduct, including sexual harassment policies
  • Recognition and prevention in reporting of child abuse; and emergency procedures

Check back to meet our 2018 Camp Directors too! 

Is Girl Scout Camp an option for older girls too?

Yes! We offer several leadership opportunities at our summer camps. We provide the training and experience you'll need to be a camp “counselor in training” – starting in 10th grade. If you're a great swimmer, we can even help you become a water safety instructor aide!

Does selling cookies help me get to camp?

YES! Cookie credits for camp can be earned! If you sell Girl Scout cookies, you can earn $0.20 per box to help pay for the cost of camp. The more cookies you sell, the more affordable camp is for you and your family.

What about Girl Scouts with Medical or Dietary Needs?

Families of Girl Scouts with special dietary needs, allergies, airborne allergies, mobility limitations, or health conditions requiring particular awareness should contact customercare@gssne.org prior to registration to determine if Girl Scouts is able to make reasonable accommodations for the camper. Please note that certain accommodations may be difficult to make given the camping environment. 

Are physicals or immunizations required to attend camp?

Physicals are NOT required to attend any GSSNE summer camp! Camp Promising Acres DOES require immunization records due to Massachusetts State Law. If your camper is attending Promising Acres, please submit your doctor's own immunization form or document online at https://goo.gl/FgpgDf by May 31 (or, if registering after May 31, within 3 days of signing up for a camp session).

How do I work at Girl Scout summer camp?

Thanks for wanting to share your time, skills, and talents with us! Check out our Careers page for more information!

When is drop-off and pick-up at Camp Hoffman?

For week-long sessions and mini-sessions at Camp Hoffman, drop-off is 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm on the first day of your camper's session. Pick-up is 5:00 - 5:30 pm on the last day of your camper's session. Please arrive only during these windows.

For the Great Escape (weekend session), check-in is Friday night between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Check-out is Sunday morning by 9:30 a.m.

For Tall & Small and Family Camp (weekend sessions), check-in is Saturday morning between 9:30 – 10 a.m. Check-out is Sunday morning by 9:30 a.m.