Resident Camp Fast Facts for Parents
Camps Winacka and Whispering Oaks are both set on our 700 acre property near Julian. Each camp has a dining hall and health center. Each cabin area has flush toilets and hot showers. The camps share a low-ropes challenge course, archery range and natural interpretive trails.
- Camp Winacka features horse programs, a pool, a straw bale constructed nature and environmental center, rustic cabins, sleep-under-the-stars accommodations, two lakes and open-air dining.
- Camp Whispering Oaks offers a sports field tucked among the trees, basketball court, modern cabins with electricity, an observatory with spectacular views of the stars and shady tent sites for overnights.
- All counselors are at least 18 years old and are selected for their maturity, enthusiasm and experience.
- Many return year after year, and most were Girl Scout campers as children.
- Each staff member undergoes an extensive application, interview and screening process.
- Each summer, staff participates in an intensive, week-long training program in child development, group management, camping skills, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, CPR/First Aid and specialty areas.
- Camp staff is absolutely passionate about what they do. Every staff member from cooks to rangers, lifeguards and counselors are at camp with the intention of building girls of Courage, Confidence and Character.
- All staff members are First Aid and CPR certified.
- All camps utilize
girl input; campers help determine the program activities.
incorporate girl planning with session objectives to create unique
programs each week. Your camper will return home with a copy of her
schedule as a memory of her time at camp.
- Our camps provide
a variety of unique programs to satisfy the interests of all girls.
Campers can expect to spend about half their time at camp doing
activities related to their theme, and about half their time
enjoying general camp activities.
- Camp activities
teach girls new skills and help them learn about themselves as they
have fun. Activities are designed to promote both independence and
- Girls develop
leadership as they discover, connect and take action with new
- An on-site health
care supervisor with advanced medical training is available 24 hours
- Camp staff
follows an established Medical Management Plan reviewed by a doctor
and supported by the health care supervisor.
- Campers use
sunscreen on a regular basis.
- Campers are
encouraged to drink plenty of water.
- Counselors are
informed of campers' medical history to ensure proper first aid and
- Campers are
taught and encouraged to communicate any needs that arise to camp
Staying safe at camp
- Camper drop-off
and pick-up is closely monitored; campers are released only to
adults listed by the parent or guardian.
- Campers always
travel as buddies (in pairs), and camp staff are with campers at all
times except in the cabins and changing areas.
- Camps diligently
follow (or exceed) adult-to-child supervision ratios specified by
Girl Scouts' Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp
- All camps are
located less than 15 minutes from emergency medical services.
Accommodating special needs (dietary, physical, medical and emotional)
- Contact the camp
directors with specific considerations or needs in advance so we can
best serve your camper; they can be reached at
- A staff member
trained in special needs may be available for additional support
Camper illness or injury
- Minor camper
illnesses and injuries are handled on-site following parent/guardian
directions on the medical release form.
- Parents may
request notification for any level of camper illness/injury.
- Parents or
guardians are informed of camper illness if:
- Symptoms require
camper to be removed from camp program for more than two meal
periods. (Example: We would call home if a camper came in to the
nurse’s office before breakfast, and was not well by lunch.
We would not call home if a camper came in after lunch, rested and
was fine by dinner.)
- Illness requires
advanced medical intervention.
- Illness is
deemed or suspected to be contagious, or otherwise dangerous to the
health of other campers
life-threatening situations, emergency medical service will be
notified before parents or guardians.
- The health care
supervisor manages camper medication.
- One counselor
with each group of campers carries and administers medication under
the direction of the health care supervisor.
- Medication must
be prescribed by a doctor and be in its original prescription
container with the camper's name.
medication is provided according to the parent/guardian directions
on the Health History form.
- In the case of an
emergency or evacuation, parents and guardians may call the Girl
Scouts' Mountain Information Hotline at (800) 643-4798, x300 for
recorded messages about camp property status, evacuation sites and
timelines for camper pick up.
- When possible, an
e-mail with this message will also be sent to parents immediately
following an emergency or evacuation.
Camp meals and special diets
- Indicate special
dietary needs on the Health History form.
- Three full meals
per day and snacks are provided.
- Do not send
snacks with campers.
- See sample menu
and other information about our famous camp food on our website.
Clothing and belongings
- Clearly mark all
clothes and belongings with first and last names.
- Closed-toe shoes
are required at all times.
- In addition to
her luggage, a school-size backpack is helpful to keep belongings
together when traveling around camp.
- Each camper
receives a camp T-shirt and a patch.
- Buses are
available for all camps for a $15 fee.
- Campers who do
not ride the bus may be driven up to camp. All campers are dropped
off at the front gate and are walked into camp by camp staff. No
tours are available during drop-off and pick-up. If you would like a
tour of camp, please attend one of our open houses (Sundays, March
17th, April 28th and June 16th, 1-4
- Camp fees defray
expenses directly associated with camp operation, including
staffing, activity supplies, program equipment, transportation, food
and a camp T-shirt and patch for each camper.
- Tiered pricing
and financial aid keeps camp affordable for all girls