Every summer, Central Ohio girls of all ages attend Girl Scout Day Camp. These day camps are offered in eight Central Ohio counties. Girls at day camp participate in a wide range of activities, form new friendships and have outdoor fun. Girls are eligible for day camp if they are entering the first grade, all the way through those entering their senior year in high school.
Camps Ken-Jockety 2 and 8 are in Delaware County, and Camp Sarasponda is in Fairfield County. Franklin County hosts Camps Etowah, Ken-Jockety 3 through 7 and Sugarbush 1 through 5. Camp Cornish is in Knox County, and Camp Ken-Jockety 1 is in Madison County. Morrow County hosts day camp at Crooked Lane Learning Center, and Camp Logan Trail is in Pickaway County. Horseback riding camps are at a riding facility in Marysville, in Union County.
The Great Outdoors
Girls are at day camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities vary depending upon the camp. At two horseback riding day camps, Girl Scouts participate in cowboy sports. Other camps offer swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, painting, hiking, crafts and games. Girls perform chores together, go on nature walks, participate in flag ceremonies and learn campfire cooking.
Most camps begin in early June and continue through the end of July in one-week sessions. The camps are run by trained parent volunteers who have passed background checks. Most parent volunteers are mothers of Girl Scouts. Older Girl Scouts, called "PALS," help day campers to have their best experience possible.
At day camp, girls are placed in units of approximately 16 girls, two parent volunteers and one or two teen-age Girl Scouts. Girls of the same age are put together so they can make new friends within their unit. PAL helpers assist girls who are more reserved about making new friends.
All volunteers are under one director, who goes through annual training in Girl Scout health and safety standards, accident prevention and emergency procedures for fire, injury, bad weather and lost persons. There is a nurse at each camp.
Contact the Girl Scout Council in your area for registration procedures. Most day camps run around $50; horseback riding day camps are more. When camps are full, they maintain waiting lists. Camp slots are filled first with Scouts; if space remains, non-Girl Scouts can register. Non-Girl Scouts must pay a Girl Scout registration fee in addition to the camp fee. Financial assistance is available for registered Girl Scouts. Girls are encouraged to register as early as possible, preferably by March 15.
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