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Summer Day Camp

Summer day camp at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana provides an opportunity for girls to meet new friends, learn outdoor skills, and grow her courage, confidence, and character in a safe environment. 

She will have fun in the sun playing games, singing songs, and maybe even getting a little messy in the great outdoors!

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Summer Day Camp 2021 Update

Summer Day Camp 2021 Update: Extended Day, Overnight Program Change (4/1/2021)

This year is a year of adapting to changes, with a goal of providing outdoor program to all girls. For summer 2021, GSGCNWI will not offer the overnight option at council-led day camps: Camp Greene Wood, Camp Palos, and Vernon Hills Day Camp. We will run an extended evening program for our Juniors-Ambassadors at these three day camp locations as an alternative option.

During the initial launch of day camp programs, we adjusted sleeping capacities based on guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) around COVID-19. Based off interest from girls and families and reviewing our day camp programs, we realized there were many girls who we would be unable to serve with overnight capacities in place. We believe that it is important to engage as many girls as we can in the outdoors, especially in a year where in-person engagement is more important than ever. By adjusting from an overnight program to an extended day program, we are able to serve our mission of engaging girls in the outdoors to build their courage, confidence, and character.  

While girls will not have the option to sleep at camp, we will provide an extended day program so that our older girls still have experiences where they cook their dinner over a fire, join unique evening activities, and spend additional time at camp.

We thank you for your understanding as we aim to make our day camp program as successful and available as possible in this ever-changing time. We look forward to seeing you out at camp this summer! If you have any questions, please reach out to customercare@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.  

 Extended Day Program Details

  • Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will be able to participate in an extended evening program until 8 p.m. This program will consist of activities that we traditionally include in our overnight program, such as special games, dinner cook-out, campfire songs, and evening exploration. 
  • The extended day program is optional and girls in this age group may choose to opt out. If your camper is opting out of the extended day, we ask that families email the Camp Director or send a note at the beginning of the program week. 
  • Bus transportation will still be available for girls registered for this option. Evening bus route information will be shared with the transportation email you receive two weeks before the start of the camp session. Evening bus schedules may be adjusted during the week depending on number of girls choosing to stay for the extended day. Any adjustments or changes that need to be made during the week will be emailed to you no later than Wednesday.   
  • Families that have registered for bus transportation may choose to pick up their camper from camp by car Thursday evening instead of taking evening bus transportation. If your camper is changing transportation options for the Thursday extended day, we ask that families email the Camp Director or send a note at the beginning of the program week. 
  • If your camper chooses to cancel their registration for camp following this announcement, please contact customercare@girlscoutsgcnwi.org. We will issue a refund minus the $25 deposit, which will be placed on your account for use towards future program registrations.  
  • If your camper is interested in an overnight camp experience, we encourage you to look at our resident camp programs, including our 3-day 2-night Sampler programs. 
  • Updated day camp information packets can be found on our website here.  

What Day Camp is Like

GCNWI day camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an optional overnight on Thursday for girls who are entering fourth grade and older. You can register your camper for before-camp and after-camp programs or bus transportation at select locations.

Campers bring lunch every day except when there is a cookout. Meals during an overnight are provided

Locations: GCNWI offers Summer Day Camp programs at Camp Greene Wood, Camp Palos, and Vernon Hills Gathering Place. Learn more about each location. 

Where do campers sleep?  If a day camp has an optional overnight, campers may sleep in lodges, tabins, platform tents, yurts, or pop-up tents. Learn more about the different types of lodging at our camps.

Transportation: Daily transportation via chartered bus* to and from Camp Greene Wood and Camp Palos is available for an additional fee. The bus stop location** and payment must be made at the time of registration. At this time, the Vernon Hills location does not offer additional transportation options.

*Due to current health and safety practices, Metra train transportation is not available this year. New bus stops will serve areas previously served by Metra BNSF stops.

**Bus stop locations are tentative and subject to change. In the event of a change, you will be notified before your designated day camp program. 

Important Day Camp Information

We are so excited to have you join us at day camp this summer! Once you have registered for a summer day camp program, please be sure to read and reference the important information packet associated with your camp location and reference our Camp & Outdoor FAQ to help you gather additional information or answer other questions you may have.


Volunteer-Led Day Camp

In many of the communities we serve, talented and enthusiastic volunteers offer local day camp experiences for girls. Led by volunteers throughout our council, these day camps explore the communities around them in a variety of sites, including state and local parks, forest preserves, and Girl Scout camps.

Each volunteer-led day camp provides unique themed and specialized activities, and many provide leadership opportunities for older girls. All volunteer-led day camps are supported by council staff and meet standards regarding program, budgeting, risk management, health, and safety.


Questions?

Read through our Camp and Outdoor FAQ, or contact us at CustomerCare@girlscoutsgcnwi.org or 855-ILOVEGS (456-8347).