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DAY CAMPS 2022!

Operated by Girl Scout adult volunteers, day camps are five-day sessions in the great outdoors in communities throughout eastern Oklahoma. Girl Scouts experience the adventure of camp during the day while returning to the comforts of home at night. Days of sun, fun, and friends make the summer that much more special!  

A typical day will include opportunities to explore nature, learn songs, play games, get creative with projects, and gain outdoor skills while enjoying a fun-themed week. In our girl-led, girl-only environment she’ll feel comfortable trying new things and empowered to take the lead. Girls can attend by themselves, with a friend or two, or with their troop.

Registration Deadline - Thursday, May 8th for all Day Camps!

Day Camp Location Date
Watastota Day Camp SOLD OUT Tulsa June 6 - 10
Willow Haven Day Camp Oologah June 6 - 10
Hill-n-Dale Day Camp SOLD OUT Broken Arrow June 6 - 10
Sylvia Stapley Day Camp Stillwater June 13 - 17
Aphchi Day Camp   Ada June 20 -24

GSEOK’s Day Camps are designed and facilitated by volunteers in your local community.

Adult Volunteers Needed!

We need YOU to be a part of your community’s day camp!

Encourage curiosity, inspire adventurers, and be a role model for girls by volunteering at day camp! No expertise in camping is required. You’ll have a lifelong impact on girls, develop your own leadership expertise, gain new skills and tools, and connect with others too.

For each day of camp, one adult is needed for every five to eight girls to follow a girl to adult ratio. That means adults from each family and/or troop are needed to volunteer to make camp happen. Volunteer or find volunteers from your personal network. Recruit aunts, uncles, grandparents, college students, past campers, and friends.  The number of girls accepted for camp depends on the number of adult volunteers.

Day Camp volunteers are required to complete a GSEOK online training (gsLearn) and attend their camp’s mandatory, in-person site training prior to day camp. All volunteers that meet training requirements and volunteer for the full 5-days of Day Camp will receive a special reduced rate  for their full paying girl-relative Girl Scouts.

How to Register to Volunteer

Step 1: Register as a member of Girl Scouts at gseok.org and complete an online background check.

Step 2: Register as a Volunteer for your community’s day camp! You can do this at the same time as you register your Girl Scout. ONLY pay a deposit of your Girl Scout’s registration fee. Once you complete your volunteer commitment the balance will be reduced to zero dollars as we close out day camp financials.

What does it mean to be a day camp volunteer?

GSEOK day camps rely on adult volunteers to provide a fun, educational program for campers. Each camp has an administrative team that includes the director, assistant director (or co-directors), and business manager. This team helps to recruit and train the volunteers who will serve as unit leaders and program facilitators for the multiple units (groups organized by grade/GS level).

We hope that this information will help you to make an informed decision about volunteering. Please realize that we cannot possibly cover every aspect of day camp but here are some important key factors.

Benefits of Volunteering

Each adult who volunteers for all 5 days of camp (+pre camp trainings), their full-paying, girl relative Girl Scout can attend day camp at a reduced rate

  • Only adult volunteers have the option of bringing their boys (K-5th) and preschoolers with them to camp. There is a minimal fee for these children. All boys and preschoolers will be placed in appropriate units with adult supervision.
  • Volunteers at day camp experience the satisfaction of helping girls learn and have fun in the outdoors!

Responsibilities

Ultimately every volunteer is responsible for every child’s safety. Most volunteers are needed as unit leaders. In this role, you are responsible for working with at least one other volunteer to supervise a group of campers throughout the day.

  • Be the type of volunteer that you would like to watch your child.
  • Be a currently registered Girl Scout adult member with a background check.
  • Complete the required online council trainings.
  • Attend training offered by your day camp’s administrative team. Work with them to understand the schedule for the week and the activities that are offered, etc.
  • Be committed to showing up every day, the campers are counting on you to be there. Most camps do not have extra volunteers to substitute when someone fails to show up.
  • Unplug from your electronics so your attention is on the activities and the safety of the campers in your care

Daily Schedule

Each camp’s daily schedule varies but they all should include a full day of activities for the campers. We want the campers to be actively learning new skills, making new friends, exploring the outdoors, and having fun.

  • All volunteers, except those riding a bus to camp, need to arrive before the campers and be prepared to stay after the girls get picked up.
  • A typical day includes arrival; opening flag and announcements; scheduled activities such as crafts-themed programming, unit skits, etc.; sack lunch or cookouts; unit free time activities; special programming; closing flag and departure.
  • After the campers leave, there may be equipment to store, cleanup to do, paperwork to complete, or incidents to review

Sites

Day camps are held on council-owned properties, state parks, and open fields. Physical structures on many sites are limited. A variety of canopies are used to provide shelter and shade. Most sites have flush toilets, but you should be ready to use latrines or portable toilets.  All camps have handwashing stations.

Physical Demands

  • All-day camps are in the outdoors and may encompass large areas. Volunteers do not need to be in supreme condition but should be prepared for physical activity that may be more than their average workday

Why Volunteer?

  • Camps need adults to provide programming for the girls and to meet safety camper/adult ratios. 
  • You have an opportunity to lead campers and watch them become the leaders of tomorrow!
  • Day camp is FUN!
Teen Leadership Opportunities (6th -12th grade)

Share your camp enthusiasm with younger girls as you strengthen your outdoor skills and develop your own leadership style. Build teamwork, learn practical problem solving, and earn leadership awards. Younger campers will be excited by the skills you can teach them!

6th:  Leader in Action (LiA) unit for Cadettes.  They will work with a Girl Scout Brownie group on Journey activities. This award is a prerequisite to earning the Program Aide Award. (Most (not all) day camps offer a LiA option).

7th-12th Grade: Be a Program Aide (PA) at day camp! Lead younger campers and create memories you’ll never forget. Day Camp Program Aides work with an adult mentor to fine-tune your leadership skill throughout the week. Prerequisite for Role: Successfully completed GSEOK’s Program Aide Training.

ACA Accredited /Camp Standards
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Our council hosts week-long day camps in five locations across Eastern Oklahoma. Proudly, they are all accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized organization has established high benchmarks for the health and safety of campers and staff, as well as quality program delivery. Trained ACA representatives have conducted an independent evaluation and we have earned this mark of distinction.

Special Health, Medical, or Emotional Needs

It is the mission of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all campers while creating a successful and rewarding experience. GSEOK will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for all campers who might need them.

If your camper has a specific need, please contact our  Day Camp Manager in advance of registration, and we will work together towards a possible solution and/or determine availability.

In order to ensure that all campers receive the requisite care and attention, it is imperative that GSEOK be notified of all camper’s medications, disabilities, and any physical, emotional, or behavioral difficulties on the Participant Health History and Camper Participant Information forms in CampDoc.

Financial Assistance Available

Pay the required, minimum deposit and request financial assistance during registration.

It must be completed to process your financial assistance request.

Health & Safety

Your camper’s safety is our number one priority. We follow ACA accreditation and Girl Scout safety standards which include, but are not limited to:

  • Background checks for all adult camp staff and volunteers
  • Certified lifeguards, archery, canoe instructors

Each camp has a health supervisor on staff all day and the first aider for each overnight.

Archery instructors are trained and certified by national archery organizations. Weather is monitored, and plans are in place for heat, storms, and emergencies. Day Camp Directors are volunteers and trained in child development, leadership development, and emergency procedures.