Camp Tallchief is nestled in the Osage Hills near Sand Springs in Northeastern Oklahoma, celebrating the 40th year of operation ins 2020! It is a fenced, mostly wooded area with large open spaces - perfect for a variety of outdoor activities! There are numerous trails of varying distance and difficulty. Meals are served in our Dining Hall under the watchful eye of Tallchief. Swimming is offered at our pool house. Lake Tallchief is the perfect stage for various boating activities including canoeing, sailing, and skiing. We also offer a variety of lodging options ranging from dorm style cabins to Yurts. Dreamcatcher Riding Arena offers girls an opportunity to specialize in equestrian skills. Other program activity areas include the archery range, fishing pond, and low ropes course.
Girls gather around the campfire, swim like fish, and channel their inner explorer at Camp Tallchief!
With almost 30 specialty sessions throughout the summer, campers discover exciting activities that challenge their limits, build their confidence, and further their leadership skills.
So no matter whether it's riding on horseback, swimming, paddling, crafting, or STEM…girls will find that their next adventure is just around the corner! Under the guidance of our highly-trained staff, girls will experience an unforgettable summer- having fun, developing new friendships, and making memories that last a lifetime!
About Camp Tallchief
Camp Tallchief is proud to be 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.
The health of Camp Tallchief’s campers, families, and staff are of the utmost importance.
In response to local, state, and national recommendations - we will be implementing several strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 at camp. We are aligning with guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), The American Camp Association (ACA), as well as local and state health departments. As the situation develops, procedures may change to align with updated guidance. While implementing changes based on new guidance, some of our programming may also be subject to change. We have listed several of those contingencies below to provide families with as much information as possible in preparation for the summer.
Coming to camp this summer is a commitment. Most camp staff will arrive at least two weeks prior to the beginning of camp. For the safety of everyone involved, we’re asking you to partner with us by limiting your camper’s and your family’s contacts for two weeks prior to your camper’s scheduled session. This means not organizing play dates or traveling with those outside of your immediate household.
For the safety of all, all campers and staff will be required to complete daily screenings for 14 days prior to arriving at camp. Prescreening will be completed through CampDoc. Pre-screening will require you to take your camper’s temperature, monitor for symptoms, and report any possible exposures to COVID-19. Camp Tallchief’s Health Supervisor will follow-up with any individuals who report symptoms, a fever, or exposure. Any camper who does not complete the daily pre-screening protocol will not be eligible to attend camp.
At Camp, everyone in the vehicle with the camper will undergo a temperature screening. If anyone in the vehicle is found to have a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher, showing symptoms of COVID-19, or answering “yes” to any questions on the screening questionnaire, the camper will be unable to attend camp that week. Both check-in and check-out processes will be drive-through. Campers will receive a health screening and lice check outside their vehicle. Camp staff will assist campers in transporting luggage to their cabins, setting up their beds, and other first day activities. Medication and mail can be dropped off as part of the drive-through process. Families are asked to remain in their vehicles during the check-in and check-out process. Restroom facilities will not be available to non-campers. Please plan in advance if you believe you will need to make a restroom stop prior to arrival.
Temperature and symptom screening will be conducted daily for all campers and staff. Any person displaying symptoms will be isolated and the camper will be required to be picked up immediately to receive further medical attention. When a diagnosis is confirmed, this information will be given to the camp. For readmittance to camp, families must provide negative COVID-19 test results.
Campers and staff will be required to wear masks whenever they are inside a building, or attending a camp ceremony where cohorts are distanced (flag ceremony and campfire). Campers and staff will not be required to wear masks if they are outside amongst their cohort (cabin) group, sleeping/ laying in their bunk during rest hour, participating in aquatic activities, or strenuous outdoor exercise. Campers will be provided opportunities throughout the day to take mask breaks. We suggest campers bring at least two masks per day, and bags to store used and clean masks.
Cabin Group/ Cohort
As in previous years, campers will be assigned to a cabin based on their session selection. Our sessions are limited to 10 girls and will be assigned their own counselors. This cabin group will do all activities together, eat together, and sleep in the same building. Different groups will not intermingle. Cohorts will attend flag ceremonies and campfires while remaining distanced from other groups.
Nutritious meals will be served in the dining hall using staggered time periods and at half capacity. Campers will sit with only other members from their cabin.
All Camp Activities
Traditional evening activities and gatherings will be conducted at the cabin level or will be modified to ensure proper distance between cohort groups.
Along with maintaining cabin groups, increasing our sanitation program will be one our highest priorities this year. Indoor facilities - to include cabins - will be sanitized multiple times a day. Additional staff are being utilized to ensure common areas and activity sites are sanitized between groups. In addition, campers will be required to wash their hands or utilize hand sanitizer between meals and activities. Any activity which requires campers to use a common item (i.e. bow and arrow) will be sanitized prior to use by the next camper.
Does my camper need to wear a mask?
Yes, Campers and staff will be required to wear masks whenever they are inside a building, or attending a camp ceremony where cohorts are distanced (flag ceremony and campfire). Campers and staff will not be required to wear masks if they are outside within their cohort (cabin) group, sleeping/ laying in their bunk during rest hour, participating in aquatic activities, or strenuous outdoor exercise. Campers will be provided opportunities throughout the day to take mask breaks. We suggest campers bring at least two masks per day, and bags to store used and clean masks.
What is the protocol if someone has suspected symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?
Any person displaying symptoms will be isolated and the camper or staff member will be required to be picked up immediately to receive further medical attention. If a diagnosis is confirmed, this information will be given to thecamp. For readmittance to camp, families must provide negative COVID-19 test results.
If a diagnosis is confirmed, communication will be sent to families with information about the possible exposure and next steps. All members of the affected cabin group will be required to be picked up immediately to receive further medical attention.
Refund/ Cancellation Policy 2021
All activities require advance registration and payment by the registration deadline.
- All deposits are nonrefundable and non-transferable.
- In the event activity fees do not require a deposit, full payment is required for registration.
- Cancellations must be received before the registration deadline.
There are no refunds after the registration deadline. The individual making the registration will be responsible for any balance due for:
- Cancellations received after the registration deadline.
- Any balance due for girls who are “no shows”.
No refund will be given for campers:
- Arriving with active bed bugs, lice, eggs, or nits.
- Arriving late or leaving early.
- Who are sent home for communicable diseases.
- Who are sent home for exhibiting improper behavior.
2021 Cancellations Due to COVID-19 Family Circumstances
While we are unable to provide a no-risk cancellation refund policy, we assure you that if your daughter is ill or is in contact with someone who is ill causing her to be ineligible to attend resident and/or day camp that we will first try to reschedule. If that is not possible, you have the following choices:
- Donate all or a portion of payments to camp.
- As a nonprofit that relies on income from program payments, it is important to understand that the financial implications of cancelling from a camp session are serious. Prior to camp, many preparations are made that incur expenses for the council. Your donation will mean a great deal towards helping us recoup some of those costs and your donation is tax deductible.
- We know that each of us has been impacted in a variety of ways by this crisis. At your request, we will cancel the registration and refund all payments except for the deposit.
In the event that GSEOK has to cancel a program, a full refund including the deposit will be provided. This policy includes all methods of payment including those made with Cookie Program Credit.
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Special Health, Medical, or Emotional Needs
Special health and medical needs are accommodated whenever possible. At this time, we are not equipped, nor do we have specialized staff, to provide care for a wide array of special medical needs. If your camper has a specific need, please contact our Camp Director in advance, and we will work together towards a possible solution and/or determine availability.
When registering, fill out the health history questions completely to help us best accommodate your camper.
Some special needs we ARE able to accommodate include epilepsy, insulin-dependent diabetes, asthma, and most food allergies.