FAQ's

Get answers to your most frequently asked questions!

How can I talk to someone during the two weeks of camp?

The camp phone is 434-823-5531. This phone is manned only during the 2 weeks of day camp.  Please note there is no internet access at camp. Emails are answered between 5 PM and 10 PM during the 2 weeks of camp.

How old must a camper be to attend camp?

Girls who have completed Kindergarten - Grade 6 in the current school year may attend as campers.

Girls who have completed grade 7, however, can apply for Cadette Program Aide (CPA) positions.

What grade do I put for my camper?

Girls are placed in units based on the grade they were in as of January. It is the grade they just completed prior to camp. GSVSC requests the rising grade on its registration form.

I have two daughters in different grades but in the same troop. Can they be placed in the same unit at camp?

No. Girls are grouped by the grade they just completed at camp. This gives them the opportunity to earn the age appropriate camp progression patch.

Can our troop be placed in the same unit at camp?

Girls in the same grade from a single troop may be placed in the same unit. Girls from a single troop of different ages will be placed in the age appropriate unit which is based on the grade they completed in January of the current year. Troops sending more than 6 campers may be split into different units so as not to dominate a single unit.

Can I request my camper be placed with her camper friend/sister in the same unit?

Requests may be made and we will attempt to place the girls together in the same unit provided both campers completed the same grade in January of the current year. If the campers are in different grades they will be placed in different age appropriate units.

Is there an additional fee for the bus, t- shirt and/or overnight?

No. The listed fee you pay covers everything. If you change your bus stop after June 1 there is a $25 bus change fee if bus space is available.

Is there an overnight?

There is an optional overnight on the Thursday evening of camp. No transportation will be provided on Thursday evening or Friday morning, and parents are responsible for transporting their daughters.

Can I sign up for bus transportation at a later date?

Our busses fill up quickly. To ensure your camper's placement on a bus, indicate your bus stop at the time of registration. Bus assignments changes after June 1 will result in a $25 service fee if bus space is available.

Do I need to include insurance information?

No, insurance information is not required.

I want to volunteer for camp. How do I get my discount?

If you are registering online, you must register during the staff registration window of February 1 through February 28 to receive the discounted rate. Be sure to contact the camp director for the correct amount.

Can I register after the June close day (around the 1st)?

Sorry, we cannot accept late registrations as we order busses, supplies, and camp materials at that time.

Should I send a copy of my daughter's physical record from the doctor?

No, we only need a parent or guardian to complete the online health history/registration form. Please do not send extra paperwork. 

I'm not sure if my daughter wants to spend the overnight at camp.

We do not need that information at the time of registration. You and your daughter can make that decision as late as the Wednesday before the overnight and let the camp know at that time.

My daughter is not spending the night. Can she stay for the evening program?

All girls are invited to spend the night, but if your daughter prefers day camping only we encourage her to stay at camp for dinner and the campfire on Thursday night which ends about 9:00 PM.

Can parents come for the campfire on Thursday night?

Parents are invited to join us for the evening program which begins at 7:30 PM. Consider whether your camper is prone to homesickness or will have a difficult time when you leave for the evening when deciding to attend.

It is very hot / It's raining. Will camp still be held?

Camp is held rain or shine, even in 90 degree weather. We provide get-wet stations, plenty of shade and shelter and our camp staff works diligently to ensure our campers stay hydrated and safe.

My daughter is not a Girl Scout. Can she still come to camp?

Yes, your daughter is welcomed. She will be registered as a Girl Scout when she submits her camp registration form. However, you will need to register for GSUSA separately and pay the extra $32 GSUSA registration fee plus the camp registration fee. 

What should my camper wear to camp?

She should come to camp in clothes that can get dirty. We spend all day outdoors and we also tie dye on Tuesday. No tank tops are permitted and closed toed shoes and socks are a must.

What are considered acceptable wading shoes?

Wading shoes are a separate pair of shoes the camper wears into the river. Wading shoes must be closed toed and have a back strap. Crocs are acceptable but are not the best choice since the foot easily moves around. The river is rocky and the rocks are typically covered in algae which make them slippery. Choose a water shoe that is snug around the foot. Girls who do not bring a separate pair of shoes for wading will not be allowed in the river. Camp shoes must stay dry to prevent blisters.

My daughter's tie dye came home with no instructions.

Campers bring their tie dye creation home on Tuesday afternoon. Leave the tshirt wrapped in newspaper and enclosed in the plastic bag for 24 hours. On Wednesday evening, rinse out the shirt in warm water until it runs clear and then launder as usual. The girls love to wear their shirt to camp on Thursday.

Can I get a receipt for tax purposes for my employee Flexible Spending Account?

Yes. Your email payment confirmation is your receipt. We make no claim or guarantee that participation in SHDC is tax deductible. If you cannot find your confirmation email please contact GSVSC.

Can I register for both sessions?

Discoverer age (Kindergarten as of January current year) and youth staff may only register for 1 session. All other campers may register for both sessions. Keep in mind that the content in both sessions is the same. CPA and CIT I level youth staff may only register for 1 session.

My daughter left something at camp. Is there a Lost and Found?

Any items found at camp that go unclaimed are left on the porch at the end of each day of camp. Following the second session of camp, an email will be sent that lists unclaimed items. These items will be available for pickup for 1 week post camp. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Does camp provide lunch and snack daily?

No, you must send lunch and a mid-morning snack with your camper Monday through Wednesday. Please check your camper letter to determine which Thursday and Friday meals will be provided by camp.