Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my camper stay at camp?
How will health and safety be maintained?
Can my camper with special needs attend?
May my camper attend with a friend?
May I call my camper?
Will my camper have to do chores?
How can I find out more about summer resident camp?
Is there financial assistance available?
How can my camper use a Candy Cash, Cookie Dough or Adventure Cash to pay for camp?
How are staff selected?
Are there special discounts?
How do I register?
What activities will my camper participate in?
What is the FastPass?
How do I get a refund?
Do you have other questions about resident camp?

Where will my camper stay at camp?

Girls are placed in housing and a “patrol” based on age and buddy requests. Girls in patrols of 8 connect with 2 counselors who oversee health and safety, general camp activities, and the overall camp experience.

Facilities include platform tents, rustic cabins and a winterized lodge. Our staff do not sleep in the same tent or room as the campers. They are in close proximity and easily accessible. Housing assignments are determined by age and number of campers per session. Campers will find out which unit they will be staying in during check-in but GENERALLY, rising 1st-3rd graders stay in Deer Point, rising 4th-5th graders stay in Deer Point or Cedars, rising 6th-8th graders stay in Cedars or Far Horizons and our CITs and Sow What? campers stay in Far Horizons.
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How will health and safety be maintained?

The physical and emotional health and safety of each girl is our primary concern. Girl Scout Camp Tanasi follows the health and safety standards set by the Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Camp Association and is inspected annually by the Tennessee State Department of Health. Health care staff follows health and first aid procedures, which are reviewed by licensed medical personnel, and arrangements are made in advance with hospital and local emergency response personnel for complete emergency care.

Camp Tanasi, Camp Wildwood and Camp Adahi are also accredited by the American Camp Association. Activities are geared to each girl’s abilities and are supervised by trained and certified staff. All camp staff are certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR. There is an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site at all times.
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Can my camper with special needs attend?

Our camp is open to girls with special needs. If your camper has special needs, you will need to email or call 800-474-1912 to schedule a consultation with Oreon Millard, Camp Director, at omillard@girlscoutcsa.org so that we may work with you to determine how to best serve your camper.
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May my camper attend with a friend?

We encourage campers to bring a friend. You may indicate a buddy request on your registration form. Placement of buddies is based on age and space available. In some cases, buddies cannot be guaranteed for living quarters, but arrangements can be made to share activity time with buddies.
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May I call my camper?

Calls to and from home can increase the likeliness of homesickness. We ask that you and your camper communicate through letter writing. Campers are not allowed to bring or use cell phones at camp. In an emergency, the camp office will contact you and the Camp Director will make arrangements. Further information regarding emergency contact information can be found in the Parent Information Packet.
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Will my camper have to do chores?

Camp “kapers”, or chores, are an important part of the camp environment and a great way to teach girls about responsibility. Everybody helps out-counselors and campers alike. Kapers might include setting the dining hall for meals, cleaning up the unit area, collecting trash and cleaning bathrooms. At camp programs for older girls, kapers might also include loading and unloading equipment.
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How can I find out more about summer resident camp?

Parents, guardians, friends, campers and troops are invited to visit Camp Tanasi at our Camp Open House. Meet the camp director and several camp counselors, have your questions answered and tour the property. Plan to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Parents will have the opportunity to register for summer camp and pay fees on site. Open House is planned for Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 2-5 p.m.

Please register online for this event.
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Is there financial assistance available?

Financial aid is available for families with financial needs for summer resident camp. Girls must be registered Girl Scouts to apply. Funds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program, area United Way organizations and contributions from businesses, friends and families help underwrite the actual cost of Camp Tanasi, allowing us to keep fees as low as possible.

Camperships are available for the following programs: Camper Sampler, Camp Discovery, Camp Connections, CIT I and CIT II and Sow What? Journey Jump Start to Gold. Camperships may not be used for Trading Post and Camper Kits.

First, register your camper online and then fill out the Campership form by April 1, 2014.  You may mail the form to GSCSA, Knoxville Service Center, ATTN: Becky Cavender, 1567 Downtown West Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37919 OR you may drop it off at any service center to the attention of Becky Cavender OR you may email it to Becky Cavender at bcavender@girlscoutcsa.org .

All information you provide is treated confidentially and requests will not be accepted after this date. Girls may receive financial assistance only if they are attending from inside the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ 46-county jurisdiction. Summer family programs and SCUBA Week are not eligible for summer camp financial aid.
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How can my camper use a Candy Cash, Cookie Dough or Adventure Cash to pay for camp?

If your camper participated in the Fall Product Program or the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she can use her earned Candy Cash, Cookie Dough and/or Adventure Cash to help pay for her camp registration fee. Girls should not wait for their Candy Cash, Cookie Dough or Adventure Cash to arrive to register for camp. The camp deposit can be paid in advance to secure a spot at the program of her choice, and the remaining balance can be paid with other funds. If you have enough earned funds to pay for the entire camp balance (including the deposit), the $50 deposit will be refunded to you. No change is given over the full price of the camp session but can be applied to the Trading Post.
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How are staff selected?

Our counselors are the heart of our program because most of them were Tanasi campers themselves. Their commitment to Girl Scout values truly makes Camp Tanasi a place where girls grow strong. All staff members are carefully selected through in-depth personal interviews, background checks and reference checks. Two weeks of intensive pre-camp training builds counselors, lifeguards, tower staff and activity specialists into a strong team.
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Are there special discounts?

Early Bird Registration

Register online by April 1 and receive $15 off your total camp registration fee. If you cannot register online, call 800-474-1912 to register.

Sister Discount

Bring a sister and receive a $25 discount off your camp fee. One sister must pay the full fee in order for you to receive a discount on the second registration. Discounts will apply to your account as soon as the sister registers for the program.
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How do I register?

Register early to ensure your daughter gets into the program she chooses and send your forms in as soon as you can. Any girl, anywhere, can attend Camp Tanasi. However, girls who are not current members must pay a $15 Girl Scout membership fee in order to be covered by the Council’s insurance while attending camp.

New this year! All campers will register through eBiz. A $50 deposit and debit or credit card required for registration. Please call 800-474-1912 for assistance as soon as possible if you do not have online access and need registration assistance. Spaces fill up quick!

Registration deadlines are listed with the program description on the Girls Activities page.

The balance of the camp fee is due by the registration deadline.
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What activities will my camper participate in?

When you fill out the online registration for your camper, she will have the opportunity to select which activities she will participate in during the week. Please see our Activity Schedule page for more information on which activities are available for your camper’s program level.

Activities are available on a first come, first serve basis. Register early to guarantee your camper’s first choice activities as space is limited.
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What is the FastPass?

Don’t wait in a long line at check-in! Visit our Parent Information page and fill out ALL the required forms for your session and email them to Oreon “Owl” Millard, Camp Director, at omillard@girlscoutcsa.org and receive your FastPass confirmation. Once you receive your confirmation, print it out and bring it with you to camp and only visit the nurse and get your housing assignment.
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How do I get a refund?

Full refunds will be made in the event of illness or if cancellations are made by the session’s registration deadline. The $50 registration deposit will not be refunded after the deadline. Requests for refunds need to come to the council in writing. Email is acceptable.
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Do you have other questions about resident camp?

Please take a look at the Parent Information Packet if you have more specific questions. If you can’t find the answer there, please contact Becky Cavender, Summer Camp Coordinator, at 800-474-1912 ext 1016 or bcavender@girlscoutcsa.org.