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Summer Camp FAQs

Resident Camp

What can I expect my Girl Scout to learn while at camp?

Our camp program as a whole is designed to meet the five Girl Scout Leadership Experience short-term outcomes: strong sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem solving.

Each program has specific activities, badges, and projects they will be working on that will help them meet some of these outcomes. However, our program focuses heavily on encouraging girls to seek challenges in the world and to build healthy relationships.

Your Girl Scout will be given information at check-out about any badges she might have earned during the week and will include questions to ask her to help her reflect on her experience!

When will registration for camp sessions close?

Each camp session registration closes two weeks before the session begins.

How quickly will sessions fill?

There are many new and exciting summer camp options for 2018 that we anticipate will fill quickly. For example, Camp Connections is historically one of the first camp programs to fill. A $75 deposit is required to hold your camper’s spot in any camp program.

Why can’t I choose activities for my camper?

In order to facilitate scheduling of activities and certified instructors, girls will be assigned activities based on their program’s grade levels. The activities that will be included in any specific program are listed in that programs detailed description. Campers will experience more than ever before, with some girls doing badge activities and learning new outdoor skills this year, too!

Can I ask for buddies or specific lodging for my camper?

No. All campers have an opportunity to interact during all-camp activities, daily activity schedules, and meals. Part of the learning experience and growth for each camper is to make new friends and experience new adventures in a safe and supportive environment.

Lodging is based on capacity and program area, as some programs require certain types of lodging. Lodging is also chosen based on camper age and ability.

If your camper has a medical need that requires specific lodging, please email Camp Director Amanda Johnson at info@girlscoutcsa.org

What are Camper Kits?

Camper Kits are available for pre-order during registration only for $35-$45. Kits include fun items to be used at camp or at home.

What time is check-in?

Check-in for five-day or six-day sessions and the Camper Sampler sessions takes place on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Camp Tanasi cannot accept travelers by boat, all campers must arrive by automobile. The camp gate will open at 12:30 p.m., but there will be no one available to answer questions or supervise your camper until check-in begins. Family pets are not allowed on the camp property. When campers arrive at camp on Sunday, it is best to leave all luggage in the car until campers go through the entire check-in process.  For more details, please see the parent information packet.

What time is check-out?

Check out for five-day sessions takes place on Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. You will be given specific instructions in your confirmation email.

Check out for six-day sessions takes place on Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. You will be given specific instructions in your confirmation email.

Check out for Camper Sampler three-day sessions takes place on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

The gate will not be open prior to check out times for the safety of our campers.

If an earlier check-out time is required by a girl’s family, it must be requested through the camp director.

What if we are going to be late or have to leave early?

If your camper will be arriving late, please call the camp office prior to arrival at 865-494-7470. Report to the camp office upon arrival for late check-in. 

If your camper needs to leave camp for any reason during the week, please notify the camp office during check-in. We will issue you a gate code and have your camper and her belongings ready for you upon your arrival.  Please report to the camp office to pick up your camper with ID. 

For your camper's safety, our gate remains locked 24 hours a day. You will not be able to enter the property without prior notification.

Can I call my camper while she is at camp?

To foster a sense of independence, campers do not use the telephone.

Calls to and from home can increase the likeliness of homesickness, so instead, we ask that you and your camper communicate through letter writing. You may also send emails to your camper. Please send any emails with your camper’s name, unit, and when you would like for her to receive the email to info@girlscoutcsa.org

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 any needed arrangements. 

In the event of an emergency, call the camp office at 865-494-7470. There will be times when no one is in the camp office, so please leave a voicemail. Calls will be returned as soon as possible during regular business hours, which are Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where can I send my camper mail?

To ensure timely delivery, leave mail for campers with camp administrative staff during check-in and place it in the Mail Drop box. Please include your camper’s name, the desired delivery date, and your camper’s unit name (assigned at check-in).

Please don’t leave any food products for your girl, as they may attract rodents.

If you are sending a letter to campers through U.S. Mail, please allow five business days for delivery.

Camp Tanasi
Camper’s Name
Unit’s Name
P.O. Box 28
Andersonville, TN 37705

What is the address for Camp Tanasi?

The physical address for Camp Tanasi is 123 Dark Hollow Rd. North, Andersonville, TN 37705. No mail is accepted at this address, only the P.O. Box.

Can I visit my camper?

Camp is a wonderful opportunity for girls to experience independent living. There are no visitors during our sessions because campers are busy and active. Any adult on the property at a time other than check-out and check-in must stop at the camp office.

What should my camper pack?

A packing list is available here.
Camp Tanasi Parent Information is here.

Can summer resident camp accommodate campers with special medical needs?

Camp Tanasi has a Registered Nurse on site 24-hours per day during camp sessions. This healthcare provider can care for participants with special medical needs. If your camper has special medical needs such as epilepsy, insulin-dependent diabetes, or other physically disabling conditions, please reach out to us prior to registering your camper at info@girlscoutcsa.org.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. If coming to camp is cost prohibitive for your family, please fill out the Financial Assistance for Girl Members form located here on our website.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is April 3, 2018 at midnight. 

How do I use Cookie Dough or Candy Cash for summer camp?

The use of program credits, including Cookie Dough or Candy Cash, can be used to make final, remaining payments for summer resident camp.

They cannot be used for the initial deposit of $75 per program, which must be paid online.

Program credits can be used by coming to one of our council shops or by calling (800) 474-1912. The electronic credits will be applied to the girl’s camp balance.

Please email info@girlscoutcsa.org for further assistance or questions about using program credits.

What are the Theme Dinners this summer?

We will be offering special, secret theme dinners each week with a unique souvenir for each camper.

What happens if I have to cancel? Do I get a refund?

Please email info@girlscoutcsa.org as soon as you know you need to cancel. All camp cancellation requests MUST be submitted in writing to info@girlscoutcsa.org.

Refunds will only be issued if the cancellation is made BEFORE the registration deadline.

The refunded amount will be for any fees collected above the deposit amount. Program credits will be reissued, if applicable.

Deposits are non-refundable, unless a medical or family emergency can be documented. This is according to the discretion of the program registrar and finance departments.

If the cancellation is made after the registration deadline, the request for refund will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

 

CIT Programs

What is the CIT program?

CIT stands for Counselor-in-Training.

It’s a challenging and fun program to build skills and experiences which prepare young women to be a future camp counselor.

Our goal is for CIT campers to gain expertise in leadership, program planning, and implementation, as well as working with younger campers.

Upon completion, CIT program participants are encouraged to apply for a position as a Camp Tanasi staff member, as they’ll bring a strong camp background and hands-on experience! However, the CIT program isn’t just for campers interested in being future counselors. It’s also a program that teaches skills girls may not receive in school or other areas of life.

The CIT program at Camp Tanasi teaches decision making, goal setting, team work, flexibility, and empathy. It provides practical, meaningful experiences in a safe and nurturing environment where she can try new things.

Why should I enroll my Girl Scout?

If girls are interested in leadership roles, or would like to get ahead in trying out careers, the CIT program provides invaluable skills and education.

Many former CITs have gone on to become counselors, teachers, community development managers, and leaders in many other professions. Many girls say that the CIT program helped them stand out in job and internship searches.

What are the ages for CIT?

CIT 1 girls must be 13-14, on or before June 10.

CIT 2 girls must be 15-16, on or before July 15. 

Age requirements are to allow the proper age ratio while working with other campers.

Can I visit my CIT camper?

No. Even though CIT campers are at camp for 12 days, we ask that no friends or family visit camp. This is a chance for the CIT campers to build their autonomy, independence, and self-reliance. If you need to drop off items to the camp mid-stay, you can drop them off at the Knoxville Service center or make arrangements with the camp director in advance.

Do CIT campers have special privileges?

CIT campers are allowed to bring their own snacks and beverages from home as long as they are labeled with their full name. These can only be consumed at the CIT cabin and never in front of other non-CIT campers. CIT 1 campers are NOT allowed to bring cell phones or texting devices; however, they can bring music players or eReaders. CIT 2 campers are allowed to bring cell phones and are taught appropriate usage during camp. 

CIT campers also have access to the laundry room at Camp Tanasi. Over their weekend stay, they may use the laundry facilities free of charge. Camp Tanasi will provide the detergent unless the camper prefers to bring their own.

 

Wilderness Programs

What is the Wilderness program?

It’s an opportunity for middle and high-school girls to connect with each other and nature in a safe and supportive environment.

Each Wilderness unit has three highly-trained and qualified staff that have been hand-picked for their passion and expertise in the wild. Each staff member has completed CPR and First Aid certification along with a week-long intensive training to prepare them to facilitate a unique and comprehensive experience for each girl.

The Wilderness units are situated within Camp Tanasi in a location that affords privacy and exploration, while still being in close proximity to Main Camp and camp office personnel. Each Wilderness unit is accessible via an all-terrain vehicle for emergencies and has a handheld two-way radio that allows the staff to communicate with Main Camp and the camp director at all times.

Wilderness I is for girls going into 6th–12th grade in fall 2018. It’s a progression from the traditional Camp Discovery experience. Each morning, campers will participate in our regular camp activities. After lunch, campers return to their primitive unit to learn basic outdoor skills, and work together to plan and cook dinner over the fire.

Wilderness II is for girls going into 8th–12th grade in the fall 2018. It’s a unique experience for girls that are interested in progressing from an existing camp background, or want a primitive outdoor experience.

Wilderness II campers spend most of their time in their primitive unit with fellow campers. They will learn many outdoor skills through wilderness based activities. This is a distinctive camp experience that will give campers the feeling of accomplishment and success.

Can friends be in Wilderness together?

Yes. Wilderness allows friends or relatives to stay together, if they’re in the same program. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed, but if your camper and her friend are in the same week, they can choose to “hammock” near each other. Wilderness I & II have a maximum of 12 campers each week. Part of the Wilderness experience is creating a supportive group dynamic and learning to work together to achieve success.

How quickly will Wilderness fill up?

We limit each week to a MAXIMUM of 12 campers per week, per session. Wilderness 1 is ONLY available June 17-21. Wilderness 2 is ONLY available June 24-28. This program is a unique adventure that teaches girls skills that will last a lifetime and help build confidence. We recommend placing a deposit as soon as possible to secure your camper’s spot.

What is the lodging like?

Each camper will have their own hammock to sleep in, including a rain fly. Campers will be taught how to select trees for low-impact hammock camping and learn the core principals of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Severe weather plans are in place and campers will be moved to a cabin if needed.

Since the girls will be in a wilderness setting, alternative methods will be used to protect girls from sun and rain exposure. Girls will learn how to hang tarps from trees to keep them dry and out of the sun while they continue with their activities or meal preparations.

What will the food be like?

Our wilderness menu will offer a variety of options, complete nutrition for active girls, and fun each day. Campers will follow a progressive model, building upon their previous meals, and have the opportunity to try a variety of delicious meals. All Wilderness campers will make and have access to their own snacks at all times, so they can eat as they are hungry throughout the day.

What about beverages?

Wilderness I campers will only be in the “wild” in the late afternoon though the following morning. They will eat breakfast and lunch in the dining hall and will have many opportunities to fill their water bottles before heading to their unit during Turtle Time (rest period). Water, lemonade, and hot tea will be available each night at dinner. The unit that houses the Wilderness program has potable water and is the same water as the rest of camp. The base camp cabin unit (Deep Woods) for both programs is only a 5-7-minute walk from the Wilderness I primitive unit.

Wilderness II is in the same area as Wilderness I, the difference in the program is that the Wilderness II campers do not come out of the unit daily, unless they choose to go to one of the camp’s evening activities. Water at Camp Tanasi is potable from all of our units, including the base camp. Each meal will also offer an array of beverage choices to supplement the water that is available.

Is there a bathroom?

There are no traditional flush toilets or running water at the primitive units. Campers will be taught how to dispose of their own waste, including feminine hygiene products, wash their hands and brush their teeth using Leave No Trace and low-impact camping methods. Each day, campers will have the opportunity to take a shower in the bath house, if they desire, at base camp or Main Camp. There will also be a primitive camp shower area at each Wilderness unit. Campers will be able to make their own decision on what they prefer each day and that is what makes the Wilderness program so unique and empowering for our girls.

Do Wilderness campers need to have any outdoor skills before arriving?

We structure all activities as an opportunity for campers to have fun while learning an outdoor skill. Campers don’t need any prior outdoor skills experience. However, it is recommended that campers have some previous experience camping in a tent overnight with night sounds and working as a productive member of a team.  We provide all of the equipment and instruction for every activity in which campers participate. 

Are there wild animals?

Camp Tanasi is home to many animals including turkey, fox, skunks, opossums, deer, coyotes, and other small animals. There are no bears on the camp property or in the surrounding area. Campers will be taught how to respect these animals using Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. All precautions will be taken to ensure that these animals choose to stay away from the Wilderness units such as: securing food by hanging in trees at the proper height, not allowing food in the hammock tent sleeping area, and good personal hygiene.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. If coming to camp is cost prohibitive for your family, please fill out the Financial Assistance for Girl Members form located here on our website.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is April 3, 2018 at midnight.