YOUR GUIDE TO CAMP SEGONKU
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Monday: "Picture Day" each camper will receive a camp shirt and have their pictures taken with their unit. Please plan to wear a Segonku t-shirt daily.
Tuesday: "Spirit Day" Generation Swap.
Wednesday: "Theme Day" and a special evening activity is offered to just our PAITs, PAs, and CITs.
Thursday: Hog Trough (canceled due to Covid restrictions) Scavenger Hunt
Friday: Campfire with Skits, Overnight Camp Out 4th grade-up (canceled due to Covid restrictions)
NO All-Camp SWAP Day this year due to Covid restrictions, but girls may SWAP within their unit.
What to bring,
what to wear, and
how to get here.
What's the Girl Scout Motto? That's right, BE PREPARED!
What to Bring Daily:
Remember to label everything!!
Insulated lunch bag with ice pack with lunch and drink (no glass). All items including disposables must be brought home each day. Please be aware that refrigeration is not available.
Medications must be in the original container with the camper's name and the name and strength of the medication. A signed Health History & OTC form must accompany all medications. All medications will be turned into the Health Director at the beginning of camp or the start of each day. It is the camper's responsibility to pick up any medications at the end of the day and/or at the end of camp. Campers who require inhalers and/or bee sting kits may carry them on their person during the day with written permission from their parent/guardian and after the Health Director has cleared them to do so. The Health Director will ensure the camper knows how to use the medication properly prior to giving the camper clearance.
SWAPS. A "Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere" Day is Friday. If your camper wishes to participate, please make only enough to exchange within her unit. Please bring them in a baggie with her name. All-Camp SWAPS will return next year.
What to wear
Remember to label everything!!
Long pants or shorts (No short shorts)
Hiking boots / tennis shoes with socks (shoes with open toes/backs & sandals are not permitted)
Jacket, sweatshirt, or rain gear as appropriate - dress in layers
Halter tops or tops with straps less than one inch in width are not permitted
Because some camp areas may contain poison oak, blackberries, and stinging nettles, it is important that the camper is dressed appropriately. Campers arriving in sandals or open shoes will be excluded from activities until a parent/guardian furnishes them with sturdy tie-on shoes and socks. It is highly recommended that campers wear bug spray and suntan lotion. Campers may bring sunblock and bug spray (labeled with the camper's name) to turn in to the Health Director. Campers will not be allowed to apply lotions to each other; the Health Director will assist the camper in applying sunblock or bug spray.
Campers should arrive at camp between 8:45 and 9:00 am. The camp will not be responsible for campers dropped off prior to this time. Staff members will be on hand to welcome campers and to check temperatures and do a Covid safety check (must bring Covid Waiver which will be emailed one week prior to camp.) Volunteers will then direct campers to the check-in table on Monday, then to the meadow to await the start of camp. There is limited parking at camp, and carpooling is strongly recommended. The safety of all campers is our greatest concern; please be patient during the drop-off and pick-up processes and be very cautious of people walking on the roadway. Camp begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm.
The person picking up the camper needs to print the name of the camper, sign it, and date on the camper pickup letter (emailed one week prior to camp), and hand it to the traffic staff on Monday afternoon. Four brightly colored "Camper Pick Up" cards will be given to each camper on the first day of camp to be used Tuesday thru Friday. These cards become the documentation of who picks up the camper each day. For safety reasons, persons who do not have the pickup card will be required to show a photo identification and must be listed on the Camper Release, or be a contact on the Health History / Registration forms, or have a written note from the parent (in which case a call to the parent will be made) to pick up their child. Please be kind and patient with our traffic volunteers and be mindful of all children.
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Please observe the following rules for the safety of campers and adult volunteers and to speed up the pick-up and drop-off procedures.
Please wear your Segonku t-shirt daily
Campers may not leave the camp area at any time
No electronic devices, including cell phones.
Campers are not allowed in the water at any time
No spray bottles or water guns
Throwing sack lunches or any other trash in the portable toilets will result in expulsion from camp.
Adult Volunteers or visitors will wear identifying items (name badges) at all times. Campers
should notify their unit leader immediately if an adult without identifying items attempts to contact them.
Additional Camp Information
Please do not send your child to camp sick! If your camper will not be in camp for whatever reason please notify your daughter's unit leader that day between 7 am and 8 am, or by a note in advance. A note will also be needed to release your daughter early from camp.
All campers are covered by a Girl Scout accident insurance policy. This policy does not cover sickness, poison oak, etc.
Emergency cancellation or change: If an emergency occurs that forces the closure of camp, every effort will be made to contact parents/guardians to pick up their children. If the emergency is such that camp must be evacuated, all campers will be transported to Harmony Elementary School, 17404-A NE 18th St., Vancouver. Whenever possible, parents will be notified of cancellations or changes by phone prior to the camp day. The ranger's phone number at camp for emergencies only is (360) 834-3384.
Camp visitation: For the safety of your child during camp, visitors will not be allowed on camp grounds during the camp week. For those who would like to see Girl Scout Camp Segonku Day Camp, visitation will be the Sunday before camp starts from 1 pm until 3 pm.
Camper Overnight: Girl Scouts 4th grade and older will be offered an overnight on Friday night. If the camper is not staying overnight they will need to be picked up at 3:00 on Friday. Overnight campers need to be picked up by 9:00am. Camper Overnight is canceled this year due to Covid restrictions.
In addition, Counselors-in-Training (CIT), Program Aides (PA) and Program-Aides-in-Training (PAIT) will be offered evening activities on Wednesday. Suggested equipment lists will be sent home during camp week.
LIA, PAIT, PA, CIT
Leaders In Action (LIA - 6th grade) are the transitional unit from campers to older girls. These girls will earn the LIA patch by the end of the week, which is a prerequisite for the PA pin. LIAs will not be placed individually in units, even though they will have one on one time with other girls working in the Daisy or Brownie units.
Program Aide In Training (PAIT - 7th grade) also qualifies as girls that are older but have not had any previous Program Aide training. PAITs spend most of their week in their own unit learning to become Program AIdes, only to split into the younger units at the end of the week to finish up their PA training.
Program Aide (8th - 10th grade generally) who have completed Segonku PAIT training will include Core Training and at least one Program Aide Specialization. These girls spend the entire week with campers in an assigned unit. These girls pay to come to camp and have many different skills. Not all of them are actors or singers, some are better at crowd control than others, and some are better at smaller side tasks. But all of them are individuals. While many girls take this training so they can work at a summer day camp as a program aide, there are many other settings where these skills can be applied such as service unit campouts or events, assisting a leader at troop meetings for a younger troop, or a large council-wide event. The purpose of this training is to teach you how to teach the skills that you have learned in Girl Scouts. You will learn how to provide leadership to younger girls. Plus you will learn to teach a variety of Girl Scout program and specialization skills which will enable you to assist adults with younger Girl Scouts. Most of these skills you are probably acquainted with and we will be reviewing them today or in your specialization trainings. However, if you have no knowledge of some skills that is not a problem, during the training you can learn the skill. You will then need to put in more effort to learn the skill and learn to teach the skill.
Benefits of Being a Program Aide
• Expand your leadership experience and develop leadership skills
• Build new skills
• Develop relationships with Girl Scout leaders, who could serve as professional references for a scholarship, job, and college applications
• Develop experience working with younger girls
• Complete volunteer hours needed for school graduation or other organization’s requirements
• Receive the PA pin upon completion of training and six activity sessions with a chosen Girl Scout
troop, day camp, activity, or event
• Receive the Cadette or Senior Program Aide patch upon completion of training and six activity
sessions with a chosen Girl Scout troop, day camp, activity or event.
Counselor In Training (CIT - 11th - 12th grade) that have completed at least one year as a Seonku PA. These girls have a little more responsibility than the PAs. CITs work equally with adult volunteers as co-leaders of a unit planning and leading the girls in activities. They act as a volunteer but are not 18, therefore, cannot be left alone with the girls.
We value all of our Girl Scout Aides at Camp Segonku and we thank these teens for their hard work and service with a special Wednesday night activity full of fun and memories!
Permission forms and details will be sent home on Monday.