It's new. It's exciting. It's more outdoor opportunities than ever!
Our #1 goal this summer is to get more Girl Scouts to experience camping. That's why we're switching it up and rolling out big, bold changes for girls of all ages.
We've more than doubled the number of weeks available for your girl to go to camp. We've added new and convenient locations. We've created incredible opportunities for older girls and little ones, too. And, we've even lowered the cost of camp!
Not sure if your daughter is ready to camp? Climb aboard the Badgerland Bus and come check us out at the Open Houses this spring. Our new Camp Director and camp staff can't wait to show you the highlights. It's all free - including transportation, activities, tours and a camp picnic with s'mores.
Here's an idea: consider coming to overnight camp with your daughter this summer. We have both Mom/Girl and Dad/Girl weekend programs on the camp calendar.
The Summer of 2018 will be awesome for Badgerland Girl Scouts! Read through the camp brochure (available online and in your mailbox soon) and sign up your girl for camp. But, don't stop there. Bring along her best friend, her cousin, and especially her Girl Scout sisters. We know sessions will fill up so sign up early. Registration will open Monday, January 29.
Here's What's New and Awesome
1) Eight weeks of overnight camp sessions for grades K-5 at Camp Ehawee in La Crosse County.
Every week has a new theme and every girl will participate in activities around that theme. AND they will experience traditional camp activities too... like singing, archery, flag ceremonies, campfires, swimming, canoeing and creek hopping. Camp begins for all campers on Sunday afternoons. Daisies stay two nights, Brownies stay three nights and older girls stay five nights.
2) One-night overnight camps for grades K-1 at Camp Brandenburg in Dane County and at Camp Ehawee in La Crosse County.
Parents will bring their girl to camp at 5pm on either Friday or Saturday night. Together they'll have dinner and do an activity before the parent leaves and the girl gets to experience her first Sleepaway Girl Scout camp with pick-up at 1pm the next day. This is an intro to camp and she won't stop talking about it! You've been warned :)
3) Eight weeks of overnight camp sessions for grades 6-12 at Camp Evelyn in Sheboygan County and Camp Manitou in Manitowoc County.
You heard that right! We're partnering with our sisters at Girl Scouts of Manitou to offer whiz-bang camps to older Girl Scouts at their beautiful facilities. Camp Evelyn, in Plymouth, Wisconsin is nestled on 240 acres of beautifully wooded property. It has been a Girl Scout camp for decades and highlights include the Mullet River, swimming/diving pool, Crystal Lake and miles of hiking trails. Camp Manitou is near Shoto, Wisconsin and features a lake, disc golf course and 140 acres to explore. Busing will be provided from Madison to both camps.
4) G.I.R.L. Adventures for grades 6-12 at a variety of locations.
In addition to resident camp, we're offering eye-popping adventures for our older girls. Choose any or all of these sessions and know that your daughter will experience something extra special. This summer she could be running a Class 3 white water river or zipping down the alpine tower. How about fly fishing or skeet shooting? Is she more interested in technology? She can stay in a college dorm while learning to program a robot and explore nature through thermal imaging. So many choices just for older girls!
5) Troop Camping for grades K-12 at Camp Black Hawk near Antigo in northern Wisconsin.
Yes! Camp Black Hawk's 250 acres are available for Girl Scouts to enjoy. It's on-your-own troop camping with both Waunagon Lodge and tent sites at the ready. Just 20 minutes from Antigo, Girl Scouts can experience the wonders of Northern Wisconsin including loons on the lakes, a trout stream, great hiking and maybe even the northern lights - bright stars, for sure. This is a great option for troops interested in rustic, outdoor adventure.
6) Open Houses at Camp Ehawee, Camp Brandenburg and Camp Evelyn.
Come check us out at the Camp Open Houses! Everyone is welcome including new and returning campers. Camp staff is eager to show you the highlights and you can wander on your own. It's Girl Scout camp so you can bet there will be a big campfire roaring to roast a hot dog, enjoy a s'more and the wonderful camaraderie that is so special at camp. We're providing free busing from Madison to the Open Houses at camps Ehawee and Evelyn.
7) Two Camp Books.
There's so much happening and so many choices it made sense to divide the information and have one book for younger campers in grades K-5 and a second book for older campers in grades 6-12. Expect your Camp Book in your home soon. And, of course, you can see it all online right now (links below). Need another book? No worries, just let us know.
8) Lower Priced Camps!
Camps are expensive to offer. We want to be honest about that. And, because expenses far exceed revenue, Girl Scout members subsidize the cost of camp. But, we do not want cost to be a barrier for girls to experience summer camp. So, this year we have simplified and reduced camp fees. Almost all Badgerland overnight programs are a flat $65 per night. Is she going to camp for two nights? Then it will cost $130. A three night camp? $195. That per-night cost includes the exciting new Sleepaway and G.I.R.L. Adventure programs.
9) Revised and Simplified Campership Application Process.
In tandem with reducing costs, we're also simplifying and speeding up the financial aid process. Families meeting the National School Lunch Program requirements are eligible to apply for a Campership. The form is easy, online and applications will be processed within one week. If online isn't an option, call us and we'll walk you through it. As always, Girl Scouts are encouraged to earn all or part of her way to camp through her sales in the Cookie Program.
10) Improved Communications to Parents.
We're earnest in our efforts to get your girl to camp this summer. And we're going to talk to you about it. We're going to include camp tid-bits in Badgerland Banners and on social media and we'll be introducing you to the Camp Directors at camps Ehawee, Brandenburg and Evelyn. Bottom line: We're going to do our best to get you and your girl informed about why Girl Scout camp is a great place for her to be in the summer of '18!
More On What's Changed for 2018
Limited Programming at Camp Black Hawk
The decision to limit programming at Camp Black Hawk was not made lightly. The property is in need of significant updates and instead of making that weighty investment this year, we're awaiting the recommendations of the Outdoor Program and Property Survey and Assessment being independently conducted. The assessment is being financed through the Cargill Foundation grant.
Another factor: We are able to cut the price of summer camp by scaling back on the CBH costs for this summer. These savings are being reinvested into lower-priced sessions at Ehawee and Brandenburg.
Does that mean CBH is closed? Not at all! The property is available to all members for rustic camping June 8-August 31. Troops interested in camping at Black Hawk are encouraged to do so. Renting a site is easy and inexpensive. The Waunagon Lodge (a minimum of six campers is required for reservations) will be available for usage, as well as tent sites - it's troop choice. Troops will guide their own camp experience with no on-site camp staff support. Ron will continue to maintain the property.
As to the future of Black Hawk beyond 2018: Decisions will be made after the Cargill Foundation grant project has been completed by the outside consultants. And, of course, after we wrap up this year's camp season and assess results. It's too early to say what Badgerland Summer 2019 will hold, but we will continue to be responsive to what our membership wants to ensure every girl in Badgerland gets the chance to get outside and experience Girl Scout camp.
Camp Registration and Camp Books
Badgerland Camp registration opens Monday, January 29.
Camp Evelyn and Camp Manitou registration opens February 1.
Camp Books will be in your mailbox in the next two weeks. In the meantime, you can browse both books now:
That's a lot of change and we know you've got questions. Here's a link to FAQs. If you have more questions after reviewing them, just ask us. We're happy to connect with you about camp and summer programming. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1.800.236.2710.
As CEO of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland, I am so excited about these changes and confident we are delivering the right programs, at the right locations, at the right time for the right price. Thanks for your support and, together, let's get more girls to camp this summer!
CEO, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland