Health and Safety

Health and Safety at Girl Scout Camp

We work to ensure the highest industry standards of safety and protection for campers. Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association which holds high industry standards in camp safety and security. We also strictly follow the Girl Scouts Safety Activity Checkpoints ensuring that activities are held to extremely high standards. Campers are supervised by trained staff 24 hours a day.

Site Safety

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is a completely substance-free organization. Any use of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs is prohibited on Girl Scout premises. There are also no firearms allowed on our camp properties. All of our camps are completely fenced and gate secured and visitors must check in with supervising personnel. Staff are trained in the event of unapproved camp visitors and unknown persons on camp property.

Supervision

Our highly trained camp staff is chosen for their character, understanding, experience in the outdoors and love of Girl Scouting. All staff members receive extensive training in safety, health and security of girls. Campers are supervised twenty four hours a day ensuring their emotional and physical safety in all situations.

Health and Physical Needs

Our resident camp has professional healthcare providers on site daily to ensure that girls remain healthy at camp. Our staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. Additionally staff are extensively trained in health in the outdoors ensuring that girls stay healthy and happy during their camp stay. In the event of a health emergency parents/guardians will be contacted immediately to ensure the highest level of care.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois has a “no-nit” policy regarding headlice. Upon arrival campers go through a health check to ensure the health of all campers. If a camper is found with nits, she may not return until she is nit-free. No refunds are issued under these circumstances.

Camper health forms are required to ensure that a brief medical history and insurance information is available to provide a high level of care. Physical examinations are required for a few select camp sessions listed in the camp confirmation packet. If your daughter has a significant health concerns it is recommended that you contact the camp director prior to camp attendance to ensure proper supervision and care. Our camps regularly accommodate dietary and medical needs including managing diabetes, gluten allergies, peanut allergies, mobility concerns and other medical needs.

Emotional Health

Our camps are bully-free zones and our staff are trained in conflict resolution and bullying prevention. We know that being away from home is an emotional step for some girls and parents. We deal regularly with homesickness and staff are trained in the management of homesickness.