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Dear Girl Scout Family, 

As our community situation continues to evolve during the pandemic, the plans for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines must shift accordingly. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of all in-person resident, troop, and day camps through August 2020.

Trust me when I say I completely understand how heartbreaking this news is for our girls, families, volunteers, and staff. Canceling in-person summer camp is painful and emotional decision, but it is the right thing to do for our girls. As a member of Girl Scouts for 42-years, I can honestly say Girl Scout camp changed my life.

At the end of the day, the health and safety of our girls and members has (and always will) come first. While our camps adhere to the most stringent safety protocols, much is still unknown about when Minnesota and Wisconsin will be fully relieved of the Stay-at-Home directives. Social distancing and crowd limits will likely remain in effect throughout the summer, and too much is still unknown with respect to the spread of COVID-19. Please understand this was not a decision we chose to make, rather it was a decision we had to make.

Alternative Camp Programming 
Although we will not be meeting in person, we are working on special camp programs to welcome our campers – virtually. We remain committed to fulfilling our promise to offer high-quality outdoor experiences to our girls and volunteers. We will continue to share more about “GO Virtual” summer camp programming as plans become finalized.

We trust those who are impacted by this news will receive it with the courage, confidence and character that only a Girl Scout possesses. During this unique time in our history, remember Girl Scouting will be here for you, bringing opportunities to celebrate and experience the outdoors together.  I hope to see you this summer!

In Girl Scouting,

Leigh Ann Davis 
Chief Executive Officer 
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes & Pines


2020 Summer Camp Program Cancellation FAQs

What is happening with Girl Scouts, Lakes & Pines camps this summer?

Given the current health issues we are all familiar with, we regret to announce traditional in-person on-site camp and day camp sessions are suspended until summer 2021.  Safety limitations imposed by county, state, and federal governments mean we simply cannot provide the same overnight experience you would expect at summer camp.   Have no fear, at Girl Scouts we will always focus on what we can do, and we have an exciting option for you this summer. While conventional on-site camp is suspended for this summer, Lakes & Pines Girl Scouts will have weekly virtual sessions that are camp themed and delivered by our very own camp directors.

Why did you cancel the entire summer? Why not cancel week-by-week?

We strive to provide the highest-quality summer camp experience. To do so, we require several weeks on-site to train our staff and prepare camp facilities. Pre-camp training includes industry certifications in lifeguarding, outdoor adventure, water safety, and horsemanship as well as leadership skills, safety protocols, emergency procedures, behavior management, and first aid training. We cannot run a safe camp program without this time, and we could not predict when it would be safe for camp staff to return to camp to complete this training.

What is Virtual Summer Camp?
  • These are weeklong experiences based on some of the same themes originally scheduled for the summer.  Camps will consist of a mix of on-her-own activities, video programming and time spent “all-together” with other campers and camp staff via Zoom.
  • Campers can experience (from home) what a typical day at camp is like including morning flag ceremony, lunch time together, themed activities and evening campfires. 
  • Our camp directors will deliver summer programming.
  • Camp sessions will be offered for all-ages Monday through Friday, commencing Monday June 15,2020 through Friday July 31,2020.
  • Portions of our virtual summer camp sessions will be delivered from our (4) amazing camp locations:  
    • Camp Roundelay
    • Camp Sanderson
    • Camp Shingobee Timbers
    • Northern Lakes Canoe Base
  • GSUSA is working on National Virtual Camp Activities which we will incorporate into our programing.
  •  In August, we will focus on the new GSUSA badges. Shhhhhhhhhh, it is a surprise, more information coming July 21, 2020.
  • See details on virtual registration below 
My girl is already registered and paid for 2020 in person camp. What do I do?

Mid-May, Lakes & Pines staff will reach out to you directly regarding managing your already-paid funds. 

You have three choices:

  1. If you want to hold her spot at camp for summer 2021, tell us when we reach out to you by responding to the survey included in the email communication.  We will hold her payment and a space for her next summer.   You will see a “credit” on your UltraCamp account. The first 39 participants to hold payment and a space for camp 2021 using this option will receive a T-Shirt Blanket.  Additional registrations for camp 2021 wishing to roll over their payment will receive a 2020 Camper T-Shirt.
  2. Request a refund.  Due to COVID-19 we are making an exception to waive our non-refundable deposit policy for this situation only.  We will refund 100% of your payments, including deposits. If your girl wants to attend our GO virtual summer session(s), we can deduct $25 for each session selected and refund any remaining balance.
  3. Donate your payment (part or all) to the Lakes and Pines Campership Fund to ensure all girls can have a camp experience without financial barriers.  If you have the ability, consider making this generous donation to delight a girl and give her an experience of a lifetime.
Can I still order a camp care package for my girl?

Absolutely! We have camp care packages as well a variety of 2020 Camper T-Shirt available for purchase.  In addition to care packages, we have many exciting and fun camp merchandize that can be purchased individually or added to customize the care package. 

Who can attend GO, Summer Virtual Program?

ALL Girls Welcome!  Registration in Girl Scouts is required to attend any Girl Scout activity, including GO virtual camp.  For a $25 membership fee, girls receive a 12-month membership in Girl Scouts from October 1 through September 30 of the registering year.  GSUSA is currently offering a $35 Extended Membership. This is a value, extending membership through September 30, 2021.  Both membership options allow girls the ability to register for any Girl Scout program in any location, pay the program fee and attend any (ALL) Girl Scout Events and Programs, for her age level through the defined membership period. 

New Girl Registration: CLICK HERE to join today. Choose the Extended Membership for the best value!

If your girl is currently a registered Girl Scout, either with our council or any other sister council across the country, she can register for GO virtual summer camp at GSMWLP for $25 per person, per session. See registration details below.

In addition to the membership fee, how much will these GO Virtual Summer Camp Sessions cost?

There is a minimal fee of $25 per person, per session.  One session equals one week of M-F, (2) hours per day programing. We will not provide program supplies; however, we will endeavor to use common household products.

My camper received financial assistance to go to in person camp. What happens now?

All families have the options outlined above for their personally paid funds. Any Financial Assistance awarded for in-person camps 2020 will be returned to Lakes and Pines’ Campership Fund. 

My Girl Scout would like to attend a GO Virtual Summer Camp session, but my family is unable to pay the $25 fee. Is assistance available?

Financial assistance is available to families that qualify.  An application form will be available on our website by May 17.  Families can also apply by contacting Customer Care at 320-252-2952. 

Who will be leading GO Virtual Summer Sessions?

Summer Camp Directors Otter, Chillee, Mickey, and Ann will develop and deliver the programs.

What is a virtual camp? How is it going to work?

GO Virtual Summer Sessions will be delivered via mixed media channels including video, emails with activities and live Zoom get-togethers.  A week before each camp, your camper will receive an email with details and supplies needed for the next week sessions. 

Part of camp is the Trading Post. How is that going to happen?

We have lots of exciting and fun camp merchandise available for purchase.  Click Here to see our 2020 Summer Camp product catalog, then call Customer Care at 320-252-2952 to place an order.

Be sure to also visit our online shop to view our complete list of Girl Scout merchandise . 

What about Fall Bucks and Cookie Dough?

We are encouraging girls to use up to $12.50 (50% of the total cost for virtual camp) in Fall Bucks or Cookie Dough for each virtual camp session. The deadline for 2019 Cookie Dough has been extended through September 30, 2020, 2019 Fall Bucks expire September 30, 2020.  Cookie Dough for 2020 has not yet been issued for the 2020 cookie program.  You can use these credits to pay for GO Virtual Summer Camp session, for Trading Post items, or for upcoming programs in the 2020-2021 Girl Scout year.  More details to come when cookie dough is issued for 2020. 

What are other Girl Scout councils doing about summer camp?

There are 111 Girl Scout councils throughout the country offering many types of Summer Camp experiences.  Each is independent and makes decisions in the best interest of girls with safety being top priority. 

Can girls from another council – another part of the country or world – attend GS Lakes & Pines GO Virtual Summer Sessions?

For sure – we are all sisters in Girl Scouting, however becoming a registered member of Girl Scouts is required! 

What about girls who are not current members of Girl Scouts?

Do you know a girl who isn’t yet a Girl Scout?  Invite her to attend a GO virtual summer session. With Girl Scouts Extended Membership (additional $35 – financial assistance available) she will join you in amazing experiences and be a Girl Scout through September 30, 2021! 

All current Girl Scouts who bring a new friend to a GO Virtual Summer Session will be put into a drawing for her and her friend to receive a complimentary second session and a surprise camp prize pack. A drawing will be held after each weekly session in June and July.

New Girl Registration CLICK HERE to join now.  Choose the Extended Membership for the best value!

I am a registered Girl Scout, when and how do I sign up for GO Virtual Summer Sessions?

Registration opens Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Registration will be through your UltraCamp Account. If you do not have a UltraCamp Account go to CLICK HERE to create your account. Should you have any problems getting into our site, please contact Customer Care at 320-252-2952 or customercare@girlscoutslp.org.

Virtual summer sessions will be listed in UltraCamp.

SAVE THE DATE

Want more information on Virtual Camp?  Join us for an informational session on May 28, 2020 from 6-7pm

Register online through UltraCamp!