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Basic Information
General Description
Program Goals & Safety
Badges and Patches Available
Buddies
Sibling Units
Almost Overnight and Overnight information
Transportation

Basic Information

Camp Name: Mountaindale West Day Camp
Date: July 13-17, 2015
Time: Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Location: Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center, North Plains, OR

Please note: We are a closed gate camp. For the safety of all campers, no unregistered individuals are allowed at camp. For more information, please see the FAQ section on visits and appointments.

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General Description

Mountaindale West Day Camp offers a variety of fun and enriching activities that interest every age group of children at the camp. Some of the activities include: A t-shirt is provided to all campers and staff members. This t-shirt is to be worn for unit pictures and it is highly encouraged that everyone wear it the entire week of camp.

You can register as a Girl Scout member while you register for camp. Membership registration questions are part of your camp registration, and you can pay the $15.00 Girl Scout annual membership dues when you pay for camp.

Para obtener los formularios en español, Ud. debe comunicar con Bernice Rivera. Su teléfono es 503-977-6806. Ella le puede poner en comunicación con intérprete.

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Program Goals & Safety

All staff members of Mountaindale West Day Camp are registered members of Girl Scouts of the United States of America and have been background checked by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Council.

All adult staff members are non-paid volunteers and are not certified day care providers. Please contact Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington for any tax information. Our camp will not sign or give out any tax ID information.

The goal of Mountaindale West Day Camp is to provide campers with an opportunity to experience an outdoor camp while still providing a safe and nurturing environment. Each of the camper units has at least two adults and two Program Aides, known as PAs (PAs are trained older teen Girl Scouts), assigned to the unit. Units range in size according to their safety number set by Girl Scouts, which is dependent on the age of the girl campers. Our camp follows all safety standards and regulations set forth by Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Girl Scouts of the USA.

To address any medical needs at camp, our program staffs two trained “First Aiders” in our First Aid station, each certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, and emergency procedures. Most of the adult staff located throughout camp have also gone through First Aid, CPR, and AED certification.

Peanut and Nut Allergies

It is HIGHLY recommended that any allergies, intolerances and sensitivities be listed in the provided areas of our online registration under the medical questions section.

Please remember, it is your responsibility to list your camper's food issues. This Includes, but not limited to, peanuts, gluten, soy, dairy or any other food related issues that we should know about.

Mountaindale West Day Camp is staffed by volunteers that are not trained health specialist. We do recognize that some campers, coming to camp, may be allergic to peanut and nut products. At camp, our goal to provide campers with an outdoor experience, even in the foods that we offer at camp. We want you to be aware that we cannot state that we can make provision to be peanut-free due to the sheer number of campers that come to camp. We may unknowingly serve nut products, or there may be trace elements of unspecified peanut ingredients, including peanut oil, in meals and snacks.

Additionally, other campers and adults may bring peanut or nut related products to camp. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that campers will not be exposed to peanut or nut products while at camp. We strongly encourage campers, and their parents, to take all necessary medical precautions to be prepared for the possibility of peanut or nut product exposure. EPI-Pens are allowed to be carried by campers that have a life-threating, medically recognized need. Please be sure to note the peanut and/or nut allergy in the provided areas of our online registration under the medical questions section.

It is also highly recommended that the peanut, or any allergy, be listed in the provided areas of our online registration under the medical questions section.

Food Allergies, Food Intolerances, Food Sensitivities

Food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities should be noted in the medical sections of the online registration. Please be aware that due to the size of the camp, we cannot customize our food program for all the individual food issues. We will make an effort to provide choices, but cannot guarantee that all campers will be provided with a full and balanced meal if they have allergies, intolerances and sensitivities to any foods. If your camper has special dietary needs, you should send specialized, non-perishable foods with your camper. This should be the kind of foods that they can keep in their backpack for their personal meal needs. This would also include food for the Almost Overnight and Overnight. Refrigeration cannot be provided for camper’s personal food.

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Badges and Patches Available

All Unit choices stated are based on what grade the camper will be going into in the Fall of 2015.

Our camp has elected to go from being a badge/try-it camp, to becoming a camp with the emphasis on outdoor skills. All units that are offered will have a "camping" theme to them. We will offer a combination of council badges, national badges and Mountaindale West Day camp generated camp patches.

Daisy Patch
Daisy Explorer (going into grade K or 1)

Badges (Brownie level: going into grade 2 or 3) Badges (Junior level: going into grade 4 or 5)

Outdoor Skills: Girls going into grade 6 and above. Outdoor Skills training will consist of outdoor skills in cooking, basic first aid, outdoor survival and basic skills needed for being a PA in the future.

PAIT (Program Aide in Training): Girls going into grade 7 and above. PAITs will receive in depth Program Aide training with a Day Camp Specialty training.

Program Aide (PA): Girls going into grade 8 and above and have completed PAIT training (both core and Day Camp Speciality training). Girls will be placed in units as Girl leaders. The units for placement include campers (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Outdoor Skills, PAITs), siblings and the Rainbow unit.

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Buddies

Daisies and Brownies only - A single buddy request will be honored when possible. Request only one name. Buddies must request one another and must request the same badge units.

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Sibling Units

A camper is only allowed into a sibling unit if their parent is a full-time volunteer at camp that week. Sibling units are designed to accommodate parents' schedules so volunteering is less stressful.

Campers are divided by age so that they, too, get the most out of their camp experience. For more information, please visit Sibling Units.

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Almost overnight for grade 4 and an overnight for grade 5 and above

Sleeping under the stars in the meadow, seeing shooting stars, listening to bull frogs, crickets and other nighttime sounds are all part of the overnight experience. There is also a nighttime ceremony at Council Fire that all campers participate in with songs, skits and a bonfire.

The overnight is on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Girls entering grade 5 or higher in the fall of this year are invited to join the overnight. There is a theme dinner on Thursday night. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided for the overnight campers on Friday.

Girls entering grade 4 are invited to an almost overnight. This means that they will stay after the main camp ends that day, have dinner and enjoy the campfire ceremony, and at the end of the evening, they will be provided with a bus to take them to Westview H.S. The grade 4 girls will not sleep at camp that night. They will also NOT be provided with breakfast or lunch that Friday.

At the beginning of the camp week, a letter will be sent home with the camper. The letter will detail what items the campers should or should not bring. For the full overnight, a warm sleeping bag, a small tarp and warm PJ's/sweats are a must. Electronics and food are not to be sent with the campers for the almost overnight or the overnight. NO FOOD is to be sent. Food in the meadow would only encourage "critters" to visit the meadow while everyone is sleeping.

If it is raining the day of the overnight, or it starts to rain during the overnight, the Directors have a backup plan for the evacuation of the meadow and the girls in grade 5 and above will stay at camp.

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Transportation

Campers are required to ride the buses to and from camp unless they are children of a full-time staff member and then they are required to ride with that staff member. No other campers are allowed to ride with a staff member. The only traffic allowed up to the camp are the buses and the staff cars.

The bus pickup and drop off point is at Westview High School on 185th Avenue between West Union and Hwy 26. Buses pick up campers at 8:45 AM and drop them off at 4:00 PM.

Bus loading for camp week
Each camper will need to meet up with all the other campers that they want to be on the bus with prior to loading on the bus on Monday. Once your camper has met up with friends, those campers will load on the same bus at the same time.

Each girl is given a colored wristband to wear all week. Please make sure this wristband stays on all week. The color of the wristband is the same color of the bus (indicated by the color block paper hung in the window of the buses) that they will ride all week.

Bus Policy
If the buses have already begun moving or have departed, please do not stop the buses. Once the buses are moving, it is too late to come to camp. You will need to e-mail the camp registrar that your child missed the bus and will not be coming to camp that day.

Bus Late Fee Policy
Camper pick-up time is 4:00 pm at Westview High School. Bus arrival times may vary due to traffic on Hwy 26. A $5 fee will be assessed for every 15 minutes past pick-up time or the time the bus arrives at its location, whichever is latest.

Late fees are due at the time of pick-up or the very next morning before your child(ren) will be allowed to board the bus.

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Girl Scouting Links

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Girl Scouts, USA
WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)

Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Promise

"On my honor I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law."

 
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