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Camp Laurel, Lebanon
Girls will explore their surroundings at Laurel while hiking, swimming, boating, and challenging themselves to try new activities. Rich with tradition, every girl will treasure the friendships forged and memories made at camp. Day campers will receive lunch, and snack daily Resident campers have 3 meals a day (Dinner on check in day and breakfast on check out day only) and snack in the dining hall daily. Girls entering grades 4 and up have an opportunity to try archery and sign up for an optional overnight (day campers) that occurs every second week throughout the summer. Each week at camp, there will be a different theme celebrated in all of the camp activities.

For girls looking to gain new skills, the horseback riding programs at Laurel are designed for all levels of riders. On the first day, girls’ riding abilities are thoughtfully assessed and they are placed into riding groups that allow girls to work comfortably and confidently at their own pace. This helps them identify areas needing improvement and hone equestrian skills. Safety is always our first priority. Bad weather and excessive heat may shorten the time that the camper is actually on horseback. If that happens, they’ll work on other horse-related activities. In the two hour sessions girls will learn horse and stable care which includes mucking stalls, feeding, grooming, and tacking horses. In between assigned riding rotations, girls work on equestrian theory.

Resident Campers are placed in to living units based on grades they will be going into for the fall 2018 school year. Each unit has multiple groups with counselors and a unit leader. Girls sleep in wood-framed rustic cabins or platform tents with cots with no electricity. Each unit has centralized portos, serviced by a professional cleaning company, and a washstand with running water. Girls shower in a centrally located bathhouse.

Resident Camp Hours are Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning. Girls who stay more than two weeks will go home overnight every two weeks.

Day Camp Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parents may drop off their camper between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m. Parent pick-up is at 4:00 p.m. Every girl receives lunch and swim instruction and girls entering grades 4 and up have an opportunity to try archery and try a one-night overnight on selected Wednesdays.

  • Before care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. for $50 per week.
  • After camp care is available for pick up as late as 5:30 p.m., for $50 per week.

Camp is open July 4 but there will be no after care for day campers.

Day Camp Bus Service is provided within Colchester, Coventry, East Hampton, East Lyme, Hebron, Lebanon, Mansfield-Storrs, Marlborough, Middletown, Norwich, Plainfield, Portland, Tolland, and Willimantic. Not all buses run all sessions. Check the bus schedules before registering.

All girls are welcome

 

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Registration
This year, all summer camp registrations will be online.
During the registration process, if you are not already a member of Girl Scouts, you can register your child to become a Girl Scout (required to attend camp). A $50 deposit for each session is required at time of camp registration. Payment in full is due by June 1. If registering after June 1, full payment is due at time of registration.

  • Cookie Credits are doubled when used to pay for GSOFCT Summer Camp!
  • Cookie Credits cannot be used towards deposit and are not redeemable online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation upon registering with a link to the Parent Handbook which gives you detailed information about your girl's camp experience.
  • A separate email will be sent to you from Camp Doc with required health form information for you to fill out within two weeks of registration. 
  • An administrative charge of $10 will be added for program changes.
  • We accept Care 4 Kids.

In order to receive the two-week discount, you must register for both weeks, back to back,  individually. Once you get to the payment screen, you will see the discount reflected there. To make the registration process a little faster, be sure to use the “Add someone I’ve signed up before” button when registering for additional weeks.

Cancellations and Refunds
Girl Scout Membership fee is non-refundable. Cancellations and refunds must be requested in writing and sent to camp@gsofct.org.

Prior to May 1, cancellation refunds will be made minus a single $20 processing fee. 
After May 1, cancellation refunds will be made minus the $50 deposit for each session. 

Cancellations made within two weeks of camp attendance will not receive any refund. Exceptions to policy can be made, minus the deposit, with a doctor's note indicating illness or injury preventing attendance, or notice of summer school attendance. 

Financial Assistance
Financial aid is available on a limited basis. Both online registration and financial aid form are required to be considered. The financial aid application is within the registration form. To fill the financial aid form out, you must go into the registration portal for the camp you selected. On the first full page of information that you are required to fill out, on the bottom of that page, there is a question asking if you would like to apply for financial aid. You can then click yes to apply and the form will pop up for you to fill out. Remember, you must complete the registration form, and pay the $50 deposit per week that is required to process the camp registration and financial aid request; however, if your camper is not granted financial assistance, the deposit will be refunded. If you have questions about the deposit fee, please contact camp@gsofct.org

Employment Opportunities - We are looking for your special skills, spirit, and appreciation of children. Camp programs include swimming, hiking, campers, nature, sports, games, horseback riding, dramatics, singing, boating, cookouts, canoeing, and living in the outdoors. Enjoy the fun and rewards of meeting and working with other adults and children in the outdoors. Adults will receive training in outdoor skills, teamwork, health, and safety standards. To find out more and to apply, visit the employment page.