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Mini Camp
Get your summer off to an amazing start with a mini camp experience for the first time camper or one who wants just a little bit of camp! It’s a great introduction to life at camp, and campers have an opportunity to try many of the activities offered at Laurel. Girls will have scheduled group activities with their cabins including swimming, crafts, nature, campfires with s’mores, but campers will also have several free time activity periods in which they can sign up for an activity of their choice.

Our time together may be short, but we make the most of it by providing an awesome camp experience that will have you signing up for the next session too!(Excludes horseback riding)


Mini Camp Check In
Check in begins at 4 p.m. Please plan your arrival accordingly. When arriving to camp, you will follow the directions from the staff in the parking lot, go to the main camp for Health Care check in if need be, Trading Post and general check in. After General check in, you will then proceed to the assigned unit to assist your camper in setting up her bedding. All campers should be at camp by 6 p.m. We have found that many families are so eager to get to camp they arrive before 2:00 p.m. We are excited too, but PLEASE wait until 4:00 p.m. to begin check-in. Our staff are preparing right up to the last moment for your arrival.

New for 2020:   Older Girl Program!
Girls going into grades 9 and above can attend camp for a week and enjoy a program designed by them, for them! For the girl who wants to attend camp and not be in a leadership program. The Older Girl Program impacts their own camp experience by encompassing skill building, confronting new challenges and building peer relationships. Think of syncro swim, outdoor cooking using no utensils, an overnight just for you, advanced crafts, archery, wilderness survival, media and camp blogging, and a night owls program for activities after dark. 

POP! 
POP is Laurel's new and exciting program! POP is a girl led experience. Pick your Own Program! POP girls get to choose their own camp experience this summer by choosing what they want to participate in. POP is girl led, girl choice, building upon skills, and meet new girls outside of their unit. On Sundays, our camp staff will deliver “infomercials” on the programs that they lead during the week. Girls will then select what programs they would like to participate in during the program times during the day. Laurel also has new and expanded programs. Drama, dance, multi-media, rocketry, advanced crafts, syncro swim, and outdoor living skills to name a few. Please note: Horseback is excluded as this is a separate program selected prior to coming to camp that will include some of the POP program. NEW: All campers will have a swim assessment prior to waterfront activities. All campers going into grades 1-5 will have one period per day scheduled for swim lessons. Campers going into grades 6 and above, families have the option to opt out of swimming lessons. There will be three different program tracks based on Girl Scout levels: Daisy and Brownies level 1, Juniors, Cadettes level 2 and Seniors and Ambassadors level 3. 

Camp CEO

Looking for a unique older girl experience? Girls age 14-17* can join us at Camp CEO where the fun of camp combines with creating your own vision as a future woman leader. Through innovative and interactive workshops and activities, you’ll discover how your dreams, passions, and skills can transform you into the successful woman you want to be. 

(Special thanks to the University of New Haven College of Arts & Sciences, Advanced TV Production class for producing this video!)


You will be assigned to your own CEO buddy, who is a prominent business leader. They will collaborate with you during this journey while enjoying all the fun activities that Camp Laurel has to offer - horseback riding, boating, swimming, and archery. (*Girls who are 18 and still in high school are also welcome).

 
Have a question? Check out our FAQs below! 
FAQs

Where will my girl sleep?
Campers are assigned sleeping units/areas based upon camper age and sometimes the program they registered for, such as equestrian or the CIT program. We try to assign the youngest campers to the units that are cabins. Please note that if your child is sleeping in a cabin, there are camp staff living with them in the cabins. Campers may sleep in platform tents, which sleep four campers each.  We encourage you and your girl to attend our Open House so that you are familiar with all of the sleeping units at Camp Laurel.

What will my girl eat?
Food service staff at Camp Laurel prepares a variety of pleasing and nutritious meals appropriate for children. Camp serves plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and breads. Camp Laurel day campers receive lunch daily in the dining hall for no additional charge. All campers at all camps receive a snack each afternoon. 

 Can special diets be accommodated?
We do offer a vegetarian alternative at each meal.  If you have allergies or special dietary needs, please contact the Camp Director prior to camp to discuss your requirements. 

Can I visit?
Each camp will host an Open House in the spring. Families are welcome to see and tour the camp as well as meet the Camp Director and staff.  Parents may not visit their camper while camp is in session.

How can I contact my girl during camp?
In your parent information packet, you will receive the mailing address and information needed to contact your camper during her stay. We encourage you to write your camper, but remember it is often necessary to post-mark mail prior to her departure to ensure she receives it in a timely manner. You can also leave letters at check in with their name and date on them and we are able to give them to your camper while at camp

Can I send my girl to camp with food to share?
No, thanks! To keep camp critter visits to a minimum, please don’t send food of any kind with your daughter. If your daughter has dietary restrictions please contact the camp director before camp starts to discuss the options available.

Can I mail a care package?
We discourage packages mailed from home. If you feel you need to send your camper something during a one week stay, please remember that it could arrive after her stay at camp. It’s best to leave the package with the office at drop off with her name and date to give it to her.