Q: What do we do at camp?
A: It's a day camp, we're outdoors all day at Lake Minnewashta Park doing activities, games, skills, crafts, and swimming. We don't cook out (unless we're making a small snack as an activity); each girls brings a bag dinner. Each day the girls will be at a different Site (Picnic shelter) within the park, with themed activities for that day. The order of the Site Activities changes each day, but we begin and end in a large group in the Ceremony Circle. Your actual schedule will be similar to the one below.
1:45 pm Check-in
2:00 pm Opening
2:15 pm Site Activities (Songs, Swimming, Game and Snack, Skill, Physical Activity, Brown Bag Supper, Craft)
7:00 pm Walk to Ceremony Circle
7:15 pm Closing Ceremonies
7:45 pm Camp Dismissed
Q: How much does camp cost?
A: The fee structure is based on camper or older girl position. Confidential financial assistance is available, details are on the registration page. Early Bird Registration ($5 off) runs thru April 30th.
Q: What are Cookie Credits? How do we use them?
A. Cookie Credits and Fall FUNds are fundraising sales rewards that can be applied toward camp registration fees. Girl Scouts can opt in to receiving these instead of the sales prizes. They're distributed electronically, you should get an email with the codes for each at the end of each fundraising season. Contact your Troop Leader or Troop Cookie Manager if your Girl Scout hasn't received hers. Each is worth $5.00 and you enter the codes in the registration form when you register for cam.
Q: How long do we get to go swimming?
A: We go swimming for about 45 minutes each day, unless there is a thunderstorm or reason to not be in the water. There are changing rooms at camp. We ask campers wear clean swimsuits under shorts/shirts and bring dry undergarments to change into after swimming. The swimming beach at Lake Minnetonka Park is staffed by professional lifeguards.
Q: Where do I pick up my child?
A: At the Ceremony Circle (field next to camp headquarters shelter at the park.) You can sit with your child during closing at the Ceremony Hill, but you must sign your camper out at the Ceremony Circle after so we know that you're leaving with them.
Q: How early do I need to drop them off?
A: Camp starts at 2:00 pm, given that there's about 200 campers being dropped off at the same time, allow 15 minutes to park, walk your child to their unit, and sign them in.
Q: What's a sit-upon? Do she need to bring one?
A: It's a waterproof cushion or pad used to sit on the ground in the out of doors. They're optional, but a Girl Scout tradition - often campers have made them with their troops during the year. Instructions and ideas for several kinds can be found here and here.
Q: Can I join my friend in another group?
A: You must stay with your Unit during camp, but there are times (like swimming) when several Units are together at once. If your friend is in another Unit, it's better to make time to see her outside of camp and make new friends in your Unit during the camp day itself.
Q: What time is camp each day?
A: Camp will go from 2:00 -7:45 pm. Pick up is at 7:45 pm. All campers will need to be signed out (the caddie has the sign-out form) from their unit before they can leave.
Q: Does my daughter need to be registered with Girl Scouts to attend?
A: Yes if she's a current or former Girl Scout. If she's attending as a "Friend-of-Scout" we will register her just for camp to cover her under insurance.
Q: How can I make sure my daughter is with her best friend?
A: You can't. We try very hard to place girls with friends when a reciprocal replacement request is made during registration. However, our safety ratio requirements mean we sometimes put girls in different units to distribute them evenly. Camp is also a time to make new friends - it's not logistically possible to put every girl with every request, but we will try our best.
Q: Can my daughter only sign up for 1-2 days and what would the cost be?
A: We do not offer partial weeks of camp. There is no price adjustment or prorated fee.
Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes, confidential financial assistance is available, details are on the registration page.
Q: Who do I contact about my daughter's special needs?
A: Please email us at email@example.com. All conversations are confidential.
Q: Is there someone to care for my 2 or 3 year old at camp?
A: Sibling care is only available for ages 4-12 years old. Children must be 4 years old by July 15th.
Q: How are adult volunteers assigned?
A: We'll send a SignUp Genius form out in June with exact days, times, and volunteer opportunity, so you can select a spot that matches your availability and gifts!
Q: Will my daughter attend with other girls in her troop?
A: Unlike a Service Unit event, Twilight Camp is considered a council event. Girls register individually rather than with their troop. Girls are placed into "Units" for the duration of camp and we try to have at least 1 girl from her troop with her.
Q: Why is it called Twilight Camp?
A: It's called Twilight Camp because camp runs each day from early afternoon to early evening (the twilight of the day) allowing parents to volunteer without taking an entire day off work.