How do I know that my daughter is ready for camp?
If your daughter is going into at least the 1st grade and has spent the night away from home without a problem, then she is probably ready for camp. If she has never had a successful sleepover away from home or has a hard time leaving Mom and Dad, then you may want to reconsider sending her to camp this year. We want camp to be an enjoyable experience for your daughter and not a traumatic one.
Lately, there have been horror stories in the news about predators at camps. How do I know my daughter is safe at Summer Roundup?
All of our volunteers have been thoroughly vetted before being allowed to become staff members. They go through a multi-tiered process of state and federal fingerprinting, background checks through Girl Scouts of the USA, and a close check of their supplied references. No adults are permitted to be alone with the girls. Even the nurses work together during any physical exams to ensure everyone’s safety. Only approved teen counselors are allowed to help campers dress, shower, or tend to other personal needs if the camper asks for help. All staff members are trained annually in identifying all forms of abuse, using training materials provided by the State of Maryland Youth Camp Licensing Board at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The few male staff members we have are not allowed to use the same bathroom facilities as the campers and do not sleep on the main camp where the rest of the staff and campers sleep. Every precaution is taken to protect everyone who works at or attends Summer Roundup.
When and how do I sign up my daughter for Summer Roundup?
Registration opens on January 1 of the year that camp takes place. Registration is online at the Summer Roundup web site. A link will be placed on the site on January 1. Girls who attended camp the previous year will be sent an email reminder before registration.
My daughter did not get in this year! Is there a wait list?
First, I apologize if your daughter did not make it into Roundup this year. Our programs tend to be very popular, and camp fills quite fast! We do have a wait list. Please contact Amy Schisler, Camp Director, to be put on the list. It is not unusual for a girls’ plans to change or for something to come up that prevents her from attending camp, but we cannot guarantee that girls on the list will get into camp.
Why is Roundup registration so early?
Many camps open registration in the month of January. Before we can begin planning programs and purchasing supplies, we need to know how many girls are participating. All medical forms are due June 1st, and all program plans and supply lists are due July 1st, and it takes quite a bit of time to collect all of that information. Contracts need to be signed with any off-camp sites, and t-shirts need to be ordered. There is a lot of preparation that takes place between January 1st and the start of camp!
Is Summer Roundup affiliated with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay and GSUSA?
Yes, however, we are not a Council-run camp. We operate as a State of Maryland Licensed Camp. All of our staff, including our director, are volunteers. Nobody is paid for their work, and many of us put our own money into our programs. In return, we get to make all decisions regarding camp, including program choices, personnel, scheduling, activities, etc. A small portion of the registration fees go to Council to pay for use of the campground.
What does the registration fee pay for?
The registration fee pays for program supplies, three meals per day per person, two snacks per day per person, staff t-shirts (bought new every other year), camp t-shirts for all campers and staff (new each year), craft supplies, some staff training (depends upon the training), staff thank you gifts, campground fees, and expenses throughout the week (such as extra batteries, toilet paper, mosquito netting, etc.).
May I pay my balance online?
Yes, payments may be made online using PayPal. The payment page can be found here.
My daughter can no longer attend camp. Can I get a refund?
A non-refundable deposit of $95 is required when you sign up your daughter for camp, $50 for those requesting a campership. If full payment is made, you have until June 1st to receive a refund, minus the $95 deposit. Withdrawal from camp after June 1st, for health or medical reasons, needs to be verified by a physician in order to receive a refund minus $25 for items already purchased, totaling $170.
Are there a lot of bugs and other scary creatures at camp?
Not usually. Our ranger tries to keep critters away (or out of sight), and Caroline County sprays for mosquitos. However, camp does take place outdoors. It is not unusual to run across a snake at least once during camp (all snakes in our region are non-poisonous) or to see spiders and spider webs in the mornings. We leave them alone, and they leave us alone. The hardest critter to control is a bee. We have had bees at camp, so girls with allergies do need to be prepared. However, Ranger Bob is very diligent at trying to knock down all hives and destroy all nests before camp.
Is bug spray allowed camp?
No, bug spray is not allowed at camp. There are safety concerns that come with allowing girls to spray bug spray. However, bug wipes, lotions, and bracelets or clips are allowed. Girls must have parental permission to use them.
What else should my daughter bring to camp?
There is a detailed list on the Camp Details Page.
Why can’t my daughter bring her phone or other electronics to camp?
Aside from the chance of electronics being lost or damaged, camp is a time for girls to experience new things, be part of nature, and meet new friends. Girls should come to the camp with the expectation that they will have fun without the need for electronics. There is no need for them to have a cell phone since there are always adults around if they need something. Also, if one girl brings a device to camp, other girls will want to use them to play or to call home. This can cause a ripple effect which could lead to jealousy or mass homesickness.
Can my daughter send and receive mail while at camp?
Yes, we collect mail at check-in as well as check the US mailbox every day. Girls may bring their own stationary and stamps for writing home. Please do not write things that would upset your daughter, such as “We miss you so much,” or “Your pet fish died,” or “Have you seen any scary or wild animals,” or “I went to camp and hated it!” Please refer to the Camp Details Page for more information. Summer Roundup postcards are available for purchase at check-in. It is recommended that you send your daughter to camp with pre-addressed labels to be put on the postcards.
What if my daughter gets homesick?
We have an excellent staff that is trained to handle homesickness. Our teen Program Aides are very good at calming nerves and wiping tears. They sing songs, read books, and take care of girls at night. We do not allow girls to call home because we find that this makes the situation worse. Instead, we attempt to keep them calm until they fall asleep. In most cases, once they make it through the first night, they happily make it through the whole week with no more tears.
How do you handle weather emergencies?
After thirty years of camping, we have had our share of weather related emergencies. During thunderstorms, girls are brought inside where we play games, watch movies, do crafts, or engage in other activities to keep the girls happy and take their minds off of the weather. Storms at night are usually not noticed by the girls. In situations that involve severe weather, such as tornado alerts, girls are kept inside the program center and not told any more information than necessary. In the event that Caroline County Emergency Services decides to evacuate camp, parents will be notified through our emergency alert system which utilizes the Remind App.
My daughter is just learning to dress herself and fix her hair. Is this a problem?
Not at all. As stated above, we have wonderful teen Program Aides who work with the girls. It is part of their responsibility to wake up the girls, help with any dressing or hair issues, and stand nearby at shower time in case there is a problem (such as a head full of shampoo)! We encourage the girls to learn to be independent, and we find that by the end of the week, many girls go home with a new found sense of independence and feeling of accomplishment for learning to take care of themselves.
My daughter is a picky eater. Will she get enough to eat at camp?
Our kitchen staff is used to dealing with picky eaters as well as children and staff with allergies. We always have alternatives to what is on the menu so that everyone can have a healthy meal. Our adult staff eat all of their meals alongside the girls and are trained to watch out for picky eaters to ensure that they are getting enough to satisfy themselves and are eating healthily. We provide soy milk, gluten free foods, and other alternatives for those with allergies. If your child is an extremely picky eater or has severe allergies, our kitchen manager and dietician will work with you to take care of the needs of your child.
What qualifications do staff members have?
All of our staff hold various certifications. The director has both GSUSA, ACA, and State of Maryland Director’s training. Our nurses are professional, registered nurses, and our kitchen staff includes a certified dietician. Most, if not all, staff hold 1st Aid and CPR certification. All staff who work with certification-required programs or activities (such as archery, swimming, boating, zip lining, etc.) hold nationally recognized certifications in those areas. All of our Lifeguards are fully certified. Many of our staff are also overnight camping certified. Many are teachers, nurses, Girl Scout Leaders, and moms (along with other professions such as lawyers and company executives). All of our teen Program Aides have OUR Summer Roundup Leadership Academy Program Aide and/or Leader in Training certifications. A large number of our young adult staff have been coming to Roundup since they were Brownies or Daisies!
What if my daughter doesn’t want to swim in the lake?
Girls are not required to swim. They can wade on the shore, go boating with certified staff, or read or play games at the beach. All girls are tested on their swim ability by our certified lifeguards. There are three areas of the swim portion of the lake which are designated for advanced swimmers (up to 5 feet deep), good swimmers (up to 4 feet deep), and non-swimmers (wading depth). Only girls who are good or advanced swimmers are allowed on the waterslide, climbing pole, and jumping platform. Diving is not permitted. Girls are allowed to wear floaties or swim shoes if they wish to. At least two adult lifeguards are always on duty during swim times, and the beach is off-limits when not being monitored. Girls who go in the boats are required to wear life jackets.
How does pick-up work on the last day of camp?
Please arrive no earlier than 10:45am to retrieve your daughter’s belongings. You may locate her unit’s check-out table and pick up her bags to be taken to your car. Girls will remain in programming and afternoon activities until shortly before 11:00. They will then gather in front of the Program Center to line up for our closing ceremony. Parents are welcome to join us. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes, after which time, you can sign out your daughter at her unit’s table.