What is Spring Camporee?
Simply stated, an AMAZING outdoor experience which includes challenges, fun, great food, and a place to bond with fellow Girl Scouts!
When is Spring Camporee ?
Spring Camporee 2014 begins Friday, June 6th at 5:00 pm and ends Sunday, June 8th at 1:00 pm after a barbecue lunch. (Participants MUST pay the full program fee even if attending for only one night)
Where is Spring Camporee?
Spring Camporee is located at the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, 11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, California, about one hour from San Mateo, CA. Please see the FORMS page for directions and a map of camp.
What are accommodations like?
We stay in rustic but comfortable dormitory-style cabins which are equipped with heat and electricity and house 8 to 18 guests. Bathrooms with showers are nearby each cabin.
What about food?
We provide Friday evening snack (so don't forget to eat dinner before you leave Friday for camp), Saturday - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and evening snack, and Sunday - Breakfast and a BBQ lunch. We can accommodate any dietary needs, just let us know your dietary restrictions when you register. Outside food is NOT permitted, unless you want little critters in your cabin during the day and sleeping with you at night!.
How much does it cost to attend Spring Camporee?
Registration per person is $130. Campers may also participate in the High Ropes course ($45), Low Ropes course ($30); Horseback riding ($30) or Zip Line ($5), space permitting. Financial Aid is available to Girl Scouts registered in the Mid-Peninsula Girl Scout Service Unit. Financial Aid Requests can be found under FORMS.
Why are you now charging for zip line?
The cost of running Spring Camporee has risen sharply in the last two years. Zip line has become especially expensive and we must now charge a fee for this event. The $5.00 fee still does not completely cover the program fee we must pay to our host facility.
How will first, second, and third choice activities be assigned?
Because we have more demand for some activities than space available, many girls may not get an opportunity to try some of the more popular programs. By having campers prioritize their activity list, we hope to allow campers to participate in the activities most important to them. We will do our best to assign campers their first choice activities. Activities will be assigned in order of completed paperwork received. We will do the same for second and third choice activities. We will group troop members together when scheduling activities unless otherwise requested.
How do we pay for Camporee?
After registration day, we will send the Troop Coordinator a link so that their troop members can go online and complete registration. Once all troop members have completed registration, we will begin assigning activities. As you can guess, this is a time-consuming process. We will try to notify and invoice you for the base camp fees plus whatever activities campers are assigned in a timely manner, but please allow us at least 7 to 10 days after a troop has completed online registration. Troop Coordinators will collect payment from their troop members and then send us ONE check to the address listed on the invoice.
What is your cancellation policy?
Payment is due in full on April 1st. If you cancel prior to May 1st, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administration fee per each registrant. Those who cancel between May 1st and May 15th will receive a full refund minus a $50 administration fee per registrant. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 15th. Registrations are NON-TRANSFERABLE.
Who can attend Spring Camporee?
Any REGISTERED Girl Scout in the Mid-Peninsula Girl Scout Service Unit
who is currently a Brownie (second grade) or older and her mom (or aunt, grandma, female adult). Girl Scouts encourages GIRL independence,
HOWEVER, if a female chaperone/Troop Leader is not available to attend with the Girl Scout, please contact us at GScamporee@yahoo.com.
Will there be a waitlist?
There will most likely be a wait list as Spring Camporee has usually sold out in past years. Registrations will be processed in order of completed forms and final
payments received. If you are wait listed, you will be notified if a spot becomes available.
What kind of activities do you offer at Spring Camporee?
The YMCA offers a climbing wall, swimming pool, archery, canoeing, and hiking. For an additional fee they also offer Horseback Riding for girls and adults currently 3rd grade and up for $30, Low Ropes Course for all Girls 2nd grade and up (one paid adult for every 4 girls) for 3 hours for $30, High Ropes Course for girls/adults currently in 5th Grade and up (one paid adult for every 6 girls) for 4 hours for $45, and Zip Line for $5. Girl Scouts offers endless Arts & Crafts, cooking activities, and Older Girl Activities. And of course, don't forget CAMPFIRE!!! Please check back periodically for information regarding our Troop T-Shirt contest, SWAPS, and a troop challenge contest.
Why are adults required to work/volunteer at Spring Camporee?
A small handful of volunteers spend 10 months putting together this awesome event. However in order to have such a successful event each adult is required to work one 2 hour shift at Spring Camporee. We have a variety of jobs at camporee such as Check-In/Check-Out staff, Arts and Crafts Coordinators/Assistants, Cooking Activity assistants, Older Girl Activity assistants, Zip Line Monitor, and First Aiders. Most jobs do not require any training.
What do I bring to camp?
Check out our Camporee Information Packet on the FORMS page of our website.
Is there a schedule for Camporee?
We are currently finalizing crafts, activities and a new troop challenge. You can get an idea of camp offerings by checking out last year's schedule on the FORMS page. We will post this year's schedule on April 1, 2014 or shortly thereafter. Troop schedules and cabin assignments will be emailed to the Troop Coordinator prior to June 1st.