Check out the 2024 Summer Camp Guide to see everything planned at Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Summer Camp!
Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts Summer Camps are special. When you come to Camp Indian Echo, Camp Wai Lani or Camp Wildwood, you join a family who stands by you, encourages you and cheers you on, whether you are one foot off the ground or twelve!
You can ride that horse, climb that wall, hit that target, row your way to victory and so much more. Girl Scout Camp is a place to go on adventures, develop new skills, build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.
Girls entering grades 1–12 in fall 2023 can attend summer camp. No prior Girl Scout experience needed to attend Girl Scout camp! Non-members have an additional $25 fee for camp which includes a Girl Scout membership through September 2024! There is also an option to pay an additional $10 ($35 total) for an extended Girl Scout membership through September 2025.
To become a Girl Scout member, fill out this form.
Camp is a great place for progression, and we feel it is important to focus on your child's developmental needs at different ages. For this reason, you’ll find that many of our sessions are now focused on specific ages aligning with the Girl Scout program levels. Campers of similar ages will be housed together and participate in activities designed for their age group.
Campers that are not in equestrian programs will participate in activities with their cabin mates. Campers in equestrian programs will receive a riding assessment and will be placed in appropriate riding level (beginner or intermediate). Some riders may be placed in riding groups with campers older or younger than they are, but will reside in age appropriate cabin groups.
Campers’ schedules are set based on age and sessions: younger campers will have set schedules, while older campers will have more flexibility.
It is our hope to be able to serve everyone wishing to attend camp. We strive to make accommodations for campers with disabilities and are able to in many cases. Campers must be able to function independently in a 6:1 girl-to-adult ratio.
Accessibility accommodations can be provided for a range of physical, medical, developmental, dietary, behavioral or communicative abilities. Providing a safe and positive experience to all campers is of the utmost importance to us. We reserve the right to make decisions of participation based on the extent of the girl’s needs and our ability to meet those needs in a camp setting.
Please contact the camp director if you have any questions or concerns about your camper attending camp.
If your camper has physical restrictions and/or uses a wheelchair, crutches, braces or similar assistive technology, please contact our camp directors so we can plan the best possible experience. Many programs may be modified to meet the specific needs of our campers.
Our camp staff are selected based on their experience, enthusiasm and desire to work with children in a camp setting. Our counselors strive to be role models with a focus on the needs of campers, both in individual and group settings.
They model the Girl Scout Promise and Law and receive extensive training in a variety of topics (including youth development and risk management) so your child will be successful throughout their summer camp adventure. We screen each applicant through in-depth interviews and multiple reference and background checks, as well as a drug screening.
Camp staff go through more than ten days of training, including CPR and First Aid, safety and risk management, emergency response, activity leadership and outdoor skills, how to support campers' mental health (including homesickness and bullying) and much more. Staff who supervise specialized activities (such as swimming and archery) have additional training and qualifications.
Being a camp counselor will be one of the most fun and fulfilling jobs of your career!
You wake up every day in the summer to form amazing friendships, build concrete skills and do daring and adventurous things. You care for campers and use your training to build courage, confidence and character in the next generation of young women. You model healthy relationships. You teach them how to expand their comfort zones. We’re hiring staff who want to make a meaningful contribution to our camp community and to create Summer Camp magic for our campers, all while building your resume and getting paid. If this describes you, see below for more information and to apply!
Click HERE to view available GSWCF staff positions.
Calling all future camp counselors! If you are ready to unlock your leadership potential and your love of the outdoors, you can start working toward your Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Awards. Our Camp Leadership Program includes CIT 1, CIT 2, and Camp Interns.
Camp Registration for the Camp Leadership Program: CIT 1, CIT 2, and Intern registrations are manual registrations by our Customer Care Team and cannot be completed online. Girls who wish to participate must apply and interview for the program. Once accepted, they will receive an email confirmation with registration instructions.
In our CIT program, you will gain the tools you need to become a mentor to younger campers. This training is aligned with the CIT Awards Girl Scouts can earn and display on their uniform. Once you begin working on our CIT II Award, you may choose to take one of our specialty tracks, including a focus on the equestrian, challenge course or waterfront programs.
These leadership programs are the first steps toward learning the skills necessary to one day work as a volunteer CIT and then a full-fledged camp counselor!
The CIT Award is only the beginning. Here's how you can go from trainee to paid camp counselor.
NEW for 2024 - Entry into our CIT and intern programs are based on the completion of an application and interview with the camp director and are not guaranteed. Space is limited. Upon successful admittance to the program, CIT 1, CIT 2 and interns will receive registration instructions. Applications open Feb. 8.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Campers may choose to attend summer camp with a cabin mate. A cabin mate is someone who is attending the same session and would like to stay in the same cabin as your child.
Camp mates must be registered for the same camp session and select each other mutually during registration on their Camper Information forms. Campers may only select ONE cabin mate. If more than one is selected, only one will be honored. Cabin mate requests are not required. Be sure to fill out your cabin mate requests during registration and coordinate with the guardians of your child's cabin mate, so that they also select your camper when they register. We may not be able to accomodate last-minute requests.
Meals provided at camp are kid-friendly and well-balanced. Our overnight campers receive three meals and one snack a day. Day campers receive a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack.
The health and safety of your camper is our utmost concern. If your camper has a physical need, food allergy, religious dietary restriction or any other special considerations, please specify in writing on the Health History form you complete online when you register for camp. Vegetarian meals are an option and must be noted on forms. We are able to work with parents and guardians to accommodate a variety of diets due to allergies or other medical issues. If you would like to discuss any special considerations or diets before registering for camp, please contact us at email@example.com.
Summer camp offers a great opportunity to learn about and navigate social situations while disconnecting from the digital world. We have a “no electronics” policy at all camps.
If your child is experiencing a major challenge at camp, we will contact you to discuss the best way to help her navigate. We ask that campers leave all iPods, cell phones, tablets, e-readers and smart watches at home. Standalone digital cameras are encouraged and allowed.
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) is not responsible for any loss or damage to your child’s electronic equipment.
Prohibited electronics that are brought to camp will be labeled with the owner's name, placed in a secure location and returned to parents at checkout. Please note that camp staff use phones for communication among themselves, to play music and to take the photos you see on WaldoPhotos.
A non-refundable deposit is required for each camp session.The deposit for day camp and half week camp is $25 per session. The deposit for overnight camp is $50 per session. The deposit for travel camp is $100 per session. The deposit for family camp is $25 per person.
Payments of any amount can be made on camp balances at any time up to the deadline. All camps must be paid in full by May 14, 2024. Failure to pay in full may result in forfeit of deposit and camp space.
Camperships are available on an as-needed basis for registered GSWCF members whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent them from attending camp. Learn more about our Camperships.
To apply for assistance, you must register and pay a deposit to hold your camper’s spot in a session. Then apply for camperships by completing this form. Deposits will be refunded if the scholarship amount is not sufficient to meet your needs. If your family cannot pay the deposit, please contact us to discuss alternative options.
Requests for session transfers (space permitting) and cancellations must be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org three weeks before the session to be completed and/or receive a refund, minus the deposit. No refunds will be offered within two weeks before the start of the session unless canceled by GSWCF, the camper is required to attend summer school (notice from school required), or due to illness (physician’s note is required). We do not offer refunds for no-shows or campers leaving camp early due to behavior, homesickness, or health issues. Refunds are not offered for campers arriving at camp with head lice.
Did you know that your child can use any council money they earn through our Product Sale Programs (GS Sweets & Treats and the Girl Scout Cookie Program) to help pay for camp? Whether it’s Council Dough or Council Credit, your vouchers can be applied to some, most, or all of your camp costs or toward items at the Trading Post! Contact us at email@example.com for assistance.
We partner with WaldoPhotos for camper pictures and email. Parents and guardians will receive an email on how to sign up for the paid service that sends photos of your camper directly to your phone!
The best part? 50% of the fee goes to GSWCF’s Campership fund! All camper families may view photos for free by visiting waldophotos.com and entering your camp specific information, which will be emailed to you after registration. Waldo Photos also offers Waldograms™, or electronic mail to and from your camper, for a small fee.
Summer Camp registration is being hosted on CampBrain.
Some programs are in high demand and will fill early in the year. If your camper is placed on a waiting list, you have the option of remain on the waiting list for an available space. Camp directors check waiting lists weekly and make adjustments depending on available space. Occasionally spaces open quickly, but sometimes they will not open at all. You may remain on the waiting list for as long as you’d like, or you may cancel it at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a spot opens you will be notified, you can except it within 7 days or be cancelled out on that session.
No deposit is required to join a waitlist.
What’s an average day at camp like? Whether you’re an overnight resident or a day camper, you can expect to have an action-packed schedule! Camp schedules may vary by session, location and weather.
Sample Overnight Camper Schedule
7:15 a.m. — Rise and shine!
8 a.m. — Breakfast
8:45 a.m. — Morning flag ceremony
9:15 a.m. - noon — Morning activity rotations
Noon — Lunch
1 p.m. — Turtle Time
2-5:30 p.m. — Afternoon activity rotations
5:45 p.m. — Evening flag ceremony
6 p.m. — Dinner
7:15 p.m. — All-Camp Activity
8:15 p.m. — Showers
9:30 p.m. — Lights out for younger campers
10:30 p.m. — Lights out for younger campers
Sample Day Camper Schedule
8 - 9 a.m. — Camper drop-off
8:45 a.m. — Morning flag ceremony
9:15 a.m. - noon — Morning activity rotations
Noon — Lunch
1 p.m. — Pool
2-5:30 p.m. — Afternoon activity rotations
5:30-6 p.m. — Camper pick-up
Surprise your camper with a special care package that she will get delivered to her at summer camp! Most items in the Basic, Happy Camper and Bells & Whistles packs will be branded with our 2024 Camp Theme “Camp is A-Lot’l Fun!” featuring this year’s mascot an Axolt’l.
We have a number of base packages to choose from and you can give her a little extra something special with an add-on pack.
Summer Camp Care Packages-
BASIC, $30 + tax
Insulated bottle sling with pocket that has a toggle drawstring, rain poncho, water bottle sticker sheet, post card with stamp and 2024 summer camp patch
Happy Camper, $40 + tax
BASIC + 2024 Collectible Trading Pin + 6 in 1 Survival Tool
Bells & Whistles, $60 + tax
BASIC + HAPPY CAMPER + Mad Libs with pen + Axolt’l plush
Add-on Packs for your Care Package (can also be purchase separately)
Daily Surprise Pack! $35 + tax
Campers who are staying for a week of camp will receive a different item daily (half-week campers will get three items at once on their last day. Surprise items include something fun for the nighttime, something to capture memories, something to play with, something practical and something fun in the sun!
Glow in the Dark Pack $22 + tax
This fun pack will have items that glow, blink and shine at night
**GSWCF reserves the right to substitute items of similar style and value.
Camp is open rain or shine! Programs may be modified in extreme weather conditions, including extreme heat. If severe weather is present, campers are moved to a safe location and alternative activities are offered. For specific weather-related emergency plans, please contact us at email@example.com.