FAQ’s

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

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Camping opportunities include Resident Camp, Day Camp, Troop Camp, Partners Camp, and leadership opportunities for girls entering grades 1-12 in the fall.
Camp Wasiu II is located in Tahoe National Forest high in the Sierra Nevada near Sierra City, California. At Camp Wasiu II campers live in platform tents in units of 8-25 girls and 2-4 staff. Facilities include a beautiful swimming pool, archery for girls 2nd grade and older, hiking trails, a premier star-viewing area and equipment, a pristine lake within walking distance for boating, flushing toilets and showers with hot water, and a large indoor dining hall/recreation area.
Depending on the program, the age of the camper, and staffing expertise general camp activities may include swimming, canoeing, archery, stargazing, hiking, badge work, campfires, singing, games, crafts, challenge course, cookouts and field trips. Campers may work towards badges, patches, or Journey awards. Activities are geared to the age level of the camper and are contingent upon the weather. Each camper will receive a “Badge Documentation” sheet that lists any badge requirements that were completed at camp.
You will be provided with emergency contact information if you need to contact your camper in the event of an emergency. All camper contact goes through the camp director. You will be able to keep in touch with your camper through notes left with their counselor at check-in, through letters sent through the postal service, and through Bunk1.com . Bunk1.com is a secure, easy to use, summer website service that lets you stay in touch with your camper through daily one-way email while your camper is at camp! You may also send mail through the Postal Service to your camper. Mailing address will be provided in the welcome email from the camp director.
Parents and campers who want to visit Camp Wasiu II are encouraged to join us at the Camp Wasiu II Open House, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11:00am-1:00pm. For the safety and security of the campers, visitors are not allowed on-site at any other time while camp in is session, with the exception of approved volunteers. We have found that a visit from family or friends can cause homesickness, not just for your camper but for other campers as well. Contact Camp Wasiu II if you would like to apply to volunteer at camp.
For the safety and security of the campers and the continuity of programming, visitors are not allowed to visit campers while camp in is session, with the exception of approved volunteers.
Camp personnel are enthusiastic, talented and caring adults who are selected based on their skills and experience, ability to serve as positive role models, and their genuine desire to work with children. Camp staff come from across the nation, as well as from around the world. Having this diverse of a world microcosm at camp gives the campers an opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and ideas in a safe, sharing, inquisitive, and inclusive environment.

All camp personnel receive extensive training prior to the arrival of campers. Training includes age-appropriate activity programming, outdoor skills, songs & games, team building, child development, diversity, handling homesickness, positive behavior management, and more. In addition, camp personnel are trained in safety and emergency procedures. Our health, waterfront, and food staff are all certified or licensed in accordance with local, state, and federal agencies (American Camp Association, GSSN, and GSUSA).

Campers will be able to shop in the camp Trading Post. Trading Post deposits can be made at the time of registration by paper or online. Essential items such as batteries and toothpaste as well as camp memorabilia like sweatshirts and stuffed animals will be available in the Trading Post.
All confirmation materials are available online after March 1, 2014. Note that confirmation materials will not be mailed or emailed. All campers will receive a welcome email from the camp director approximately 3 weeks before camp.
Health and safety are the number one priorities of each and every camp staff member. All camp personnel receive extensive training prior to the arrival of campers. Camp personnel are trained in safety and emergency procedures. The camp meets all established standards for health, safety, site, program, and personnel as set by local, state, and federal governments, GSUSA, and GSSN. Our facility is required to pass annual health inspections and is licensed by the state. For the safety and security of the campers, visitors are not allowed on-site while camp in is session without the approval of the camp director.
On the first day of camp each camper is required to submit a completed Health History and Medication Release form (some sessions may require additional forms) and undergo a quick health check by the camp staff to assure that all campers are in good health at check-in. The forms will be kept on file with the camp nurse for the duration of the camp session.
For campers attending camp for more than four nights, a physical examination by a licensed medical professional must have occurred within 24 months prior to attending camp and is included on the Health History Form.
All camp sessions have a qualified Health Manager on-site and a doctor on-call at all times. All medication is securely stored in the Health Hut and administered by the Health Manager (including all over-the-counter and prescribed medications). Camp has a more-than-adequate supply of over-the-counter medications that will be administered with a parent’s/guardian’s written permission. Parents/guardians will be notified in the event of an emergency.
We provide healthy meals and snacks at camp. Menu planning is supervised by a licensed nutritionist and meals are prepared by our trained kitchen staff. An example of a typical daily menu include a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, cold cereal, milk, and juice; a lunch of a taco bar, full salad bar and milk; and a supper of spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans, full salad bar, and dessert. A vegetarian option is available for every meal. Special diets (gluten-free, etc.) must be noted on the registration and health history forms and may be accommodated on an individual basis with a four-week notification. Meals are served family-style in the dining hall. Some meals may include cookouts, barbeques, or sack lunches.
Refunds are made only under specific circumstances. See the Registration Information page for more information on the camp refund/transfer policy.
Any girl who is in the appropriate grade for her selected sessions can attend any camp opportunity, even if she is not a Girl Scout. (An annual $15 registration fee will be added to the camp fee for any girl who is not currently registered as a Girl Scout at time of camp registration.)
You can register any time after March 1, 2014.
We want any girl who wants the camp experience to be able to attend and not held back by financial constraints. For Financial Assistance information see the Registration Information page.
The best way to prevent not getting in the session you requested is to register early! See the Registration Information page for more information on full sessions.
See the Registration Information page for more information on registration confirmation.
See the Registration Information page for more information on how to register as Camp Buddies.
Bus transportation will be available to and from Reno, NV and Truckee, CA for the Sunday check-ins and Friday check-outs at Camp Wasiu II for a $30 each-way fee. Transportation must be requested and paid in full at the time of registration. Families can also choose to drive their camper to and from camp.
We have numerous volunteer opportunities for girls, adults, families, and friends to help at Camp Wasiu II.

2014 Camp Wasiu II Opening Weekend
Dates: June 11th – 15th (come for one day, all five days, or anywhere in between!)

We’re looking for volunteers to help open Camp Wasiu II and prepare it for a busy summer! Any individuals interested in helping with our labor tasks are welcome, and we especially love folks who have carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, or painting skills. All meals and accommodations are provided. Over 1000 local youth will directly benefit from your hard work and dedication.

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2014 Camp Wasiu II Closing Weekend
Dates: September 26th – 28th

Volunteers are needed to help close Camp Wasiu II and prepare it for the fall and winter seasons! This is a great volunteer opportunity, especially for our older girl troops.

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2014 Host Families for Camp Staff

Would you like to host an international or long-distance American camp staff member in your home this summer? We’re looking for families to welcome camp staff in their homes for lengths of time ranging between a weekend and two weeks!

Families can host staff members before and after camp as well as during time off. As an approved host family, you will be asked to make contact with your camp staff members prior to arrival. This is your opportunity to tell them about your family and find out about them ahead of time. You may also ask them for a picture of themselves to make identifying them at the airport a bit easier. Your family will provide a safe and comfortable place for the staff to stay at your home. (A couch, air mattress, futon, or bed will be just fine.) Host families also prepare some meals for our camp staff members while they are at the home.

Interested? Click here to register.