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We have a deep appreciation for how our summer camps foster character, independence, a love for nature, and leadership...

Posted by Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) on Monday, May 18, 2020

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts has a deep appreciation for how our summer camps foster character, independence, a love for nature, and leadership skills for all girls who attend.

Unfortunately, in light of COVID-19, it is with deep sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer camp seasons. This includes Camp Bonnie Brae, Camp Green Eyrie, Camp Laurel Wood, and Camp Lewis Perkins

This decision was based on guidelines from the CDC, federal, state, and local governments and was ultimately made out of concern and care for our staff, volunteers, and most importantly, the girls attending camp and their families.  Full refunds will be made to all families who have registered to attend camp this summer. Please see the FAQ’s below for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to camp next summer!

Why is camp canceled?

There are many factors that have guided us in our decision, with the top priority being the health and safety of our campers and camp staff. Current guidelines being released from America Camping Association, CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would require changing our camp programs to the extent we believe we cannot offer a safe and fun camp experience for our girls. 

Why was the entire summer canceled instead of week-to-week decisions?

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts strives to provide the highest-quality summer camp experience. To do so, we require several weeks on-site to train our staff and prepare camp facilities. Pre-camp training includes industry certifications in lifeguarding, outdoor adventure, water safety, and archery as well as leadership skills, safety protocols, emergency procedures, behavior management, and first aid training. We cannot run a safe camp program without this time to prepare, and we could not predict when it would be safe for camp staff to return to camp to complete this training.

Will I get a refund of my camp fees?

In most cases, camp fees will be refunded directly back to the card or account that you used to originally pay your fees.  However; if you paid by one of the following methods, you will be receiving a check in the mail to the address that you entered during registration:

* Fees paid more than six months ago
* If you paid in-person at a GSCWM Leadership Center 
* If you paid in cash or with a physical check

Due to the volume of registrations the refund process is expected to take a little more time than usual.

If I purchased the CampDoc Insurance how will I receive a refund for these fees?

There were two insurance packages available through CampDoc.  One was for medical coverage only (no "tuition" or transportation costs) and the premium paid for this coverage is non-refundable.  The second plan included tuition and transportation costs in addition to medical coverage.  If you purchased this "Deluxe" plan, email CampDoc at support@campdoc.com or phone them at 734-619-8300 regarding refunds.

What if I purchased a CampGram?

CampGrams do not expire and will be rolled over to next year. If you wish to receive a refund instead, please contact CampDocs at https://support.docnetwork.org/hc/en-us/requests/new

What if the card I paid with is expired or canceled? What if I have other questions about my refund?

If you have additional questions or concerns about the card used to register for camp please email info@gscwm.org

Will there be virtual camp or GSCWM program options this summer?

We know the summer of 2020 will not be the same without Girl Scout camps operating as we intended. However, we are committed to keeping camp traditions alive throughout this time and look forward to sharing remote program opportunities that girls are able to register for and join.

If we are able to safely offer GSCWM programs during the summer months, we will post them in the event page.  Please check the event calendar for the most up-to-date information on scheduled programs, or reach out to the program@gscwm.org

Can I still buy camp care packages or will they be sent if I already ordered one?

Due to summer camp 2020 not taking place this year, all orders for camp care packages will be issued refunds via the payment process as listed above. 

Since summer camp is not happening, can I rent camp with my troop or group?

At this time all of our property rentals are canceled through August 15, 2020. Any reservations after August 15 will be contacted if we are unable to host reservations for troops or groups. 

What if my Girl Scout earned product program rewards for summer camp?

The Product Program Department will issue a new certificate for the 2020-2021 Camp Season via email for all girls who earned summer camp as a reward for the Cookie Program in 2019-2020.  For campers who used 2019 or 2020 cookie credits these credits will be refunded for immediate use for other programs, membership renewal or for purchases at our online store. 

 
If you have any questions please call 413-584-2602, 9am - 5pm or email info@gscwm.org