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Get the 411 on camp

There’s so much to know about getting your camper ready for her exciting camp adventure! To get you started, here are some answers to questions parents often have about camp.

Once you register your camper, you will receive information on required forms that MUST be completed before your girl attends camp. Please note that a physician’s signature on a physical exam is REQUIRED. Your camper will not be allowed to remain at camp without this information.


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Frequently Asked Questions

If I come to camp alone, who will I be with?
Don’t worry! You’ll join a group of girls your own age who want to enjoy the same activities you do. Camp is about making friends!

Can I bring a “buddy” to camp?
Yes! Campers are welcome to sign up for camp with a friend who is interested in the same session. Buddies must be a mutual request within the same grade levels and in the same program to be placed in the same living unit. The activities you attend may be different depending on your personal choices and your different skill levels in that activity. We can only arrange placement with one buddy. A group of three or more friends is often a challenge.

Even the best of friends need time to explore their own interests and make new friends. All campers in specialty camps are housed together in a unit. Many girls come to camp without a buddy. Camp is a wonderful place to make new friends.

How do I spend time at camp?
Fun and exciting adventures abound daily at camp. Some of the highlights are archery, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, challenge activities, rock climbing, hiking, outdoor cooking, theater, creative arts, and songs & games, but there is so much more!

Girls can work on the Trail Master program progression or come for a specialty camp. Specialty camps for this year include horseback riding, archery, bikes and boats, hiking, wilderness survivors, cooking, top chef, theater, sailing, kayaking, serious hiking and overnight camping, challenge, artisans and junior lifeguard. Plunge into an activity headfirst and develop some mad skills in an area of interest.

Trail Master levels

  • Trail Explorers (girls entering grades 2-3) sample some of all the activities at camp so they can learn about camp life and nature.
  • Trail Blazers (girls entering grades 4-5) have choices about what they want to do at camp and can take on canoeing, outdoor cooking, nature hikes, archery, arts & crafts and more.
  • Trail Guides, (girls entering grade 6 and up) can mix and match their camp program to include multiple activities or select a specialized program. Trail Guides focus on completing Trail Master levels, building leadership skills and being part of the camp community.

You’ll have lots of fun daily with your counselors and friends,including awesome all-camp activities such as Bear Hunt, Capture the Flag, campfires, talent shows and more. There is endless singing and games and sometimes just chilling out with nature.

There is a daily rest period in your unit after lunch so bring quiet games or books to read, or surprise your parents with a letter home!

Where will I sleep?

  • Programs for the youngest campers offer a choice of living in a cabin with counselors and sleeping in bunk beds. Other campers get to enjoy the outdoors in classic platform tents with permanent roofs and built in bunk beds. Four girls sleep in each tent. Tents are arranged in clusters (units) with a counselor tent close by within the unit. Each unit has a wash station, an outdoor pavilion, a campfire ring and both latrines and flush toilets are nearby. Bug nets are provided for each individual bunk bed.

What kind of food is offered?
Resident camp serves three well balanced and nutritious meals daily in our dining halls. There is always one main dish and a vegetarian option, along with side dishes and a salad bar. Campers get snacks in the afternoon and cool beverages/ water are always available. If you have special dietary needs, let us know before you arrive and we’ll be happy to work with you.

How does the camp manage safety concerns?
Girl Scouts of Maine resident camps are accredited by the American Camp Association, meeting over 300 safety and health standards. Both resident & day camps are licensed by the Maine Health Inspections Program and meet or exceed all state regulations. Our camps also adhere to Girl Scout Safety Activity Check Point standards – a risk management guide designed to protect and maintain the well-being of every Girl Scout.

What are the camp counselors like?
Our counselors are enthusiastic, caring young adults who come from all over the United States and even from other countries. All staff members are carefully screened, including background checks, and selected for their ability to add to the camp experience. Camp staffs are CPR and first-aid trained and many hold advanced certifications as Red Cross Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors, Archery Instructors, Challenge Course Facilitators, Wilderness First Aiders, Maine Trip Leaders and or Leave No Trace practitioners.

What if I have other questions?
The camp directors for Camp Natarswi and Camp Pondicherry are available year round and are always happy to answer your questions. Treasa Wheeler, Camp Natarswi Director, can be reached at twheeler@gsmaine.org. Mary Boyle, Camp Pondicherry Director, can be reached at mboyle@gsmaine.org. Each director can be reached at
888-922-4763.


Your Successful Camper

Here are some signs that your camper is ready to have a blast at camp!

  • She has successfully spent the night away from home, at a friend or relative’s house.
  • She likes to spend time outdoors, be active and learn new things!
  • She wants to go to camp!
  • She enjoys making new friends.
  • She can compromise with playmates.
  • She can adapt to new places and try new things with some encouragment.
  • She can follow directions.
  • She can engage in active camp life!
  • She is willing to do her share in planning and clean-up.
  • She can shower, brush her teeth, manage personal hygiene and do her hair with little guidance.
  • She is willing to eat, sleep, and play with all girls, not just with best friends.
  • She has a family that is willing to let her go away for a few days for a fun and rewarding experience that builds skills, self worth and independence.

What counselors wish parents knew
  • Send pre-addressed and stamped envelopes so she can write home or to family & friends.
  • Leave expensive clothing or other valuable items at home.
  • Put your daughter’s name on everything and pack light! She will be repacking herself to come home.
  • Please let unit counselors know if your child regularly wets the bed. Pack needed supplies. Counselors can then be prepared to discreetly wash bedding/nightclothes.
  • Bring separate towels for showering and swimming.
  • Sisters do not necessarily make the best buddies.
  • Please don’t tell your daughter she can call or go home if she gets homesick.
  • There are no electrical outlets for the girls to use.
  • Girls will be expected to clean up after themselves. Let them practice at home with simple chores.
  • Be sure to pack a few extra changes of clothes – campers can get dirty and muddy– and she may need a mid-day clothes change.
  • Please complete all camp forms fully and well in advance so we can get to know your daughter. It will also save time and frustration at check-in.
  • There are more activities at camp than your girl will be able to participate in during a one or two week session. If she did not get to do all the activities she hoped, encourage her to look forward to next year.
  • Do not send your daughter to camp with a cell phone. Phones and other electronics are not allowed.