Monday, January 13, 2014

Check out the Jan/Feb 2014 Golden Link!


The latest issue of The Golden Link has arrived in mailboxes across the Council - it's time to get ready for resident camp!

Inside our cover feature, you'll learn more about the 10 camp properties in GSSJC as well as details on resident camp. (You should have received the catalog in the mail but just in case, you can also find it online.) Here's a sneak peek of Resident Camp 2014!


2014 Summer Camp
You should have recently received your 2014 Summer Resident Camp catalog in the mail! Check out the sessions in your catalog or, if you didn't receive a catalog, visit us online at www.gssjc.org/residentcamp for more information and to download an electronic copy of the catalog.

Resident camp occurs at three of our properties, Camp Casa Mare, Camp Agnes Arnold and Camp Misty Meadows June through August. These properties are available to troops, groups, communities and regions for camping September-May.

How to register: Registration for resident camp can be done online at www.gssjc.org/residentcamp or via a paper resident camp registration form (also found at the same website.) Online registration is highly recommended–campers registering online are able to reserve their camp spot immediately, while camp registrations received via fax or mail can take up to five business days to process.

Summer Resident Camp Dates
Week 1 – June 15-20
Week 2 – June 22-27
Week 3 – June 29-July 2
Week 4 – July 6-11
Week 5 – July 13-18
Week 6 – July 20-25
Week 7 – July 27-August 1


New Parent Orientation
Parents of new campers (and even returning campers) are encouraged to attend this brief orientation. Learn what and how to pack, what type of meals are served, how camp staff copes with homesickness (and how parents can help prevent it!), how the Trading Post/Ship’s Store works, what to expect at check in/check out and more!
Cost: Free
Register: Online
Dates: March 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Houston Girl Scout Center
April 6, 2-3:30 p.m., Houston Girl Scout Center
April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Webinar
May 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Webinar

Camp Open House
Parents, campers and their families are invited to Open House! This is a great opportunity to view the camp facilities (including living accommodations), tour the camp and enjoy some camp activities like archery, crafts, songs and games, grooming horses (personnel permitting) and canoeing (weather permitting.) Bring a picnic lunch or snack and stay the afternoon. Please do not bring pets.
Cost: Free!  
Register: Online
Who: Parents and campers (parent must accompany minor.)
Dates: Camp Casa Mare – March 9, 2-4 p.m.
Camps Agnes Arnold & Misty Meadows – March 16, 1-4 p.m.

Join the Team!
Would you like to spend your summer in Texas at one of GSSJC’s great camps? GSSJC is hiring staff for all three resident camps. Positions include unit counselors, waterfront staff, riding and sailing staff, and nurses. Salaries include meals and lodging. If you are 18 or older and would like to know more, visit us on-line at www.gssjc.org/residentcamp/staff.htm. GSSJC is an equal opportunity employer.

Camperships
Financial assistance is available in the form of a campership (camp scholarship.) If applying for a campership, please fill out the Campership Application found on the website. Camperships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and requests for camperships are due no later than April 15, 2014. Requests received after that date will be made only if funds are available. A committee of volunteers will review your completed application, and you will receive notification if you are awarded a campership.