Our Camp Values

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Camp is a community. The community of camp is unique; it is shaped by the physical, outdoor space of camp, the teambuilding nature of our activities, and the welcoming environment that we strive to create.

Your camper should expect to be immersed in an environment that:

  • Encourages personal responsibility: campers take care of themselves, camp, and one another.
  • Takes place in nature: campers learn environmental stewardship and share space with bugs and critters.
  • Is “unplugged” and focused on being present: campers will not have access to electronics.
  • Encourages self-exploration: campers try new things, explore their identity, and gain confidence.
  • Relies on teamwork: campers work together as part of a team.
  • Is respectful and inclusive: campers and staff strive to create a safe space and respect one another’s identities.
  • Nurtures belonging and the active practice of allyship: Allyship is the active way of life that allows campers to keep an open mind and heart about the lived experiences of others so that they can learn how to nurture equity, opportunity and inclusion for everyone.

Camp Culture Code

Girl Scouts of Northern California’s council-run resident camps adhere to GSNorCal’s Policy for Building Equitable Community for All. We ask that you review this document in its entirety. All members of the camp community are part of GSNorCal’s commitment to inclusive and engaging experiences for Girl Scouts and their adult allies.

Please review the full “Policy for Building Equitable Community for All” HERE.

In addition to GSNorCal’s Policy, the GSNorCal Camp Team has prepared the following Camp Culture Code & FAQ to help better prepare campers, families, and staff for some of the unique questions, concerns, and opportunities for inclusion that come up in the residential space of camp.

Section 1: Introduction to the Camp Culture Code

Section 2: Gender & Identity

Section 3: Sexual Orientation

Section 4: Disabilities, Neurodivergence, and Accessibility

Section 5: Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Section 6: Spirituality and Faith

Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Camp Culture Code and discuss it with your camper. We sincerely hope that this document reflects a community that you and your camper are excited about being a part of. If you’ve decided it’s not what you’re looking for, we’ll be happy to talk to you about refunding your camp registration fee. We look forward to seeing your camper at camp this summer.