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Summer Camps

Girl Scout Summer Camp

Virtual Camp sessions take place online. Participants will receive a Virtual Camp Activity Pack delivered to their home prior to the first day of each session. Each pack will contain grade appropriate program supplies for all activities that week.

The health and safety of girls is our top priority. 

We recognize how Girl Scouting’s social and emotional learning and positive peer interactions contribute to the mental health of girls amid the uncertainty of the last year. To support the continued well-being of our members, GSSWT is pleased to introduce a phased approach for troops and communities to resume in-person activities. Learn more

 

Resident Camp La Jita

Resident Camp sessions are held at Camp La Jita, a beautiful 236-acre camp situated along the Sabinal River near Utopia. Girls will develop independence while under the supervision of specially trained camp staff who help girls plan activities to create a unique camp experience.

Day Camp Metro

Day Camp sessions are held at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio. Girls will get hands-on experience and explore skills in a variety of areas including community service, cultural arts, healthy living, environmental awareness, STEM and so much more!

Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem! Just pay the annual membership fee in addition to the camp fee.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is camp located?

Camp Metro takes place at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center located at 5622 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78237.


Camp La Jita is located at 19459 Ranch Rd. 187, two miles south of Utopia, Texas 78884. A map to Camp La Jita will be included in your confirmation packet.


Medina Lake (Sailing Camp) is located at a private residence in Lakehills, Texas 78063. A map to Sailing Camp will be included in your confirmation packet.

What paperwork do I need to complete?

Prior to dropping a girl off for her first session of summer camp, be sure her health information and other forms (ex: release form(s), medication form and camper profile) have been filled out and submitted via CampDoc.com. Look for email notifications sent to her parent or caregiver after a girl is registered. Be sure to review your confirmation packet and Important Downloads on CampDoc for instructions on which forms to hand-carry to the first day of each camp session.

Save time. Pre- check-in. What are quick pass tags?

Save time and complete Pre- Check-in! Quick pass tags will save you time at camp check-in. Once you have registered girl(s) for camp session and complete all information on CampDoc.com for your camper(s) to 100%, quick pass tags will be prepared and either mailed to you before camp or available on the first day of camp at check-in. Remember, all information in CampDoc.com must be completed and a green checkmark is displayed next to all online forms.

There will be curbside drop off at both Camp La Jita and Camp Metro following COVID-19 protocols to limit numbers on the properties.

Is transportation provided?

GSSWT provides transportation from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (our north central office) to Camp Metro at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center daily at no additional cost. Girls dropped off at the Sally Cheever leadership center need to arrive and check-in no later than 8 a.m. and may be picked up after 4:30 p.m. (arrival time may vary depending on traffic conditions). Transportation is provided by a professional and licensed bus service with trained drivers.

Transportation is NOT provided to or from Camp La Jita.

Is before and after care provided

Before and after care is included in the cost of each Camp Metro session. Girl may be dropped off at either location as early as 7 a.m. and needs to be picked up no later than 6 p.m. each day. Camp activities take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Camp La Jita is a resident camp, so girls are cared for 24 hours a day each day of their session.

What time is check-in and checkout?

Camp Metro check-in and checkout times vary by drop-off location. At the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, check-in time is from 7 – 8 a.m. and checkout time is from 4:30 – 6 p.m. each day. At the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center, check-in time is from 7 – 9 a.m. and checkout time is from 4 – 6 p.m. each day.

At Camp La Jita, check-in time is from 3 – 4 p.m. on the first day of each session and checkout time is from 3 – 4 p.m. on the last day of each session.

What is the phone number at camp?

You may reach Camp Metro by calling 210-349-2404 ext. 400.

The phone number for Camp La Jita is 830-966-3526. For a serious emergency, call 210-349-2404 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When will I be notified of an illness?

While we strive to prevent illnesses and injuries at camp, sometimes campers can get hurt or become sick.

a. You will be notified of minor illnesses and injuries, such as blisters, scratches or cuts requiring a Band-Aid, minor sunburns or insect bites at the end of the day for Camp Metro or at the end of the session for Camp La Jita.

b. If your camper has an illness or injury that concerns the health supervisor or camp director, such as elevated temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, burns, sprains or a medical situation that may require your camper to be treated at a medical facility, you will be contacted immediately.

c. If your child exhibits “COVID” symptoms, caregivers will be notified to pick up child immediately for the health and safety of all campers and staff. The camper will need a negative COVID-19 test result, absence of fever for 48 hours, and absence of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to camp.

d. Camp Metro is served by San Antonio Fire Department EMS.

e. Camp La Jita is served by Utopia Volunteer EMS and Uvalde Memorial Hospital.

What’s the weather like at camp?

The weather varies by location but is generally hot and humid. The average high temperature is mid-90s with an average low temperature of mid-70s. At both camps, girls spend time outdoors and Camp La Jita has limited facilities with air conditioning.

I did not receive a confirmation packet or permission forms, where do I get them?

If you have registered and paid your deposit for a camp session and have not received an email from CampDoc.com within 3 weeks from registration, contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org

Can my camper have a cell phone if it doesn’t get service and will only be used as a camera?

No. Camp is a time to unplug. Remind yourself why your Girl Scout is going to camp – to have a new experience and spend time with her fellow campers rather than calling or texting home.

If your child is having a problem that requires getting in touch, camp staff will facilitate a phone call. Please send girls with a digital camera since all cell phones will be collected. No exceptions. GSSWT is not responsible for lost or stolen items that are not permitted at camp.

How can we communicate with our camper at Camp La Jita?

You can hand carry mail for your camper and leave it at check-in or you can mail it a few days in advance of the camp session. Don’t forget to put your Girl Scout’s name, session name (ex: Saddle Up) and what day you would like her mail delivered.

How do you handle food allergies?

We are happy to offer accommodations for food allergies. Be sure your Girl Scout’s food allergy is specified in her health information via CampDoc.com. If we are unable to accommodate her food allergy(ies), our staff will work with you to develop an appropriate plan. Prior to registering for camp, contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org to discuss your specific requirements.

What items are not allowed at camp?

Be sure to leave gum, candy, food, cell phones and other mobile devices, as well as valuable jewelry at home. Camp staff will collect items that are not permitted and return them to girls at the end of the day (for Camp Metro) or the end of the session (for Camp La Jita).

Can I visit my Girl Scout at camp?

No. Visiting girls during camp sessions is not allowed. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk with staff at the time of your arrival or departure. Camp locations will be closed to visitors to adhere to GSSWT COVID protocols. Only campers and staff/vendors will be allowed in camp facilities.

What if she leaves something behind?

GSSWT is not responsible for personal belongings left at our camp facilities. Lost and found items will be kept securely at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center. Any unclaimed items will be donated to another nonprofit on August 31, 2021. You can contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org for assistance in claiming your property.

Why do staff counselors sleep separate from the girls?

Staff counselors do not stay in the same cabins or tents as girls to afford both girls and staff privacy. The practice also allows girls to develop a sense of independence. Staff counselors stay in cabins or tents close by so your Girl Scout is always supervised and easy to reach in case of an emergency.

Are water activities safe?

Water activities follow Girl Scouts of the USA’s Safety Activity Checkpoints and are supervised with the best interest, health and safety of every girl in mind. At Camp La Jita, waterfront activities take place in the Sabinal River. Sailing camp sessions take place at Medina Lake. All waterfront (river and lake) activities are dependent on the recommendation of the Corps of Engineers as to the safety of the water level (too low or too high) and the bacteria count.

Can my Girl Scout choose her cabin/tent mate?

Which cabin and/or tent your girl will sleep in is not preassigned. Girls will have the opportunity to choose their cabin and/or tent mate(s) at check-in. Staff counselors do their best to ensure girls are placed with their chosen cabin/tent mate(s).

What if we forgot something and are already at camp?

Chances are we have extra. Simply speak with your Girl Scout’s staff counselor when you arrive to see about borrowing an item (ex: towel, bedding, etc.).

Any questions may be directed to Customer Care at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org.

Refunds and Cancellations

Refunds generally take 7–15 business days to process unless otherwise notified. If a camp session is cancelled by GSSWT for any reason, a full refund will be given. If a cancellation is made by the customer no later than three weeks prior to the first day of the camp session, the customer will receive a refund minus the deposit fee. If a cancellation is made by the customer within three weeks of the first day of the camp session, a refund will not be given.

If a camper does not pass the physical examination or an unexpected illness occurs prior to the camp session’s start date, you may request a refund and the amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

There will be no refund should a camper be a no show or leave a session early due to an illness, homesickness, misbehavior, or parental/caregiver request. To initiate a request for a refund, contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org. Include girl name, camp session, date of camp session and specific reason for refund. Note: Deposits are nonrefundable.