What To Expect

Can my camper be in the same unit as her friend or sister?

Each camper may request to be in a unit with one special friend of similar age/grade level and abilities. To apply, friends must register for the same unit, and their registration must indicate that the campers would like to be placed together when registering.  If they would like to be “buddies” at camp and sleep in the same cabin, then please indicate that in the “Buddy Preferences” section of the registration.  We cannot guarantee placement of girls in the same camp program or more than one pair together.

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How can I communicate with my camper?

Yes!  You can send your camper letters and packages, or you may sign up to send one-way emails to your camper when you register. NOTE: At this time, we do not have the capability for campers to return email. We encourage all campers to write a letter home. You may want to provide them with a pad, stamps, pen and envelopes with your home address prewritten on them. You can also hide notes or non-food treats in your camper’s duffel bag or use the “camp mailbox” available at drop-off to have letters delivered at any date you select during the camp session (postage not required).  More information is available in your registration packet.

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What award has Camp Scherman received?

Local Orange County residents submitted nominations to Parenting OC's annual recognition program, and we are pleased to have received the award for "Best Overnight Camp" in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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Do you provide transportation to camp?

Yes, for summer resident camp only. Transportation to and from camp is provided by a chartered bus company with experienced mountain drivers. Campers always look forward to riding on the Camp Scherman bus with their buddies. With the help of the bus chaperones, campers have a supervised and interactive ride up to camp. Bus transportation is included in your registration fees and details are provided with the camper’s confirmation packet. Buses leave promptly at 9 AM, however we ask that you please arrive early and bring your completed paperwork to allow ample time for check-in. If special circumstances require that you drive directly to camp, please contact the camp registrar. Transportation is NOT provided for any weekend camps at Camp Scherman.

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What if my daughter has special needs?

Camp Scherman is a fully-integrated camp. Designated staff will be present help the camper join in all of her group’s fun activities, but they are not nurses. Campers must be able to take care of their own bathing, restroom and feeding requirements. The staff can assist with reminders to use the restroom and provide simple help at meal times. Parents are asked to fill out the registration information, and to provide as much information as possible about their camper’s special needs so that she can be successful during her stay at camp. Every attempt will be made to place girls with disabilities in units with girls who are close in age. Camp staff will follow up with the parents once the applications are received.

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What kind of health facilities and procedures does the camp have?

The camp has a health center, stocked with first aid equipment and treatments. Camp counselors are safety trained, and each unit, has a stocked first aid kit.   A registered nurse and/or EMT are on site 24 hours a day and a doctor is on call in Temecula.  EMT and Paramedics are 5- 8 minutes down the road and the nearest hospital - Hemet, Palm Desert or Temecula are 45 minutes by car and 30 minutes away by ambulance.

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Does my daughter have to be a Girl Scout to attend camp?

No. We welcome all girls regardless of their scouting background. Camp Scherman is operated by the Girl Scouts of Orange County so girls who are not already registered as Girl Scouts will need to add an additional $12 fee to their camp registration. Campers will have opportunities to earn Girl Scout badges, recognitions, etc. through a variety of fun and meaningful activities.

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How are healthy meals provided to campers?

Our 2 acre camp garden provides fresh and healthy vegetables for snacks and meals. Most breakfast and dinner meals are served family style in the dining hall. Lunch is always served picnic style wherever the girls are participating in camp programs. Girls are encouraged to help plan, prepare and clean up cookout meals.

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What skills and screening are required for counselors?

All of Camp Scherman staff are over the age of 18 and are professionally trained, energetic and caring adults, chosen for their strong character, understanding of girls, love for the outdoors and special skills.  All staff are required to participate in intensive pre-camp training covering topics that include, but not limited to: safety and emergency procedures, overall health and safety of campers, youth and leadership development, camping and outdoor skills, positive communication, Girl Scout programs, and handling concerns such as homesickness.   All counselors go through an application process including an interview and written references.  All staff (paid and volunteer) are background screened and are required to abide by GSOC’s personnel policies and sign an ethical code of conduct. 

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How do you handle campers who become homesick?

Homesickness is a natural reaction for anyone being away from home, especially for the first time. All staff members are trained to deal with this and will work with your camper on an individual basis. Camp staff will do everything possible to help girls adjust to camp life. However, resident camp staff reserves the right to send any girl home who consistently exhibits inappropriate behavior or endangers herself or others. The girl’s parent/guardian is responsible for picking her up, and fees will not be refunded.

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How do I communicate with camp by phone?

This is a growing experience for your camper, and we encourage independence and self-reliance. Campers cannot receive phone calls while they are at camp. The camp phones are for business and emergency purposes only. If we need to contact you (If your camper is injured or becomes ill at camp and needs to consult with our out-of-camp physician) our administrative staff will attempt to contact the parent or legal guardian of the camper.

Please let your camper know before camp that she will not be able to call home and you are comfortable with this. It is important that you do not send your camper to camp with a cell phone, as there is little or no coverage where camp is located, and most important, it will send a conflicting message to other campers. We are partners in your camper’s summer experience, and we hope that you will support us in making camp happy and fun for everyone.

If there is a family emergency, please contact the Girl Scouts of Orange County at 949.461.8800, and we will contact the camp and have them contact you directly. The offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  When the office is closed, a 24-hour message service will relay your message and put you in contact with the proper person.

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Do you permit camp visitors?

No. Camp visitors ARE NOT PERMITTED during resident camp.

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Who do we contact if we must pick up our daughter before the end of her session?

If special circumstances require that you pick up your camper early from camp, please contact the camp registrar and you will be provided with information needed to accommodate the early pick up.

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How do you respond to emergencies?

Camp Scherman staff frequently contact the council office each day to ensure the smooth operation of camp. In the unlikely event of an emergency, camp staff will follow documented emergency procedures. If you have other questions about Camp Scherman or Girl Scouting, please contact our camp registrar at 949.461.8844 or ejohnson@GirlScoutsOC.org.

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Is Camp Scherman accredited by the American Camp Association?

Yes. ADA accreditations your assurance that the camp you choose has been evaluated and is nationally recognized in every area of operation and management. To be accredited, a camp must show compliance with more than 200 pages of stringent standards. In addition, Camp Scherman follows the strict camping standards of the Girl Scouts of the USA and meets or exceeds the standards of the Riverside Health Department.

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Page last updated: 1/7/15