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Summer Resident Camp

Summer Sleepaway Camps – See you in 2022!

Camps are dependent upon current COVID conditions and therefore subject to change, including but not limited to a shift to virtual instead of in-person, rescheduling, or cancellation. Current camp requirements include proof of vaccination and/or negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Updates will be provided as your scheduled session nears.

Parenting OC Readers Choice Award

 

Girl Scouts of Orange County Camp Scherman was voted by the readers of Parenting Orange County as a 2021 Reader’s Choice Award winner for Best Camp for Girls in OC!

Summer Sleepaway Camp at Camp Scherman is an enriching outdoor experience for Girl Scouts in grades 2-12. Campers experience independence as they explore the world around them, challenge themselves to try something new, and build self-confidence while making new friends.

Located just a few hours outside Orange County in the San Jacinto Mountains, Camp Scherman has been a special place for Orange County Girl Scouts for over 50 years. Under the soaring Jeffrey Pines (that smell like butterscotch!), girls take on new challenges, learn to collaborate with others, become self-reliant, and develop lifelong leadership skills. Whether she’s hiking the Cedar Springs Trail, playing games in the pool with friends, kayaking across Promise Lake, or participating in Camp Scherman’s many timeless traditions, there are endless possibilities for her to connect with nature and discover her greatness.

2022 Summer Camp Descriptions

Artrageous
Get your creative juices flowing and let your imagination go as you make your own unique jewelry, colorful tie-dye creations, and intricate lanyards.  Draw, paint, and create as you find inspiration in the beauty of the mountains. Explore camp and create art out of nature as you find inspiration in the beauty of the mountains. 
Grades 4-6, RH Cabins Session 1 July 5-8, Session 5 August 1-5

Axes, Knives and Arrows
Stay sharp and safe. Learn proper knife safety and work on your outdoor skills while you learn safe and proper techniques. Learn how to safely throw on the NEW tomahawk range and take archery to the next level. 
Grades 6-12, Lower Camp Cabins Session 1 July 5-8, Session 4 July 25-29, Session 6 August 8-12

Brownie Blast
Explore camp like only Brownie Can! Paddle around the lake, take aim at archery, and get creative at arts and crafts. Sing silly songs with your friends under the starry night sky. Each day will bring new and exciting adventures.
Grades 2-3, RH Cabins Session 1 July 5-8, Session 2 July 11-15, Session 3  July 18-22, Session 4 July 25-29, Session 5 August 1-5, Session 6 August 8-12

Camp Scene Investigation
This is a camp “whodunit” mystery; together you and your fellow investigators will follow the clues to close the investigation. Campers will learn about the science, technologies, and investigation skills used by Special Agents. All Girl Scout Cadettes will earn the Girl Scout Special Agent Badge.
Grades: 6- 8, RH Cabins Session 2 July 11-15

Camper Sampler
Don’t sit inside when you can be outside and enjoy the crystal clear mountain air! Whether you are new to camp or camp regular; try a little bit of everything- including hiking, climbing tower, archery and so much more. Choose your own adventure and have a summer to remember! 
YOUNGER- Grades 4-6, RH Cabins Session 1 July 5-8, Session 2 July 11-15, Session 3 July 18-22, Session 4 July 25-29, Session 5 August 1-5, Session 6 August 8-12
OLDER- Grades 7-12, RH Cabins Session 1 July 5-8, Session 2 July 11-15, Session 3 July 18-22, Session 4 July 25-29, Session 5 August 1-5, Session 6 August 8-12

Camper Sampler Extended
Don’t sit inside when you can be outside and enjoy the crystal clear mountain air! Whether you are new to camp or camp regular; try a little bit of everything- including hiking, low ropes, archery and so much more. Choose your own adventure and have a summer to remember! 
Grades 7-12, RH Cabins Session 2 July 11-22

Camp Scherman Top “Schef”
Take your outdoor cooking to the next level. Create meals of epic proportions and compete for the Camp Scherman “Top Schef” title. Bring some of your fantastic cooking ideas and in between creations you can experience a buffet of activities, like the climbing tower, archery and canoeing. Do you have what it takes to be a Menzies Masterchef? Show off your skills and learn a few tricks as you work with your group to share a love of food.
Grades 7-12, Lower Camp Cabins Session 4 July 25-29

Good Eats
Cook up a storm while your learn to prepare mouthwatering meals and delicious treats. In between tastings, you can experience a buffet of activities, like the climbing tower, archery and canoeing.
Grades 4-6, Lower Camp Cabins Session 5 August 1-5

LEAP
While earning the Program Aide Award, girls will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and enhance their skills in communication, group dynamics and team building.  When not engaging in LEAP programming, campers will be able to participant in a wide variety of camp programming. Take the leap from camper to counselor in this program of Leadership Experience And Practice. Spend this special session with your sister campers learning the essentials of leadership. Teach new things to other campers, learn what your strengths and skills are and how best to utilize them and capitalize on this opportunity to discover your leadership potential
Grades 6-9, Lower Camp Cabins Session 2 July 11-22

Medieval Magic
Where magic and camp make the perfect pair. Design your very own wand, and experiment with spells and potions while exploring the magic of Camp Scherman. Take part in medieval activities like tomahawk throwing and Viking whipcord braiding. Campers will earn the “Playing the Past” Badge during this session.
Grades 6-8, RH Cabins Session 3 July 18-22, Session 6 August 8-12

Night Owls
Do you like to stay up late and sleep in later the next day? Experience the wonders of camp after the sun goes down and enjoy a wide range of activities under the starry sky. Enjoy an evening canoe paddle, tell stories and roast marshmallows Use your night vision to hike with the light of the moon as your guide and find constellations while exploring camp by night.
Grades 7-12, RH Cabins Session 1July 5-8, Session 3 July 18-22

Peaks 2 Paddles
Lace up your boots, fill up your water bottle and join us for adventures exploring trails. The adventure doesn’t stop with hiking, paddle your way across the lake to more water based adventures. Why take the road when you can take a winding trail?
Grades 4-6, Lower Camp Cabins- Session 3 July 18-22, Session 6 August 8-12

Roughin’ It (NEW)
Embrace the adventure of the outdoors; sleep outside under a blanket of stars (or in a tent)! Learn knots, and orienteering, when not eating in the dining hall enjoy outdoor cooking. Are you ready to take on a challenge? Work on outdoor skills throughout the session as you prepare to take a walk on the wild side. Test yourself against the elements when kayaking, and on the climbing wall. Challenge accepted!
Grades 5-8, 101 Meadow/Lower Camp Cabins Session 5 August 1-5

Swim Paddle Play
Grab your sunscreen and your swimsuit for a water filled adventure! Experience a “polar bear” swim in the morning and swim under the stars at night, play battleship on the lake, and paddle onto your next camp activity.
Grades 4-6, Lower Camp Cabins Session 1 July 5-8, Session 4 July 25-29

Under Construction
Measure twice, cut once. Hammer and nails are what is needed to create and build at camp. Safety and fun will be a part of When not hammering and sawing explore camp and  like archery and canoeing.
Grades 4-6, RH Cabins Session 4 July 25-29

Zombie Survival
Would you be prepared for a zombie apocalypse? Here is your opportunity to embrace the adventure of Zombie Apocalypse- hone your marksmanship with archery challenges, discover orienteering and basic survival skills while exploring camp.
Grades 4-8, RH Cabins Session 3 July 18-22, Session 5 August 1-5

Horses

Take the Reins
Beginner and Intermediate riders will have fun with an emphasis on instruction and trail riding, grooming and caring for the horses, as well as developing and strengthening your skills of mounting, dismounting, and riding position for walking and trotting. Please note that all riding is western style. 
Grades 5-8, Lower Camp Cabins Session 4 July 25-29
Grades 7-12, Lower Camp Cabins Session 5 August 1-5
Grades 4-6, Lower Camp Cabins, Session 6 August 8-12 

Ridge Riders
Intermediate and Advanced older riders will  advance their western trotting skills, ride bare back and learn to maneuver around the poles at a higher gait, perfect your posture and enjoy longer trails in and around camp. All girls will take a riding test and their riding ability will determine their participation in certain activities. Showcase your horse-girl skills during a fun filled all camp “rodeo”. Includes the potential for an out of camp trip multi- night hike/ride. Please note that all riding is western style.
Grades 7-12, Session 2 July 11-22

2022 CIT I and CIT II Programs

CIT 1
Discover your leadership skills and talents, while you about the needs of children in the camp setting. Learn about the job of a camp counselor at Camp Scherman is all about. Explore the basics of developing and delivering camp programs and camp operations. There is an application process for this program. Applications are available on the website and must be submitted by 6PM April 20, 2022.
10-11 Grades Session 2 July 11-22

CIT II
Continue to develop your leadership style and discover the challenges and rewards of being a camp counselor. Time will be spent on camp program planning, camper interaction, problem solving and strengthening interpersonal skills. Successful completion of CIT 1 is a prerequisite for the CIT II program. There is an application and interview process for this program. Applications are available on the website and must be submitted by 6PM April 20, 2022. The application must be submitted in order to be considered for this leadership program. 
**This session includes a weekend break from August 5-7. CITs will ride the bus down on Friday, August 5 and up on Monday, August 8 with the campers.
11-12 Grades Session 4 July 25- August 12

2022 Apprentice Program

Apprentice
The Apprentice program is an opportunity for those girls that have successfully completed CIT I and CIT II, are not yet 18 and not eligible to be summer staff. Apprentices will spend the summer at camp and are able to have a narrowed focus on a specific program area of interest, have an active role in the units, as well learning more in depth about the business of camp.

There is an Apprentice Application and interview process for this program. Email the application to the Camp Director at ejohnson@girlscoutsoc.org. Apprentice applications must be submitted by 6PM April 20, 2022. This session includes weekend breaks from Friday to Monday. Apprentices can ride the bus home on Friday and up on Monday, or be driven to and from camp by a parent/guardian.
Grade 12 and or 17 years old, Lower Camp Cabins: Sessions 1-6 July 5 - August 12

Virtual Summer Camps – Adventure Anywhere

Virtual Summer Camp Sessions – See you in 2022!

The Camp Scherman staff offers a unique way to continue your camp experience in the summer with Camp Scherman: Adventure Anywhere!  The virtual camps are held from late June to early August.  Each camp is designed around a unique theme and filled with action-packed, at-home adventures for you to choose from.

Volunteer Information

Camp Scherman is looking for adult volunteers to come up for a session. We are seeking energetic, outgoing adults that love being with campers in the outdoors.

Sessional responsibilities will include working with other camp staff to supervise campers, star gazing, cooking out, singing songs, hiking, being a part of lifelong memories for all the campers. Training for this amazing opportunity is provided. Summer sessions are 5 days, Monday to Friday.

Please email ejohnson@girlscoutsoc.org for more information and/or an application

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy:

If you would like to cancel or receive a refund for Summer Resident Camp, a written request is required. Please email your request to CustomerCare@GirlScoutsOC.org or mail your request to GSOC. Please include the full names of those who cannot attend, the camp program name and the camp date.

More than 4 weeks prior to camp: Full refund minus $75 deposit per girl.

2-4 weeks prior to camp: No refund (except for medical reasons - must be approved by GSOC).

Less than 2 weeks prior to camp: No refund (except for medical reasons - must be approved by GSOC).


Camperships Assistance Fund
Financial aid "camperships" are awarded to campers on the basis of financial need only and are available for resident camps.
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