ResidentCamp

Send your girl on an adventure that she’ll remember for the rest of her life! Resident camp gives girls the unique opportunity to make new friends, bond with and learn from different adults, discover their strengths, develop leadership skills, try new activities, and seek challenges all while having lots of fun!

Girls can choose specialty camps like horseback riding, aquatics, magic, or enjoy a classic summer camp experience that has a little bit of everything!

Our camps are safe, hands-on, and inspiring, and our locations will acquaint girls with our region’s landscape, from woods and wetlands to prairies and rolling hills. Girls will find fun, courage, and purpose—and best of all, they’ll find themselves.

Sample Activities

  • Archery
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Fire Building
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • and much more!

Typical Day

From the moment the birds (or your counselors) wake you in the morning until you wind down during the evening twilight hours over your journal or a campfire, you're sure to find fun, friends, courage, and best of all, you'll find yourself! No two days at camp will likely feel the same (yay for adventure!), and depending on what location and session you attend, your typical day may vary.

Morning

  • Wake up around 7 am
  • Flag raising
  • Breakfast (family-style)

Mid-Morning

  • Girls work together on kapers (a.k.a. camp chores)
  • Skill-building activities with your camp group, based on your session's theme

Noon

  • Family-Style Lunch

Afternoon

  • Rest
  • Skill-building activity time

 

Late Afternoon/Evening

  • Family-style dinner (many girls will have a cookout dinner one night of their stay)
  • Group-choice activities & recreation time
  • Campfire on the first and last night of your stay
  • Quiet time for journaling or small group activities before bed

Packing Lists

Use our packing lists to make sure your girl has everything she needs for an exciting camp experience! Please note: These lists are simply general suggestions of what your girl should pack. Make sure to check your Welcome Packet for session-specific items.

As you pack, label everything with your camper’s first and last name.

Remember that camp is rustic – think dirt, dust, and humidity – so, clothes and shoes will get dirty. We do not have laundry facilities available for camper use, so pack enough for your camper’s entire stay.

General Resident Camp

Clothing

  • Socks & Underwear (enough for each day plus at least one extra)
  • T-shirts or tops (one for each day)
  • Two sweatshirts or warm tops
  • Shorts & Long pants (yoga, sweats, jeans)
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas (one pair)
  • Sturdy walking shoes that are closed-toed and have support

Toiletries & Key Items

  • Medications, if needed
  • Deodorant
  • Insect repellent
  • Sanitary napkins or tampons
  • Lip balm or chapstick
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towels (for swimming and showers)
  • Washcloth & hand towel
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Comb or brush
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Bandana or hat
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops

Optional Items

  • Books to read
  • Camera
  • Money for the trading post (the camp store)
  • Facial Tissue
  • Lotion
  • Notebook/journal and pencil or pen
  • Other toiletries as needed (extra contacts, contact solution, glasses, etc.)
  • Stationery or postcards and stamps
  • Stuffed animal or another comfort item
  • Sunglasses
  • Something to tie-dye (Please note: Only some sessions do tie-dyeing. If desired, t-shirts can be purchased at the camp trading post. Otherwise, remember to bring something from home like a t-shirt, bandana, or pair of socks)

 

 

 

 

Horse Camp Add-Ons

  • Rain gear, pants, and jacket (no ponchos)
  • Long pants for riding to prevent pinching between saddle and legs (thicker materials like denim work best–no sweatpants or soft/velvety pants)
  • Boots or sturdy tennis shoes
  • Cowboy boots do work best. Make sure boots have a one-inch heel, but no more than two inches (NOT allowed: “Ugg”-style boots, rain boots, Converse-style shoes, dress boots, and any type of sandals)
  • We have a limited selection of boots for girls to borrow if they do not have their own, and we are always looking for new boot donations to add to our collection

Where You'll Stay

With all the fun you’ll be having during the day, you’ll be tuckered out and happy to have a quiet place to rest your head at night. Campers and staff live in groups called units. Girls are housed in groups of 4–10 campers. At night, staff members are always within earshot if they are needed. A central shower house is available for girls to use.

Sleeping accommodations vary by camp:

  • Tree houses are off the grounds cabins with a deck and slide, screened in windows and fans. It sleeps 10 girls.
  • Traditional cabins have screened in windows, electricity and fans. They sleep 8-10 girls.