Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions that many parents and campers have about Twilight Camp. If you have any questions, please email us at info@twilightcamp.org

Q: What COVID-19 protocols are in place at camp?
A: We're following the in-person Girl Scout Activity Guidance from our local Girl Scout council, Girl Scouts River Valleys. The guidance is combination of guidelines and rules from the local council, GSUSA, Carver County Parks, and the State of Minnesota.
  • Social Distancing - We'll maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing for all activities and spread out a big further when singing songs.
  • Personal Contact - Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. We'll refrain from these, with the exception of hand grasping during buddy checks when swimming.
  • Face Coverings - Masks are required for all campers and camp visitors at the beginning and end of the day during ceremonies, or if we're doing an activity where we can't maintain 3 feet of social distancing
  • Group Size - Girls are traditionally divided by age into Units of 8-12 girls, we'll continue that this year which ensures we're under the maximum group size of 25 campers
  • Food - Campers traditionally bring a non-refrigerated sack dinner.  As camp is approximately 2-8 pm, campers should have eaten lunch before arriving. We plan to serve a small, individually packages snack.
  • Overnight Campout - Unfortunately we will not old an overnight campout for Caddies on the last night of camp. We may still hold our campfire, we are waiting on further guidance.
  • Vaccinations - Girl Scouts River Valleys encourages all adult volunteers and parents/caregivers helping with Girl Scout activities, and eligible girl members to get vaccinated if they are able.  Vaccination status and the decision to be vaccinated are personal matters between each person and their family. Disclosure of vaccination status is not required to participate in Twilight Camp.  It is strongly reccomended that your camper get vaccinated if she is eligible.
  • Cleaning - We plan to routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (i.e., table tops, markers, scissors, etc.) unless that are assigned to a specific camper.
 
Q:  What do you do at camp?
A:  Here's a typical day at Twilight Camp.  Each day the girls will be at a different site within the park, with themed activities for that day.   The order of the Daily Activities changes each day. Your actual schedule will be similar to the one above but the activity order will be different.
1:45 pm Check-in
2:00 pm Opening
2:15 pm Daily Activities (Songs, Swimming, Games, Skill, Physical Activity, Brown Bag Supper, Craft)
7:00 pm Walk to Ceremony Circle
7:15 pm Closing Ceremonies
7:45 pm Camp Dismissed
 
Q:  What is the cost of camp?
A:  The fee structure is based on camper or older girl position.  Confidential financial assistance is available, details are on the registration page.  Early Bird Registration ($5 off) runs thru April 30th.
 CamperCampers entering Grades 1-6 or 7th grader attending as a camper $85.00
 Assistant Caddie7th or 8th grade first time Caddies who have completed Program Aide Training $45.00
 Caddie
8th/9th/10th/11th/12th grade Caddies who have been a Caddie one year prior $25.00
 Senior Caddie
10th/11th/12th grade Caddies who have been a Caddie for at least 2 years prior$10.00
 
Q: Is Financial Aid available?
A. Yes! Girl Scouts is open to all girls, regardless of ability to pay.  Financial Assistance is provided confidentially through our local council, Girl Scouts River Valleys.  You may apply for one financial aid grant per year.  Financial Aid is only available for Girl Scouts, not for sibling care or adult volunteers. Use the fee schedule on this page to determine the amount of aid you'll apply for. Then Complete the GSRV Financial Assistance Application. Once approved, you'll receive an email, cc'ing Twilight Camp. We'll generate a coupon code that you'll use when registering.  On the application form, select Volunteer-Led Day Camp for Event Type, Twilight Camp Northern Skies for event name, and Lake Minnewashta Park for location.

Q: What are Cookie Credits? How do we use them?
A. Cookie Credits are the little coupon cards that say "Cookie Credit" that were distributed by your troop's Cookie Mom or electronic alphanumeric codes that were emailed this spring.. You only get these if you sold cookies in 2020/2021. They're based on individual cookie sales and are worth $5.00 each toward the Twilight Camp registration fee (they can be used for other Council activities as well). When you register, include the Cookie Credits with the registration form.
 
Q: How long do we get to go swimming?
A: We go swimming for about 45 minutes each day, unless there is a thunderstorm or reason to not be in the water. There are changing rooms at camp, most campers wear their swimsuits under shorts/shirts and bring dry undergarments to change into. The swimming area is a beach that's monitored by city lifeguards and adult volunteers.
 
Q: Where do I pick up my child?
A: At the "Ceremony Circle" where you dropped off. You can sit with your child during closing ceremonies but you must sign your camper out at the Ceremony Circle afterwards so we know that you're leaving with them.
 
Q: How early do I need to drop them off?
A: Camp starts at 2:00 pm, given that there's about 200 campers being dropped off at the same time, allow 15 minutes to park, walk your child to their unit, and sign them in.  
 
Q: What's a sit-upon? Do we really use them?
A: It's a waterproof cushion or pad used to sit on the ground in the out of doors. They're optional, but a Girl Scout tradition - often campers have made them with their troops during the year. Instructions and ideas for several kinds can be found
here and here.  
 
Q: Can I join my friend in another group?
A: You must stay with your Unit during camp, but there are times (like swimming) when several Units are together at once. If your friend is in another Unit, it's better to make time to see her outside of camp and make new friends in your Unit during the camp day itself. 
 
Q: What time is camp each day?
A: Camp will go from 2:00 -7:45 pm. Pick up is at 7:45 pm. All campers will need to be signed out (the caddie has the sign-out form) from their unit before they can leave.
 
Q: Does my daughter need to be registered with Girl Scouts to attend?
A: Yes if she's a Girl Scout.  If she's attending as a "Friend-of-Scout" we will register her just for camp to cover her under insurance.  


Q: How can I make sure my daughter is with her best friend?
A: Reciprocal requests can be made and we will try to honor most requests. However, camp is also a time to make new friends - it's not logistically possible to put every girl with every request.

Q: Can my daughter only sign up for 1-2 days and what would the cost be?
A: We do not offer partial weeks of camp. There is no price adjustment or prorated fee.

Q: Who do I contact about my daughter's special needs?
A: Please email us at
info@twilightcamp.org 

Q: Is there someone to care for my 2 or 3 year old at camp?
A: Sibling care is only available for ages 4-12 years old. Children must be 4 years old by July 15th.

Q: How do Adult Volunteers register?
A: Register for camp and choose the Adult Volunteer option.  We'll send out a Signup Genius form in July so people can select specific volunteer spots.

Q: Will my daughter attend with other girls in her troop?
A: Unlike a Service Unit event, Twilight Camp is considered a council event. Girls register individually rather than with their troop. Girls are placed into "Units" for the duration of camp and we try to have at least 1 girl from her troop with her. 

Q: Why is it called Twilight Camp?
A: It's called Twilight Camp because camp runs each day from early afternoon to early evening (the twilight of the day) allowing parents to volunteer without taking an entire day off work.