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Bonney Lake Day Camp is a Girl Scouts of Western Washington affiliated Day Camp that is planned and led by Girl Scout Program Aides (PA’s) and Volunteers-In- Training (VIT’s) and supervised by Adult Volunteers.
Campers will spend the week outdoors learning age-appropriate outdoor skills like first aid, knots, and nature, outdoor cooking, fire building, arts, woodcrafts, and more.
Swiss Park Sportsmen Club
9205 198th Avenue E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Our camp runs from July 8 - 12, 2024
Our camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Wednesday has an optional late night for campers in 4th grade and above.
No, lunch is not provided. Children should bring their own lunches; however, snacks are provided. Campers do not need to bring their own lunch on the day they are participating in outdoor cooking. Your confirmation email will contain more details.
Since we are a Girl Scouts of Western Washington affiliated Day Camp we are required to follow certain rules and regulations. Girl Scout membership provides accident insurance for youth participating in Girl Scout activities like Bonney Lake Day Camp.
No, Sometimes we have individuals that aren't sure if they want to join Girl Scouts--Day Camp is a perfect way to try it out. However, Day Camp is also a great way to meet Girl Scouts and sometimes campers join their new friends in troops when school starts up in the fall.
By joining Girl Scouts for Bonney Lake Day Camp your level of future involvement with Girl Scouts is up to you. Some scouts choose to never join troops, sometimes there are troops that form that only meet between certain sports seasons--Girl Scouts is flexible.
Campers are placed in units based on grade level. Groups are led by a PA/VIT with adult supervision. Unit sizes vary from 6 – 12 campers.
Our older girls, PA’s/VIT’s, are 7 – 12th grade girl scouts who have completed Program Aide training where they learn how to work with younger girls and develop their leadership skills.
PA’s/VIT’s plan all the events and activities that happen at camp and mentor the younger girls during camp. Many of our campers return year after year to have a great time and to see their friends. As they grow and remember camp fondly, many return as Program Aids to help lead and mentor younger Girl Scouts to have the same experience they had.
Each day has a similar structure, with age appropriate activities throughout the day:
Each morning camp is started with an opening ceremony. Opening ceremony includes a flag ceremony, daily announcements, and unit chants. Campers are greeted by PA’s and VIT’s that lead them in high-energy songs and games.
From opening ceremony campers are released to their units for scheduled activity stations, lunch, and afternoon activities.
Camp is wrapped up with a closing ceremony that mirrors opening ceremony.
Activity stations include age-appropriate activities in the following categories:
Yes! On Tuesday, we will be taking our camp photo at opening ceremony – please be on time in your camp t-shirt!
On Wednesday, we will have a special activity (such as a rock wall or bounce house) and will also be making our traditional steppingstones. Wednesday is also late night for campers in 4th grade and above and PA’s/VIT’s.
Please be sure to bring the following items to camp:
A note on clothing: Since we are outdoors, please wear sturdy play clothes and shoes. We do get messy sometimes, too. Dress appropriately for weather (e.g. Bring a raincoat or poncho if it might rain).
Campers will receive their camp T-shirt at the start of camp. For safety and identification reasons, wearing camp T-shirts is MANDATORY.
Sandals, flip-flops, or any shoes with open toes, heels, slides, or wheels are not permitted. Campers not appropriately dressed will have to wait for proper clothes from home before being allowed to participate at camp per GSWW rules.
Drop off: When entering Swiss Park look for volunteers to direct you where to go. We will meet your camper at your vehicle and make sure they are on our registration list. From there your camper will be escorted by PA’s/VIT’s to the bleachers to meet up with their unit.
Pick-up: you will need to park inside Swiss park (near where you dropped off your camper) and wait until dismissal to come get your camper. All individuals picking up campers will need to be on the approved camper pick up form and will be required to show matching photo identification EVERY DAY. Campers will not be released to anyone who is not on the authorized pick up list, or anyone who doesn’t have a valid photo ID. For the safety of your camper, these procedures are strictly enforced.
Girls entering grades 1 – 6 in the fall are welcome to attend as a camper. Any child that wants to come to camp is welcome, even if they have no previous experience with Girl Scouts. Girls who are not registered Girl Scouts will need to complete a membership application prior to arriving at camp (don’t worry we can help you with that!).
Not only will your child learn age-appropriate outdoor skills, make new friends, and sing camp songs, but they will experience the full power of the Girl-led Girl Scout experience because the camp is planned and led by older Girl Scouts also known as Program Aides (PA’s) and Volunteers-In-Training (VIT’s) (under the supervision of Adult Volunteers).
The PA’s and VIT’s meet throughout the year to plan activities for camp while learning and developing their leadership skills. To learn more about PA’s and VIT’s click here.