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Staff Expectations

The policies laid out below cover some of the most common questions we get asked before staff arrives and during pre-camp training.  Some of them may seem unnecessary or silly, but our experience has taught us that this is the best way to meet the needs of our campers and fulfill our mission. 

How long is the camp season? 
The length of the camp season depends on the camp location and position.

  • Camp Togowoods: 
    • Full season (Program Counselors, Kitchen Staff, Nurse, Driver): May 24 – August 15
    • Half Season (General Counselors): May 24 – June 30 or July 6 – August 15
  • Camp Singing Hills: 
    • The season runs May 24 – August 13
  • Travel Camp Staff
    • The season runs May 24 – August 14

Note for all camps:

All staff should plan to arrive at camp the day before your start date (Either May 23rd or July 5th) to get settled and get a good night’s sleep so you can participate in a full day of training the next day.  All staff are expected to participate in training and fulfill their job duties through the end of the camp.

Can I have visitors during the summer? 
It can be a lot of fun to have family or friends visit you at camp!  There are a couple of things you need to do BEFORE you have a visitor including arranging it with the camp director. When you have a visitor at camp, you are responsible for making sure they follow all the camp rules and policies. 

Will I have time off?  
Working with kids demands your best. That’s what makes it so exciting and exhausting (and time off necessary). 

Depending on whether you work at day or resident camp, time off will look different. If you work at day camp, you’ll have your weekends off and your evenings free after you finish up your day at camp. 

If you work at resident camp, you’ll have two hours off each day and at least 24 hours every two weeks. We do everything possible to ensure that your breaks between sessions are longer than 24 hours so that you can re-charge for the next group of campers. 

When can I make phone calls, use the internet?
Our camp believes that everything you do and say has the potential to impact a child’s life so we limit our personal phone calls and technology use to time off only. Cell phones and the internet can be used only during time off (unless your job duties require) and only in the staff lounge or staff phone booth. 

Camp has a phone and internet connection which are for camp business purposes only. You can give your family and friends the camp phone number in case they need to get in touch with you in an emergency. 

Can I bring my pets to camp?
We are committed to providing a safe place for all girls to attend camp.  Not only do many girls have health issues related to animals but many girls are afraid of one animal or another. This means that we do not allow staff to bring or keep pets of any kind at camp.   

How do I take care of my health care needs during the summer?  
There is a designated health care staff at all our camps. At our resident camp, we have a health care director on staff.  At both day camps, our camp directors have advanced first aid certification and serve as our health care staff.  All our camps work with local clinics to ensure our campers and staff have access to the health care services they need during their time at camp.

You’ll be away from your normal health care providers and pharmacy for the summer. We suggest talking to your normal health care providers to find out how to contact them during the summer. Also ask them how to handle common medical issues like colds, sore throats, and intestinal issues so that you can plan for them. Finally, it is worth checking with your insurance company and pharmacy to see if you can get a 3-month supply of any prescription medication(s) so that you can avoid having to get them refilled during the summer. 

How do I take care of my mental health needs during the summer?

Coming soon.

How do I do my laundry?  
If you work at resident camp we have a washer and dryer that you can use for free. We’ll even provide the detergent! Camp laundry has priority and you’ll share the machines with your co-workers so you’ll want to bring enough clothes for at least two weeks. 

If you work with our traveling day camps, you will occasionally have access to a washer and dryer in a community you are hosting camp in.  Sometimes these machines will be free and sometimes they will be coin operated. Either way, you’ll need to provide your own detergent, and you should have enough clothing for at least a few weeks at a time!

How do I get mail during the summer?  
Regardless of what camp you work at, you’ll have limited connection to technology while you are at camp. Writing old fashion letters is a great way to keep in contact with friends and family (and a wonderful surprise to receive during your week). Mail can be sent to our Anchorage office and it will be brought out to your camp location.

First Name, Last Name
Camp Name Staff (Ex. Camp Togowoods Staff)
2000 w International Airport Rd Suite C1
Anchorage AK, 99502

Is there a curfew?  

Resident camp staff who are not on time off are expected to be in their units from the start of night time procedures with campers through the end of morning procedures. Staff are expected to remain in their units with campers after lights out. 

Are there requirements for physical appearance (i.e. piercings, tattoos, etc.)?  
Girl Scouts of Alaska welcomes all invaluable staff members regardless of physical appearance. We place value on characteristics deeper than the surface. That being said, we know that children model everything adults say and do. We also know that first impressions matter and allow us to get to the deeper stuff. This means that if you have a tattoo that is inappropriate, it needs to be covered up at camp.  It also means that we don’t talk about our own physical appearance or comment on others'. 

What are the policies about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco?  
Girl Scouts of Alaska does not tolerate the possession, use, or distribution of any illegal drugs or alcohol at any time on Girl Scouts of Alaska property, in the conduct of Girl Scouts of Alaska business, or off property or during non-working hours if it affects job performance.  Violation of this policy will result in immediate action up to and including termination. 

Girl Scouts of Alaska is completely tobacco-free including sites that are owned, leased, and/or operated by Girl Scouts of Alaska. This includes smoking, vaping, chewing, and any other form of tobacco. 

How does food work?  
At day camp, you’ll bring your own lunch and eat it with campers each day.

In the traveling day camp, you’ll either purchase your food in each community or pre-purchase and package your food (during staff training) to be mailed to you throughout the summer. We’ll help you figure out which option is the best fit for you. 

At resident camp, your meals will be provided. Camp serves a well-rounded, KID FRIENDLY menu. Staff are expected to sit with girls and eat the same food as campers. Staff who have individual food needs (food allergies, are vegetarian, etc) will be able to select the staff option. 

Is there a dress code? 
Camp staff are expected to present a clean, professional appearance.  Inappropriate (revealing, low cut, extremely tight or short, profane, etc) clothing is not allowed. Camp will provide you will a staff shirt to wear on opening and closing days and other occasions as assigned by your camp director. 

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Questions? Contact Chief Mission Officer Amanda Block, 907-273-0316