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STEM Center Day Camps

At the STEM Center, girls enjoy the perfect combination of hands-on experiments and exploration with traditional camp activities such as archery, swimming, hiking and the ropes course.

 
Payment Options

PAY IN FULL

To secure your camper’s guaranteed placement, register online at www.gsnetx.org/camp and pay in full.

 

DEPOSIT OPTION

To hold your camper’s placement, register online at www.gsnetx.org/camp and make two camp payments.

Please note these guidelines:

  • First Payment - $50 non-refundable deposit is due; plus any non-refundable add on fees.
  • Second Payment - remaining balance is due, by May 1, 2020.

Remaining balance due may be paid in full online at any time prior to May 1 through your eBiz account.

If balance is not paid in full by May 1, your camper’s placement and $50 deposit will be forfeited.

 


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Thanks to support from donors, partial financial assistance is available.

Financial assistance requests must be completed and the deposit paid then GSNETX will reserve your STEM Center day camp session.

  1. Complete the GSNETX STEM Center Day Camp Financial Assistance online request.

  2.  When you submit your request, you will instantly see the percentage approved, less the $50 required deposit. To accept financial assistance for this percentage of your session fee, click next and pay your $50 deposit.

  3. You will receive an email confirmation for your deposit and the percent granted for your camp session.

  4. You will then be notified by email the balance remaining after the financial assistance request has been processed by council.

  5. The next step is to login to your eBiz and pay in full amount due online.  The remaining balance will be due to council by May 1, 2020.

  6. Remember you must pay the $50 deposit upon submission of the request in order for it to be processed, approved and registration to be completed.
Parent / Caregiver Guide

Parent/Caregiver Guide (PDF)

FAQs - STEM Center Day Camp

We are so excited to have your child join us this summer at the STEM Center of Excellence. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that you will find helpful as you prepare for her time at the STEM Center of Excellence. (PDF)

Is my Girl Scout ready for Day Camp?

Although age is one factor in readiness for Day Camp, a child’s maturity level and personality can be more important indicators. Talk to your child before registering her. If she is enthusiastic about attending, then she will probably enjoy camp. The following questions may help guide you when learning if your child is prepared for resident camp:

  • Can she keep up with her personal belongings?
  • Can she cope with unfamiliar people, new places, and group schedules? 
  • Does she enjoy making new friends?
  • Does she like group situations? 
Am I ready for my Girl Scout to attend Day Camp?

Parents and guardians sometimes have a difficult time sending their Girl Scouts to Day Camp.  Asking yourself the following questions may help in your decision making:

  • Can you relax and enjoy yourself while your Girl Scout is at Day Camp?
  • Are you prepared to be away from your Girl Scout all day and not be able to talk to her on the phone?
  • Are you confident in your Girl Scout's ability to care for herself and keep track of her belongings?
  • Do you believe that camp provides Girl Scouts with a fun and rewarding experience that builds self-worth and independence?
  • Are you willing to trust camp staff with the care of your Girl Scout? 
What time does Day Camp start at the STEM Center of Excellence?

Day Camp will be from 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily. Check-in begin promptly at 8:30 am and check out will be 4:00 pm-4:30 pm. Before and After Care is available; see below for details. Check in and Check out times are firm. We do understand that traffic and other things happen, call the STEM center to let us know if you are experiencing difficulty at pick up/drop off. On your first time early arrival (before 8:30am) or late pick up (after 4:30pm) you will be given a reminder. Additional instances of being early or late, will result in an automatic charge for extended care.

Do you provide Before/After Care?

Before & After Care is available at the STEM Center of Excellence from 7:30 am-8:30 am and 4:30 pm-6:00 pm. 

Is there bus transportation to The STEM Center of Excellence?

Daily bus transportation will be available from JoAnn Fogg Service Center (JAFSC) located at 6001 Summerside Dr., Dallas, TX 75252, to the STEM Center of Excellence for Day Camp ONLY. Bus transportation will be an additional $75 per Girl Scout. Girl Scouts will need to check in at JAFSC between 7:30 am and 8:00 am each day of their session. The bus will depart promptly at 8:15 am. The bus will return to JAFSC around 5:00 pm, and all campers must be picked up no later than 6 pm each day.  

What do I need to send for lunch? Will you heat my child’s meal?

Please send a nut/peanut free lunch, including a refillable water bottle. Remember, STEM Center day camps do have time for a morning snack & afternoon snack (provided by STEM Center) and lunch. Girl Scout are active, and they will get hungry, so send enough food to help them power through their day.

Make sure to pack your child's lunch in an insulated lunchbox with ice packs to help keep it cool and be aware campers cannot warm food in microwaves.

Is financial assistance available for Day Camp?

Yes, partial financial assistance may be requested for any registered Girl Scout living in the 32 counties served by Girl Scout Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX). Families with financial situations that may prevent them from participating in camp can request assistance for a portion of session fees, minus the required $50 deposit.

To apply for financial assistance, please complete the online Financial Assistance Request Form at www.gsnetx.org/financialassistance and select the STEM Center of Excellence Day Camp Category. You will instantly be notified of the amount approved and be required to pay the $50 deposit in order to complete the application.

What are the rules about medication?

We strongly encourage all medications be administered at home, outside of Day Camp hours. However, we do understand that cannot always be the case. Medications need to be in original containers, prescribed specifically for the camper, and must not be expired or expire while at camp. The STEM Center of Excellence Health Officer will be available at check in for any questions or concerns. 

Administering Medications at Camp

We will assist campers who need regular medication on a set schedule. Medications will not be dispensed in any manner other than what is specified on the label without written instruction from a physician.  Medications will be sent home on Friday in your camper’s lunch box/bag.

Is technology allowed at camp?

No electronic devices are permitted at GSNETX camps. These include, but are not limited to: iPods, tablets, laptops and other portable electronics. Cell phones and/or smart watches are not allowed at camp for any session. They are easily lost or damaged in the camp environment. In addition, cameras on cell phones can create privacy issues.

Cell phones/watches may interfere with your camper’s ability to build trust, friendships, and independence. If a camper breaks this rule and is found with a cell phone or electronic device, it will be held by the Camp Director until the end of camp.

The camp, camp staff, and GSNETX are not responsible for lost or damaged cell phones/watches or electronics.

How should campers conduct themselves?

All Girl Scouts are expected to abide by the Girl Scout Promise and Law while at camp. The Camp Director and staff will be accommodating as much as possible to help Girl Scouts adjust to camp life. However, GSNETX reserves the right to send home from camp any Girl Scout who exhibits unsuitable behavior, endangers the camp community, or whose actions towards others are unacceptable.

The Girl Scout's parents/guardians are responsible for picking up their child in the event of unacceptable behavior; there will be no refund for camp fees or travel costs.

What if it's hot outside?

Despite the expected summer heat, your Girl Scout will still have an amazing time at camp! We encourage and remind the Girl Scouts to drink plenty of water and refill their water bottles regularly at designated locations. The SCoE has buildings with air conditioning that we can do certain activities in when temperatures become unbearable or unsafe.

Please note that even though Girl Scouts may spend some time in air-conditioning, a majority of their day is spent outside at camp.  Extra precautions will be taken on days when the heat index exceeds 100 degrees. 

Will my Girl Scouts earn badges or journeys at camp?

Each session will focus on different STEM related Girl Scout badges or journeys. Not all summer camps will fulfill the requirements for badges and journeys. At the end of the camp session, your Girl Scout will receive a list of all activities that can be applied to badge work. Badges and Journeys are not provided at conclusion of camp, but are available at all GSNETX shops.  

What if I need to cancel my registration?

To cancel your camper’s registration, you MUST email customercare@gsnetx.org as soon as possible. The camp fee (minus a $100 cancellation fee for resident camp) will be refunded if cancellation is received by GSNETX at least 30 days before camp session start date.

 

Need assistance? Contact Customer Care at (972) 349-2403 or email customercare@gsnetx.org. They are available Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday; and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday.