Changes to Howdy Day Camp based on Covid-19 protocols from Council:
All participants will be wearing masks unless seated eating and drinking. We will provide one themed mask per volunteer or camper and disposable ones as needed.
All participants must bring their own food for lunch every day (no cookout day). However, we will have a fire and make some kind of treat that the girls make individually so that those skills are covered, just not a full meal. I’m working this one out.
Crafts, Songs, and Skits will be led by Aides who will come to each unit at the appropriate time in their schedule. The only time girls will be hiking around camp will be for Games, Programs, and Adventure Hike (for appropriate ages).
No water day but we will have 5 days of everything else. – Traffic will be directed around camp so that units do not pass each other while singing.
Temperature checks for campers and volunteers every morning- Flag circle will be staggered for 1-3 grade units and 4-6 grade units. Units not at flag circle will have another activity first thing in the morning.
Parents will be required to send in a Covid survey every day.
BAND will be used to communicate with parents and campers as well as for our Daily Covid Survey. Please download the app if you don’t have it already. Links to the main page and your unit page will be sent as registration progresses.
The application deadline is March 15, 2022 and the recipients will be announced at the Service Unit Banquet in late April.
It is with mixed emotions that we celebrate this year with you. Sad to see you go, proud to see you become an adult Girl Scout leader, and excited to see what you do with everything we have worked hard for, learned, and given over the years together. We hope to see your application soon.
The Bryan/College Station area has a Girl Scout sponsored FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge team! This STEM opportunity for girls from 4th-8th grade (GS Juniors and Cadettes) uses LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots to teach teamwork, programming, project planning, research, and embraces the tenets of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. A local competition offers a chance for friendly competition with 30-40 other teams, and could lead to regional and world-level competition! For more information, visit http://scoutbots.net!
There are FIRST opportunities for other ages too. If parents or other GS leaders are interested in any of these programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLL Discover (new 2020) program is for Pre-K to 1st Grade, designed to build STEM curiosity and learning habits.
FLL Explore (formerly FLL Junior) is for 2nd-4th Graders, with a focus on engineering fundamentals and creating solutions with LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.
FIRST Tech Challenge goes beyond LEGO robotics, and embraces design, build and code using Android technologies to compete against other teams. Grades 7-12.
FIRST Robotics Competition for high-school level challenges teams to build larger robots to play games in alliance with other teams and advancing STEM exposure in their communities.
“Kuddles” for Kids is a project that was started by local middle schooler and Girl Scout Elise S. to teach people how to make fleece tied-blankets for hospitalized children, who may not have an object to comfort them while they are sick.
Recently, she did several presentations for young Girl Scouts about why the children need the blankets, and how to make them. After that, they helped tie blankets, all of which went to the children at the College Station Medical Center after being washed with hypoallergenic detergent and placed in containers to keep the blankets clean and dust free.
You and your troop can earn the Blanket Maker Badge and participate in this great service project!
Come be a part of keeping Howdy beautiful. Every third Sat of the month from 9 am till noon you can volunteer time with the current site team. There’s rumor that if you put in enough time a cool Camp Howdy site crew T-shirt could come your way!
This Gold Award project was designed for other scout troops to be able to participate in volunteer opportunities at retirement communities. Below are sample ideas for events your troop could host complete with a budget sheet, flyers and instructions. These are just guidelines however; you could alter the events or make new ones to suit your needs. If you would like to set up an event, please contact either me (Maggie Ford) at 979-695-6970 or email@example.com or Heather Murphy, the Meaningful Pursuits Coordinator for the Bluebonnet and Millican houses. She can be reached at 979-575-3622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone who made last week’s Galactic Howdy at Home Live week possible! If you missed last week’s live online camp and you have a scout in 1st-7th grade, you can still participate in camp by registering and joining us in the programs, craft, cooking, STEM activities, and more that were recorded for Galactic Howdy at Home. The only thing missing will be the live announcements and Zoom meetings. Your scout will still get a FREE t-shirt, song book, and patch if they complete at least a majority of the activities and share them with their unit on our private BAND site by July 31. Just register at this link and you will be sent all of the information you need for a great Camp Howdy time! Your child must be a registered scout and in the Bryan/College Station Service Unit or have attended Camp Howdy previously. Email Jami Castillo with any questions, email@example.com. https://forms.gle/DQZf2Ei2P4ydfBi68
Thanks and have a great Camp Howdy time! Jami Castillo
Every year, girls experience a wonderful week at Howdy Day Camp. It is a time of fun and friendship through outdoor Learning and rewarding experiences. This year’s camp theme will Expose girls to a variety of career possibilities in addition to the time-honored camp events.
Campers are placed by school grade from different troops to promote new friendships while experiencing nature
activities, crafts, snacks and cookouts. Girls in the Campcraft and Aides-in-Training units also participate in an overnight campout.
The entire camp is planned and run by caring and responsible adult volunteers who are trained in program and
safety and meet all GSUSA and state requirements.
Any girl may attend. Girls who are not currently Girl Scout must pay the $25 Girl Scout registration fee at www.gsctx.org. The best time to complete registration with Girl Scouts of Central Texas is AFTER April 1, 2020, when you may take advantage of the EXTENDED YEAR MEMBERSHIP REDUCED PRICE OF $35. This registration is good through September 31, 2021 and allows for your girl to get involved in traditional troop, council lead programs, or simply be registered as a Girl Scout for next years Camp Howdy Day Camp.
Your daughter may request to be in unit with one friend. Buddy requests should match. They must be in the same grade,
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2020.
The registration process (online registration application, health form, immunization record and payment) must be completed by midnight April 30th.
What will Day Camp cost?
Fees include a t-shirt and all program costs. Campcraft and AIT costs include the overnight campout. Note that we require everyone to wear the camp T-shirt every day. If you don’t want to wash every day, you can order extra shirts at a small additional cost. Adult volunteers receive one t-shirt free.
Early Regis tration FeeMarch 17 – April 15
Regular Registration FeeApril 16 – 30
Campers, girls entering 1st through 5th grade
Campcraft, girls entering 6th grade
Aide-in-Training, girls entering 7th grade and up
Aide, girls who complted Aide-in-Training
Broncos, boys entering 1st through 6th grade of full-time adult volunteers
Pixies, pre-school children of full-time adult volunteers
Refund policy: Full refund if cancel by May 1. If between May 1 and May 15, refund will be fee-$10. No refunds after May 15.
To receive the early registration discounted fee, registration must be completed and all forms submitted by April 17, 2020 (health and immunization record), otherwise all forms must be submitted by April 30, 2020. Registration closes midnight on April 30, 2020.
What to Wear
It’s really important that girls and adults dress appropriately for camp.
• Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes with socks (athletic shoes or other comfortable walking shoes). NO SANDALS.
• Everyone should wear her camp t-shirt every day. Additional t-shirts may be ordered if you don’t want to wash every day.
• A hat is required to keep bugs out of your hair and the sun off your nose.
• NO SHORT-SHORTS.
• Sunscreen and insect repellent should be applied at home.
Following these rules will make camp fun and easy for everyone.
What Else Does My Camper Need?
• Each camper should bring a package of non-perishable healthy snacks to Open House. These will be shared by the units throughout the week.
• Either Wednesday or Thursday will be designated “Cookout Day” for each unit. All other days everyone should bring a sack lunch in a large Ziploc-type bag labeled with name and unit number. On cookout day, campers will need a plate, bowl, fork and spoon.
• Everyone needs a water bottle that can be carried. Ask your troop leader or unit leader about easy ways to do this.
• A complete change of clothing should be delivered to your unit leader in a large Ziploc-type bag including underwear and socks.
• A small backpack is handy for carrying stuff each day. Include a large garbage bag that can be used as a raincoat in case of rain.
• A letter will be mailed to each camper about two weeks before camp with detailed information about your camper’s unit and emergency procedures.