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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Hello To Those That Registered for Howdy Day Camp,
We hope you are all well and finding some joy in this strange time.
It is with very heavy hearts that the decision was made to cancel Galactic Howdy 2020. We are thankful for all the wonderful feedback you gave us through the survey. With your feedback in mind and due to uncertainty around the required COVID-19 safety regulations and the Texas summer heat in July, it was decided to cancel June 1st day camp and not postpone it into July 2020.
Stay alert, there is discussion of a virtual summer program for our Girl Scouts!
Thank you to those who have already eagerly registered for Galactic Howdy. Checks have not been cashed.
Those who sent in payment have 3 choices:
Donate the money to Friends of Girl Scouting (FOGS) to directly impacts girls in GSCTX by supporting programming, council-wide events, and by maintaining and updating camps.
Request for your check to be returned to you through the mail.
Do nothing and let the check be shredded by our registrar.
We need to know your decision by May 15th or option 3 will be your choice by default.
If you choose option 1 or 2, you can email Mary Marek with your thoughts or questions at Mareklm@aol.com.
Thank you to all those who invested time and planning into Galactic Howdy 2020. We look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.
We’re moving everyone’s favorite day camp into your backyard! Every day during camp we will post videos taught by your favorite Howdy Aides on how to create a space themed craft, a fun game you can do with your family, songs you can learn together, and even skits to make you laugh. We will have a program video every day that will teach you something about space. You can also join in a Unit Time chat on Zoom with your unit if you’d like.
Come have some virtual day camp fun with all of your favorite parts of Howdy Day Camp without the heat and the bugs! Registration starts Monday, May 18 and goes through Sunday, May 31! Cost is free for registered Girl Scouts and no health forms required. Adults are welcome, too! We need volunteers to make this work.
This year camp will come to you! Free from bugs and heat! We’ll be using Google Groups along with Drive and Meet to provide your camper with a program, craft, game, songs, skits, and all the other fun we usually have at Howdy Day Camp. Every morning during the week of camp (June 22-26) we’ll start the day with morning announcements and then you will be able to access videos to learn how to do all of the fun activities of the day. If you want your child to participate in a Unit like we have at camp, they will be able to log on and share what they’ve worked on during the day with girls their own age as well as Aides and Leaders for each unit. The live portion of camp will only be around 30-45 minutes so it should be able to fit into your schedule. If you can’t participate in camp during that week, the videos will be up until July 31 so that you can work on the camp activities over the summer. We’ll be posting how to earn your Galactic Howdy badge on the first day of camp.
AITs: You will hear from DJ, Liz, and Kathy about how you are going to be able to meet the requirements for graduating to an Aide this year.
Aides: We need you to make this work! Please consider helping out to earn your bead for this year.
Adults: We need the following volunteer positions filled and the more the merrier!
Unit Leader: Lead Google Meet meetings with the girls during each day of camp to let them share what they’ve done each day. Meetings should be only 30-40 minutes and your units will be smaller than usual so that everyone can have a chance to share. Aides and AITs will still be assigned to your unit to help out.
Technology Volunteer: Answer questions leaders and parents have about the format and how to access content.
Games planner: Plan games that girls can do with in the theme. Aides will be making the videos to teach the games. We just need someone to come up with fun and easy games for girls to do with their families at home or in the backyard.