Will there be resident camp at CAP and TAM this summer?
After much consideration regarding public health recommendations
on COVID-19 and the situation’s continuing uncertainty, we have made
the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 summer resident camp
programs at Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis and Camp Alice Pittenger.
Why did Silver Sage cancel summer camp 2020 sessions?
have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with the COVID-19
pandemic in our state. We have reviewed guidance from medical experts,
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), Central District Health, the Idaho
Department of Health and Welfare, the CDC, and the American Camp
Association, and others. At the end of the day, we determined that at
this time we could not guarantee an adequate assurance of health and
safety in our camp setting during this pandemic. Even as the state
guidelines are potentially shifting and continually evolving, it is
not feasible to maintain social distancing, including housing campers
in such close proximity, and adhere to public gathering, extensive
additional sanitation and other guidelines in our camp environment. In
addition, we are not equipped to handle a quarantine or resurgence of
the virus should it happen at one of our camps, located in small,
Why not postpone the decision making until later in the summer?
We must make decisions that not only keep our campers and staff
safe, but also wisely use our limited resources. With the current
climate of uncertainty, we cannot expend resources in preparation
while there is no assurance that extensive safety protocols will be
lifted or modified to enable us to host residential camp. It is also
not fair to ask our summer camp staff, who are normally recruited at
this time of year, to maintain their availability to work for us when
we know there is a strong possibility we will not be able to keep them
employed. Instead, we’re shifting our resources to reimagine a camp
summer with programs that create joy and wonder.
Will there be alternative camp options?
We can’t wait to share with you the outdoor and
camp-themed virtual and in-person programs and day camps we are
developing across our region. We’ll be launching registration by May 18.
How can you run in-person day programs but not resident camp?
Safety protocols in day programs with small groups are more
manageable than in overnight programs with large groups. For in-person
programs we will be coordinating with other youth-serving
organizations on best-practice protocols. We will proceed with
in-person programs as long as they safely align with state and local
Can I get a refund for camp?
All families registered
for 2020 summer camps receive a full refund of their camp
registration fee, deposit and other fees paid in the original form
of payment. You also have the following options for your
New summer programs! Put your registration fee toward the new
summer reimagined 2020 programs and get ready for a summer of
adventure she will always remember!
Membership Renewal. Use part of it to renew your Girl Scout
membership (for girls and volunteers) for 2021, and be counted
Pay it forward by helping other Girl Scouts. If you are able,
consider turning your registration refund into a tax-deductible
donation that will help keep the adventure going.
Registered campers will receive an email early next week
outlining all of the different options for your camp registration,
including refunds and those listed above. Please look for this
email before contacting our customer care team, as it will include
detailed instructions on your options, alternatives, and
How can I put my refund toward helping others or a tax-deductible
If you are able, consider
turning your registration refund into a tax-deductible donation that
will help keep the adventure going for all Girl Scouts in our
Council. While our Council is financially stable and has used its
resources wisely, like many individuals, organizations and
businesses, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is feeling a significant
financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can my Cookie Dough be refunded?
Yes, if you paid for your
camp registration or deposit with Cookie Dough, your Cookie Dough
will be returned or reissued by mail and may take at least four
weeks for Cookie Dough to be received.
Can troops rent camp for since resident camp is closed?
Camps, and all Council property, are closed to all troop
camping and events until further notice.
Can Silver Sage property be rented?
Currently, all requests for property rentals or use, including
Camp Alice Pittenger, Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis, Friendship Square, and the
Leadership Center, are on hold as we explore safety recommendations
and guidelines by relevant entities, such as hospitality industry
associations, CDC, Ponderosa State Park and others. We are working
to accommodate property rentals currently on the books for later in
July, August and September, which were scheduled for after CAP’s
regular season; and we will keep in touch with those renters as plans progress.
How can I find more information about COVID-19 related impacts and
Scouts of Silver Sage COVID-19 Preparedness
page is regularly
updated with information regarding office hours, retail, Cookie
Program, Girl Scouts and Home, and other programs.