Welcome to Martinsville Henry County Weekend Camp. We hope this will be an exciting weekend for everyone. In order to make this a good experience for all, please read and follow the guidelines. If you have any questions, you may call the Camp Director, Donna Hubbard at (276) 632-3555.
Campers will check-in at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 22rd, so all staff should be "ready" to welcome them. Please try to be settled in before this time. While waiting for everyone to arrive is a great time to get acquainted with your unit. Registration for campers will be held at the open field. Parents should park in the parking near the tree line and then check in with the registrar. C.P.A.'swill serve as hostesses to help the girls find their unit.
Campers will check out at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 24th. Campers leaving camp at any time will need to check out with the Registrar, Camp Director, or Program Director. A notebook will be available for sign-out. We will need to know when (time) and how (with whom) each camper leaves. Anytime a child leaves or returns during camp, an adult will need to sign the notebook and record the above information.
Water coolers will be located around the camp for your use. If you or anyone in your unit uses the last of the water in any of these coolers, please send two campers to kitchen with the water cooler for a refill. Girls are assigned to units by age. Each unit will have a unit leader and assistant leaders. The leaders are the link to what is happening at camp. A CPA/CA may be assigned to the unit to help out. They are there to provide information and help when and where they are needed.
GENERAL CAMP RULES
Use the buddy system when traveling around camp.
Wear shoes and socks at all times.
Wear name tag the entire weekend.
Sign-in and sign-out when coming or leaving camp.
Observe quiet time after 10:30 PM each night.
Appropriate attire for camp - No bare midriffs, dangling earrings, tank tops, etc.
All trash must place in trash can and lid tightly closed. Remember: Girl Scouts always leave the camp cleaner than they found it!
NO TAG ALONGS. (Children of unit leaders that are not registered campers.)
NO HUNTING OR FIREARMS.
NO ALCOHOL OR ILLEGAL DRUGS.
NO SMOKING AROUND CAMPERS or in buildings.
NO CHANGING OF SITES WITHOUT STAFF APPROVAL.
NO CARS IN UNITS.
NO GLASS BOTTLES.
NO PLAYING IN RESTRICTED AREAS.
NO GOING NEAR WATER UNLESS WITH ADULT AND SCHEDULED TIME FOR SWIMMING.
NO FOOD IN TENTS!
NO HEALTH HISTORY, NO PAYMENT BEFORE ARRIVAL, THEN NO ADMITTANCE.
Calls from campers must be logged by the Camp Director. The emergency phone number during camp is: (276) 734-5850.
NOTE Camper use of personal cell phones is not allowed.
Cars must be parked in designated areas only! Cars must be backed into parking spaces in case of emergency. This is necessary for the safety of the campers. Girls may ride in cars with leaders only with the approval of the Camp Director. They must also wear seat belts. There will be an emergency vehicle parked at the First Aid building.
Lost and Found
Unit leaders are responsible for gear in their units. However, if an item is not claimed there will be a lost and found box at the First Aid building.
Units will be assigned the responsibility for flag ceremonies. The flag and color guard ties will be in a box with the camp director. All units should give special attention as to how they come to the flag circle. Assignments will be given when you arrive at camp on Friday!
The Saturday night camp-wide campfire will be held at the designated campfire area. Each unit is asked to prepare a presentation. This may be an original composition, a Familiar Song, a skit, a reading, etc. Check with the program director if you are unsure about what to do. Unit leaders will guide their units in the selection and practice for their presentation. CPA’s, CA' s, and Junior Counselors are EXCELLENT resources.
On Sunday morning a Scouts' Own will be conducted and each unit will be expected to participate. Materials will be available with the camp director to help you in your planning. A Scouts' Own is a program in Girl Scouting that aims at helping girls realize the ideals of Scouting, duty to country and people, loyalty, universal friendship, love of the beautiful out-of doors. The program of Scouts' Own is focused on the subjects of particular interest to Scouts and the campers that actively participate in the planning of it. A simple, well-planned Scouts' Own is better than an elaborate one. Scouts' Own activities are planned but not rehearsed. Sing some songs, read a poem or a story, it doesn't have to be elaborate. A site is selected for the ceremony and as the campers approach the site, a point will be designated at which they will continue in silence until after the ceremony and they again pass that point. Please remind the girls of this when you explain about participating in a Scouts' Own.
Camp First Aid
The camp First-Aider will be located at the First Aid tent. They will tend to major injuries; tick bites/embedded ticks and sickness. Minor mishaps such as insect bites or splinters should be recorded and treated in the units with the unit first aid kit. Remember to be on the lookout for ticks. ALL treatments should be RECORDED on the proper forms found in your first aid kits! All medicine must be turned into the First Aider at start of camp. All medicines MUST be checked-in with the camp First-Aider upon arrival at camp.
How To Avoid Tick Bites
When in tick habitat (grassy, brush, or woodland areas), several precautions can minimize your chances of being bitten by a tick. Tuck your pants legs into socks. Tuck your shirt into your pants. Deer ticks grab onto feet and legs and then climb up. This precaution will keep them on the outside of your clothes, where they can be spotted and picked off. Wear light colored clothing. Dark ticks can most easily be spotted against a light background. Inspect your clothes for ticks often while in tick habitat. Have a companion inspect your back. Wear repellents, applied according to label instructions. Application to shoes, socks, cuffs, and pant legs are most effective against deer ticks. Inspect your head and body thoroughly when you get in from the field. Have a companion check you back or use a mirror. When working in tick habitat on a regular basis, do not wear work clothing home. This will reduce the chance of bringing ticks home and exposing others.
What To Do If Bitten By a Tick
Report to camp nurse for the removal of the tick as soon as possible!!!! The nurse will grasp the tick with fine tweezers, as near to the skin as you can, and gently pull it out then save the tick in a plastic bag for later identification. If you get any symptoms to Lyme disease in the following week to several months, see a physician immediately. Be sure to tell the doctor a tick bit you. A blood test can help determine if you have been exposed to Lyme disease.