Resources for Parents
Camp Guide and Handbook
Whether you’re looking for a place to sleep that is like home or a completely natural setting- we’ve got a lodging option for you!
Clover, Violet and Sunflower cabins are newer additions to the property and are climate controlled. The cabins have a large bunk room and sleep 20 campers in bunk beds. Camp counselors sleep in a separate room adjoining the bunkroom. The cabins also have full restrooms and electricity.
Outpost and Prairie’s Edge units have mini cabins that each sleep 4 campers on cots with mattresses. Camp counselors stay close by in mini cabins of their own. These units have a full restroom. There is electricity in the units but not in the individual cabins.
The Ridge is home base to our mentoring programs during summer camp. This unit has mini cabins that each sleep 4 campers on cots with mattresses. Camp counselors stay close by in a room of their own. In front of the mini-cabins is a large cabin used as the unit house which is climate controlled and has a full restroom. The large cabin has electricity but there is not electricity in the individual cabins.
Trail’s End unit has fully screened platform tents with a solid roof and canvas covering. Camp counselors stay close by in tents of their own. This unit has latrines. The individual tents do not have electricity but outlets are available in the unit house.
T-Pass unit has fully screened platform tents with a solid roof and canvas covering. Camp counselors stay close by in tents of their own. These units have a full restroom. There is electricity in the units but not in the individual cabins.
North Star unit sits right next to Flint Lake and uses the Swift Learning Center as their Unit House. Campers sleep on camp cots in a large lodge style canvas tents. Camp counselors stay close by in a canvas tent of their own. There is electricity in the unit but not in the individual tents.
Registering online is the fastest and easiest way to sign up for camp, with live availability and instant placement. Camp programs should be chosen based on the grade your camper will enter in the fall. Paper registration forms are available by contacting Info@GirlScoutsToday.org.
You will recieve a receipt from doubleknot you have registered your camper for a session.
Review the Family Handbook for all the information you need to prepare for camp, including a preparation guide and packing list.
CampDoc is a online health account used for girls who attend camp. This is an awesome all-in-one location to keep your girl’s medical information up to date. No need for paper copies from all the doctors anymore!
Returning campers will be able to log into their CampDoc account and make any necessary updates.
Forgot your username/password?
Your username is the email that you receive camp emails from. The email address you register your girl for camp with is also your CampDoc username. If you forgot your password, please visit the CampDoc website to reset it.
Camper Care Packages and the Trading Post
Camper Care Packages
Make your camper’s week even more special by giving her a Camper Care Package. Each kit is filled goodies that will be delivered in her first few days at camp. The exclusive Camp Liberty T-Shirt and Camper Care Packages can be ordered by updating your online camp registration prior to April 30.
The Camp Liberty Trading Post is your source for camp souvenirs, gifts, patches, T-shirts and many other fun camp accessories! Each camper will have an opportunity to visit the Trading Post at least once during her stay. She can use cash, check, program credits or Virtual Program Credits to set up a Trading Post account. The money will be collected at check-in and logged to her account.
Campers will learn about financial literacy when they go to the trading post as part of the Summer Camp Program. Before shopping, they will identify needs versus wants, budgeting, making change and much more. Each age level will work on specific financial literacy badges tailored for their program.
The Trading Post will carry frozen treats that can be purchased by campers during their visit. Every camper will receive a token during their session that can be redeemed at the trading post for a free frozen treat.
Register for camp using new Digital Program Credits! Credit cannot be applied toward the initial $50 non-refundable deposit, but can be applied later to the total camp fee in the camp registration system.
To apply Program Credit, use the Gift Card option on the payment page in DoubleKnot.
We offer several ways to help make camp more affordable:
- Program Credits earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program or Fall Sale may be used towards camp payments
- To accommodate all of our families, there are three pricing levels. When you register, simply choose the tier your family can afford. Don't worry - the tier system won't influence a girl's experience at camp - we just want all girls to have the opportunity to explore the outdoors!
- Financial Assistance is available to help families meet the cost of sending their daughters to camp. You can request it during the camp registration process.
Payment and Cancellation Policies
A non-refundable $50 deposit is required for each camp session (Program Credits cannot be used for deposits).
Payment in full is due on or before April 30, 2020.
GSEIWI reserves the right to cancel any camp program. Refunds of the summer camp deposit will be made if the program is cancelled.
If a camper cannot attend the program she registered for, we encourage families to transfer the fees to another available session.
Refunds of the camp fee (minus the deposit) will be granted if written notification of cancellation is received at least three weeks before the start date of the session. Exceptions: Camper has an illness as documented by a physician or there is an emergency in the camper's immediate family.
Safety and Severe Weather Policies
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and Camp Liberty are proud to be an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited program. This accreditation shows that we have undergone a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. The ACA accreditation combined with safety guidelines from Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. ensure that your camper will be safe during her camp adventure.
All over-the counter and prescription medications must be in original containers with the correct, current label, including the camper’s name. All medication should be checked in on opening day with the Health Team, who will oversee proper administration of all medications. Medications may NOT be kept by campers (girls or adults).
Coverage for medical expenses incurred by an illness or injury to a camper while she is participating in camp activities is included in the camp fee. It does not cover pre-existing conditions and is secondary to whatever health insurance coverage families may have.
Every girl should have the chance to go to camp. If your camper requires special accommodations (dietary, physical, behavioral, etc.), please contact us immediately so that any necessary accommodations may be made prior to your camper’s arrival. To discuss your camper’s special needs, please contact Camp Director, Ashley Arnold at AshleyA@GirlScoutsToday.org.
Safety and Security
Access to camp property is limited, controlled, and only authorized visitors are allowed on site. To ensure the safety and security of camp, limit interruptions in the camp program, and prevent homesickness among campers, unauthorized visitors are not allowed on site.
Living in the Mid-West we have learned to expect the weather to change. At camp we have a communication system to alert all staff and campers of any weather watches and warnings. Our staff are trained and drilled in emergency procedures and our campers participate in drills to make sure they are prepared in case of a weather related emergency. In case of a weather related emergency, updates can be found on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Camp Liberty Facebook Page. If access to the internet is available at camp we will also update the Camp Liberty News site.
Campers love to hear from home while they are away at camp. We offer a number of options for you to communicate with your camper.
Campers love cheerful letters from home. You can mail a letter before your camper leaves for camp or after you drop her off. Please address mail as follows.
Camper Name, Session Name
Camp Liberty 4415 295th Street
New Liberty IA, 52765
Send your camper with stationary, pre-addressed envelopes and stamps, and we will help them get the letter in the mail.
Camp Mail Box
Save a stamp and bring your mail to camp with you on check-in day. You can drop your mail in our special camp mail box in the lobby of the Lodge. You can leave a letter for each day, just mark the day you would like to have it delivered.
While campers love to receive letters from home, email is a nice option as well. We will print and deliver email messages to your camper for $1.00 per page. Messages must be plain text only (no pictures) and must be in the body of the email (images and attachments will not be opened or printed). Emails received after 10:00 a.m. will be delivered the next day. To ensure timely delivery type your camper’s first and last name and session name in the subject line. (Subject: Juliette Low, Adventurer). Send these emails to: CamperEmail@GirlScoutsToday.org.
What's happening at camp
When summer camp is in session, you can log in to the Camp Liberty Blog anytime to see what is happening at camp. View photos, find out what campers are up to and get the latest news. Login information will be available at check-in.
Arrival and Departure Times
Everyone is excited for the first day of camp. Every effort is taken to make the check-in process as efficient as possible. However, several steps must be taken to ensure that your camper has a healthy and fun camp experience. Please be prepared to spend some time to get through the check-in process. Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to walk and stand.
Drastically shorten your check-in time by completing your girl's CampDoc!
The check-in will take place at the Camp Liberty Lodge. When you arrive at the Lodge, you and your camper will visit a few stations to turn in paperwork, open your trading post account and complete a health check. You can expedite the check in process by making sure your camper has her backpack with her Fab Five and the items listed below.
Don’t forget to leave your campers luggage in the car, as you will get to help move her into her unit after check-in.
- Trading Post money – optional
- All medication – All inhalers, medicated creams, prescription and non-prescription drugs need to be checked in with the health service staff upon arrival. They must be in original containers with labels and doctor’s release.
- Program waivers for equestrian and challenge programs.
For camp sessions arriving on Wednesday’s, check-in will take place at the Bea Conrad Shelter.
All girls will participate in closing day activities. Parents and family are encouraged to join us at camp for these special events before picking up their campers. Be sure to bring your camera to capture your camper’s special moment. Families of campers in the progressive horse program will meet at the Equestrian Center at 3:00 p.m. All other programs will meet at the Lodge Pergola at 3:00 p.m. Girls will be able to check out immediately following the shows.
Gates will open to enter camp no earlier than 2:45 p.m. To avoid traffic backups and to keep our camp neighbors happy, please do not arrive early to camp. Limited parking is available in the lower lot while waiting for the gates to open.
The person picking up each camper will be required to show a photo ID. No campers will be released to unauthorized persons or persons without a photo ID. After check-out you will be able to pick up your camper’s belongings at the designated area.
For camp sessions leaving on Tuesday’s, check-out will take place at the Bea Conrad Shelter.
Arrival and Departure Times
Check-In on Arrival Day
(Wednesday or Sunday) – 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Check-Out on Departure Day
3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday
Closing ceremony begins at 3:30 with camper sign-out immediately after.
Troop Camp and You and Me Camp
Check-In on Arrival Day (Friday) 6:00 p.m.
Check-Out on Departure Day (Saturday) 4:30 p.m.
Busing Options and Directions
Free transportation to camp will be offered on select weeks throughout the summer. The Camp pick-up and drop-off locations will be in Decorah, Waterloo and West Burlington. If you are interested in this pilot program and have not already registered, you can access your registration and add transportation prior to April 30, 2020. A minimum of five campers is required to provide transportation, so invite friends to ride the bus out to camp.
Directions to Camp
4415 295th Street
New Liberty, IA 52765
Location: Camp Liberty is located two miles southwest of Dixon, IA on county road F-31.
- From U.S. 30, turn south on county Y-4E at Wheatland
- From Highway 130, turn east on county F-31 at New Liberty
- From I-80, turn north on county Y-40 at Exit #284 (Walcott) to F-31
CITs and WITs, don't forget to fill out your forms!
Be sure to fill out the Counselor-in-Training & Wrangler-in-Training application after registering for the session in doubleknot.
In order to provide strong programming that aligns with the mission of Girl Scouting and Camp, we are updating the Teen Mentoring program. You will notice a transition away from Wrangler-in-Training, to solely Counselor-in-Training as we focus on building a strong foundation for girls to become successful mentors and leaders at camp and at home. This summer we will continue to use both CIT/WIT, during this transition year. The complete change in terminology and program will take effect in 2021.