What is CampHERO?
CampHERO is an experience designed to help girls develop courage, gain confidence and build character while introducing them to the protective services. Girls will explore their interests and skills through experiential activities in the areas of police, fire, emergency medical services and dispatch.
Why do we need CampHERO?
Girls need to know that they are smart enough, strong enough and brave enough to pursue a paid or volunteer career as a police officer, fire fighter, EMT/paramedic or dispatcher. Nationwide, only 31.2% of EMTs, 12.6% of police and 3.4% of fire professionals are female, leaving girls with few role-models to inspire and guide. CampHERO is an effort to bridge that gap by helping girls discover their abilities and interests, connect with a network of mentors and inspire them to take action in making the world a better place through public service.
Who can attend CampHERO?
CampHERO is open to any girl entering Kindergarten up to recent 12th grade graduates. Participants will train at various sites around Madison, Wisconsin. Girls in grades 4–12 will stay at Camp Brandenburg, a Girl Scout facility located 20 minutes outside of Madison.
Who designed CampHERO?
CampHERO curricula was designed by professionals in the protective services with guidance by Girl Scouts, the experts in leadership experiences for girls. The program is safe, hands-on and age appropriate.
How much does it cost?
CampHERO dates and costs vary by age-level. Costs to the individual girl are kept low by donations of facility and equipment use, supplies and money. Individual camper costs can be further subsidized by ‘camperships’ offered through Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council.
Do I really need to fill out all those forms?
YES! CampHERO follows the policies and procedures of GSUSA, Badgerland Council, the American Camping Association (as it applies to resident camps), and Madison College. There is a specific reason for every piece of information requested.
Why does my daughter have to become a Girl Scout to attend CampHERO?
Besides opening many doors of opportunity for your daughter, Girl Scout membership assures your daughter is covered under the organization's insurance AND it makes her eligible for financial aid if needed. You daughter is not required to participate in a Girl Scout troop or group to attend CampHERO.
Does my daughter need to pack everything on the equipment list?
YES! Please check to make sure all items are packed and labeled with her name.
Does my daughter really have to wear long pants and closed toed shoes when it's hot and sunny?
YES! Long pants and closed toed shoes are required when on the fire training grounds. No exceptions.
Can I attend camp with my daughter?
The Kindergarten-1st grade session is the ONLY session that parents/guardians/troop leaders are invited to attend! Girls in other sessions benefit from building relationships with the Crew Leaders assigned to lead and care for them!