Parent Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
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, there are few women in the protective services professions, 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.
CampHERO is open to any girl entering Kindergarten up to 21 year-old young adults. 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.
CampHERO curriculum 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.
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.
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 isa specific reason for every piece of information requested.
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.
YES! Please check to make sure all items are packed and labeled with her name.
YES! Long pants and closed toed shoes are required when on the fire training grounds. No exceptions.
The Pre-K - K 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!