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Camper Registration

Campership Deadline is May 1, 2019!  Apply today!

Girl Scout camp provides amazing opportunities for girls to not only develop and grow a love for the great outdoors, but to build courage and confidence all while meeting new friends!

Camp sessions are filling fast!  Register today!

The following camp sessions are full:

Rancho Del Chaparral
 Dates  Camp Name
 June 30 - July 3   Camp Jam
   Trail Trekkers
   Science Explorers
   S'mores & Snores 
Camp Elliott Barker
 Dates  Camp Name 
 June 9 - 14  Night Owls
 June 16 - 21  Paddles, Saddles & Arrows 
   Mach I 
 June 23 - 28   Paddles, Saddles & Arrows

 

 

Financial Assistance - DEADLINE MAY 1, 2019

At Girl Scouts, we believe that camp is for every girl. We are thrilled to be able to offer financial assistance in order to give more girls the opportunity to experience Girl Scout camp.  We call this assistance "Camperships".

To apply, simply fill out the  Campership Financial Assistance Form . A girl must be a registered member with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails or another Girl Scout organization to qualify for financial assistance. All requests are confidential and private. To learn more about financial assistance for camp, events, or membership, click here.

Using Cookie Sale Program Vouchers to Attend Camp

Girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale are able to earn Program Vouchers that can be applied towards their balances for summer camp opportunities! The more cookies sold, the more vouchers earned!  The physical Program Vouchers must be submitted to council with your registration form or printed invoice to be redeemed.  Program Vouchers cannot be used to pay camp deposits and must be used by the expiration date.

Questions about using Program Vouchers? We’ve got your back.  Contact Customer Care and we’ll get it taken care of!

I've paid for camp in full!  Now what?

Review  the 2019 Camper Confirmation (coming January 2019).  

Complete all camp forms to be submitted at check in.  Camp forms will be available January 2019. 

ALL CAMP FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN AT CHECK IN.  CAMP FORMS CANNOT BE SENT TO COUNCIL  AHEAD OF TIME.

AVAILABLE NOW! 2019 Camp Book, Registration & Forms
2019 Camp Book   
Important Dates
  • February 1:  Troop & Family Camp Registration Opens
  • April 1:  Early Bird Deadline
  • May 1:  Campership Deadline        

How to Register.  Follow these simple steps for your ultimate Girl Scout summer camp memories:

  1. Select your camp session!
  2. Fill out the Resident Camp Registration Form.
  3. Remember! If you register before April 1, you receive the Early Bird rate, so don’t delay!
  4. Not a Girl Scout? Click here to register and make the camp registration process easier!
  5. Email, mail, fax, or drop off your completed registration form to GSNMT’s council office with a minimum deposit of $100 per camp session.
  6. Once your registration form is received and payment is processed, you will get an email confirmation with all required forms and important camp info!
  7. Fill out your forms! You’ll need a health history form, photo release, camper contract, and camper release form filled out and handed over to camp staff when your camper is dropped off at camp.
  8. Make sure you’re paid in full at least three weeks before your session starts to guarantee your spot.
  9. Pack for camp! Check your packing list twice to make sure you bring everything you need.
  10. Head to camp. Take the bus, carpool, get a ride with your family--however you come to camp, we’ll be happy to see you!
  11. Enjoy Camp! Take pictures! Make friends! See nature!
  12. Go home a happy camper.
  13. Get ready to do it all again next summer!
2019 Resident Camp

The outdoors is calling--are you ready for adventure? Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has not one, but two!, incredible summer camps ready to take your summer from “meh” to “a-mah-zing!” From the traditional summer camp experience at Rancho del Chaparral to high adventure getaways at Camp Elliott Barker, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has a summer experience for every girl.

Camp is a great place to make new friends, experience new challenges, and just be yourself. Camp is an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of our screen-filled lives and enjoy the wonder of being outdoors. To playing games and explore nature. To ride a horse and try archery and canoeing and ropes courses. To do things you don’t typically do everyday. Camp is a place to build courage, confidence, and character. Camp is for G.I.R.L.s: Go-getters. Innovators, Risk-takers. Leaders. 

Camp is for YOU!

2019 Equestrian Program
About the Equestrian Program

For the camper who loves horses, our New Mexico Trails Equestrian Program is for you! Our horse programs at both Camp Elliott Barker and Rancho del Chaparral have been re-calibrated to offer a more dynamic experience for campers of all experience levels.

Campers in each session will be placed in groups based on a skill level assessment determined by the Equestrian Director upon arrival at camp. Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or you are a seasoned horsewoman, our well-trained staff look forward to working with each group to ensure lessons are fun and challenging. horses each full day of camp including mounted and ground lessons. Lessons vary based on the skills, progression, and interests of each group.

Campers need long pants, boots with at least a 1/2-inch heel, and shirts that cover the shoulders. Well fitted gloves are optional. Helmets will be provided at camp. Campers must possess sufficient physical coordination and balance to participate in riding. They must also be mature enough to understand and practice safety procedures, to use good judgment in reacting to situations, and to take responsibility for themselves and their horses.

2019 Leadership Program
About the Outdoor Leadership Program

The Outdoor Leadership Program series is designed for Girl Scouts ready to take on an active leadership position in an outdoor setting. Outdoor Leadership programs focus on developing leadership and outdoor skills and learning how to teach and lead camp activities like making a campfire, planning a cookout, leading songs & games, program creation, and the principles of Leave No Trace. Girls in this program often work alongside camp staff to help with all-camp activities or take the lead in girl-selected camp service projects. Girls also learn the basics of backcountry camping and go on an overnight camping trip.

2019 Troop & Family Camp
Girl Scout Troop Camp

Girl Scout Camp isn’t complete without Troop Camp! Troop Camp is offered at both Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker nearly every weekend of the summer. Your troop can select its desired level of programming: Bring Your Own Program or Choose Your Adventure!

These special sessions are open to Troops and their leaders. Safety Wise adults only. Please ensure your Troop has the proper ratios according to Volunteer Essentials. If your Troop requires additional adults for medical or behavioral reasons, please contact the camp director at 505.343.1040 to make arrangements.

No bus transportation will be provided to/from Troop Camp.

“DIY”

We provide food and lodging for your Troop, as well as evening activities (such as campfire). Your troop selects two camp activities led by our camp staff from activities like archery, arts & crafts, hikes, or outdoor cooking. The rest of the time, it’s up to you and your girls to design your program.

“Autopilot Adventure”

Bring your troop and we’ll do the rest. In addition to food and lodging, our camp staff provides a full day of programming options (minus a few hours to rest!) including arts & crafts, archery, hikes, as well as all your nighttime activities like campfire, barn dance, or counselor hunt.

“Training”

Join us to complete your Outdoor Core training certification and then put it to use leading your girls in a short tent campting expedition!  While you are completing the training your girls will get a chance to experience the magic of camp by picking their activities and being carefully guided through them by our camp staff.

Troop Camp Registration

Follow these simple steps for your ultimate Troop Camp memories:

  1. Select your Troop Camp session date and program: “DIY”, “Autopilot Adventure” or "Training".
  2. Complete and turn in the the Troop Camp Registration Form at least three weeks prior to your chosen camp program start date. 
  3. Remember: Payment for Troop Camp is due in full at time of registration.
  4. You’ll receive a confirmation packet via email with important forms for your Troop to complete.
  5. Work on your “Program Selection Worksheet” at a Troop meeting to plan your camp visit.
  6. Come to camp! Have fun!
  7. Go home a happy camper. 
  8. Plan for next summer!
Girl Scout Family Camp

Family Camp provides a great way for girls to get to know camp before they are ready to come on their own. Family Camp is also an awesome way to spend some family time together during the summer! You come to camp, we do the rest!

Family campers get lodging, food, and full programming for a weekend of stress-free fun. Adults are responsible for supervising their children during Family Camp. No bus transportation will be offered for Family camp.

2019 Alumni Camp

Calling all Camp Elliott Barker & Rancho del Chaparral Alumni! Did you work at or go to either camp in past? Then it's time to bring up those old memories (and photos!) by visiting camp again. We will be hosting hikes, crafts, archery, collecting photos for time capsule, and more! You do not have to be a current member with Girl Scout of New Mexico Trails to attend this camp. 

All lodging, meals, and activities will be covered by your fee. Additionally all registrants will receive a custom patch and a chance to order a custom t-shirt (the t-shirt will *potentially* be an additional fee). 

*Fees*
Members: $50
Non Members: $80

Barker Alumni Camp (March 22 - 24) - Deadline to Register is March 8, 2019

Rancho Alumni Camp (April 12 - April 14) - Deadline to Register is March 29, 2019

2019 Day Camp

Day camp allows campers to experience the adventure of camp during the day while returning to the comforts of home at night.  This year, day camp will be offered at Camp Elliott Barker! 

2019 Big Clean & Open Houses

BIG CLEAN

Spend a free weekend at camp and help us get ready for the summer! Come as a Troop, family, or as an individual adult and help clean the shelters, dining halls, put up tents, and generally prepare for camp! Lodging and meals will be provided. GSNMT will not be providing any programming or childcare services.

  • Barker Spring Big Clean: May 17-19, 2019
  • Rancho Spring Big Clean: May 24-26, 2019
  • Rancho Fall Big Clean: September 20-22, 2019
  • Barker Fall Big Clean: September 27-29, 2019

Registration is required.  All registrants will receive a confirmaton with directions to camp.  Click here to register.

OPEN HOUSE

Come see our resident camp facilities for yourself! Visit our living areas, tour the camp property, meet key camp staff, get a glimpse into what camp life is all about! 

  • Camp Elliott Barker Open House:   May 19, 2019
  • Rancho del Chaparral Open House:   May 26, 2019

Registration is required.  All registrants will receive a confirmation with directions to camp.  Click here to register. 

Camp FAQs

Frequently Asked Camp Questions

  • My camper is not a member of Girl Scouts but would like to attend camp.  Can she attend?  Are there additional fees?
    • Girl Scout camp is open to ALL girls!  However we do require all girls to become registered Girl Scouts for insurance purposes.  Non-Girl Scouts may register here and pay the $40 registration fee or begin the process on their camp registration form.  Girls do not need to be an active member of a Girl Scout troop in order to attend camp.
  • Where do campers sleep?
    • Each camp has different sleeping quarters, see below for details.  Girls are grouped in units at each camp.  Each unit has trained counselors house in separate quarters within the living unit, but close enough to supervise campers.   We cannot guarantee what sleeping quarters your camper will be assigned.
      • Camp Elliott Barker:  Girls may sleep in cabins on a bunk bed with a mattress or platform tents on a cot with a mattress.
      • Rancho del Chaparral: Girls may sleep in adirondacks or hogans on a bunk bed with a mattress or in platform tents on a cot with a mattress.
  • Can my camper attend with a buddy/friend?
    • Absolutely!  During registration a buddy's name can be listed on the registration form.  Buddies must be registered for the same program.  We are not able to hononr requests for more than two buddies.
  • Who is the camp staff?
    • Members of camp staff are enthusiastic, talented, and caring individuals selected based on maturity, program experience, and genuine desire to work with girls.   All of our staff are interviewed, screened, and background checked.  Counselors are at least 18 years old.  Program Specialists and Supervisors are at least 21 years old.  Camp staff are from New Mexico, all over the U.S. and some even come from different countries around the world!  Staff share their culture with campers  and many are returning staff from pervious summers, some with as many as 20 years of camper and camp staff experience.
  • What type of training and certification does camp staff receive?
    • Before camp begins, staff attend an intensive on-site training as well as mid-summer in-service training which includes activity programming, outdoor skills, songs, games, first aid and safety, emergency procedures, team building, program age level characteristics, dealing with homesickness, and more.  Program Specialists have additional training and certification in their program area, such as archery, ropes course, and life-guarding.  Certain program staff are also trained in wilderness first aid.  We follow Girl Scouts Safety Activity Checkpoints and American Camp Association standards for all staff training and certification requirements. 
  • My camper has special dietary needs or restrictions.  How are menus managed at camp?
    • Menus are planned with the general camp population and economy of associated costs in mind.  We will make every attempt to provide for special dietary needs within the scope of our regular menus.  Please note dietary restriction on the registration form and/or contact the camp registrarat customercare@nmgirlscouts.org or (505) 343-1040 for more information.  To ensure we meet your campers needs, this information must be provided at least three weeks prior to her camp session.
  • My camper has special needs.  Can she attend camp?
    • Each year, many girls with special needs participate in the camp program.  Girls must be able to function in a 6:1 girl-to-adult ration if entering 1st to 3rd grade or an 8:1 girl-to-adult ration if entering 4th grade or above.  Special needs may include physical, medical, developmental, dietary, behavioral or communicative abilities.  It is our hope to be able to serve all girls wishing to attend camp. 
    • We reserve the right to make decisions of participation based on the extent of the girls needs and our ability to meet those needs in a camp setting, as well as other factors as deemed appropriate.  We are concerned about the health and safety of all campers and want to ensure we have appropriate professional and medical services to meet needs.  Please contact the camp director at (505) 343-1040 to discuss your girl's needs and the program specifics at least four weeks prior.
  • Can my camper call home during the week?
    • Campers are not permitted to make or receive phone calls.  We encourage independence and self-reliance during camp.  The on-site camp director will contact parents if a camper has a medical problem, is excessively homesick, or has an emergency.  Please let your child know before camp that she will not be able to call home and that you are comfortable with this.  Encourage her to send letters home during the week and we encourage you to bring letters for your girl when you drop her off at camp or send a camp care package.
    • Please keep your girl's cellphone and tech gadgets safe at home. We are a "tech-free" camp and ask that all electronic devices stay at home.  If a camper brings a cellphone or other electronic device to camp, it will be confiscated, kept in the office safe, and returned on pick-up day.  Thank you for your support with this camp policy. 
  • Can I visit my camper during a camp session?
    • To help maintain program continuity and ensure the safety of all campers, visitors are only allowed at camp during open house and during arrival/departure hours.  This also helps to minimize homesickness.
  • What happens if my camper has a difficult time adjusting to camp?
    • Camp staff will do everything possible to help girls adjust to camp life.  However, resident camp staff reserves the right to send any girl home who consistantly exhibits inappropriate behavior or endangers herself or others.  A camper's parent/guardian is responsible for picking her up and fees will not be refunded. 
  • What measures are taken to ensure my child's safety while at camp?
    • We are dedicated to providing safe and secure camps.  Each camp follows the guidelines set by the American Camp Association as well as those set by Girl Scouts of the USA through Safety Activity Checkpoints.  Staff is housed in close proximity to camper cabins and tents, and buildings and grounds are checked nightly. All camp staff and adults spending the night at camp must pass a criminal background check (with the exception of Family Camp).  Gates are kept locked during resident camp sessions and during all programs except during check in/check out. 
  • If our plans change, how do I cancel my girl's session?  Can I get a refund?
    • Please see page 20 of the 2019 Summer Camp book for our refund and cancellation policy.
  • When is the last day to register for camp?
    • Primary camp registration closes on May 31.  Late registrations can be made if space is available and the session fee must be paid in full at least three weeks prior to the first day of the camp program.
  • My daughter said she earned a badge at camp.  What do I do now?
    • IF a girl earns a badge, and it may not happen for every camp, her parents will receive a “Badge Tracker” in the take home packet of information for their girl. It is then their responsibility to purchase the badge from La Tienda or online. Girls who complete most steps towards a badge will also a receive a badge tracker with the steps that need to be completed highlighted for them to compete at home. They do not need to bring the badge tracker in to La Tienda to purchase their badges, we go on the honor system J Badges will vary from program and week to week based on the girls interests as a whole group. There are several options given to their counselors, with steps to complete, at the beginning of the week.