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Getting to Camp by Bus

Reservations must be made in advance. 

If you did not indicate that you wanted your camper to ride the bus upon registration or have not contacted us via phone, or e-mail, your camper is not registered to take the bus! Space is limited.

Please contact the council office at 602-452-7030, the bus coordinator at 602-452-7080 or campbus@girlscoutsaz.org if you would like to reserve a space.

Bus Stop Locations & Check-in/Check-out Times

Bus Stop Locations &
Check-in/Check-out Times

Please provide a sack lunch and a large bottle (at least 32 ounces) of water for your camper for the bus ride to camp. Do not send “sugared” drinks as they leave a sticky mess when spilled and may cause your camper to become sick on the bus.

If scout is not present at the bus departure time listed then it is the guardian’s responsibility to get that scout to camp. There will be no refunds at that time. 
 

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Central Phoenix – All Camps

Burton Barr Central Library (uncovered parking area)
1221 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 

Check-in @ 9:30am – Bus Departs @ 10:30am
Bus Returns @ 6:15pm – time is approximate dependent on traffic
 

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North Phoenix – Maripai and Willow Springs

Sportsman's Warehouse
19205 N 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027
Check-in @ 10:30am – Bus Departs @ 11:00am

Bus Returns @ 5:30pm – time is approximate dependent on traffic
 

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Fountain Hills – Shadow Rim

Wendy's
17218 E. Shea Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Check-in @ 10:45am – Bus Departs @ 11:00am
Bus Returns @ 5:30pm – time is approximate dependent on traffic

 

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Glendale, PV & Chandler – Parsons Leadership Center

Day campers have two transportation options:

  1. Parents may drive their campers to camp (see above times and procedures) OR
  2. Register for bus transportation from one of three Valley locations.

The bus fee is $80 per week round-trip and is non-refundable (one way is not available). You will receive a confirmation letter with more detailed information about transportation times and locations.

 

NOTE: We must have a minimum of 20 campers per bus. If minimums are not met, the bus MAY be cancelled.

 

  • On the first day of arrival, please submit a completed transportation permission slip for entrance (included on website).
  • If you miss the bus, you will be responsible for driving your camper to camp. No refunds are available for bus or day campe fees. 
  • Persons picking up camper will be required to show a photo ID and sign camper out. Campers attending Aftercare are not eligible for bus transportation.

Bus Stop Drop Off/Pick Up

  • Cabela's
    9380 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85305
  • Paradise Valley Mall
    4568 E. Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032
  • Chandler Fashion Center
    3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

Check-in @ 7:00am – Bus Departs @ 7:15am
Bus Returns @ 4:45-5:15pm – time is approximate dependent on traffic


Late Arrivals and Early Departures

If you or your camper will be arriving late, you will need to contact the camp office prior to arrival. Please report to the camp office upon arrival.

 

If your camper will need to leave early for any reason, you will need to notify the camp office during check-in.

 

For your camper’s safety, our gate remains closed during our camp session; without prior notification, you will not be able to enter the property. You will need to report to the camp office to pick up your camper.

 


PLEASE NOTE:
the following 8-day sessions (June 11-18) at Camp Maripai have an earlier check-out time for campers riding the bus.

  • “aMaze Yourself!” 
  • “Trail Mix”
  • “SPUR”
  • “Junior Adventurer”

North Phoenix – bus returns @ 3:30pm
Central Phoenix – bus returns @ 4:15pm
 

Health Procedures

Health Procedures

Camp is staffed by a qualified medical personnel (RN, EMT, or LPN) known as the Health Supervisor. A local physician is on call at all times. 

Parents/Guardians will be contacted if the following situations occur:

  • If your camper spends the night in the infirmary.
  • If your camper needs to see a doctor or visit the Emergency Room.
  • If your camper breaks the Camper Behavior Agreement.

Parents / Guardians may be contacted in the following situations:

  • If the Health Supervisor has a question in regards to information supplied on your camper’s Health History form (medications, chronic health conditions, etc).
  • If a camp staff person needs your assistance / support in regards to your camper’s well-being.

All Campers receive a health screening upon arrival at camp and the health supervisor verifies health information. Parents will be notified of any concerns.

Medication can only be left at camp if the medication:

  1. Is in the original container,
  2. Is labeled with the camper’s name, physician’s name and correct dosage, and
  3. Is prescribed for her by a physician, and
  4. Includes detailed written instructions on the Camper Health History Form 

MEDICATION - Please bring only prescription medication to camp. Medication will be administered according to the prescribed instructions.

Emergency Medications such as Epinephrine or inhalers will remain with the camper at all times and camp staff will know the specifics of that child’s medical needs.
 

Head Lice Alert

If head lice are found during the health screening, the parent/guardian of the camper will be contacted to discuss options that best serve the camper and the camp community.

If your camper has head lice before camp, here are a few tips to make sure it doesn’t recur.  

  • Treat her hair with a lice removal product, remove all nits and re-treat in seven days.
  • Pay close attention to the hairline at the base of the neck and behind the ears.
  • Wash all of her bedding, pillows, hats, stuffed animals, bike helmet, sleeping bags, brush, comb and anything else her hair comes in contact with. Many children get re-infected from their own belongings.

If you are not sure what head lice looks like, or how to treat your child, listed below are helpful resources and links:


Camper Health

In order for your camper to have the best possible experience at camp, they should be arriving at camp free of illness. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them home until they are well and contact the Camp Director.

Because your camper will be joining a camp community, living in a cabin with eight to ten other campers and sharing the camp with 150 other campers it is important that good practices (like hand-washing and catching your sneezes) are second nature.

For additional information please read the healthy camp update from the American Camping Association.
 

Safety in the Sun and Heat

At camp we have two very common and completely preventable problems: SUNBURN and DEHYDRATION. Participants are encouraged to bring non-aerosol sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater and chapstick with SPF 15 or greater.

Water is critical to our body’s health. Everyone needs to drink at least three water bottles a day. A water bottle with a strap for carrying is recommended. At camp, we all drink one glass of water at meals before other beverages. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CAMPER BRINGS A WATER BOTTLE (we will refill it as needed while she is at camp).

Safety Procedures

Safety Procedures at Bus Stop

  • Please do not come early as our bus stops are outside and offer little shade.
  • You may want to consider bringing an umbrella for shade.
  • The Central bus stop is often crowded with long lines.
  • Please bring water to drink and follow directional signs upon arriving at the site.
  • You may want to consider leaving small children and pets at home.
  • Your camper will not be able to board the bus until she is called.
  • Please remain with your camper until your camper boards the bus and the bus departs.

We thank you in advance for your patience. 

Safety Procedures During Bus Travel

If there is an emergency involving your camper or the bus you will be contacted by the Council as soon as possible. The Council office will use your primary phone number listed. It is important that the number is accurate. 

  • Adult volunteers will have a roster of all campers riding the bus.
  • Adult volunteers will conduct a “roll call” and must be respected at all times.
  • Aisles are clear for emergencies at all times.
  • Please use trash bag for all trash.
  • When walking to the restroom, hold onto seat backs. 
  • Sit on your bottoms, not your legs.
  • Tennis shoes need to be worn at all times and please keep them off of the seats.
  • No soda or any sticky candy.
  • If the driver asks for quieter voices, please follow that request.

Coming Home from Camp on the Bus

Coming Home from Camp on the Bus


PHOTO ID

Anyone that you have authorized to be your scouts pick up person will be asked to present a photo ID and to sign your camper out. Every parent wants to see their child as soon as possible and it is important that your child is picked up by someone you have listed as “authorized” (must be done through the UltraCamp system in advance). Please be patient with the sign out procedure and our volunteers. This is for your child’s safety.

LUGGAGE PICK-UP

Luggage will be removed from the storage area and placed in piles by camp. Please take time to find all your camper’s luggage including laundry bag, sleeping bag, pillow, stuffed animal, etc. Luggage may have expanded since she left—check thoroughly. It’s much easier to take it all home rather than make a return trip to pick it up from the Girl Scout Service Center.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

If your camper has any lost or misplaced items please call our summer camp lost and found department at 602-452-7080 or email a detailed description to campbus@girlscoutsaz.org. Lost and found items will be held at our Phoenix office location and will be donated, if not claimed, after two weeks. 

Questions or Changes

Questions or Changes?

602-452-7000 or 602-452-7080 or campbus@girlscoutsaz.org   

It is NOT possible to make arrangements for someone to stay with your camper beyond the bus check-out time. If a change occurs and buses will not be returning to Phoenix on time, the council office will make every attempt (via email and phone) to contact you and be present at bus stop to answer questions.