about our camp

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Diamond Crest Day Camp

Diamond Crest Girl Scout Day Camp is (traditionally) an all-volunteer-run day camp and is held at a San Mateo County park. Our camp has been in operation for many years and is rich in traditions and  has welcomed girls for several generations.


We offer one session each  year. All applicants are welcome and are admitted by the criteria listed  in our Admissions Policy. Our campers travel to camp each day by buses leaving from local schools, churches, and community buildings in the Belmont, Redwood Shores, and San Carlos area. We offer an overnight  experience of 1-2 nights for campers entering grades 4-10. Campers  entering grades 1-7 are grouped in units with girls their own age/grade  and are supervised by trained staff members and program aides. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities including earning badges, hiking, outdoor cooking, learning outdoor skills, crafts, games, singing, and more. 7th grade campers participate in the “Aides-in-Training” (AIT) program and may assist unit leaders as Aides when entering grades 8-10. 


2020 Changes Due to Covid-19

Diamond Crest Girl Scout Day Camp will look a little different this year - we are going Virtual!  (AIT’s - please scroll down for information on AIT Training this year)Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we feel that we cannot host camp at Huddart Park this year and keep our 800+ campers and staff safe. Our camp is just too large, and putting 50 people on a bus together, cooking and sharing food within units of 12-25 people, gathering the whole camp around the Aloha Tree, and sharing Huddart Park’s restrooms among 700+ campers and staff does not seem possible given the restrictions. 


Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we feel that we cannot host camp at Huddart Park this year and keep our 800+ campers and staff safe. Our camp is just too large, and putting 50 people on a bus together, cooking and sharing food within units of 12-25 people, gathering the whole camp around the Aloha Tree, and sharing Huddart Park’s restrooms among 700+ campers and staff does not seem possible given the restrictions. 


This year’s theme - “May the Forest Be With You” - has taken on quite a different meaning. While we are all very sad that we can’t play outside in the forest this year, our volunteers are working very hard on designing activities and experiences to bring the magic of Day Camp into your home. Campers will participate in online check-ins with their unit and unit leaders, as well as a variety of activities including earning badges, learning outdoor skills, crafts, games, singing and more. We are doing our best to learn from other camps and implement best practices for our camp. While we are still working out the details, and much will depend on our volunteer Unit Leaders, we do not anticipate day-long Zoom meetings, and will provide a combination of online and offline activities for campers.

camp dates

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When and where will Day Camp be this year?

 When is Day Camp this year?

  • One Two-Week Session: July 27-August 7 (Weekdays only)


updated pricing structure

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Change to Camp Fees

 Camp fees have been adjusted to reflect the fact that we will not be renting buses, buying food, moving supplies to and from Huddart Park, and renting the various spaces at Huddart Park. However, we still have expenses related to annual storage of our supplies, processing payments through Active, Day Camp patches, and supplies for the activity box that each camper will receive. The revised pricing structure for this year’s 2 week session is:

  • Campers entering grades 1-6: $50
  • AIDEs: $20
  • AIT Training: $210 (will involve in-person training for 1 week)
  • Staff Discounts: children of full time virtual camp volunteers can participate in camp activities for $20 for campers entering grades 1-6 and Boys, and $105 for AIT’s.

As Active’s tools only allow us to process one camper at a time, you may receive more than one receipt email from Active showing partial refunds. We appreciate your patience as we work through this very tedious and time consuming process. If there are still issues with your account financials after June 10, please email us to let us know before the Autobilling date of June 15.

Note:  If your credit card information has changed since you registered in February, please log in to your Active account and update your card information ASAP so we can credit the right card. 

cancellation policy

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Campers Entering Grades 1-6 & AIDES

Automatic OPT-IN: All registered campers and AIDEs will be automatically OPTED IN to Virtual Camp, and their balance will be credited accordingly based on the revised camp fees listed above. This change will generate a receipt from Active as each camper’s account is updated.

Please respond to the survey linked below (AIDE or Camper in grades 1-6) to confirm that your camper will be joining us for Virtual Camp (Option 1). If we do not receive a survey response by June 15, we will assume your camper is joining us for Virtual Camp and if there is a balance, you will be automatically billed for the balance on June 15. 

All campers must be registered Girl Scouts, so if they were not registered for the 2019-20 school year, an additional fee of $45 has been applied to register them with Girl Scouts of Northern CA. 

  • Option 1: My camper or AIDE WILL  participate in virtual camp this year. Accounts will be credited based on the revised camp fees listed above, or if there is a balance, will be autobilled on June 15.


Cancellations: Please respond to the relevant survey linked below for each camper ASAP to let us know if your camper WILL NOT participate, so we don’t assign them to a unit and buy supplies for them. Refunds will be processed based on survey responses, in the order they are receiveWhile camp will be virtual for campers and AIDEs this year, AIT Training will still take place in person. d. 

  • Option 2: My camper or AIDE WILL NOT participate in virtual camp this year. Please deduct a $20 donation from my refund, to help Day Camp offset annual costs.
  • Option 3: My camper or AIDE WILL NOT participate in virtual camp this year. Please issue a full refund.

Survey links are included below for your convenience. Please respond once for EACH camper.

registration

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Where can I update my online account or make changes to the registration form?

 Registration for Diamond Crest Day Camp 2020 is closed. No late registrations for campers will be accepted.


You can log into your Active account to update information on the Registration form. 

What if I need to cancel my child’s registration?

  • Cancellations must be submitted to diamondcrestdaycamp@yahoo.com and  should include the following information: parent/guardian name, email address, phone number and the name and grade level of the camper(s). 

Why is the $20 registration fee non-refundable?

Diamond Crest Day Camp is an entirely volunteer-run  organization - not a single person gets paid to run this camp. Active, the online registration system, charges us for every application and  every credit card transaction, so we are charged about $20 for each registration we receive, regardless of whether the camper is accepted  into our program or chooses to cancel their registration. 

volunteering

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All Day Camp staff are volunteers!

This opportunity is open to all adults (age 18 as of the beginning of camp), not just Girl Scout leaders.  

Is there mandatory training?

Aide in Training (AIT) Program

Because we will not be providing transportation by bus to and from Huddart Park, AIT Training will be offered at a reduced cost of $210. 


The AIT year is a special one at Diamond Crest Day Camp. Providing a solid foundation of skills to our Aides in Training (AIT’s) is essential to our leadership pathway, leading to well trained AIDEs next year, and Junior Unit Leaders in following years.


As we can only train about 60 AIT’s in a given year, we cannot put off their training to next year without impacting next year’s AIT class. We are still working out the details, and what we can do (and when) will depend on county restrictions. We are doing our best to find a way to do 1 week of AIT camp in person, in small groups of 12 with the same leader each day and enhanced hygiene protocols (per CDC and county guidelines for summer camps), either at Huddart Park or at a local park or school. If this is not possible due to county restrictions this summer during the 2 scheduled weeks of camp, we will aim for a weekend camping trip next Spring or Summer, before Daycamp 2021.  AIT’s who complete training will likely have their special graduation ceremony at an overnight next summer, before camp starts in 2021, and they will start Day Camp 2021 as full-fledged AIDEs.


Please respond to the survey linked below ASAP with your AIT, and let us know whether your AIT will participate in training this year.

AIT Training 2020 Survey  

finance

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Tax Information

Please save your original payment receipt, emailed by Active, for tax deduction information. Our Tax ID is on the receipt emailed to you by Active when you registered

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Financial assistance is available through Girl Scouts of Northern California and the application  can be submitted any time before June 1 – earlier is better. Please indicate your interest in receiving information about financial aid by checking the box on your registration form.

Can I apply Fall Sale/Cookie Rewards to pay for camp?

Yes! Girl Scouts of Northern California “Fall Sale/Cookie Rewards” may be used to pay camp fees. Please send an email with the following  information: parent's name and phone number, camper’s first and last  name, all the numbers on the card (front and back) and the dollar amount  of the credit. Send this information to campfinance@diamondcrest.org.

Can I pay by check?

Yes!  Deposit is required electronically as part of the registration system. If you would like to pay the remainder of your balance by check, please email campfinance@diamondcrest.org for instructions.