What is an event like?
Typically we leave early Saturday morning, drive somewhere, do
something fun, eat lunch, and go to our campsite. At camp we
put up tents, cook dinner, have a campfire and go to bed. At every
meal, everyone is required to drink 16oz. or more of water or
other liquid without caffine.
Depending on the number of people on the event, each person signs
up for 2-3 kapers. Examples are: fire tending, meal hostess, cook
a meal, and cleanup
On Sunday we take down the tents, clean up camp, and either tour
the area or do a service project, eat lunch, have a Scout's Own
Ceremony and drive home.
Sunday traffic is very unpredictable. Although we try our best to
return at the stated time, we may be late or early.
Can someone wake my daughter up in the middle of the night
to remind her to go to the bathroom so she doesn't wet the bed?
No. Your daughter may bring an alarm clock to wake herself up,
but in order to come on a high adventure event a girl should be able to
sleep away from home without help. (There may be similar
"is my daughter ready for this questions." Basically the girl
must be able to take responsibility for herself on the event.)
My daughter is allergic to XYZ. How do I make sure she doesn't eat XYZ on the event?
Please tell the food coordinator (Mrs. Byshenk) of the allergy at the meeting
prior to the trip. She
will make every effort to ensure that alternative food is available,
but it is your daughter's responsibility to avoid food she shouldn't eat.
If the girl is allergic to so many
foods that alternatives are not feasible, the details will be worked
out on a case by case basis.
Can I come late? Can I leave early? Can I leave directly from the event?
The first 3 or so events of the year tend to be very large. It is not possible
to come late or leave early from those events. In the spring the events
are smaller and we are more flexible, but it is still discouraged.
Leaving directly from an event is discouraged for different reasons. We
try hard to let the girls meet other new girls on the trip, and we mix up
who is in which car. If a driver wants to leave early with just his/her
family, it reduces some of the bonding time for the girls. Also, we need
to get the dog tags and driver information packets back after the event
is over. It is easiest to collect them all at the meeting place.
Do I need a T-shirt?
Yes. Everyone needs to wear a High Adventure Girl Scout T-shirt
while attending High Adventure events.
How much do the T-shirts cost?
The shirts cost $8. If the amount presents a financial hardship, loaner
shirts are available. You must contact the event coordinator prior to
the event so that they bring a loaner shirt for you.
I'm an adult. Do I need a T-shirt too?
Yes, even adults must wear matching T-shirts during the events.
Why did we get a new shirt?
The High Adventure Girl Scouts change T-shirts every 3-4 years to
reflect the changing tastes and styles of the girls involved in High
What are the dog tags for?
It is a council policy that girls and adults wear identifying dog tags while
on events. We wear them at all times unless the safety of the activity
is compromised because of it. (For example, we do not wear them while
rock climbing because the tag could get caught.)
We have paper dog tags available at each event if you do
not wish to purchase one. Most girls find that it itches and they
prefer the metal dog tags with the black silencer (rubber rim around the tag) that we sell.
Do I need to buy a dog tag?
No, dog tags are optional. We will give you a paper one at the
event if you do not buy one.
When will I get the dog tags?
If you order one at this meeting, it will be available for pick-up
at the next meeting. We do not call you when the tags come in. You
are responsible for picking up your tag.
How much do they cost?
The dog tags cost $7 each. The first one must include your name and
the standard council contact information. The second one is even more
optional and can have anything you want on it.
How many people get a second tag?
It varies year-to-year, but about 10-25% of the people who order one
What should I put on the second tag?
You can put whatever you want on the second tag. Common things to
put on the second tag are the parents' phone numbers or any allergies.
Sometimes people put fun things like "I love horses" on their second
Where does High Adventure Girls Scouts get the tags?
We order from Majestic International, also known as
Army Dog Tags. They can be found at
We have received superior service from this company in the past. If your
troop needs tags, try contacting them.
Do I need a patch?
No, they are optional, but they are fun to wear.
How much do the patches cost?
The center patch costs $2.50.
How do I get rocker patches?
Included in the price of each event is the rocker patch for that
event. You can only get a rocker by coming on an event, and only
for events in the 2000-2001 school year and later. Previous years
did not have patches.
Health History and Insurance
I don't know the date of my last shots, what should I do?
If the shots are up to date, you should write "up to date" across
the space. You should write the year of the last tetanus shot. If
you don't remember about the tetanus shot, you need to call your
doctor to find out.
If your shots are not up to date you need to get them up to date
before coming on girl scout events.
What are the implications of checking "yes" or "no" for the photo release?
Digital photos are usually taken at each event. We can only put photos
on the web site of people who have checked
"yes" on the photo release. The girls in the photos are never identified
by name. The council may use the photos for other publicity purposes.
If even one person coming on an event checks "no" on the photo release,
the photos usually never go up on the site because I am too busy. It is
easy to put all of them up, but it takes to long to go through each photo
and figure out who is in it.
What if I'm in the middle of changing insurance?
Copy the card of your current insurance and give
us a copy of the new one once you have it.
What if I don't have my insurance card at the meeting?
Please make a photocopy and mail it to:
Beth Leonard (Strawberry)
1264 Albion Lane
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Strawberry must have it by the meeting before the event.
What if I don't have insurance?
If you have no medical insurance, the girl scout insurance will
cover you or your daughter, but we need to know about it before
the event. The Girl Scout insurance has minimal benefits.
I don't know the name and number of my dentist, what should I do?
You should e-mail or call Strawberry with this information before
the next event.
Adult involvement with High Adventure
I am an adult, I would like to attend, what do I need to do?
Adults on High Adventure trips must fill out two additional
pieces of information:
we expect that adults coming on an event will drive for the event,
or have some other useful skill (such as being a lifeguard). Men
are allowed to volunteer, but the council has some fairly strict
guidelines about never leaving a man alone with girls other
than his daughter.
- the council volunteer
application package, available at any of our meetings and,
- the driver information form.
This is the age where girls should start making friends with other
adults outside of their family structure. Other adult role models
serve as a positive role model for the girls in Girl Scouting.
The adults on High Adventure trips are needed to drive and to
supervise camp kapers. In the process they should model good
behavior and take an interest in the girls on the trip.
I would like to have a mother-daughter bonding experience. Can I come on one of your trips?
No. Not for that purpose. If you would like to have a mother-daughter
bonding experience, go somewhere fun with your daughter outside
of the context of this group. On a High Adventure trip, behave as if
there are no family connections. Do not remind your daughter to
clean her dinner dishes, unless you are reminding all of the other
girls at the table as well. If you really think she needs a reminder,
ask another adult on the trip to do it.
What is expected of adults while on the trip?
Girls and adults do not sleep together, even mother-daughter pairs.
Adults pay the same fees as girls.
Adults participate fully in the event or activity unless stated otherwise
on the permission slip. For example some swimming events require
land watchers, in which case the adult pays the reduced fee. Some
events require a certain adult-child ratio, and we count on all adults
who signed up to participate.
On the trip adults supervise 2-4 camp kapers. The adult does not
do the kaper, the adult finds the girls and the girls do the kaper.
We expect adults to already have basic cooking, cleaning, and
camping skills. If this is not the case, we recommend the "basic
troop camping" course from the council office. Call the office at
(408) 287-4170 for more information. We have written up step-by-step
directions for most kapers.
If you have already taken the basic troop camping course, but have
never been camping
before, it is ok to attend High Adventure events. You can see how these
skills are put into action with other experienced adults around for advice.
I'd like to help with High Adventure, but I can't attend the events.
Great! There are numerous High Adventure opportunities outside of
attending the events themselves. We almost always need help at
meetings taking event sigh ups, selling T-shirts, etc. We also can use
help researching events and finding service projects. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what our
current most pressing need is.
Who do I make checks out to?
"HAGS" or "High Adventure Girl Scouts"
Can I pay for the T-shirt and dog tag on one check?
Only if it is your last check. It really makes things easier
to pay for each separately.
Can I include my shirt or tag purchase when I pay for the event?
We strongly prefer that you pay for the event and the other
items separately. While it is technically possible for us to
handle this situation, life is a lot easier if you can
write separate checks, or pay cash for the shirt and dog-tag.