Camps

Activities in the out-of-doors and camping is a great way to build new skills, get a sense of community, and develop a deep appreciation for nature.

 

Our Camps

Camp Bon Temps

Camp Wawbansee

Summer Camp

Those who develop the deepest appreciation for the environment are usually those who have had many opportunities to experience the natural world.  

Whether you go for a day, a week or longer, Girl Scout camping gives you an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun—always under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Every girl should have a chance to camp!

And if girls love the outdoors, make sure they check out the Girl Scout It's Your Planet—Love It! Journey series.

Camping 2014

  • Courage

    Camp is a community unlike any other. Together in an unfamiliar setting, girls find the courage within themselves to meet new people, make friends, and bond. As they make choices and direct projects, girls learn to work well with others, become self-reliant, and develop their leadership skills.

    Confidence

    For many girls, camp is their first experience away from parents, away from home, and away from familiarity. Camp thus has unlimited potential to unlock or boost a girl’s confidence.

    Character

    Camp is the ultimate character-building experience. It is a safe place for girls to learn individual responsibility, as they’re empowered to take care of themselves. Though camp counselors certainly provide structure, guidance, and supervision, a girl camper is responsible for waking herself and readying herself for the day, making her bed, being on time to activities, and assuming responsibility for personal belongings, often for the very first time.
  • Since our founding in 1912, camping has been an essential Girl Scout experience. Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) findings show that outdoor activity supports girl leadership development, affirming camp as an experience central to our mission.

    •  Girl Scout councils across the country are offering outdoor camp experiences for girls, including troop camping, day camps, and overnight camps.

    •  Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether they go for a day, a week, or longer, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Every girl deserves a chance to camp!

    •  Outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts provide opportunities for girls to discover, connect, and take action out-of-doors in ways that build courage, confidence, and character. These experiences increase girls’ understanding and curiosity about the natural world, and shape girl leaders who are conscientious with regard to the world around them.

    •  Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to supporting a fun camp experience that ensures the well-being of every Girl Scout by providing “Girl Scout Safety Guidelines” and “Safety Activity Checkpoints” for camp and outdoor activities. Additionally, many of our Girl Scout resident camps are accredited by the American Camp Association.

    •  Camping and the outdoors are core parts of the Girl Scout experience. While many camp and outdoor activities stick to tradition, Girl Scouts also provides more modern experiences and facilities, which many girls and their families are seeking.

    •  Girl Scout camping opportunities, whether troop-, area-, or council-sponsored, take place in a variety of locations, including on council-owned properties; in community, state, and national parks; and in forests (camp events). There are literally thousands of places across the country where Girl Scout camping opportunities exist.

    •  Girl Scout camping opportunities are usually subsidized by the associated council in order to keep camp fees reasonable for most families. In other words, summer camps cost more than the fees that girls pay. Additionally, “camperships” are available to ensure that girls needing financial assistance can participate.

  • Girl Scouts moves at the speed of girls, and is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs and interests of today’s girls by meeting demand for new opportunities.

    •  Girls and parents want more modern camp facilities. In order to provide facilities that will encourage participation in outdoor programs, councils have been gathering input from girls, parents, and volunteers, and are evaluating the types of outdoor experiences, properties, and facilities offered.

  • The Girl Scout Cookie Program has made Girl Scouting possible for millions of girls and has taught them valuable business skills along the way.

    •  First and foremost, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program equips girls with the financial smarts they need, including budgeting skills.

    •  The cookie program has helped subsidize the cost of camping for millions of girls through the years.

    •  Since the dawn of our Girl Scout Cookie Program, funds raised have been used to support and subsidize Girl Scout programs at the local level so that Girl Scouting is more affordable for our members. These funds also help cover salaries and benefits for our staff—people who help make Girl Scouting possible. This has been the case for decades and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

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