• 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.
• 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.
• 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.