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Troop Camping, Service Unit Camping & Day Use

Recent research proves that giving children access to green spaces, sunlight and fresh air has incredible benefits for their health and well-being, including improving mood, improving academic outcomes, and reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For 100 years, Girl Scouts has been the premier source for outdoor activities and camping for U.S. girls. Over 25,000 girls participate in outdoor activities in our council each year. Camping and outdoor adventures help girls build leadership skills. They challenge girls of all ages to build skills, develop confidence, and appreciate the natural world.

Troop Camping
Currently registered troops are eligible to apply for camping at all of our camps. Camps are open year-round and are available any night of the week for reservations. For overnight camping, each troop must include a person certified in First Aid and Child and Adult CPR and a person who has completed Girl Scout Outdoor Training (Camping 101 for camping in a building; Camping 101 & 102 for camping in a unit) for each unit/building reserved. Troops can place reservations up to 3 months in advance. Online reservations only.




Service Unit Camping

Council service units are eligible to apply for encampments at all of our local camps: Camp Daisy, Camp Tongawood and Camp Prairie Schooner. Service Unit camping will be available for two weekends each Spring and each Fall. Each service unit must provide a person certified in First Aid and Child and Adult CPR and a person who has completed Girl Scout Outdoor Training for each building (Camping 101) or unit (Camping 101 & Camping 102) reserved. If you reserve a commercial kitchen, on-site training and Food Handler certifications are required. Service Units can place reservations up to 4 months in advance using the Outdoor Reservation: Service Unit Camping Form. If adventure activities are scheduled during a Service Unit’s camping dates, girls attending are highly encouraged to reserve their spot online 90 days prior to their camp date, to be able to participate in the adventure activity while they are at their Service Unit camp out.

SU Camping Guidelines

  • $50 non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation along with Service Unit Camping Form
  • Final camp site reservations are due 90 days prior to camping date
  • Final payment for reserved camp sites are due 30 days prior to camping date, less the $50 deposit. 
  • Any camp sites without full payment 30 days prior to camping date will be released to allow reservation for troop camping for those dates.

Fall 2016 Service Unit Camping Availability

  • September 16-18
  • October  7-9

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Day Use and Tours

Most camps have buildings or areas that troops and service units can reserve for day-time events. Troops and groups must provide adults to meet Safety Activity Checkpoints including an adult trained in First Aid and Child and Adult CPR. Outdoor Training is not required for day-only events. A variety of programs are available at each camp - some are staffed by trained Girl Scout volunteers (Archery, Equestrian, Rappel, STEM, Zipline) and others require groups to provide their own instruction (Canoeing, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking, Letterboxing, Orienteering, Traverse Climbing). If you reserve a commercial kitchen, on-site training and Food Handler certifications are required.


Getting Ready to Camp

> Make sure you have a certified adult in first aid and child/adult CPR
> Camping 101 and/or Camping 102 courses are complete
>  Review Frequently Asked Questions 
>  Review necessary Safety Activity Checkpoints
>  Review Camp Rules
>  Review the registration process and refund policy
>  Review Camp Journey Activities


Other Resources

• Countdown/Checklist
• Grocery Planning Chart
• Spider Sniffer Cert.
• Camp Readiness Quiz