Camp and Outdoors

You live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why you can focus your whole Girl Scout experience on getting outdoors.

You’ll develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or canoeing across a lake.

Hey, how about adding some horseback riding, rock climbing, and archery to the mix? Round things out with a ropes course, some ziplining, and maybe a week-long back-country trek, and you’ll find out how much fun it can be to unplug and explore the world around you.

Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether 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.

Here are just a few Girl Scout camp experiences for you to check out:

Day Camp is for girls in kindergarten and above, with activities on three or more consecutive days for four hours or more. The occasional overnight camp may be offered.

Weekend Camp includes girls in kindergarten and above, and typically lasts for two days and one overnight. Weekend camps are planned and carried out by a group of girls and volunteers, using council-approved sites.


 Travel Camping is for experienced girls and adult campers. The group travels from one site to another on foot or via motorized or non-motorized transportation over a period of three or more nights, staying at different campsites along the way.

 Resident Camp includes girls who have finished kindergarten and older. Girls camp for three to fourteen days and nights (the average is five nights). They plan activities with their counselors/volunteers, taking advantage of the resources available at the campsite.
Be a Girl Scout Ranger in a National Park

Our Girl Scout Ranger Program is a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites across the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites. 

To participate, girls and troops can visit the National Park Service website to find a park near their home and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and parents can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided tours. 

What’s more, Girl Scouts can design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badges, or a Take Action project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded Girl Scout patches and certificates from the National Park Service.

To learn more, contact your local Girl Scout council and download the 2015 National Girl Scout Camp Directory (PDF).

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