How can I find out about Girl Scout camps in my area?
Call your local Girl
and ask for a copy of the day or resident camp information. If you want
to attend a camp program and your council doesn't offer one, ask for the
name of another council in the area or look up the councils in
. Most councils allow participants from other areas to attend their camps.
In what grade does a girl have to be to start camping?
There is no set age for camping, just a need for individual and
troop/group readiness for the experience. Before going into an unknown
situation, girls should feel comfortable staying away from home one or
two nights. Try a sleepover first. If a girl has never been to camp
before, she should spend some time learning skills needed in an outdoor environment.
How old do girls have to be to go out hiking?
Girls can hike whenever they feel ready. It's similar to taking a walk,
going by foot to the local store for milk, or going from shop to shop at
the mall. A hike is a longer walk, with a purpose—whether following a
trail you have selected or reaching a special destination. A hike is
planned with your troop/group, supervised by adults, and a group
first-aid kit is carried by the first-aider. Longer hikes usually
involve daypacks with lunch or snacks, water, and rain gear. A hike
might be a mile or two in a nearby park or at a camp, or five or six
miles in a state park. Start out with shorter hikes and build up to
What does ACA accreditation mean?
Girl Scout councils can choose to belong to the American Camp
Association (ACA). ACA accreditation means that the camp practices have
been measured against national standards and go a step beyond a state's
basic licensing requirements. However, all Girl Scout camps are given
activity and program recommendations and standards through Girl Scouts
of the USA. Councils are encouraged to belong to ACA, but membership and
accreditation are not required as there are additional fees involved.
What kinds of activities do you do at resident camp?
Camp is a great place to have fun, meet new friends, and learn new
skills. At Girl Scout camp you might learn to swim, ride a horse, make a
clay pot, groom a llama, paddle a canoe, go on a hike, learn how to
create a new computer program or use a global positioning system, make
jewelry, or learn about the plants and animals in the area. Camp is a
place where you learn to live and work with other girls, and prepare for
the challenges of every day life. Many camps have special themes for
each session, but there is always an element of girl planning. Ask for
camp information from your local Girl
What if you are nervous about attending camp?
Many girls get scared or nervous before attending their first day at
camp, whether it's day camp or overnight camp. To help you feel more
comfortable, perhaps before camp opens you could visit the day camp site
to become familiar with things. You might also see if you could talk
with the camp director to learn more about the program. She or he could
answer any of your questions. Finally, see if there is someone you know
who is attending camp; you could have a buddy on the first day.
Do volunteers get to go to summer camp with their group?
Generally, leaders/advisors do not attend resident camp with their
girls. However, they do attend troop/group camp or core staff camp,
where they stay with their troop/group and work with a core staff who
offers activities. The staff/volunteers running the core staff camp
experience usually provide all the logistical arrangements such as food,
project supplies, and experienced instructors when needed.
Do volunteers need special training to go camping with girls?