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Explore Summer Camp

Remember that summer feeling—that feeling of freedom, excitement and possibility? You wanted to pack every moment with something fun. You were in charge of your adventure, and it was awesome. Let Girl Scouts be the gateway to that summer feeling for your girl. 

We offer a wide range of opportunities, from one day to week-long sessions at summer camp. All girls in grades K-12 are welcome and no Girl Scout experience necessary. 

Check out our 2020 summer camp opportunities, in our publication dedicated to the outdoors—Explore! Camp registration opens March 3.


Parents! Want more information on Girl Scout summer camp? Check out our Summer Camp Family Handbook, with specifics on registration, expectations, preparing yourself and your camper, homesickness, safety at camp, and more!


Every girl will find outdoor adventures that are as awesome as she is—whatever her interests, age, or level of outdoor experience. Below are other ways to get outdoors. Or, you can contact us to get started—we can be your adventure planning partner!

Service Unit Day Camp

Camping by day, usually lasting three to five days coordinated by the service unit, which are dedicated volunteers. Each Service Unit Day Camp handles registration independently. They plan and carry out the activities. Any registered Girl Scout may attend. You can find a service unit day camp in your area by contacting us.

Service Unit Day Camps are held at GSMH Program Centers and community locations throughout the council. These fun, enriching, day camps allow girls to extend their Girl Scout experience into the summer months and often offer leadership opportunities for older girls.

Service Unit Day Camp Training

This training is required for all Service Units implementing Day Camp. This course is offered on request by contacting us

Troop and Service Unit Camp

Troop & Service Unit Camp is a year-round opportunity for girls in troops to grow, learn and experience camping with their group of friends. Troops & Service Units have access to everything our program centers have to offer, including the addition of Outdoor Adventure Programs On Request.

Whether troops and service units come for the day or spend the weekend they have the independence and freedom to plan their own programs, meals and supplies.

Troop Camp Training

At Troop Camp, girls come together and explore the outdoors, develop leadership skills and make memories with their friends. Adults who want to make this opportunity possible for girls can gain the necessary skills at GSMH Outdoor Level Trainings.

GSMH Outdoor Training Progression

Outdoor Level 1 – This home study certifies you to take girls on day outings and backyard camping!

Outdoor Level 2 – This in-person training certifies you to take your girls cabin camping at one of GSMH’s program centers. A test-out option is available for experience campers.

Outdoor Level 3 – This in-person overnight training certifies you to take your girls tent camping at one of GSMH’s program centers, or camping at an established campsite beyond a GSMH program center. A test-out option is available for experience campers.

Get started!

Troop & Service Unit Camp Reservation

You can reserve our camp facilities for your troop or group in fall, winter, or spring! Check out our program centers to see which one is perfect for your next outdoor adventure!


Outdoor Adventure Programs

Let us help you plan your activities! Adventure opportunities available include:

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Challenge course high ropes
  • Challenge course low ropes
  • Climbing tower
  • Zipline
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Team building games

Not all opportunities are available at every program center. Please contact us and we will help find a certified facilitator for your outdoor adventure.

Outdoor Skill Videos

Learn new ideas for having fun with girls in outdoors! These outdoor skill-building videos were designed especially for new volunteers taking troops camping for the first time.

  • Step By Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
  • Taking the Journeys Outside
  • Planning Your Troop's First Campout


  • Introduction of Campsite Setup


  • Introduction to Cooking Outdoors


  • How to Leave No Trace Outdoors


  • Introduction to Firebuilding
  • Outdoor Songs and Games
Venture Out!

Learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside with Venture Out!, a fun, interactive “outdoor” adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project.