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Troop camping can be a lot of fun, but also a lot of work!

Requirements[]

Adult training requirements. Check with your local Girl Scout Council about their requirements. The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) requires a camp-trained adult, a first aid-trained adult, and the required adult-child ratios.

Training[]

Check with your local Council for training sessions.

Getting Started[]

If your local Girl Scout Council, Association, or Service Unit offers a camping trip, you may want to do this for your first trip. Usually these planned camping activities have plenty of adults (and scouts) who are experienced campers, so you don't have to feel like you're all on your own. These also usually have their own activity program already set up, and may offer some or all of the meals prepared for you. Some may also provide camping-trained adults and/or first aid-trained adults for troops that don't have them yet. This is an easy way to stick your toe in the camping waters!

Or check with your local council office. Some of them may offer camp-trained adults to accompany you on troop camping trips.

Program Activities[]

First, don't over program -- most of camping will end up being about preparing meals and cleaning up after meals, unless you have your meals provided.

Brownies[]

  • Hiker (Brownie Try-it). My troop did this for a troop camping trip. At a meeting before the trip, we planned where to go on a hike near/around the campsite, went over what to bring, and made granola for the hike trip.

Juniors[]

  • Camper (Junior badge). The girls did a lot of the fire safety activities and made firestarters. Our troop is a multi-level troop, so the juniors came up with a skit to do at camp to teach the younger girls about the Leave No Trace principles.

Resources[]

Bugs (and other nasties) be gone[]

Cooking over a campfire[]

Supplies[]

  • Supply list. What should scouts pack to take with them? Here's a list of things for scouts to pack for camping in glen or other shelters.File:Camping List.docx

Tent camping[]