campfire cooking
Camping is one of the highlights of Girl Scouting.  On this page you can find all kinds of useful information to help prepare your troop for their next camping trip.

There is a camping closet in the Girl Scout House where you can borrow supplies such as propane stoves, Dutch ovens, coolers etc – check it out before you purchase any troop supplies.  For more information, email the Service Unit Manager.

Training requirements:  at least one adult must have Outdoors Overnight Training.  One adult must have a currently valid First Aid and CPR certification.  GSHH also offers camp cooking/campfire courses.

SEGS runs an overnight family campout during Memorial Day weekend, as well as a fall camping for Juniors and older troops in September.

Fall Camping

For decades, SEGS has organized a weekend camping, usually no more than an hour’s drive away, on the first weekend after Labor Day in September. It is a great way to say goodbye to summer while reconnecting kids to their friends and classmates.

3rd grade troops are welcome to come for the day on the Saturday, when older troops organize activities for them, such as tie-dyeing T-shirts and roasting hot dogs and apples for lunch. Troops in 4th grade and above can camp from the Friday evening to the Sunday morning. Activities include swimming, boating, ropes courses, arts and crafts, learning about Silver and Gold Awards (for older girls), and a community campfire sing-a-long.

Leaders sign up their troops at the leader’s meeting in June, and one leader needs both current CPR/1st Aid training and both Indoor Overnight Training AND Overnight Outdoor Training from GSHH to qualify to chaperone.
See more on the Fall Camping page.

Useful Information

Troop Packing List.
Click here to download a useful check list of things you need to take for the whole troop.

Girl’s Packing List. 
Click here to download a useful check list of things each girl needs to bring with her.

Trip Permission Form.
The leaders need to bring a completed permission form for each girl with them on the camping trip.  Click here to download the form.

Medical Form. 
Leaders should have a completed medical form on file for each girl and bring copies with them on the camping trip.  Click here to download the form.

Trip Notification Package (for trips outside of GSHH).
Click here to download the form.

GSHH Camping Facilities. 
There are several great camps in the 7 counties which make up GSHH, with a range of facilities from cabins to campsites.

Camp Cooking

Don’t be put off at the thought of cooking outdoors.  The girls love it!  You can cook on a Coleman Stove, over an open fire (firepit or grate) or use a Dutch Oven heated by charcoal.
Basic Fire Safety Tips:
– the fire must always be watched
– have a bucket of water close by
– girls and leaders must tie long hair back – headscarves work well

Tried and Tested Camping Recipes
SEGS Girl Scout Emma K recently completed her Silver Award on campfire cooking.  She put together this handy recipe book of recipes to cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner while camping.