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Troop & Service Unit Camping

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.


GSKSMO Properties:

Camping as a Troop, SU & Day Use
Troop Camping

Currently registered troops are eligible to apply for camping at all of our camps. Camps are open year-round and are available any night of the week for reservations. For overnight camping, each troop must include a person certified in First Aid and Child and Adult CPR and a person who has completed Girl Scout Outdoor Training (Camping 101 for camping in a building; Camping 101 & 102 for camping in a unit) for each unit/building reserved. Troops can place reservations up to 3 months in advance. Online reservations only.

Make a reservation online now:
Camp Prairie Schooner
Camp Tongawood

Learn more about our camp properties

Service Unit Camping

Council service units are eligible to apply for encampments at our local camps: Camp Tongawood and Camp Prairie Schooner. Service unit (SU) camping will be limited to only a couple weekends each Spring and Fall, this ensures that there are still plenty of weekends for troop camping to occur on property.

  • If you wish to reserve a commercial kitchen, on-site training and food handler certifications are required. 
  • Service units can place reservations up to 4 months in advance using the Outdoor Reservation: Service Unit Camping FormAny requests submitted more than 4 months prior to the requested date will be returned. 
  • Service unit campout events will include council-staff lead adventure activities.

For any large SU event, once confirmed, a meeting with SU event organizers, council outdoor program team, property manager and membership manager will be set. This allows for everyone to come together to discuss the event and any needs from the SU and/or council staff to ensure the event is a successful experience for the girls.

SU Camping Guidelines
  • $50 non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation along with Service Unit Camping Form.
  • Final camp site reservations are due 30 days prior to camping date
  • Final payment for reserved camp sites are due 30 days prior to camping date, less the $50 deposit.
  • Any camp sites without full payment 30 days prior to camping date will be released to allow reservation for troop camping for those dates.
  • Service Units must have a person certified in First Aid and Child and Adult CPR in each reserved unit.*
  • Service units must have a person who has completed Girl Scout Outdoor Training for each building (Camping 101) or unit (Camping 101 & Camping 102) reserved.*
*The FA/CPR and outdoor training certified adult can be the same person for each unit.

 View camp unit reservation fees and capacities

Outdoor Reservation: Service Unit Camping Form

Learn more about our camp properties

Service Unit Day Camp

Service Unit Day Camps take place May through August and are typically three to five days. These camps are coordinated by the service unit with teen girls and adult volunteers working together to plan and carry out innovative activities!

Day Use of Camp Properties

Most camps have buildings or areas that troops and service units can reserve for day-time events. Troops and groups must provide adults to meet Safety Activity Checkpoints including an adult trained in First Aid and Child and Adult CPR. Outdoor Training is not required for day-only events. Schedule an Adventure Program activity while you’re at camp or lead your own Adventure Program activity like geocaching, hiking, letterboxing, orienteering and traverse climbing. If you reserve a commercial kitchen, on-site training and Food Handler certifications are required.

Camp Reservation Fees, Capacities and Amenities

View unit reservation fees, capacities and amenities details (PDFs):

Prairie Schooner

Tongawood

Camping Equipment Rental

A limited amount of camping equipment is available for rental from Camp Prairie Schooner. Equipment can be rented in 5 day increments for a nominal fee. Equipment should be picked up and returned to camp. You will be contacted by the site manager to arrange pickup.  

What's the process for renting camping equipment?

Camping equipment rental and troop camping reservations are managed online through a third party provider on a secure site. Follow the steps below:

  1. Choose the camp location you will pick up equipment from (green buttons below).  You will be taken to the same third party, secure site that manages troop camping reservations.

  2. Select the category “Camping Equipment Rental" from the drop-down menu on the left.

  3. Choose your desired pick up date.

  4. A list of available equipment will appear for you to select from.

Camp Prairie Schooner

Available equipment and fees:

Item

Included in Rental​

Rental Fee (5 days)

​Fire Kit

​1 grate
1 hard rake
1 shovel
1 fire bucket
3 plastic dish tubs
1 charcoal chimney

​$5.00 

​Day Camp Essentials

​1 portable weather radio
1 American flag
1 folding cot

​$5.00

Dutch Oven

​1 cast iron dutch oven with lid

​$5.00

​Griddle

​1 cast iron griddle

​$5.00

​Skillet

​1 cast iron skillet

​$5.00

​Pie Irons

​6 pie irons

​$5.00 

​Roasting Skewers

​6 large skewers

​$5.00

​Tents

​2 Eureka tents  (2-person)
2 ground cloths

​$10.00

 


Property Partners:

Any troop or service unit planning an overnight trip and/or to participate in a high risk activity at any of these camping properties must complete  the Trip & Activity Approval Application at least 6 weeks in advance prior to participation. 

All activities with an * next to them are considered a high risk activity must follow GS Safety Activity Checkpoints which require staff/volunteers with additional training and certification to operate and lead the activity. If such properly certified individuals are not provided by the camp property, girls may not participate in those activities. GS Safety Activity Checkpoints are the minimum standards necessary for any/all girl participation in an activity. Example: the SAC for archery states the activity is for Brownie aged Girl Scouts and above, even if a camp allows younger aged girls to participate, only Brownies and up may do so.

We are working to add more property partners across our council area! Please email campdept@gsksmo.org to add or be added to this list.

Forest Park Conference & Retreat Center

Address: 3158 SE 10th St, Topeka, KS 66607 Phone: 785-234-8024
Website: http://www.forestparkretreat.com/
Pricing: varies based on reservation
Amenities:
• Lodging – both seasonal and year-round options
• Commercial Kitchen • Large meeting/gathering spaces
• Shelter houses & gazebos
• Walking trails
• Basketball court
• Volleyball
• Horseshoes
• Playground
• Fire rings
• …and more
Great for…
• Large service unit events/campouts
• Medium-Large sized SU Day Camp
• Troop camping

Rock Springs 4-H Camp

Address: 1168 Highway K157, Junction City, KS 666441
Website: http://rocksprings.net/contact-us.shtml
Pricing: varies based on reservation
Amenities:
• Lodging – both seasonal and year-round options
• Food Services
• Hiking/Orienteering trails
• Target sports*
• Horseback riding*
• Canoeing/Swimming*
• Leadership adventure course*
• Environmental Education/Outdoor STEM
• …and more
Great for…
• Large service unit events/campouts
• Large sized SU Day Camp
• Multi-Troop camping

Lawrence Hidden Valley Camp

Address: 3420 Bob Billings Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66049
Website: https://www.lhvcamp.org/
Pricing: varies based on reservation
Amenities:
• Lodging – both seasonal and year-round options
• Shelter houses
• Hiking/Orienteering trails
• Archery*
• Ziplines*
• Challenge course*
• …and more
Great for…
• Large service unit events/campouts
• SU Day Camp
• Troop camping

Tallgrass Christian Camp

Address: Harveyville, KS 66431
Website: http://www.tallgrasschristiancamp.org/
Pricing: varies based on reservation
Amenities:
• Lodging – year-round options
• Kitchen
• Fire rings
• Amphitheater
• Pedal Boats & Kayaks*
• Outdoor recreation games
• Gaga Pit
• …and more
Great for…
• Service unit events/campouts
• Troop camping

White Memorial Camp

Address: 1271 S 1050 Rd, Council Grove, KS 66846
Website: https://whitememorialcamp.com/
Pricing: varies based on reservation
Amenities:
• Lodging – year-round options
• Kitchen
• Fire rings
• Amphitheater
• Canoes & Kayaks*
• Swimming*
• Archery*
• High & Low Ropes Courses*
• Outdoor recreation activities
• Gaga Pit
• …and more
Great for…
• Service unit events/campouts
• Med-Large sized SU Day Camps
• Troop camping

 

Living Water Ranch

Address: 4122 Living Water Ranch, Olsburg, KS 66520
Website: http://www.livingwaterranch.org/
Pricing: varies based on reservation
Amenities:
• Lodging – seasonal and year-round options
• Food service
• Meeting rooms
• Challenge course*
• Disc golf
• Swimming*
• Archery*
• Hiking trails
• …and more
Great for…
• Service unit events/campouts
• Med-Large sized SU Day Camps
• Troop camping

State Parks

Council property partners are a collection of various camp properties in which Girl Scout troops and service units can contact to organize and reserve for campouts or events. Each camping property listed has some basic contact information for the property, a list of some amenities available at the property as well as suggested uses. For example, while some properties have the capacity for large service unit events or day camps, others may only be conducive to individual troop or small multi troop campouts.

In order to find out more information about reserving these camping locations, leaders will need to visit the website, email and/or call the properties directly. Several of the websites have pricing information available while others do not and will require a call to the property to find out more. 

Please note that  these properties have all been researched and/or visited by council representatives and are approved as meeting the standards we would expect for Girl Scouts as appropriate camping locations and meet safety activity checkpoints.

If at any point you have concerns or any type of negative experience at any of these locations or you have questions about another location not on this list, contact campdept@gsksmo.org

 


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