The Trail Guide 9.0 (Appendix for Camp Volunteers)


Girl Scouting promises girls the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the natural world. While “going camping” is not the only way to enjoy the outdoors, it is a popular activity among girl members and has been an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience since the beginning of the Movement.

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Inc. (GS-TOP) owns and maintains excellent camping facilities. At camp, girls get the opportunity to progress in skill and maturity through increasing responsibility. Through outdoor program activities girls acquire skills, meet challenges, gain friendships, and enjoy the sheer fun of being outdoors.

Girl Scout camping is an experience that provides a creative, educational opportunity in group living in the out-of-doors. Its purpose is to utilize Girl Scout program, trained leadership, and the resource of natural surroundings to contribute to each camper’s mental, physical, social, and spiritual growth.

Experience in the outdoors is an important segment of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and outdoor activities can be included for every grade level.

The following definitions will be helpful in planning outdoor activities.

Troop Camping – An overnight or longer camping experience on GS-TOP properties planned and carried out by girls and their leaders. Each troop going camping must have proper Safety Activity Checkpoints adult-to-girl ratios and at least one adult qualified to administer first aid. In addition, one adult must have completed the appropriate outdoor skills training.

Day Camping – Camping by day, usually lasting five consecutive days. Any registered Girl Scout may attend. Girls sign up as individuals. Day camping is council-sponsored on sites which may be council-owned or borrowed. Trained adult volunteers and staff provide program activities. Girl Scout Program Aides assist with program while they earn volunteer hours.

Resident Camping –   A camping experience in which campers take up residence for three days or more at an established camp site. Girls from all parts of the council camp at established sites under the guidance of carefully trained counselors. Girls sign up as individual campers and are placed in units. Girls are grouped according to grade, experience, and program interest. Further information may be found in the GS-TOP Resident Camp Guide.

Trip Camping – Overnight or longer trip to a campsite other than GS-TOP property. The same adult training requirements apply as with troop camping. If camping at a site that does not have water and established sanitation facilities, additional training is required. Either the Quick Trip or Extended Trip packet will provide you with forms and procedures for obtaining Council permission to take a camping trip.

Day Trips to Council Sites – Troops or Girl Scout Service Units can reserve Council sites for day trips or activities.