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Troop and Service Unit Camping

Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop an appreciation for nature.  

Our Troop and Service Unit Camping weekends are a great way to introduce Girl Scouts to GSTOP Camps and provide a fun outdoor weekend experience. 

Weekend camping requests at Camp Kiwanis, Camp Rio Blanco, or Stevens Ranch are now available for the fall.

Things to do before requesting a weekend:

  • Verify all girls and volunteers have a current Girl Scout membership. Only currently registered girls and volunteers will have access to camp properties. No tagalongs are allowed at this time.
  • Talk with your troop about what dates and which camp you wish to reserve.
    • You may request multiple weekends.
    • When you choose a camp, you also may select your preference for location within the camp. We do not guarantee specific locations within camps.
  • Review the information below under Things to know before you go and Weekend Camping FAQs.
Camp Calendars & Features
Cost for Weekend Reservations

2 Nights, Friday & Saturday

  • Camp Kiwanis - $70 per unit
  • Camp Rio Blanco - $90 per unit
  • Stevens Ranch - $95 per unit
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Only currently registered girls and volunteers will have access to camp properties.
  • Each camp has a limited capacity for camp lodging. Each camp also allows four persons per tent available for tent camping.
  • You must follow the Texas state guidelines under “Overnight Youth Camp Operators,” “Overnight Youth Camp Families,” and “Youth Clubs.”
  • Troops and service units must provide their own food.
  • Camping at non-Girl Scout locations is allowed by following state guidelines, receiving approval of a completed troop camping request, and following Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • If we must close Camp Kiwanis, Camp Rio Blanco, or Stevens Ranch before your arrival, we will automatically cancel your reservation and issue a full refund.

We know this is a lot of information, so please read our FAQ. You may ask us about camp reservations, guidelines, and usage at customercare@gs-top.org.

Weekend Camping FAQs

These are some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding camp. For more details, check your camp reservation email so you are fully prepared for your camping weekend.

What are the Texas state guidelines?
dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

How many people total can attend a camping weekend?
Each camp has a limited capacity for using camp lodging. Each camp allows four persons per tent available for tent camping.

Can a troop or service unit camp more than one weekend?
Yes, if space allows.

Can we camp at other places?
Camping at non-Girl Scout locations is allowed by following the guidelines of the state where the camp is located, receiving approval of a completed troop camping request, and following Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Do we have to camp for two nights?
Yes, reservations are for a Friday and Saturday night experience.

When is payment due to the council?
Payments are made to GSTOP through customer care at least five (5) days prior to your camp out. Contact customercare@gs-top.org by calling us at 800-582-7272 during business hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm and Friday, 8:00 am - 11:30 am.

Can we visit camp for a day during the week?
At this time, camp properties are not open for week day activities or visits.

What about other camps owned by Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains?
Camp Kiwanis, Camp Rio Blanco, and Stevens Ranch are the only GSTOP camps available for troop camping.

Are campfires allowed?
Campfires will be allowed based on Texas state guidelines and are at the sole discretion of the Site Manager. Campfires, when allowed, are in your unit area only. If a burn ban is in effect, then no campfires will be allowed.

How is food handled for camp?

  • Food may be cooked, plated, and served to the individual groups by one person.
  • Each group eats in their own unit.
  • We suggest individual packaged serving wherever possible.

What Cleaning are Troops/Service Units responsible for during their time at camp?
It is the responsibility of the troop at camp to bring cleaning supplies that are required at camp.

  • Cleaning supplies that you need to bring to camp:
    • Gloves for cleaning and serving
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disinfectant spray, like Lysol
    • Bleach water in a spray bottle (1/3 cup of bleach to one gallon of water).
    • Wipes
  • Restrooms are to be cleaned daily to kill germs.
  • Troops should be wiping down door handles, chairs, light switches, etc. and follow guidelines taught in Outdoor 101 and Cabin Camping.
  • Log in sheet needs to be completed for all persons staying at camp. The troop/service unit leader is to deliver the completed Log in sheet to the camp ranger upon arrival at camp.

If someone gets sick while at camp, does Girl Scouts insurance cover them?
Girl Scouts insurance is the secondary insurance with the guardian's insurance as the primary insurance.