Girls find their strengths and challenge themselves as they navigate activities on the water, at the campsite, and along the trail. River Valleys’ camp sessions allow girls to develop a strong sense of self and positive values, build healthy relationships, seek challenges, and have fun while making memories of a lifetime!
“My daughter cannot stop talking about her camp experience! She loved canoeing and learning archery, and having fun with all of her friends. She wishes she could spend the whole summer there!”
At camp, girls can enjoy a variety of activities like building campfires, swimming, riding horses, shooting arrows, creating art and crafts, hiking, science experiments, camping, navigating with GPS, canoeing, kayaking, eating family-style meals, and tackling the fitness courses–all while making friends. That’s why many girls consider Girl Scout Camp one of their favorite places on earth.
A Typical Day at Camp
From the moment the birds (or your counselors) wake you in the morning until you wind down during the evening twilight hours over your journal or a campfire, you’re sure to find fun, friends, courage, and best of all, you’ll find yourself! No two days at camp will likely feel the same (yay for adventure!), and depending on what location and session you attend, your typical day may vary.
- Wake up around 7 am
- Flag raising
- Breakfast (family-style)
- Girls work together on kapers (a.k.a. camp chores)
- Skill-building activities with your camp group, based on your session’s theme
- Lunch (family-style)
- Skill-building activity time
- Free-choice recreation time
- Family-style dinner (many girls will have a cookout dinner one night of their stay)
- Group activities
- Campfire on the first and last night of your stay
- Quiet time for journaling or small group activities before bed
Where You’ll Stay at Camp
With all the fun you’ll be having during the day, you’ll be tuckered out and happy to have a quiet place to rest your head at night. Campers and staff live in groups called units. Girls are housed in groups of 4–12 campers, and depending on sleeping accommodations staff either sleep in the same space or in a separate accommodation nearby. At night, staff members are always within earshot if they are needed. A central shower house is available for girls to use.
Sleeping accommodations vary by camp:
- Yurts are a cross between a cabin and a tent and have bunk beds for 12 girls, a domed skylight, and screened windows and doors.
- Platform tents are made from heavy canvas with wooden floors and have four beds.
- Four-season cabins have bunk beds, sleep eight girls, and have electricity.
- Three-season cabins have two screened walls and sleep eight girls.
- Dorms are insulated, year-round, indoor sleeping spaces with bunk beds.
To learn more about each camp and their accommodations, visit our Camp Locations section.