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High Adventure

High Adventure

Looking for adventure? At Girl Scout camp girls can experience archery, canoeing, kayaking, climbing and challenge courses. Find the camp that is just right for your planned activity by clicking here.

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High Adventure Vendor List
In addition to our camps, Girl Scouts can experience high adventure with outside vendors that provide opportunities such as horseback riding, whitewater rafting, zip lines, amusement parks and so much more. Visit our high adventure vendor database for Council approved vendors. 

Don’t see your vendor? Click here for information on how to add a vendor to our list. Still have questions? Please contact Susan Kabat at skabat@gscnc.org.

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Make a Camp Reservation or Equipment Rental
Want to make a reservation for equipment or space at one of our camps? Please click here to log into the campsite reservations. For step-by-step instructions please click here. If you have questions or need additional assistance please contact Gustavo Martinez at gmartinez@gscnc.org or 202-534-3793.

For all high adventure activities, please remember you must have a Camp Qualified Adult volunteer present. For more information about how to find or become a camp qualified adult, click here.

 

Not sure what high adventure activity to try next? Check out this list for ideas and information!

  • Archery - In order to reserve an archery range, you will need to have an archery-trained adult for every 10 participants. Archery is for Girl Scout Juniors and above.
     
  • Water Sports - Flatwater Canoeing and Kayaking: 1 adult per 12 participants; Moving Water Canoeing: 1 adult per 8 participants; Moving Water Kayaking: 1 adult per 5 participants. Moving water certification is needed for any moving water canoe or kayak trips. 

  • Low Ropes and Challenge Courses - Low ropes/challenge courses consist of a variety of elements designed to help girls learn about communication and working as a team. Whether the object is to get your entire team over a wooden wall, to walk a tightrope a foot from the ground, or to maneuver a balance beam, girls will learn about trust and their ability to complete difficult tasks with the help of their friend.

  • Climbing Tower and Rock Wall - Girls of all ages can reach new heights as they take on the climbing tower and rock wall at Camp May Flather.

Click here to see what activities are offered at each of our camps!

Still have questions? Take a look at the High Adventure FAQs listed below!

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High Adventure FAQ

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What high adventure activities can Girl Scout Brownies participate in?
Girl Scout Brownies can participate in low challenge course elements, go canoeing, kayaking and can do archery. It is up to the group leader or activity facilitator to make the final determination if the activity is appropriate for them.  

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I would like my brownies to participate in archery, can we do it at one of the camps?
At this time we do not have properly sized equipment at our camps for brownies to participate in archery. Brownies are allowed to do archery but you will need to use a vendor with the right equipment or a local volunteer who might be able to help. 

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I would like my girls to participate in high adventure activities but don’t want to take the training right now, what can I do?
If you do not wish to take the training at this time, there are two options for you: Use one of our vendors on the high adventure vendor database OR request a volunteer from the resource list by emailing Gustavo Martinez at gmartinez@gscnc.org. In your request, make sure to include the type of activity you are interested in, the date and the location. Our resource list volunteers facilitate the activities only on our camp properties.

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I want to take my troop on a High Adventure activity. Where I can find information on vendors?
Click here to access the vendor database now, or by clicking "CAMP" on the home page, and then choosing "High Adventure" from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

If you have a specific vendor you want to check on, you can contact Gustavo Martinez at 202.534.3793 or gmartinez@gscnc.org

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My vendor isn’t on the list. What do I do?
If the vendor is not on the list, when scheduling your activity, tell them that because your activity is considered High Adventure by GSUSA safety guidelines as defined in Activity Checkpoints, the company needs to provide GSCNC a copy of their Certificate of Insurance that:

- Indicates at least $1,000,000 General Liability Insurance
- Lists GSCNC as a Certificate Holder
- Lists GSCNC as Additionally Insured. 

Certificates of Insurance must be sent to: 
GSCNC Attn High Adventure
4301 Connecticut Ave NW Suite M-2
Washington, DC 20008 

OR Fax: 202-274-2161 Attn: High Adventure
OR email: highadventure@gscnc.org

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Why do I have to call the vendor?
Vendors are more likely to respond quickly to the request for a Certificate Of Insurance from a person who wants to pay them for their services.

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My vendor is already on the list. Do I need to do anything else before the event?
First, make sure that the expiration date on their insurance is after your activity date. If that is true, remember that you need special permission from parents and guardians.

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The vendor says they've never been asked for a COI before by a Girl Scout group–why do we need one? We have used this vendor before, why haven’t we had to do this?
If they have never been asked for a COI before, that means that other leaders may not have been aware of these guidelines. By providing the COI, the vendor is making it easier for troops to find their information and use their services in the future. If an activity is high adventure, in order for a troop to participate, the COI needs to be on file with the council.

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Why has my high adventure vendor's Certificate of Insurance disappeared from the list?

Certificates of Insurance generally expire after 1 year. If your vendor was listed a few weeks ago, and is not listed now, it is most likely due to expiration. Occasionally, we will remove a vendor from the list due to leader complaints about safety procedures. If the COI has expired, you should contact the vendor and ask them to send a new certificate to GSCNC. If you have a specific vendor you want to check on, you can contact Gustavo Martinez at 202.534.3793 or gmartinez@gscnc.org

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How long does it take to get a high adventure vendor on the list?
Please allow at least four weeks before your proposed event date to ensure that your vendor is added to the high adventure list. GSCNC updates the list once a week. However, it may take your vendor some time to get the certificate sent to GSCNC by their insurance company.

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Do I need to get a COI for Kings Dominion/Busch Gardens, etc.?
Large amusement parks like Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens and Six Flags America carry very high insurance. We do not require that you send us a COI from such facilities.

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Do I need a COI for a state- or county-owned facility?
If a vendor is operated by a federal, state, or local government agency they are automatically approved by GSCNC.  They do not need to appear on the vendor list; you troop is free to use them.

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Do I need a COI to take girls on the Metro or a Metro-bus?
Because Metro is public transportation, you do not need a COI.

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My troop is flying somewhere on a trip. Do we need a COI for the airline?
You do not need a COI from an airline, because their safety and insurance requirements are strictly regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Do I need to provide a certificate of insurance for my troop to swim in a private backyard pool?
If you are planning a Pool Party in a private home’s backyard, a copy of the homeowner’s insurance must be submitted for special approval.

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Are any activities prohibited in Girl Scouts? What activities can my Girl Scout not participate in?
Yes, the following activities are prohibited, either by GSUSA or by GSCNC in consultation with our insurance company:

- Arial tricks on bicycles, skis, snowboards, skateboards and water skis

- Hot air ballooning

- Bungee jumping

- Firearm possession, presence and use, hunting

- Flying in small planes, helicopters, sailplanes, gliders and blimps

- Go-carting

- Hang gliding

- High altitude climbing

- Paintball

- Parachuting

- Parasailing

- Trampolining (outdoor)

- Riding motor bikes, all-terrain vehicles

- Riding motorized personal watercraft such as jet skis

- Watercraft trips in Class IV or above whitewater or unclassified river

- Zorbing

- Skydiving