Camp May Flather
Camp May Flather, near Harrisonburg, Virginia, was built in 1930. It was the resident camp for National Capital Girl Scout Council, which merged to form GSCNC in 1963.
The camp is comprised of nearly 50 acres nestled in the George Washington National Forest. The North River runs through the camp property. The camp features lodges, platform tent and glen shelter units, a large open green, hiking trails, and low ropes course. Its rock climbing tower and swimming pool are currently only available for sleep-away camp in the summer.
Rentable facilities include four platform tent units, two glen shelter units, and nine lodges (six of which are normally rented in conjunction with the adjacent unit). The maximum capacity for the entire camp is 288. Slideshow, Map
All glen shelter units in this camp feature cots with mattresses, and the number per shelter varies. Exact numbers are available on our registration website (see below).
Platform tents also feature cots with mattresses, but they are removed when the tents are taken down mid-October through mid-April.
Only two lodges, Stone Lodge and Staff House, are heated in the winter. The Staff House provides year-round hot and cold water. Outdoor units and other lodges feature seasonal cold water November 1 - April 1 only. Some units also have frost-free cold water spigots year-round.
A small stack of split firewood is available at each unit.
Weather warnings are often issued by county. Camp May Flather is located in Augusta County.
If threatening weather approaches, take shelter immediately. At May Flather troops should evacuate to the Dining Hall if there is an emergency.
Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels) are NOT PROVIDED at our campsites (including lodges).
This camp functions as one of our sleep-away camps during the summer months, which means the camp is closed for troop rental in June, July, and August. For other special dates, see our Important Camp Dates page.
To learn more about Camp May Flather or reserve a campsite there, visit our registration website. This site is password protected and the password is released to troop leaders who have filed an updated B220 form for the year. This form asks you to list certified adults associated with your troop and must include a leader (101 and level training), first aider, and camping qualified (200) adult. To find a camping qualified adult to help your troop go camping, check out more information about our resource list.
Meet May Flather's Caretaker, Donald Daggy! Don follows his father and grandfather's footsteps in his work at May Flather, as both were stone masons when the camp was built in 1930. Don is a wealth of knowledge of the camp and nearby area.
Don lives near the camp and is on call for any issues before or after you arrive. His contact information is available on the camp information packet you will receive when you reserve a campsite at May Flather.
There's no need for you to check in with Don when you arrive at camp, but if you'd like to leave him a note (regarding things that need to be fixed- or just a "thank you"), a caretaker's mailbox is available near his shed on the road into camp.
*George Washingtion National Forest- Check out the National Forest's website to find more information about the network of hiking trails, primitive camping opportunities, and lakes, many of which are very close to May Flather.
*Trailered canoes are available at May Flather to take to the nearby lakes. The National Forest's website has more information about nearby lakes and entrance fees.
*The camp is serviced by the North River Ranger District, whose offices and rangers are great resources and include nearby maps and more.
*Natural Chimneys Regional Park is only a few miles from the camp and boasts camping opportunities, a swimming pool, and two yearly jousting tournaments.
*Reddish Knob is the highest point in Northern Virginia, and a great lookout spot and place to watch the sunset!
If you know of any great activities near May Flather that your troop has enjoyed, please contactGustavo Martinez to add them to our list!