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Camp Potomac Woods

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Camp Potomac Woods, near Leesburg, Virginia, was owned by the Arlington Girl Scout Council, which merged to form GSCNC in 1963.  

The camp's 101 acres includes a variety of terrain, such as upland woods, marshlands, stream valleys, riverbank, open fields and a mossy area.  The camp features both lodges and glen shelter units and boasts a sports field, hiking trails, archery range, and the brand new RiverWalk program.  While the camp is on the banks of the Potomac River, there is currently no safe boating access.  

Facilities
Rentable facilities include nine glen shelter units, seven lodges (two of which are normally rented in conjunction with the adjacent glen shelter unit), a picnic shelter, and new 24-person capacity hammock unit.  The maximum capacity for the entire camp is 461.  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).

Lodges have year-round hot and cold water, but outdoor units feature seasonal hot water November 1 - April 1 only.  Most units do have frost-free cold water spigots year-round.

A small stack of split firewood is usually available at each unit.  A year-round dry firewood storage shed can be found near Mountford Lodge.  It is a great troop service to fill the unit wood rack with dry wood from the storage shed before leaving camp!

Weather warnings are often issued by county. Potomac Woods is in Loudoun County.
If threatening weather approaches, take shelter immediately. At Potomac Woods troops should
evacuate to the basement of Kresge Lodge in case of an emergency.

Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels) are NOT PROVIDED at our campsites (including lodges).

Special Dates
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.

Reservation
To learn more about Camp Potomac Woods 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

Camp Caretaker
Abie QMeet Potomac Woods' Caretaker, Abie Quesenberry!  Abie (AYE bee) has been the caretaker at Potomac Woods for over 50 years! 

Abie 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 Potomac Woods.

There's no need for you to check in with Abie 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 in the camp parking lot.

Local Activities
The C&O Canal Bike Path is a 10 minute drive from Camp Potomac Woods.

Lucia Farms is a 30 minute drive from Camp Potomac Woods and offers horseback riding lessions.

*Summer Camp Director- For great resources (including food shopping and restaurants) and an in-depth look at the camp and facilities, contact Potomac Woods' Summer Camp Director, Jacque Yue.

If you know of any great activities near Potomac Woods that your troop has enjoyed, please contact Gustavo Martinez to add them to our list!

Areas we currently serve.