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High Adventure at Our Camps

Our own camps offer plenty of high adventure opportunities for your troop to try!

See below for Camp Crowell and Camp White Rock Challenge Course available dates!

High Adventure  at Our Camps at a Glance
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Open the dropdowns below for information about where you can find each activity, age requirements, how much a reservation costs, and what kind of facilitator you need.
Challenge Courses

We have three unique challenge courses available for troops to use!

  • What levels? Girl Scout Juniors and above for all high ropes courses; Girl Scout Brownies are permitted on the low ropes courses.
  • Reservation? Varies. See below.
  • What Camp? Crowell (low and high elements), May Flather (low elements only), and White Rock (low and high elements).
  • Facilitators/Trainings? Paid facilitators are available on certain weekends for troop reservations and Service Unit Encampments (SUEs) throughout the spring, summer (White Rock SUEs only), and fall at Camp Crowell as well as at Camp White Rock’s high ropes aerial course. Paid facilitators are not provided for Camp White Rock’s low ropes course or Camp May Flather. To use the low ropes courses at these two camps, you must have a low-ropes certified facilitator.

Camp Crowell: At the Camp Crowell challenge course, girls can improve their teambuilding skills, better learn how to problem solve, and leave their comfort zone through various high and low elements.

Troops have 2 options for reserving the Crowell Challenge Course:

  • Low elements only with a facilitator provided: This reservation is for a 1.5-hour block and costs $120. A maximum of 20 participants are allowed, and participants must be Girl Scout Brownie level or above
  • Low and high elements with a facilitator provided: This reservation is for a 2.5-hour block and costs $250. A maximum of 20 participants are allowed, and participants must be Girl Scout Junior level or above.

*TROOPS WISHING TO USE THE CHALLENGE COURSE AT CAMP CROWELL MUST USE COUNCIL PROVIDED FACILITATORS. In the event that Council is unable to secure facilitators, a full refund will be issued.

  • Low ropes activities will be determined by the facilitators and will depend on the level of the girls as well as ability. The low ropes challenge course is meant to be a progressive series of challenges that encourages troops to problem solve and work together to grow as a team.
  • If you are a small troop and interested in the ropes course but would like to defray the cost, the best option is to reserve the course first and then reach out to other troops. Try the Outdoor and High Adventure Rallyhood first, and if you still have not found a troop to join you, please reach out to the camping department.
  • Reservations can be made through the link above. Reservations open exactly 3 months out.

Camp White Rock: At the Camp White Rock challenge course, Girl Scouts Junior level and above can test their limits and challenge themselves on our aerial high ropes course. Trained facilitators lead all adventures on the aerial course. Troops can also bring their own facilitator and try out the low ropes course at Camp White Rock (Girl Scout Brownie level and above).

Camp White Rock’s High Ropes Aerial Course

  • Our exciting aerial course is shaped like a figure eight, with a moderate option and a more challenging route. There are multiple bridges offering different obstacles including a cargo net, raider bridge, vine walk, and wobbly beam. The course connects at several points, allowing girls to switch from one side to another and try out all the obstacles.
    • Girls enter the course by completing a staple climb, similar to climbing a ladder. Girls are clipped into a belay system from the moment they leave the ground.
    • Girls can finish the course by taking the 300-foot zipline down to the ground, or by climbing down.
  • The aerial course can be reserved in 3-hour time blocks for a maximum of 20 participants for $320.00. Trained facilitators are included with the reservation.
  • If you are a small troop and interested in the aerial high ropes course but would like to defray the cost, the best option is to reserve the course first and then reach out to other troops. Try the Outdoor and High Adventure Rallyhood first, and if you still have not found a troop to join you, please reach out to the camping department.
  • To participate in the aerial course, girls must be Girl Scout Junior level and up. There is a minimum weight requirement of 60 pounds and a maximum weight requirement of 250 pounds.
  • Reservations can be made through the link above. Reservations open exactly 3 months out.

Camp White Rock’s Low Ropes Course

  • Girl Scout Brownies and older can work together to complete a series of challenges and learn communication and problem-solving skills along the way. Elements on the course can be completed as a circuit or individually.

*NO FACILITATOR IS PROVIDED WITH RESERVATIONS OF THE WHITE ROCK LOW ROPES COURSE. You must bring your own certified low ropes instructor to use this course.

*The low ropes course can be reserved for 1-3 hours for $10/hour. No facilitator is provided with this reservation, you must bring your own low ropes certified adult. Reservations can be made through the link above. Reservations open exactly 3 months out.


Camp May Flather: Camp May Flather’s low ropes challenge course is meant to be a progressive series of challenges that encourages troops to problem solve and work together to grow as a team.

*NO FACILITATOR IS PROVIDED WITH RESERVATIONS OF THE MAY FLATHER LOW ROPES COURSE. You must bring your own certified low ropes instructor to use this course.

*The low ropes course can be reserved for 1-3 hours for $10/hour. No facilitator is provided with this reservation, you must bring your own low ropes certified adult. Reservations can be made through the link above. Reservations open exactly 3 months out.

Archery
  • What levels? Girl Scout Brownies and above.
  • Reservation? $10 per hour, facilitators are not included.
  • What Camp? Brighton Woods, Coles Trip, May Flather, Potomac Woods, White Rock, and Winona.
  • Facilitators/Trainings? In order to do archery, you must have an adult who is at least USAA level 1 certified. The council hosts these trainings throughout the year. Training are taught by USAA level 2 certified instructors. Currently certified archery facilitators can now add-on a slingshot certification through gsLearn! Visit the gsLearn Archery course for more information.
Paddlesports (Canoeing and Kayaking)

Canoeing

  • What levels? Girl Scout Daisies and above. Girl Scout Brownies may only participate in canoeing on flatwater. Girl Scout Daisies may participate in canoeing on flatwater only and must have an adult in the boat with them.
  • Reservation? $15 per hour, facilitators are not included.
  • What Camp? Coles Trip (Girl Scout Juniors and older), May Flather (trailer, no boating on site*), Potomac Woods (trailer, onsite boating not recommended for beginner paddlers, Girl Scout Juniors and older), White Rock (Girl Scout Juniors and older), and Winona.
  • Facilitators/Trainings? In order to go canoeing, you must have an adult who has either completed a Girl Scout Nation's Capital approved canoeing training or possesses one of the approved certifications listed in the Safety Activity Checkpoints for canoeing. Ratio: 1 instructor to every 6 girls, or 1 instructor to every 12 girls with a competent assistant. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is now offering Council-led canoe trainings. Trainings are taught by ACA Level 2 Instructors.

Kayaking

  • What levels? Girl Scout Brownies and above. Girl Scout Brownies may only participate in kayaking on flatwater.
  • Reservation? $15 per hour, facilitators are not included.
  • What Camp? Brighton Woods (trailer, no boating on-site*), Coles Trip (Girl Scout Juniors and older), Potomac Woods, (trailer, onsite boating not recommended for beginner paddlers, Girl Scout Juniors and older) White Rock (Girl Scout Juniors and older), and Winona.
  • Facilitators/Trainings? In order to go kayaking, you must have an adult who has either completed a GSCNC-approved kayak training or possesses one of the approved certifications listed in the Safety Activity Checkpoints for kayaking. Ratio:1 instructor for every 5 girls, or 1 instructor for every 10 girls with a competent assistant. Girl Scouts Nation's Capital is now offering Council-led kayak trainings. Trainings are taught by ACA Level 2 Instructors.
Tomahawks and Knives
Tomahawks
  • What levels? Girl Scout Cadettes and above.
  • Reservation? $10 per hour, facilitators are not included.
  • What Camp? All Girl Scouts Nation's Capital camps now have tomahawk ranges.
  • Facilitators/Trainings? In order to do tomahawks, you must have an adult who is certified through the Council. The Council hosts these trainings throughout the year. Trainings are taught by certified instructors.

Knives

  • What levels? Girl Scout Cadettes and above.
  • Reservation? $10 per hour, facilitators are not included. KNIFE RESERVATIONS ARE MADE BY RESERVING THE TOMAHAWK RANGE. 
  • What Camp? Coles Trip, Crowell, Potomac Woods, May Flather. We are hoping to have knives at all camps in the near future.
  • Facilitators/Trainings? In order to do knives, you must have an adult who is certified through the Council. The Council hosts these trainings throughout the year. Trainings are taught by certified instructors. Many knife trainings are taught in combo with tomahawks.
     
Slingshots
  • What levels? Girl Scout Daisies and above.
  • Reservation? $10 per hour, facilitators are not included.
  • What Camp? All Girl Scout Nation's Capital camps now have slingshot ranges.
  • Facilitators/Trainings? In order to do slingshots you must have an adult who is certified through the Council. The Council hosts these trainings throughout the year. Trainings are taught by certified instructors. Currently certified archery facilitators can now add-on a slingshot certification through gsLearn! Visit the gsLearn Archery course for more information.
High Adventure Opportunities through Sleepaway Camp

Coles Trip Sleep Away
Camp Coles Trip offers a variety of aquatic high adventure programs during the summer. Along with kayaking and canoeing, girls can also participate in stand-up paddleboarding and sailing!

May Flather Sleep Away
Several sleepaway camp programs at Camp May Flather offer unique high adventure opportunities such as caving and trips to the White Rock challenge course!

                

Challenge Course Reservable Weekends

Our challenge courses will be operating as normal for fall 2021! See the “challenge courses” dropdown above for more information about each course. Reservations open exactly three months in advance at the exact time the reservations begin.

FALL 2021 CHALLENGE COURSE TROOP RESERVATION DATES

Crowell

White Rock

9/11

9/18

9/25

10/2

10/24 (Sunday)

10/23

11/6

10/30

SPRING 2022 CHALLENGE COURSE DATES COMING SOON!