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Summer Sleep-Away Camps

COVID-19 SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: all in-person Girl Scout activities through August 14th are suspended and all sleepaway, day, and evening camp programs are canceled for the summer 2020 season.

Even though in-person activities are suspended and traditional camp experiences are canceled, we are still offering virtual programming opportunities. Please visit Girl Scouts at Home for at-home program activities, and contact your service unit to register for virtual troop meetings. We will also be posting some camp specific virtual programming opportunities through our camp Facebook pages. We hope that you stay involved in your camp community and stay safe and healthy throughout this challenging time. We look forward to seeing you at camp in summer 2021!


 

WHEN A GIRL LEAVES HOME AND EMBRACES THE CAMP LIFE,  SHE MEETS NEW FRIENDS AND PEERS ON EVEN GROUND.

As she sits around the campfire, paddles a canoe, shoots a bow and arrow, or climbs a natural rock wall for the first time, something in her begins to change—she gains a sense of pride by facing her fears, she grows as a person by learning new skills, and becomes stronger and happier by making new friends. She comes home with greater self-confidence and a new light in her eyes.

Camp is transformative. At camp, girls ages 5–17 are encouraged to discover who they are and what they can become while gaining independence and self-confidence. Trained, caring staff respect and challenge them, and girls gain a better understanding of themselves and their leadership potential. All Camp programs are designed with girls’ interests in mind, so they can grow their passions and take healthy risks in a safe, supportive environment.

Whether it’s her first time at camp, or she’s a seasoned pro, everyone is accepted, encouraged, and fully embraced for their uniqueness. The sisterhood and lifetime bond that comes from living the camp life cannot be beat!


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Camp Coles Trip Stafford, VA

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If you love the water, then Camp Coles Trip is for you! Located in Stafford, VA., on the banks of Aquia Creek, Coles Trip offers aquatic programs for new and experienced campers. Girls will challenge themselves sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. In addition to watersports, girls will participate in archery, hiking, campfire programs, arts & crafts, and at least one cookout during their stay at camp. Campers will stay in either platform tents or glen shelters and enjoy both traditional family-style meals in the dining hall and cookout/pack out meals with their program groups.

Campers will participate in a theme meal or two planned by the camp’s girl-led Camper Council and enjoy specially planned all-camp activities. Plus, all campers will celebrate the end of the week at a campfire with skits, songs, and new lifelong friends. For girls who have completed grades 5-11.

View the camp grid here.

Online Camp Registration Begins: 
January 16, 2020, at 10 AM


Camp May Flather 
Mt. Solon, VA

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It’s one big party at Camp May Flather this summer as the camp celebrates 90 years! Almost every summer since 1930 girls have come to Camp May Flather in Mt. Solon, VA. to experience outdoor adventure and discover a new sense of confidence in themselves. While at camp, campers can hike, backpack, swim, and try archery in the George Washington National Forest, just like the campers of the 1930s. In recent years more adventure opportunities have been added with a climbing tower, low ropes challenge course, caving, slingshots, tomahawks, and knife throwing. Girls can step back in time while looming on barn looms from the 1800s or express themselves with arts and crafts in the original Stone Lodge.

At May Flather, campers come together to continue traditions such as campfire ceremonies, wish sticks, theme days, camp-wide games, and singing. Girls will stay in glen shelters or platform tents and enjoy a variety of meal options, including cookouts/pack-outs with their program groups and traditional family-style meals in the screened dining hall. This summer, at the end of each week, campers will enjoy a Camp Birthday Party. For girls who have completed grades 4-11. 

View the camp grid here.

Online Camp Registration Begins: 
January 16, 2020, at 10 AM

History

Named after the woman who championed the camp’s fundraising, May Flather, the camp we know today first opened its gates to campers in 1930. A year before, in 1929, a primitive trail camp was held on-site, but the additional fundraising supported the construction of permanent buildings in time for the 1930 opening. Girls from the District of Columbia Girl Scout Council rode a train to camp, swam in the river, and did horseback riding!  If you attended camp at this time, you would have received a packing list that included required items such as a camp uniform, beret, wool knickers, and oxford shoes; hand axes were optional. In 1947, the packing list was updated to include wooden clogs to wear to the pool. It was not until 1983 that Camp May Flather began to offer the high adventure programs they are known for today. The first, called Sky High, focused on activities such as rock climbing and caving, which girls still experience every summer.

Since opening in 1930, Camp May Flather has been open every summer except for 1949 when a June flood forced the camp to close for the season. Over its years, Camp May Flather has had some interesting history. In 1955, the District of Columbia Girl Scout Council desegregated the camp four years before Virginia began to desegregate public schools. The next year, in 1956, the last unit Frontier, was built, adding to the camps sleeping accommodations. During the 1960s, the United States Military used the camp location for training. Service members parachuted into the area around the Pioneer campsite and rappelled on the cliffs nearby.

Camp May Flather has also had a few notable guests! In August of 1930, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover visited the site. A Girl Scout herself, she donated money helping to start the camp and was there for the dedication of the Shawnee Bridge. Just like the bridge, many of the original camp structures, including the Dining Hall and Stone Lodge, remain and are in use today. When you visit Camp May Flather, you can’t help but connect with the magic and memories of past Girl Scouts and experience all of the camp’s history, beauty and rustic charm.

 


Camp Potomac Woods 
Leesburg, VA

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Camp Potomac Woods provides the perfect getaway for girls. Located in Leesburg, VA, Potomac Woods offers a variety of specialty theme programs that range from two-nights to one week in a fun, safe, and traditional camp setting. During their stay, campers will sleep in glen shelters and enjoy a variety of meal options, including cookouts or packouts outdoors and traditional family-style meals in the dining hall. Full of creativity and imagination, all programs provide girls the opportunity to explore the outdoors while having the time of their lives!

At Potomac Woods, campers enjoy a large variety of summer camp activities, regardless of program choice. Each week, girls rotate through a variety of activities including swimming at the pool, arts & crafts, outdoor cooking, and STEM. But that’s not all! Campers will also participate in many wonderful Camp Potomac Woods traditions, including a Sunday picnic and Thursday Celebration night. For girls who have completed grades K-11.

View the camp grid here.

Online Camp Registration Begins: 

January 14, 2020, at 10 AM


Camp Winona 
Hughesville, MD

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A perfect camp for both new and returning campers, Camp Winona programs allow girls to explore the wonders of the outdoors in a fun, safe, traditional camp setting. Located in Hughesville, MD, Winona offers a wide variety of programs ranging from weeklong themed specialty activities to two-night minicamps. While at camp, girls will stay in glen shelters and enjoy a variety of meal options, including traditional family-style dining in the camp dining hall and cookouts or pack outs with their program.

Regardless of her program choice, each camper will have the opportunity to swim daily, tie-dye and try other crafts, experiment with science and technology, explore nature and the environment, work together on teambuilding challenges, and take aim with water balloons or a bow and arrow (2nd grade and up). Campers may also see one of the magical mermairies (the camp mascot) as they hike to visit at least one of Camp Winona’s destination locations during their stay: Fossil Creek, Wish Tree, Mermairy House or Hammock Village. For girls who have completed grades K-11.

View the camp grid here.

 

Online Camp Registration Begins: 

January 15, 2020, at 10 AM

 


Special Events
 Fall 2020

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This spring, summer and fall, we have some fantastic program opportunities lined up to help girls and adults experience the great outdoors together. Camp staff or trained volunteers will provide the food and activities, allowing the girls and adults to focus on bonding while challenging themselves in the out-of-doors. Please note, all attendees, girls and adults, must be registered members of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital in order to register and attend these events. *If you are not a current member, you must register at least 24-hours before camp registration opens. The registration membership fee is $25. To register as a member, please go to our website www.gscnc.org/join. If you have questions about the registration process or have problems, please email registration@gscnc.org.

Events

Earth Defender Core Camp: Reschedule from Spring 2020 :                              Camp Potomac Woods, Leesburg, VA.      

Grades: 2-5 (as of Fall 2020)                                           

Join us for a weekend of environmental fun! Learn how to make the world a better place, as you take part in a trash treasure hunt, investigate how tobacco and pollution impact Freda the fish’s home. Troops will provide personal gear and stay in glen shelters. Four meals, trained adults, and program supplies will be provided. Troops are welcome to come Friday and stay the night to avoid traffic. Registration for spring rescheduled troops opens May 1, new registrations open June 1. All participants must be registered members of Girl Scout Scouts Nation’s Capital.

Dates: Sat. Oct. 24, 9 AM – Sun. Oct. 25, 12 PM

Cost: $35/ per person (adults and girls)


Blast from the Past – Celebrating 90 years at May Flather (Fri-Sun): Mt. Solon, VA

Grades: Current 3-11       Price: $75

Great camp experiences don’t have to end with the summer. Join us this fall for a core camp celebrating May Flather’s 90th anniversary! Learn what camp was like in the 1930s and leave your mark in a camp time capsule. Enjoy the climbing tower, target sports, hiking, and crafts. Trained Camp Staff will provide all of the activities and food; troop leaders/volunteers will provide supervision for their girls during this experience. Every participant will receive a 90th anniversary T-Shirt and Camp Patch. This is a troop event, individual girl and adult registrations will not be accepted, except for girls registered as a Juliette.

Dates: September 25-27, 2020

Registration Opens – May 1 - MIDNIGHT


Camp CEO: Camp Potomac Woods, Leesburg, VA.

Grades: Current 10-12 (as of Sept 2020)       Price: $65

Teen Girl Scouts--Kick off a new Girl Scout and school year at Camp CEO. Join us for a fun-filled, action-packed weekend in nature. Connect with prominent businesswomen who will share their life lessons and leadership journeys. Discover how your interests, skills, and dreams can transform you into a leader. Discover, connect, and take action with CEO’s to make the world a better place while enjoying traditional camp activities. Email sleepawaycamp@gscnc.org for more information.

October 2-4, 2020

Registration Opens late Summer