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Whether earning badges, working on a Journey, or just having fun, Girl Scouts have a blast when they go to a Girl Scout camp. 

Troop Camping

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital troops have the wonderful benefit of access to our eight camp properties for overnight camping, troop meetings, day events, and more! Day use of sites is free, and for a nominal fee sites can be reserved for overnight use - just make a reservation through our campsite reservation system. Review our online camping resources below for more information, and contact us at camp@gscnc.org with any questions.

Core Camps and Activity Days

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital holds Core Camps each spring and fall at our camp properties. Core Camps are fun weekends at a camp designed and organized by volunteers and teen Girl Scouts. Core Camps give troops the opportunity to go camping and not worry about what activities to do when they get there! eBiz registration for fall Core Camps typically opens on April 1 and registration for spring Core Camps typically opens November 1. 

High Adventure Activity Days are day events for girls to try out a high adventure activity - archery, tomahawks, slingshots, kayaking, canoeing, or a challenge course. High adventure facilitators are provided. Spring core camps/activity days for the upcoming year open for registration on November 1. Fall core camps/activity days open for registration on April 1.

Visit our events page to find open core camps & activity days.

Service Unit Encampments

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital reserves select weekends in the fall, spring, and summer at select camp properties for use by Service Units. Service Units apply for consideration, and if selected, have the entire camp property reserved for use for their encampment weekend. Service Unit Encampment (SUE) applications are posted in the Outdoor Rally and the Council-Wide Service Unit Teams Rally.

Service Projects at Our Camp Properties

Girl Scouts can do camp improvement projects as a service project or as part of earning awards. Before commencing your project, please check with the camp Caretaker or Property Manager for project approval. Visit our Camp Properties page for camp-specific project ideas as well as service project ideas that are suitable for any of our camps.

Service projects completed at camp might help to complete a Take Action project. Remember, Take Action projects can be based on service projects, but they have to go above and beyond the scope of a service project. For more information about the distinction between Take Action projects and service projects, check out this Take Action Guide for Volunteers and reach out to our Program Department at programaa@gscnc.org or 202-274-2170. The Program Department can provide you with more information and resources about Take Action projects and the differences between service projects, Take Action projects, and Higher Awards.

Thank you for all you do to keep our camps beautiful!

Summer 2021 Opportunities at Camp Coles Trip

Camp  Coles Trip in Stafford, VA, may not be operating as a sleepaway camp this summer, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of exciting outdoor adventures! The camp will be open all summer with opportunities for girls and adults alike. Please review this flyer for information about adult training opportunities, troop activities, and the potential for you to run your own event at Camp Coles Trip this summer!


A Cookout & Campout qualified adult must be present for all events involving overnight camping, outdoor cooking, and campfires. Trainings are offered throughout the year. Visit gsLearn to sign up for a training!

Always refer to the individual Safety Activity Checkpoints for guidance on how to conduct your planned program.

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