Camping is a great way to build new skills, make new friends, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether girls go for a day, a week or longer, Girl Scout camping gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun. Every girl should have a chance to camp!
Girls do not need to camp with Girl Scout leaders. Registered parents may take camp training offered by the Girl Scouts in order to lead camping trips. Please ensure your group meets Safety Activity Checkpoints guidelines established by GSUSA.
Camping for troops during June and July is only available at select facilities and dates.
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians owns and/or operates three camping facilities.
Camp Adahi is located on 900 wooded acres atop Lookout Mountain. The camp features a junior olympic size pool, a lake, hiking trails and an equestrian center. Shelter rock, a natural amphitheater, has been a popular place for girls since the camp was built.
Camp Tanasi is located near Andersonville on Norris Lake. Camp Tanasi is 461 acres of beautiful wooded property with cabins and tents, a waterfront program area, pool, archery, climbing tower and a challenge course.
Camp Wildwood in Johnson City is located on 12 acres of woodland held in trust by The Harris Foundation. Camping in the platform tents and single cabin is offered seasonally.
Day Visits and Events
Troops are welcome to make reservations to visit all of our camps for the day – a perfect introduction to outdoor program for younger girls to hike, cook out, do badge work and experience the natural world.
- Please visit our individual camp pages for information about shelters and accomodations.
- Adult volunteers (or leaders) need to make reservations at least two weeks in advance.
- Day campers are assigned to the main camp area. Please be familiar with that area before arrival.
- Day Campers who wish to reserve a unit/camp must pay the overnight reservation fee.
Overnight Troop Camping
Troop camping is a favorite activity for Girl Scouts from Brownies to older girls.
- One adult with the troop needs appropriate training – see Outdoor Training Opportunities for more information on outdoor training for adults.
Service Unit Camps
Each year, our camps host several large service unit encampments; troops work together to plan programs and dining.
- Encampments may be scheduled one year in advance. Please check with your service center for information about the minimum deposit for your encampment.
- Ask at the council office about food service, lifeguards and program ideas to make your event a success.
- Contact the program department with questions.
Camp food service costs vary. Please contact the council office to determine cost foreach participant.
Explore East Tennessee
Our council is rich in outdoor resources, including state and national parks and recreation areas. Take advantage of the scenic beauty of the Appalachian mountains – girls enjoy trails, campsites and cook-out areas or discover valuable service project opportunities.
Camping at non-Girl Scout sites and camps is encouraged as long as the site you choose meets Safety Activity Checkpoints standards and an adult camp leader has current and proper training for overnight camping.
Types of Camping
- One of the most well-known Girl Scout camp experiences.
- Campers live at an established site for a period of several days.
- Girls and their counselors/leaders enjoy activities that take advantage of resources available at the camp.
- The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians offers resident camp at select locations during the summer months of June, July and August.
- A camping experience of 24 or more consecutive hours.
- Often takes advantage of council-owned/established camp sites.
- A group of girls and their advisors/leaders usually plan and carry out this type of camping.
- The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians offers summer troop/group camping year-round by registration at select camp sites.
- Girls and their leaders may also camp at council-approved sites around the region. Call your service center for more information.
- A favorite with Girl Scouts who want to experience camp in shorter sessions.
- Girls participate in activities for a day.
- Girls may register as individual campers or go with buddies.
- A day camp event may be at a council-owned site or a site contracted by the council.
- A camping experience of 24 or more consecutive hours over a weekend
- Planned and carried out by a group of girls and their advisors/leaders using council-approved sites.
- The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians also offers unique council-planned weekend camping at select locations during the summer months of June, July and August.
Travel Camping/Trip Camping
- A camping experience planned and carried out by a group of experienced participants and their advisors or staff.
- Group leaders or staff have taken Troop Camp I and II before traveling.
- Travel/trip campers may camp at established camping sites.
- Travel camping usually involved motorized transportation
- Trip camping usually involves self or animal-assisted transportation, i.e., walking or riding horseback.
Minimal Impact Camping
- A method that encourages each person to leave no trace of their outdoor or camping experience.
- Covers everything from the planning stages to the outdoor experience itself.
- The concept of minimal impact can apply to any outdoor activity or camping environment.
Camping and Safety
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is committed to establishing a camping experience that will protect and maintain the well-being of every Girl Scout by providing Program Standards and safety guidelines for camping activities.
Girl Scout of the Southern Appalachians is also affiliated with the American Camp Association (ACA), a private, nonprofit educational organization that provides members with educational and accreditation services. An ACA accreditation indicates that a camp has met ACA standards.
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians meets Girl Scout standards as well as national and state standards set by law.