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 the opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun. Every girl should have a chance to camp!
At GSCSA, we’re committed to continual outdoor programming and facilities improvements to provide the safest and highest level of outdoor experiences for our girls, volunteers and families. We wanted to make sure you’re fully aware of certain property rate changes that will take effect for reservations made after August 1, 2014. In some instances, rates have not changed at all; in others, rates have been adjusted to provide higher levels of safety and service to you and to the girls we serve. Click here for a detailed explanation of these rate changes.
Reservation Forms and Information
• Troop Camping Reservation Process
• Troop Camping Application
• Facility Chart and Lodging Fees – Troops
• Service Unit Encampment Reservation Process
• Service Unit Encampment Application
• Facility Chart and Lodging Fees – Service Units
• Camp Activities Information and Fees
• Camp Equipment Information and Fees
• Camp Food Service Information and Fees (coming soon)
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians operates three camping facilities.
Camp Adahi is located on 900 wooded acres atop Lookout Mountain. The camp features a junior Olympic-sized pool, a lake, 6 miles of 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, hiking trails, 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 accommodations.
- The fee is $1 per person if you are not doing another activity that requires a fee. Day Trip groups may participate in any of the staff activities such as boating, swimming, etc.
- All tag-a-longs must be covered by additional insurance.
- Adult volunteers 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 day use reservation fee.
- Speak with that camp’s registrar to book a day trip or event at 800-474-1912.
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 up to one year in advance.
- Ask the camp registrar about food service and program ideas to make your event a success.
- Contact the registrar with questions.
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.
Camping and Safety
All of our council camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. ACA accreditation indicates that a camp has invited trained camp professionals to verify compliance with more than 224 individual standards to evaluate every aspect of camp operation, including facilities, program, healthcare services, operational management, human resources, and administration. ACA accreditation goes beyond health department or state licensing requirements to identify practices that are recognized as the highest standards established for camps.