Outdoor camping is an excellent way to help girls develop independence and practice good decision-making skills.
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 six camping facilities in Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia.
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 Sky-Wa-Mo is a resident campsite operated since 1947 in Bluff City. It is bordered by the Cherokee National Forest and features a small lake and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool. Both tent units and lodges are available depending upon summer camp schedules and other seasonal availabilities.
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 Windy Knob
Camp Windy Knob is one building, an amphitheater and a shelter on a 12 1/2 acre site in Greene County, TN. The site is bordered by farms. Access to a horse riding stable is available.
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.