We offer three resident camps in central, north central, and western Iowa.
They are part of the Girl Scout camping tradition that has been taking place for almost one hundred years! Whether you are sailing at Camp Tanglefoot, galloping on horse back at Camp Sacajawea, or hiking through the Loess Hills at Joy Hollow, you will become part of this great tradition. Camp offers girls opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills, develop a healthier self-esteem, stay outdoors and active, experience activities that they would not normally be offered (such as sailing, creative arts, horseback riding, drama, and ropes courses team activities), and make the most unforgettable memories.
Girl Scout camp is a safe, fun and affordable summer option. Our exciting and creative program is for girls entering grades 1-12. Prior Girl Scout membership is not required.
Our summer programs offer something for every girl!
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Should I register my daughter for the grade level she has just completed or the grade she is entering?
Grade levels are assigned for camp programming according to the grade your daughter will be entering in the fall. Therefore, if she has just completed third grade and will be entering fourth grade, she should register for Grade 4 level programming.
Why aren’t you offering the programs that have been offered previously?
Our programming decisions are based on information from different sources. Information stemming from sessions that drew the most campers, feedback from parents and campers, as well as regional and national trends in camping programs all play a role in the decision-making process. We try to offer programming that satisfies the interests of all of our girls, but unfortunately this is not always possible.
Can my daughter bunk with her whole troop?
We love that girls want to attend camp with their troop mates! To encourage them to make new friends and gain independence at camp, girls will have the option of choosing ONE buddy request for their tent/bunk which must be mutual and specified on both registration forms. Girls may attend the same session with their troop mates but will be guaranteed to share sleeping quarters only with a mutually requested buddy.
Can I attend camp with my daughter?
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa believes in camp missions which support promoting independence and self-reliance for the girls. While we do not allow parents to attend camp with their daughters, we encourage them to stay in touch through letter-writing. There are several opportunities for programs which allow for parents to be participants in the fall and spring seasons.
Can I drop off my daughter early on check-in day?
We are unable to accommodate early check-ins. In order to make check-in and check-out dates run as smoothly as possible while adhering to our buildings’ fire codes, we kindly request you limit the number of people in your party who come to drop your camper off. Any additional family members wishing to visit camp are invited to attend the Family Fun Festivals held prior to camp. We also ask that you leave all pets at home on check-in and check-out dates.
Does my daughter have to register as a Girl Scout to attend your camp?
Your daughter must register for Girl Scouts in order to attend camp. When you register her for camp, you will just need to pay an additional $15 for her annual dues to become a Girl Scout.
How can I help my daughter prepare to be at camp for the first time?
Most girls feel a little homesick from time to time when they are at camp, whether it is their first year or their tenth! These feelings are normal and staff are trained in how to best help your daughter work through them and still be able to enjoy her time at camp. You can help prepare your daughter for camp by discussing with her what types of feelings she might experience while she is at camp and the best way to handle them and also by having sleepover at a friend or relative’s house. For additional information about helping you and your daughter cope with going away to camp, please click here.
Can my daughter attend camp if she has a medical condition?
We handle each situation on a case-by-case basis. If a camper has a special medical condition, it is the policy of the Council to work with the parent to help us determine what the appropriate accommodations might be, keeping the girl's health and safety as the priority. At that point, it is the decision of the parent to determine if they can work within the accommodations we are able to provide. Typically, we are able to offer the following accommodations for a girl with a medical condition:
- Offer that she attend another camp with a full-time nurse on staff.
- Offer that a parent attend camp with her at no additional fee.
- Offer that a close friend/caregiver, familiar with her medical needs, attend camp with her at no additional fee.