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Remember the grand adventures summers would hold? Your backyard slip-and-slide transforming into a river through the jungle, hiking through what you turned into a magical forest? You made your own adventure every chance you could, and you loved it. Summer camp provides the tools for your campers to create their own summer adventures they will never forget.

In 2020, our chances for outdoor adventures were limited to our backyards, but it did not stop our dedicated campers! Summers are not the same without going out to camp. GSNI is excited to announce we will be hosting our summer camp programs at two of our camp properties once again for any Girl Scout and her family. 

To promote health and wellbeing of our campers, staff, and families, we have added these changes to our summer camps:

Family Camping. To comply with the current guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Camping Association, we must limit cabins to one single household only. For the summer of 2021, families can come and enjoy all camp has to offer! GSNI camp staff will be hosting family camps every Thursday through Sunday at Camp Dean and Camp McCormick. Each family will receive a private cabin or tent per their household and share communal space such as latrines with unit. These units, or collection of cabins or tents, will travel together to activities around camp. Note: cabins are assigned to single-household families only. There are no day-only options for weekend family camp sessions.

Weekday Unit Rental. Girl Scout families can camp at Camp Dean and Camp McCormick during down time between camp sessions Sunday - Wednesday. Camp staff will not lead program or assist, and families must provide their own meals and entertainment during their stay. Families may participate in outdoor facilitated activities for an additional fee. Note: this option is only available for registered Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Alumna, and their immediate families. More information about weekday camp rentals will be included at the end of this packet.

Troop Rentals and Summer Opportunities- Troops can now rent out campsite units for day-use and overnights! For daytime troop adventures, you can choose to reserve a campsite for weekend day use in the spring or weekdays during the summer. Outdoor facilitated activities may also be booked by troops for a per-girl fee. If your troop is ready for overnights at camp, check out our self-led overnights beginning April 23 or register your troop to join our all-inclusive summer theme weekends! 

We can't wait to see you this summer! Click below for all the information you need to know. 

Why Family Camp?

The Illinois Department of Public Health currently does not allow camps to have overnight stays, which includes traditional resident camp or troop camping. This will be lifted once the State of Illinois enters Phase 5. Until we are cleared by the Illinois Department of Public Health, only single-household family units may sleep in our cabins or tents. 

In order to comply with the current guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, we must limit our camp capacity to 50 campers total per week. Waitlists will be available to hold a spot if we can increase this capacity, or a family has to cancel.  

Summer Family Camp Frequently Asked Questions

When is check in and check out for Weekend Family Camp?

  • Check-in: Thursdays at 6:00 PM 
  • Check-out: Sundays 3:00 PM

If we had to leave early on Sunday, Can we do so?

  • Yes, there is no change in price for leaving early. 

What does the schedule look like for camp? 

Tentative Schedule

8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9–9:30 a.m. Outdoor skills and activities or excursion trips (Saturday)
9:30-9:45 a.m. Morning snacks
10–11:45 a.m. Themed/badge activities or excursion trips (Saturday)
12–1 p.m. Lunch
1:15–3:30 p.m. Outdoor skills and activities or excursion trips (Saturday)
3:30-3:45 p.m. Afternoon snacks
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Themed/badge activities
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-10 p.m. Family time
10:00 p.m. Lights Out

** Families can choose morning or afternoon timeslot for excursion trips on Saturday.

What type of excursion trips can families do?

We are working with our partners to offer different excurisions, and more information will be coming soon.

Can siblings attend family camp?

We are excited to welcome Girl Scout families to GSNI Family Camping! Families should include at least one girl or adult registered member of Girl Scouts. Families may include anyone who lives in the same household or shares COVID-safe living or custodial arrangements. Non-Girl Scout parents, guardians, and siblings are all invited to join their Girl Scout for family camping! 

What is the cost of camp?

Cost per participant for cabin rental - $150 / $125 before April 30, 2021
Cost per participant if pitching own tent - $120 / $95 before April 30, 2021

Will there be Camp Staff on site?

Core camp staff will be on site to assist families during their weekend stay. Camp staff will facilitate outdoor skills and activities such as archery, crate stacking, canoe and kayaking, and our mobile rock-climbing wall. Camp staff will also engage families with themed arts and crafts, games, and badgework throughout their session. Camp staff is not responsible for direct supervision of children and adults must always provide supervision for their children. 

Will meals be provided?

All meals will be provided by camp staff. These meals and snacks will be in combination of pre-packaged, picnic style meals and family cookouts. Camp staff will assist in cookouts. 

Paying for Camp

Camp is an amazing adventure for girls! We want to make sure any girl can attend camp at GSNI and offer several ways to offset the cost of camp:

  • If you register by April 30, 2021, you can save $25 on camp registrations!
  • You can use GSNI vouchers toward any council-sponsored camp session.
  • If the session you desire to attend is full, contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsni.org to be added to a waitlist.

A limited number of Camperships are also available for girls. Please see our Camperships section.

Personalized Camp Session

Camp fees cover the full summer camp program running Thursdays through Sundays. Camp registration fee cannot be adjusted for late arrivals or early departures. Refunds cannot be given for late arrivals or early departures.

Camp Registration Information

Registration for all summer camps will be on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning DATE. Registrations are received in a variety of ways, including:

Preferred Method guaranteeing registration into the camp session. Online at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/activities

Alternative methods: call GSNI Customer Care at (844) 476-4463 or stop into a GSNI Resource Center for assistance in our digital registration. 

Deposit

A $100 deposit is required for each session/person registered. Deposits may be cash, check, or credit card. Financial Assistance (Camperships) or GSNI Vouchers (Cookie Dough/S’more Dough/Cashew Cash) cannot be used as deposits. 

Balances for camp must be paid in full by May, 15, 2021.

Camp Dean Family Summer Camp Options

Week 1: Foxes Den on the Prairie
June 17-20, 2021

Take a step back in time and explore living off the land! As you learn about the prairie plants and little critters, you will discover ways to sustain the environment. Learn all about the frontier life by making your own butter, learning how to weave or sew, and more! The weekend will be filled with additional outdoor activities such as hiking, orienteering, hiking, and observing everything around you. Learn about Leave No Trace and become an environmental advocate! You will even complete some requirements towards your Environmental Stewardship badge.   

Week 4: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
July 8-11, 2021

Your owl has arrived! Board the train, grab your magical broomstick, and fly to camp! Attend classes such as astronomy, potions, magical defense, herbology, and wizard sports. Complete in the all-camp Tournament of Magic and earn points for your favorite magical house. Put your spells and outdoor skills to the test as you explore the ins and outs of the camp’s witches and wizards. 

Week 6: Under the Sea
July 22-24, 2021

The seaweed is always greener at Camp Dean! Spend the long summer days by the pond discovering the wonders of water! Take a canoe out for a waterfront picnic or explore the creatures in the creek. Become a camp mermaid and pamper yourself in our mud pit! Bring the undersea life home with aquatic themed crafts and games. During the week, you will make progress towards your It’s Your Planet, Love It Journey.

Week 8: Do You Dare?
August 5-8, 2021

You are stranded at camp. Can you make it through the weekend? Your family will team up against others to overcome obstacles, learn navigation, wilderness survival skills, fire, and shelter building, first aid, and more! Through exciting daily challenges and scavenger hunts, you will be challenged to put your skills to the test! Do you dare to climb to the final crate in crate stacking, try exotic cuisine, and slip your way into the mud pit? Each family will then face off in the final challenge to see who will earn the title as the Ultimate Survivors! 

Camp McCormick Family Summer Camp Options

Week 2: Ninja Power
June 24 – June 27, 2021

An excellent ninja pushes herself to be the best she can be while adapting to her environment. Do you have what it takes to become a true Camp Ninja Warrior? Practice on the climbing wall, archery range, and in the creek to maneuver over obstacles and outdoor challenges! Master outdoor skills such as fire building, knot tying, and orienteering. Battle it out with an all-camp game of Capture the Flag! As you overcome challenging obstacles throughout the week, you will return to home base with progress towards your Climber badge. 

Week 5: Lost in Space
July 15-18, 2021

Embark on your own out-of-this-world adventure at space camp! Venture through the atmosphere with a week of space-themed STEM projects. Spend the days learning about clouds and nights learning about constellations. You may even get to spend a night sleeping under the stars! Plus, you will earn credit towards the new Girl Scout space badges!

Week 7: Color Wars
July 29 – August 1, 2021

Come join us for the craziest, messiest, most colorful competition this side of GSNI! Art lovers will be sorted into teams as you compete in colorful outdoor challenges. The week will be filled with plenty of crafts like creating your own foot-paint masterpiece, tie dye, and more. Enjoy messy Twister, paint with archery, and work up to an all-out color war! You will work towards your Outdoor Art badge.

Weekday Family and Troop Rental

Weekday overnight rentals are available to registered Girl Scouts or Girl Scout Alumna and families. Families will be responsible for their own food, activities, and supervision. Families can rent out a cabin at Camp for a daily fee. Check-in on first day begins at 4pm and check-out on final day is 11 am. Families may also visit camp under day-use only option and will be assigned location for latrine use. Families may reserve Sunday – Wednesday.

Weekday troop rentals are available for day-use only. Troops can reserve a full unit for groups to utilize camp property from 9 AM through 3 PM. Day use options available Sunday – Wednesday based on campsite availability.

All families and troops renting camp during the week will be able to book facilitated outdoor activities for an additional fee per participant. 

Camp Dean Rental Schedule

  • Sunday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 16
  • Sunday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 7
  • Sunday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 21
  • Sunday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 4

Camp McCormick Rental Schedule

  • Sunday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 23
  • Sunday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 30
  • Sunday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 14
  • Sunday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 28

To book your weekday reservation check our activities calendar!

Counselor In Training (CIT I and CIT II) Program

Camp is a perfect opportunity to take on a leadership role and be a role model for younger girls! Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization for girls, and camp provides unlimited options to hone leadership skills. The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a great way to learn about leadership, group dynamics, outdoor skills, program planning, and more. The CIT program is designed so girls participate in leadership training and then apply those skills with younger campers the same week. In addition, CITs will receive additional activity training such as ceremonies, outdoor skills, fire building, and more. Activities during the CIT program will go toward earning the CIT I or CIT II Award. If girls want to earn CIT awards, they must attend and complete CIT I before CIT II. Sessions can be attended without earning of the award. All girls must apply by filling out the CIT Application to be considered for the CIT program

For summer 2021, we have two options for our CITs to be engaged with their home away from home, camp! Our CIT I and CIT II programs will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person content based out of Camp Dean. Experienced CITs looking for additional on-site hours can join the CIT-Leadership program and volunteer over family camp weekends. Second week in-person camp sessions are optional. Virtual content available for CITS who cannot attend in-person during week 2. There are no overnight accommodations available for CITs, however families are free to book a cabin or tent and join the fun!

To maintain adequate social distance and gathering sizes, all girls must complete a CIT Application and be selected to participate in the CIT I, CIT II, and CIT-Leadership programs. These applications will aid in understanding your CITs interests, strengths, and needs for this summer. Please do NOT register for these sessions until you have received approval from the council.

Counselor-in-Training I (CIT I)

Entering Grades 9–12           

Virtual – Zoom and Edmodo and Camp Dean, Big Rock, IL

$25/per girl

June 21 – July 7 – CITs will lead Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Virtual Camp.

Do you want the opportunity to advance your leadership skills? If so, CIT I is for you! You will spend three weeks with us to develop your skills as a camp leader. Not only will you help trained staff develop camp activities, you will also implement them with younger campers. Our first week will be hosted via Zoom calls where CITs will come together to plan activities for an upcoming virtual camp session. CITs will spend the second week at Camp Dean preparing virtual camp program kits with their own curriculum. CITs will lead their programs during our third week for the virtual camp through pre-recorded videos, live Zoom calls, or creating off-line content.

Second week in-person camp sessions are optional. Virtual content available for CITS who cannot attend in-person during week 2. There are no overnight accommodations available for CITs, however families are free to book a cabin or tent and join the fun! Program Aide Basic and Program Aide Outdoor Trainings are recommended but not required, as we will assess your skills prior to the first day of camp and fill in the gaps to ensure you’re up to speed! 

  • Week 1 (6/21-6/24) - CIT training and Zoom planning sessions: Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM.
  • Week 2 (6/28-7/1) – CIT virtual camp preparation at Camp Dean: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM. (This is day only, no overnight accommodations available)
  • Week 3 (7/5-7/7) – CIT lead virtual camp Zoom sessions: Monday – Thursday 10 AM and 3 PM.

Counselor-in-Training II (CIT II)

Entering Grades 10–13

Virtual – Zoom and Edmodo and Camp Dean, Big Rock, IL

$25/per girl

July 12 - July 29 – CITs will lead Color Wars Virtual Camp.

You’re almost there! Now’s the time to pull together all the camp development and leadership skills you developed over the years. Our first week will be hosted via Zoom calls where CITs will come together to plan activities for an upcoming virtual camp session based on CIT specialties and interests. They will also engage with camp administrative staff to see the behind the scenes on developing camp programming. CITs will spend the second week at Camp Dean preparing virtual camp program kits with their own curriculum. CITs will lead their programs during our third week for the virtual camp through pre-recorded videos, live Zoom calls, or creating off-line content.

Second week in-person camp sessions are optional. Virtual content available for CITS who cannot attend in-person during week 2. There are no overnight accommodations available for CITs, however families are free to book a cabin or tent and join the fun!  You are not required to complete CIT I prior to CIT II. CIT I who missed CIT II in 2020 and graduates high school in 2021 can still join to complete the program.  

Week 1 (7/12-7/15) - CIT training and Zoom planning sessions: Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM.

Week 2 (7/19-7/22) – CIT virtual camp preparation at Camp Dean: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM. (This is day only, no overnight accommodations available)

Week 3 (7/26-7/29) – CIT lead virtual camp Zoom sessions: Monday – Thursday 10 AM and 3 PM.

NEW

CIT Leadership

Entering grades 9-13

Camp Dean, Big Rock, IL and Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley, IL

Looking to improve your outdoor leadership skills? In the CIT Leadership program, young counselors in training will receive specialized trainings for our outdoor activities such as lifeguarding, USA Archery Level 1 Instructor, small watercraft safety for canoeing and kayaks, or basic waterfront rescue techniques. With these specialized trainings, CITs join camp staff in facilitating these outdoor programs for campers and their families. Interested CITs can join camp staff training for these specialized certifications. They will work with the CIT director to schedule a weekend to facilitate these activities and enhance their skills. CITs are free to join any training they wish and assist at either Camp Dean or Camp McCormick. All trainings will be held at Camp Dean. CITs can participate in both CIT-I or CIT-II programs in addition to the CIT Leadership program.

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor to instruct archery and slingshots – June 2021 - Must be 14 years of age - $40

Lifeguard for pool and pond – DATE – Must be 16 years of age - $25Camp is a perfect opportunity to take on a leadership role and be a role model for younger girls! Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization for girls, and camp provides unlimited options to hone leadership skills. The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a great way to learn about leadership, group dynamics, outdoor skills, program planning, and more. The CIT program is designed so girls participate in leadership training and then apply those skills with younger campers the same week. In addition, CITs will receive additional activity training such as ceremonies, outdoor skills, fire building, and more. Activities during the CIT program will go toward earning the CIT I or CIT II Award. If girls want to earn CIT awards, they must attend and complete CIT I before CIT II. Sessions can be attended without earning of the award.

For summer 2021, we have two options for our CITs to be engaged with their home away from home, camp! Our CIT I and CIT II programs will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person content based out of Camp Dean. Experienced CITs looking for additional on-site hours can join the CIT-Leadership program and volunteer over family camp weekends. Second week in-person camp sessions are optional. Virtual content available for CITS who cannot attend in-person during week 2. There are no overnight accommodations available for CITs, however families are free to book a cabin or tent and join the fun!

To maintain adequate social distance and gathering sizes, all girls must complete a CIT Application and be selected to participate in the CIT I, CIT II, and CIT-Leadership programs. These applications will aid in understanding your CITs interests, strengths, and needs for this summer. Please do NOT register for these sessions until you have received approval from the council.

Counselor-in-Training I (CIT I)

Entering Grades 9–12           

Virtual – Zoom and Edmodo and Camp Dean, Big Rock, IL

$25/per girl

June 21 – July 7 – CITs will lead Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Virtual Camp.

Do you want the opportunity to advance your leadership skills? If so, CIT I is for you! You will spend three weeks with us to develop your skills as a camp leader. Not only will you help trained staff develop camp activities, you will also implement them with younger campers. Our first week will be hosted via Zoom calls where CITs will come together to plan activities for an upcoming virtual camp session. CITs will spend the second week at Camp Dean preparing virtual camp program kits with their own curriculum. CITs will lead their programs during our third week for the virtual camp through pre-recorded videos, live Zoom calls, or creating off-line content.

Second week in-person camp sessions are optional. Virtual content available for CITS who cannot attend in-person during week 2. There are no overnight accommodations available for CITs, however families are free to book a cabin or tent and join the fun! Program Aide Basic and Program Aide Outdoor Trainings are recommended but not required, as we will assess your skills prior to the first day of camp and fill in the gaps to ensure you’re up to speed! 

  • Week 1 (6/21-6/24) - CIT training and Zoom planning sessions: Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM.
  • Week 2 (6/28-7/1) – CIT virtual camp preparation at Camp Dean: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM. (This is day only, no overnight accommodations available)
  • Week 3 (7/5-7/7) – CIT lead virtual camp Zoom sessions: Monday – Thursday 10 AM and 3 PM.

Counselor-in-Training II (CIT II)

Entering Grades 10–13

Virtual – Zoom and Edmodo and Camp Dean, Big Rock, IL

$25/per girl

July 12 - July 29 – CITs will lead Color Wars Virtual Camp.

You’re almost there! Now’s the time to pull together all the camp development and leadership skills you developed over the years. Our first week will be hosted via Zoom calls where CITs will come together to plan activities for an upcoming virtual camp session based on CIT specialties and interests. They will also engage with camp administrative staff to see the behind the scenes on developing camp programming. CITs will spend the second week at Camp Dean preparing virtual camp program kits with their own curriculum. CITs will lead their programs during our third week for the virtual camp through pre-recorded videos, live Zoom calls, or creating off-line content.

Second week in-person camp sessions are optional. Virtual content available for CITS who cannot attend in-person during week 2. There are no overnight accommodations available for CITs, however families are free to book a cabin or tent and join the fun!  You are not required to complete CIT I prior to CIT II. CIT I who missed CIT II in 2020 and graduates high school in 2021 can still join to complete the program.  

  • Week 1 (7/12-7/15) - CIT training and Zoom planning sessions: Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM.
  • Week 2 (7/19-7/22) – CIT virtual camp preparation at Camp Dean: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM. (This is day only, no overnight accommodations available)
  • Week 3 (7/26-7/29) – CIT lead virtual camp Zoom sessions: Monday – Thursday 10 AM and 3 PM.

NEW

CIT Leadership

Entering grades 9-13

Camp Dean, Big Rock, IL and Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley, IL

Looking to improve your outdoor leadership skills? In the CIT Leadership program, young counselors in training will receive specialized trainings for our outdoor activities such as lifeguarding, USA Archery Level 1 Instructor, small watercraft safety for canoeing and kayaks, or basic waterfront rescue techniques. With these specialized trainings, CITs join camp staff in facilitating these outdoor programs for campers and their families. Interested CITs can join camp staff training for these specialized certifications. They will work with the CIT director to schedule a weekend to facilitate these activities and enhance their skills. CITs are free to join any training they wish and assist at either Camp Dean or Camp McCormick. All trainings will be held at Camp Dean. CITs can participate in both CIT-I or CIT-II programs in addition to the CIT Leadership program.

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor to instruct archery and slingshots – June 2021 - Must be 14 years of age - $40

Lifeguard for pool and pond – DATE – Must be 16 years of age - $25

CPR/First Aid/AED - $25

Camp Dean Weekends

  • June 18 – June 20
  • July 9 – July 11
  • July 23 – July 25
  • August 6 – 8

Camp McCormick Weekends

  • June 25 – 27
  • July 16 – 18
  • July 30 – August 1
Virtual Outdoor Experiences

GSNI offers virtual programming for campers who are unable to attend our in-person family camps. Each morning we will have a daily virtual check-in with GSNI staff, and your girls will get to interact as they choose camp names and make their nametags for the week!

Girls will have two staff-led live Zoom sessions. Some Zoom sessions will include special guests while others are guided activities based on the week’s theme! Other activities will be pre-recorded for your convenience when your girl is ready.

Each week will feature activities related to Girl Scout badges and Journeys. Activities will be posted in Edmodo, a virtual platform much like Google Classroom. Each camper will receive a packet of themed content plus additional enrichment activities for those who don’t want the fun to stop.

Each week campers will receive a virtual camp care package mailed directly to your door prior to each registered week of camp! We will include supplies to complete themed activities. Virtual campers will need their own school supplies such as markers, glue, scissors, and crayons.

All Virtual Outdoor Adventures Cost $75.00 per registered girl and $100 per non registered girl.

All Zoom calls take place at 10 AM and 3 PM CST Daily

Week 2: Passport to Adventure!
Monday - Thursday: June 21-24, 2021

Learn everything you need to know about basic camping skills! We will participate in camp traditions that happen every summer—from raising the flag to a weekly challenge, songs, campfire, games, and more! Learn what it takes to camp out on the back trails of the mountains, in the snowy north, or on a costal beach!  Practice your tent building skills for our virtual campout in our living rooms or back yards! Activities from this week will help fill partial requirements for all Girl Scout level-specific Camping badges and GSNI 8 Basic Outdoor Skills program.

Week 3: Foxes Den on the Prairie

Monday - Thursday: June 28 – July 1, 2021

Take a step back in time and explore living off the land! As you learn about the prairie plants and little critters, you will discover ways to sustain the environment. At home learn about the frontier life by making your own butter, learning how to weave or sew, and more! The week will be filled with additional outdoor activities your families can participate in such as hiking, orienteering, hiking, and observing everything around you. Learn about Leave No Trace and become an environmental advocate! You will even earn credit towards your Environmental Stewardship badge.

Week 4: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Monday - Thursday: July 5-8, 2021

Your owl has arrived! Board the train, grab your magical broomstick, and fly to camp! Attend classes such as astronomy, potions, magical defense, herbology, and wizard sports. Complete in the virtual all-camp Tournament of Magic and earn points for your favorite magical house. Put your spells and outdoor skills to the test as you explore the ins and outs of the camp’s witches and wizards.   

Week 5: Lost in Space

Monday - Thursday: July 12-15, 2021

Embark on your own out-of-this-world adventure at space camp! Venture through the atmosphere with a week of space-themed STEM projects. Spend the days learning about clouds and nights learning about constellations. Build and launch your own film canister rocket for all of your friends to see! You will earn credit towards the new Girl Scout space badges!

Week 6: Under the Sea

Monday - Thursday: July 19-22, 2021

The seaweed is always greener at Camp Dean! Spend the long summer discovering the wonders of water! Try out different water games with your family to beat the summer heat. Become a camp mermaid and pamper yourself in our mud pit! Bring the undersea life home with aquatic themed crafts and games. During the week, you will make progress towards your It’s Your Planet, Love It Journey.

Week 7: Color Wars

Monday - Thursday: July 25-29, 2021

Come join us for the craziest, messiest, most colorful competition this side of GSNI! Art lovers will be sorted into virtual teams as you compete in colorful outdoor challenges. The week will be filled with plenty of crafts like creating your own foot-paint masterpiece, tie dye, and more. Each project will inspire to admire the beauty of the world around you. You will work towards your Outdoor Art badge.

Week 8: Do You Dare?

Monday - Thursday: August 2-5, 2021

You are stranded without the comforts of home. Can you make it through the week? Your family will team up to overcome obstacles, learn navigation, wilderness survival skills, fire and shelter building, first aid, and more! Through exciting daily challenges, you will put your survival skills to the test! End the week with a virtual escape room and see if you can become the ultimate virtual survivor!  

 

 

 

Campership

If your family would love to attend camp and your family doesn’t have the resources to do so, we may be able to help! Families can apply for Camperships for girls only to help with cost by paying the initial $100 deposit for camp and submitting a Campership application. Campership applications are due by April 1, 2021, and awards are granted after April 15, 2021.  We recommend you send in the application as soon as you submit your online registration.  

Financial assistance is available only to registered girl members of GSNI. Financial aid will only reduce registration for girl participant, not overall family. Applications will not be processed without the deposit and registration form. Families can only apply for financial assistance once per the 2021 season and only for girl participants. If you wish to receive financial assistance for multiple sessions, one amount will be allotted and allocated across multiple sessions.

Selecting “Need Financial Assistance” on the Camp Registration form does NOT register you for financial assistance. Please remember, the best way to pay for camp is to fully participate in the Girl Scout Fall Product and Cookie Programs and earning Cookie Dough/Cashew Cash! 

Camperships are only for inperson family weekend camps. They are not for Virtual Outdoor Expereinces or weekday rentals. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy For Summer Family Camp

Cancellation Policy

If a session or event does not meet the minimum registration as of the deadline date, GSNI reserves the right to cancel. Notice will be made by email. REFUND PROCEDURE: A full refund of the fee (including deposit) is made ONLY if a participant can’t be placed in the event of her choice or if it is necessary for GSNI to cancel an event.

If GSNI must cancel due to standards and regulations placed by the Illinois Department of Public Health or the American Camping Association, a full refund (including deposit) will be granted to in-person camp sessions.

If a family must cancel their reservation due to presentation of symptoms monitored or illness before camp, families must notify GSNI 3 days prior to camp session to receive refund. 

Refunds

Deposits are non-refundable for camper cancellations. A full refund, including deposit, is made only if a camper cannot be placed in a program or if it is necessary to cancel the program. No refunds will be made for campers arriving late, leaving early, attending only part of the program, or for those who fail to attend. Contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsni.org or 1-844-476-4463, to obtain a Refund Request Form.  After camp ends, partial refunds may be considered on a case-by-case basis and only in the case of extenuating family circumstances or medical reasons supported by a doctor’s statement. Any authorized refunds will be issued starting in September 2021.

Spring Family Adventures

GSNI Family Camping is open for the spring months at Mary Ann Beebe Center, Camp Dean, Camp Far Horizons, and Camp McCormick! All indoor accommodations are heated and waiting for you to bring your family. Themed weekend packages are included in the price! We hope to see you at camp this winter! Themed activities are for families who are staying the night. 

*Activities listed are subject to change*

April and May's theme is "Spring Time Fun" activities may or may not include the following:

  1. Scavenger hunt
  2. Flower Pot painting
  3. Bird houses
  4. Salt Painting
  5. Tree cookie art
Family Camp FAQ Information

Are you looking for an adventurous and exciting weekend for your family this year? Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is opening our camps to all Girl Scouts and their families to create unique outdoor fun! Families will be able to rent an individual sleeping quarter or a lodge at three of our camping properties—Camp Dean (Big Rock), Camp McCormick (Stillman Valley), and Mary Ann Beebe Center (Harvard). 

Families should bring their own food and personal supplies. 

Please read our Family Camp FAQ on expected guidelines before making a reservation. 

Camp McCormick Family Camp Options

Camp McCormick is nearly 400 acres of pristine wilderness and open prairies stretching along almost two miles of Rock River frontage. You can hike miles of manicured trails while enjoying the plush scenery and ample wildlife. 

Are you ready to find a gnome? Check out the Gnome Hunt at Camp McCormick created by Troops 1243, 190, and 1398!

To book camp for our exciting themed weekends, please click on the date you would like to book. 
 

 

Mary Ann Beebe Center Family Camp Options

Mary Ann Beebe Center is 295 acres located between Harvard and Woodstock. Pockets of water spread out across the property, providing habitats for various wildlife. Water fowl love the area! From whooping cranes to wood ducks, the camp has many resident feathered friends. The woodlands are populated with burr, white, and red oaks, great open grasslands, and a high-quality managed wetland of about 25 acres.

To book camp for our exciting themed weekends, please click on the date you would like to book. 

 

Camp Dean Family Camp Options

Camp Dean is 160 acres of woods and grasslands. Welch Creek runs through the middle of camp and is one of the finest creeks in the state for wildlife. Explore its secrets on a hike, and don’t forget your camera. There is a large hill in the middle of the prairie offering fantastic views of the night sky. Try your hand at fishing or other water activities on our 2.25 acre pond. Camp Dean is located just west of Aurora in the southeast area of our council.

To book camp for our exciting themed weekends, please click on the date you would like to book. 
 

 

 

Camp Far Horizons Family Camp Options

Are you looking for an adventurous and exciting time for your family or troop this spring? Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is opening our camps to all Girl Scout families and troops to create unique outdoor fun! Families will be able to rent an individual sleeping quarter at all four of our camping properties—Camp Dean (Big Rock), Camp McCormick (Stillman Valley), Camp Far Horizons (Hanover), and Mary Ann Beebe Center (Harvard).Families can also reserve activities at camp such as archery, canoeing, kayaking, and ziplining are available for an extra fee. Families should bring their own food and personal supplies.

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