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2020 Outdoor Experiences

Girl Scout Camp is a place where girls explore nature, take on new challenges, and develop a stronger sense of self — all in a safe, all-girl environment.

Remember that summer feeling—that feeling of freedom, excitement, and possibility? You wanted to pack every moment with memoires that would last a lifetime. You defined your adventure, and it was awesome! This summer let Girl Scouts be the gateway to that summer feeling for your girl. She’ll discover exciting activities while being un-plugged, challenge her limits with supportive adults by her side, and be the guide of her own adventure. 

Each week, campers will explore a variety of themes linked to new and popular Girl Scout badges and journeys. Sleuth your way through a mystery, create magical potions, and push yourself like a ninja through our unique challenge course. Build your own robot and practice coding. Spend the morning zipping across the treetops and relax poolside by the evening. Through our resident camp sessions, Girl Scouts can earn progress towards badges such as Coding for Good, Snow or Climbing, Robotics, Outdoor Art, Space, and more! 

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offers council-sponsored summer camp opportunities at Camp Dean, Camp Far Horizons, and Camp McCormick. Girls have the opportunity to choose from various outdoor activities including archery, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, crate stacking, hiking, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, nature exploration, creek stomping, and horseback riding, plus more!

Summer camp is for any girl and all girls. If you're girl isn't currently a member, she can still go to camp, and simply pay an additional $25 membership fee.

Want more info about our camps? Contact us at 844-476-4463 or


2020 Family Camp and Troop Day Use

Family Camp FAQ Information

Are you looking for an adventurous and exciting weekend for your family this summer? 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 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 may make reservations to enjoy our camp properties starting June 12!

Families can explore camp, purchase Girl Scout Lead Your Own Adventure activity bags in advance which may include activities for crafts, hikes, games, and more. 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. 

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

Camp McCormick- NEW Fall Dates Added!

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. 

Family Camp and Troop day use at Camp McCormick will take place during the following dates:

July 1-5, 2020         July 16-20, 2020      July 30-August 3, 2020

August 6-10, 2020       August 13-17, 2020     August 27-31, 2020

September 11-13, 2020  October 9-11, 2020

Mary Ann Beebe Center- NEW Fall Dates Added!

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.

Family Camp and Troop day use at MABC will take place during the following dates:

July 1-5, 2020     July 16-20,  2020    July 30-August 3, 2020

August 13-17, 2020   August 20-24, 2020  August 27-31, 2020

September 11-13, 2020    October 16-19, 2020

Camp Dean- NEW Fall Dates Added!

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.

Family Camp and Troop day use at Camp Dean will take place during the following dates:

July 9-13, 2020    July 23-27, 2020   August 6-10, 2020  September 4-7, 2020

September 18-20, 2020  October 2-4, 2020   October 16-19, 2020


Camp Far Horizons- NEW Fall Dates Added!

Camp Far Horizons is 230 acres of old, red oak forest. The scenic views found throughout the camp are unique to every season. The camp provides rappelling, crate stacking, archery, hiking, geocaching, and unit camping. The camp’s close proximity to historic Galena make it a popular destination. The remote location of the camp in rural Hanover (Jo Daviess County) allows for great star gazing!

Family Camp and Troop day use at Camp Far Horizons will take place during the following dates:

July 9-13, 2020     July 23-27, 2020    August 20-24, 2020  September 4-7, 2020

September 18-20, 2020   October 2-4, 2020   

Troop Day Use Information

We are so excited to welcome troops back to our camp properties for day use. Troops can reserve a day use site by using the activites calendar only until September 1, 2020. This is only temporary, and will help us make sure we do not have any double bookings during our family camp dates. 

For Troop Day use bookings AFTER September 1, 2020: Make your reservation here!