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Summer Adventures

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Summer camp registration opens at 12:05 p.m. on February 14. For a preview of all the great summer offerings we have, check out our Little Book – the annual summer guide to fun and adventure!

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Remember that summer feeling—that feeling of freedom, excitement, and possibility? You wanted to pack every moment with something fun. 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 with brand new friends. She’ll challenge her limits with supportive adults by her side. She’ll be the guide of her own adventure, finding fun around every corner.

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!

(Some activities may depend on the facility of the camp session, the age requirements, or the session your camper is attending.)


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Council Run Day Camp

Day Camp offers girls entering grades 1-5 the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during the day and return home each evening. Our Day Camps offer optional extended hours (until 8 p.m.) and a Thursday overnight during the week-long program. The camp sessions are facilitated by professional camp staff.

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Volunteer-Led Day/Twilight Camp

This unique opportunity is offered throughout the council and led by trained volunteers. These camps often take place at local forest preserves, local and GSNI camps (Mary Ann Beebe Center), or other outdoor facilities. Registration is managed by screened, local volunteers.  Speak with your service unit or contact Customer Care to inquire about Volunteer-Led camps in your area.


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Resident (Overnight) Camp

Girls live at camp for sessions ranging from 3 days/2 nights up to 6 days/5 nights. During their stay, girls live in sleeping cabins, platform tents, or Adirondacks. Girls can attend on their own, with a buddy (current Girl Scout or non-member), or with girls from their troop. Resident Camp is delivered by seasonal, trained camp staff.

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Extra Adventures

Extra adventures are great for families looking to personalize their girl’s summer. These trips leave from Camps Dean, Camp McCormick and Camp Far Horizons. This year, extra adventures features whitewater rafting, zip lining, high ropes, standup paddle boarding, kayaking, indoor sky diving, SCUBA diving, and more. 

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Family Camp

Family Camp offers a great opportunity for first time campers to experience the fun of camp with a parent (or other favorite adult) by their side. Our family campers often come back year after year, because they have so much fun! These sessions are offered periodically throughout the summer and are in the form of “Special Guy”, “Girls Getaway”, and “It’s All Relative.” All Family Camp activities are led by seasonal camp staff.

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Troop Camping

Ever want to camp with your troop but need some help? Well, Troop Camping is perfect for you!  Summer camp staff will be on hand to lead camp activities, such as swimming, archery, arts and crafts and outdoor cooking.  Troops will be sleeping in cabins or platform tents – depending on the camp location.  Troops are responsible for providing adult/girl ratio and do not need to have Outdoor Overnight training.

View GSNI Activities List


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Camperships

If your girl would love to attend camp as a camper or Counselor-in-Training (CIT) but doesn’t have the resources to do so, we may be able to help!  Families can apply for Camperships by paying the initial $50 deposit for camp and submitting a Campership application. Campership applications are due by April 1, 2019, and are awarded after April 15, 2019. We highly recommend you send in the application as soon as you submit your online registration. Applications are reviewed and assessed as they come in, and funds are allocated starting April 1, 2019. Selecting “Need Financial Assistance” on the Camp Registration email does NOT register your girl for ­financial assistance. The form must be completed and received by the council. Please remember, the best way to pay for camp is to participate fully in the fall product and cookie programs!

Download Campership Application (PDF) 


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Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers help us provide girls with an exceptional camp experience.  Whether it’s helping in the greenhouse, assisting with programming, or being a guest speaker, GSNI volunteers are critically important to the success of summer camp. Volunteer opportunities are flexible, starting at just a couple hours to a few days. You can help as little or as much as you’d like!

If you would like more information about volunteering at camp, please contact us at 844-476-4463 or customercare@girlscoutsni.org, use subject line “Camp Volunteer.”

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Camp Guide

By request, we have created a GSNI Camp Guide (pdf download) to help prepare our campers and parents for the summer. This inclusive guide provides detailed information about our summer camp program to include accommodations, procedures, expectations, FAQs, and more. This will be the go-to guide for all things camp. The guide will answer questions, such as:

·       How many hours will my camper spend on themes while at camp?

·       What skills will my camper learn while at camp?

·       How do I know if my camper is ready for camp?

·       Why can’t I register my CIT for training directly online?

·       And so much more…

Download GSNI Camp Guide (PDF)