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Summer Adventures

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Check out our Little Book – the annual summer guide to fun and adventure!

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 customercare@girlscoutsni.org.

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


Camp Options

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Camp Guide

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) Coming Soon! 

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are Girl Scouts who have attended a Counselor-in-Training summer camp session. At these sessions, they learn the skills to become a counselor or other summer camp staff member. GSNI offers a variety of CIT summer camp sessions as part of our resident camp summer schedule at Camp Dean, Camp McCormick, and Camp Far Horizons. All CITs are welcome to join pre-summer staff training with summer camp staff! 

Counselor-in-Training I (CIT I) is for girls entering grades 9–12. This camp is two weeks long and is required for girls seeking to earn their CIT I and CIT II Awards. Girls get more in-depth training about the role of a counselor and implement their skills with younger campers.

Counselor-in-Training II (CIT II) is for girls entering grades 10–12. This camp is two weeks long and is required for girls seeking to earn their CIT II Award. During this session, more complex skills are explored, and girls have a chance to specialize in a desired role at camp. CIT IIs examine behind the scenes programming elements of camp.

Due to the training, dedicated CIT staff, and low cost of these camps, all girls must complete a CIT Application and be selected to participate in the CIT I, CIT II, and/or CIT Leadership Week programs. This will ensure the camp is the right fit for the staff, CITs, and campers.

Applications can be submitted at any time before or after the first day of camp registration on January 6, 2020. Campers should not register for these sessions until they have been accepted into the program.

CIT Application

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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.

View GSNI Camp Activities


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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.

View GSNI Activities List


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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.

View GSNI Activities List


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Camperships

If your girl would love to attend camp as a camper but doesn’t have the resources to do so, we may be able to help!  Families can apply for Camperships by paying the initial $100 deposit for camp and submitting a Campership application. Campership applications are due by March 1, 2020, and are awarded after March 15, 2020. 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 March 1, 2020. 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!

Campership Application Online Form


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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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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.”