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Summer Adventures

Camp Reg Opens

Summer camp registration opens on February 14. To get a preview of all the great summer offerings we have, check out our Little Book!

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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 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. The Day Camps at Camp Dean and Camp McCormick offer an overnight option once during the week-long program. The camp sessions are facilitated by the Camp Dean and Camp McCormick Camp Staff. 

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Volunteer-Led Day/Twilight Camp

This unique opportunity offered throughout the council and led by trained volunteers. These sessions often take place at local forest preserves, local and GSNI camps, or other outdoor facilities.  Registration is handled by local volunteers.  Talk 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, Adirondacks, or covered wagons. 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 camp staff.

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Extra Adventures

Extra adventures are great for families looking to personalize their daughter’s summer.  These trips leave from Camp McCormick. Girls can attend a week of resident camp and go on an extra adventure in the middle.  Or they can just come for the adventure without spending the week at camp.  This year, extra adventures features whitewater rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, and kayaking.  We also have one open to families to enjoy summer activities at Chestnut Mountain.

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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, but 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 needed some help? Well, Troop Camping is perfect for you!  Summer camp staff will be on hand to lead all the camp activities, like swimming, archery and arts and crafts.  They also will lead outdoor cooking meals.  Troops will be sleeping in platform tents.  Troops are responsible for providing adult/girl ratio and do not need to have Outdoor Overnight training.

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Camperships

If you have a girl that 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 and awards are granted after April 15.  Decisions are made strictly on the basis of financial situation and council funds. A limited amount of financial assistance is available. Please contact the council office if additional assistance is needed beyond initial awarded amount. Applications remain confidential.  Specific instructions are listed in the form.

>> Download Campership Application


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Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers help us provide girls with an exceptional camp experience.  Whether it’s painting new signs for the cabins, 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 from a couple hours to a few days – you can help as little or as much as you’d like.  We have opportunities available at all of our camps!

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.”