Camping with a Girl Scout troop is an exciting adventure. Girls develop teamwork skills through activities and meal preparation, learn to respect and appreciate the outdoors, and grow in self-confidence and decision-making skills. Troops can camp on Council-owned property (Camp Cedarledge, Fiddlecreek or Tuckaho) or off Council-owned property (for example, at a state park).
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri camp training provides the knowledge and skills volunteers need to ensure a positive camping experience for themselves as well as the girls.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri utilizes a blended learning approach for camp training. Volunteers can begin their learning experience at their convenience, using the online courses. The online training is supplemented by required face-to-face learning opportunities.
Required training for camping on Council-owned property
When overnight camping on Council-owned property, at least one adult accompanying a troop camping in a Council-owned camp unit must meet one of the following requirements:
- Camping Procedures in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri completed prior to February 1, 2012
- Troop Camp A or Troop Camp B license earned prior to February 1, 2012*
- Troop Camp A-Z license or a Troop Camp Fast Track license*
- Have successfully completed a Troop Camp Skills Challenge and have an approved Request for Waiver of Troop Camp Training: On Council-Owned Property*
- Be accompanied by a Troop Camp Mentor*
*Volunteers who meet these requirements are also qualified to camp off Council-owned property.
Required Training for camping off Council-owned property
At least one adult accompanying a troop camping off Council-owned property must meet one of the following requirements:
- Troop Camp A or Troop Camp B license earned prior to February 1, 2012
- Troop Camp Fundamentals, A-Z, or Fast Track license
- Have successfully completed a Troop Camp Skills Challenge and have an approved Request for Waiver of Troop Camp Training: Off Council-Owned Property
- Be accompanied by a Troop Camp Mentor
Learning Opportunity Descriptions (See the Lead & Learn for more information.)
- Troop Camp A-Z: A complete troop camp learning experience. This is the perfect opportunity for volunteers with little or no camping experience to learn all they need to know to have a safe and fun troop camp experience. Pre-course work is required.
- Troop Camp “A”wesome: This course is a version of Troop Camp A-Z during which adults can bring girls. The adults participate in Troop Camp A-Z while the girls experience fun camp activities.
- Troop Camp with a Twist: Like Troop Camp “A”wesome, adults participating in this course can bring girls. The adults participate in Troop Camp A-Z while the girls experience fun camp activities. Troop Camp with a Twist is sponsored by districts, not by the Camping Services Department. These courses are listed in the Lead & Learn.
- Troop Camp Fast Track: A one-day course that covers the material in Troop Camp A-Z at a greatly accelerated pace. This course is intended for experienced campers who need to learn the “Girl Scout way.” Extensive pre-course work is required so all course objectives can be covered in one day. Participants who arrive at camp without having completed and submitted pre-course work are not allowed to stay at the class.
- Troop Camp Fundamentals: The same learning experience as Troop Camp A-Z but does not include information specific to Girl Scout camps. This course certifies participants to camp only off Council-owned property. Participants who complete this course and then wish to camp on Council-owned property must complete additional coursework.
- Standard Camp Unit Check-Out Procedures: An online course that acquaints participants with how to check out of a unit after a troop camp experience. This course prepares volunteers to work with a Camp Supervisor to ensure that the camps remain clean and well-maintained.
- Troop Camping 101: An online course that provides basic information needed to camp. Participants learn which forms must be submitted to be approved to camp, which resources to use and essential information for keeping girls safe while camping.
- Troop Camping Information Packet Review: An online course that introduces participants to the wealth of information and tips contained within the Troop Camping Information Packet.
- Troop Camp Skills Challenge: Volunteers who wish to waiver out of Troop Camp Training demonstrate their competence in basic camp skills, building fires, tying knots, using knives and handling food safely.
- What’s at a Girl Scout Camp? An online or face-to-face (see Lead & Learn) course that provides participants with an in-depth description of what is at a Girl Scout camp including: types of units at Girl Scout camps, pools, waterfront and other public areas.
Troop leaders can elect to partner with a Troop Camp Mentor to meet the training requirement to camp on or off Council-owned property. Mentors are experienced licensed troop campers who work with the troop in advance of the camping experience to help prepare the girls and leaders, and then accompany the troop to camp. For more information on the Troop Camp Mentor program, contact an Adult Education Manager at the Service Center.
Volunteers who have a great deal of experience camping at Girl Scout camps, or have taken camp training through another youth-serving organization, can apply for a waiver. To be granted a waiver a participant must complete an application, secure a letter of reference, complete online course work and successfully complete a skills challenge.