Camp Pathway

camp pathway

Our Mission and Program

Girl Scouting builds girls of COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and CHARACTER who make the world a better place. Through our outdoor experiences girls discover their interests in a safe, natural setting, connect to others and take action to make the world a better place through experiences that are girl-led and involve cooperative learning and learning by doing. Our outdoor program provides girls a supportive, safe environment where they expand their horizons and try new things. While girls learn new physical skills like swimming or horseback riding, they also learn life skills such as teamwork, leadership and self-reliance.

Girl Planning

Girl Scout camp is more than an opportunity for a girl to go outside and play, it is an opportunity for her to grow. When girls arrive at camp, they will spend time with their group discussing what camp is like and the options they have while at camp. The group will then work together to plan the activities they would like to participate in while at camp. In order to ensure a well-rounded program, girls will always be asked to try new things, and certain activities will always be scheduled in. This process, known as “girl planning,” empowers girls to have a say in their lives, to speak up for themselves and to recognize the feelings of others.

Progressive Programming

Our council’s camp program aligns with the Girl Scouts of the USA commitment to providing programs that are progressive and developmentally appropriate. This allows girls to be appropriately challenged and always have a growth step to look forward to in the future. Therefore, you will see sessions offered by Girl Scout level, based on the grade the girl is entering in Fall 2012. The only exceptions are sessions where levels are determined by skill, such as our progressive horse programs. It is important to note that all programming, including horseback riding, is done weather permitting and camp directors reserve the right to change program schedules based on weather conditions.

Camp Accredited Logo

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois operate four camp properties. Devoted to connecting girls with the outdoors. All four camps are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. ACA Accreditation means that our programs and properties review over 300 standards from staff qualifications, emergency procedures, training, food safety and others. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and the ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

Here are some of the different types of Girl Scout camp experiences we offer:

Resident Camp—Girl Scouts may begin attending resident camp after they have completed kindergarten, and may attend as campers until they have graduated from high school . Girls camp for three to fourteen days and nights (the average is five nights). Girls may sign up as individual campers, go with a buddy or may attend special sessions with their troop. The girls and their counselors/volunteers plan activities, taking advantage of the resources available at the campsite. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois hosts summer resident camp at two camp facilities with a specially trained staff.

Day Camp includes girls in kindergarten and older who typically camp for three or more consecutive days for four hours or more. The occasional overnight may be offered. Girls may sign up as individual campers or go with buddies. The girls and staff plan and carry out activities. Day camping is usually council sponsored or approved, with the council training the staff and approving the facilities and site. A day camp may be at a council-owned site or a site contracted by the council.

Weekend Camp includes girls in kindergarten and above, and typically lasts for two days and one overnight. Weekend camp experiences are planned and carried out by a group of girls and their volunteers, using council-approved sites. Some weekend camp experiences are designed to include staff with program expertise—a good choice for girls and adult volunteers who may want support with their camp experience.

Travel/Travel Camping (using campsites as a means of accommodations) is planned and carried out by a group of experienced campers—girls and adults. The group travels by foot or human power and uses motorized or non-motorized transportation to move from one site to another over a period of three or more nights. Motorized transportation is usually a bus, van, or automobile but may also be an airplane, boat, bicycle, train, or combination of vehicles.

Minimal-Impact Camping (can apply to any outdoor activity or camping environment) encourages each person to leave no trace of their outdoor or camping experience from the planning stages to the outdoor experience itself.