Spring camping

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

i cant waitSpring is on its way. At least that’s what I’m choosing to believe. Often service units plan encampments for the spring. An encampment is a camping trip for multiple troops from one or more service units and most often are held at a council camp property.

Some groups that plan encampments plan their own meals, sometimes each troop is responsible for their own individual meals, sometimes caterers are used, activities for the event typically include both individual troop planned activities as well as whole group activities. Most of the time group activities are based on a theme such as a pirate’s life, rock and roll, or harry potter. Depending on the size of the group troops may rotate through activity stations.

One of the requirements of holding an encampment is to have a volunteer in the position of service unit encampment director. This person is responsible for overseeing the encampment, from planning through implementation.

Service Unit Encampment Enrichment

This course is required for those who will be running a service unit encampment. Encampments are a wonderful opportunity to provide a safe, fun and educational outdoor experience for three or more troops for one or two nights. The encampment director is the camp director for the weekend. This course will cover the GSUSA Safety Checkpoints and the NY State Department of Health and the American Camp Association procedures. The Service Unit Manager appoints an encampment director who has completed Simply Successful Overnights & Simply Successful Camping (or its equivalent) courses, and has had successful experience in planning and implementing Girl Scout outdoor program. The Encampment Director must attend Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Encampment Director Update every three years.
For more information on this training visit the council website at www.gsnypenn.org or contact your regional volunteer services manager.

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