Encampment General Information

Encampment is an opportunity to experience a large group camp-out event. It is like a jamboree, only smaller, with girls from Concord and Carlisle only. Girls without camping experience can come for the day, and experienced campers can come for one or two nights.

Where: Location varies from year to year depending on site availability.

Cost: Minimal, about $15-20 per person attending, depending on what is included.

Activities: SWAPS, flag ceremony, campfire (with songs & skits), s’mores. Often we will have a group dinner in which everyone can participate. Depending on the year, specific activities will be available for both daytime and overnight girls. These activities could include boating, archery, low ropes challenge course, letter boxing, scavenger hunts, etc.

When: Encampment is usually held in October or MayThe camping event runs from Friday through Sunday (one or both nights) with the daytime only event being held on Saturday.

Sample Itineraries:

Daytime Only (it's up to you to decide)    

  • Troops arrive Saturday morning, you decide the time
  • Sat morning – Exploring the tents and grounds, make SWAPS, activities led by older girls
  • Sat lunch – bag lunches OR make a fire and have an easy cookout of something like hotdogs and s’mores!
  • Sat afternoon – more like Sat morning AND boating
  • Sat dinner – leave before dinner or join in for the Encampment dinner, cooked by older girl troop
  • Sat evening – consider leaving after dinner.

Overnight (it's up to you to decide)    

  • Troops arrive Friday evening & everyone brings a bag dinner from home
  • Sat AM breakfast is non-cooking – muffins, bagels, or cereal (maybe have girls bring favorite baked goods/cereals and have a breakfast buffet?)
  • Sat morning – prepare skits & songs for campfire, make SWAPS, exploring
  • Sat lunch – Sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies
  • Sat afternoon – more like Sat morning AND boating
  • Sat dinner – Encampment dinner, cooked by older girl troop
  • Sat evening – Encampment provided campfire and s’mores with your skits & songs
  • Sunday morning – cold breakfast (maybe have each girl bring 1 bag of cereal and do a cereal mix-up buffet?), pack up.

Should our troop come for the day or sleep over?

Sleeping over is appropriate for girls already familiar with Girl Scout camping. Suggested age level is 2nd grade Brownies and up depending on experience level. This should NOT be their first camping trip. Daytime Only program is appropriate for all girls that are not quite ready for sleeping over in a tent and want to explore what camp has to offer. Leaders can decide how much time is appropriate for their troop to attend.

Which girls and adults in my troop should attend?  Girls already familiar with Girl Scout camping are encouraged to sleep over. This is not a parent-daughter event and tent space is limited, so troops should only bring the number of adults needed to match the number of girls attending (approximately 2 adults for the 1st 12 girls, 1 extra per 6 thereafter) and not many more (see Safety Activity Checkpoints p. 26 – link below). Tent space priority will be given to girls so there may not be sleeping space for extra adults. Adults in excess of SafetyWise ratio should expect to be assigned a helping role in the days activities (boating, archery, dinner prep, etc.) and understand they will not be with their troops for most of the day.

How can my troop participate in this?

  • Talk to your girls and gauge their interest level
  • Find Friends and Family Network adults who are willing to participate
  • Look for the Encampment detail announcements
  • Contact your girls and adults and get them to commit 
  • Send in the reservation form with your troop payment by the reservation deadline.  Late submissions run the risk of not being accepted because of space restrictions.
  • Have at least 1 adult attend the mandatory pre-encampment meeting.
  • Organize your meals
  • Fill out a troop attendance form to bring with you along
  • Come to encampment with troop attendance form and health forms in hand, and let the fun begin!

Still have questions?

  • Check the frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.
  • E-mail us at ccgssucoordinator@gmail.com

Links for More Information

Specific Encampments

  • Past Encampment - May     5-7, 2017 at Camp Runels, Pelham NH Encampment 2017   
  • Past Encampment - May 13-15, 2016 at Camp Runels, Pelham NH Encampment 2016   
  • Past Encampment - May 15-17, 2015 at Camp Runels, Pelham NH Encampment 2015  
  • Past Encampment - May 16-18, 2014 at Camp Runels, Pelham NH Encampment 2014
  • Past Encampment - May 10-12, 2013  at Camp Virginia, Bolton, MA Encampment 2013