Encampment General Information

What Is Encampment?
  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.  Inexperienced camping girls can come for the
day, and experienced campers can come for 1 or 2 nights.

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

Cost:  Minimal, about $10-20 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 which everyone can participate in.  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 daytime only event is on Saturday.  The camping event runs from Friday thru Sunday (one or both nights), with the daytime only event being held on Saturday.

Sleeping Over or Day Only Program?   Sleeping over is appropriate for girls already familiar with Girl Scout camping.  Suggested age is 2rd grade and up depending on experience level.  This should NOT be their 1st camping trip. Daytime Only program is appropriate for all girls that are not quite ready for sleeping over in a tent.  You can decide how much time is appropriate for your troop to attend.

Who can come and sleep over?  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 for the 1st 12 girls, 1 extra per 6 after), and not many more (see Group Camping safety checkpoints online – link below).    Tent space priority will be given to girls so there may not be sleeping space for extra adults.

Daytime Only Sample Itinerary - 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 Sample Itinerary - it's up to you to decide    

  • Troops arrive Friday eve & 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.

How Can My Troop Be Part of This?

  • Talk to your girls and gauge their interest level.  Find adults willing to participate.
  • Look for the Encampment detail announcements.
  • Contact your girls and get them to commit
  • Get your adults to commit
  • Send in the reservation form with your 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
  • Come to encampment with troop attendance form and health forms in hand, and let the fun begin!


  • Check the Frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.
  • E-mail me at kathrynefriess@gmail.com

Links for More Information

Specific Encampments

Next Encampment-  May 13-15,  2016, at Camp Runels,  Pelham NH    Encampment 2016  

  • Next 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