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Camp Properties & Reservations

All camp properties are open and available for use.

Click HERE for our current reservations calendar.

The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has seven camp properties throughout the council. There is a camp property within two hours of all members of our council, and most members are significantly closer. Some of the camps are groomed and tamed; some are more wild and natural. Properties in the council range from a 12 acre park like facility to a 1,400 acre wooded wilderness, and each provides a unique experience for the camper.

Girl Scout camping offers girls the opportunity to learn to live comfortably in the out-of-doors, to develop their awareness of the world around them, to become more self-reliant, and to be a contributing member of the group. Girls may attend camp with girls in their own troops, in their neighborhood, or as individuals. Camping offers the opportunities to gain knowledge and skills through troop camping, day camps or camporees, resident camp or through our unique adventure program.

Troop Activity Guidance at Kentuckiana Camps

Troop Activity Guidance at Kentuckiana Camps

Reservations can be made in Double Knot in one-hour blocks with a maximum of eight consecutive hours on the same day. Scroll down to select a camp. Then under category choose Building Day Use or Unit Day Use.

Day use guidelines include:

  • Masks must be worn indoors by girls, volunteers, and parents.
  • Adult to girl ratios must be met.
  • Troops must have a registered leader who has completed Camp in A. Camp in A can be completed online here.
  • If you intend to start a fire, you will need to have completed Camp in B training.
  • All safety guidelines as listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints should be followed.

Registration for:

Camp Shantituck

Camp Stem

Camp Pennyroyal

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp

Camp Barren Ridge

Camp Whippoorwill

Houchens Program Center

Household Overnight Guidance at Kentuckiana Camps

Household Overnight Guidance at Kentuckiana Camps

Households will use the tent and cabin units on each site or may bring their own tent as their home bases for their overnight. Scroll down to select a camp. Then under category choose Household Overnights.

Camp Out Training or completion of the Camp Properties Best Practices booklet and agreement are required to bring your family for an overnight.

Each location has but is not limited to:

  • A latrine or assigned bathroom

  • Fire circle or grill

  • Cover of some kind (porch or shelter)

  • Platform tent or screen cabin units may be used for sleeping.

Limitations for camps:

  • Limited shower facilities depending on location.

Overnight stays for households will be considered under the following circumstances:

  • The household is comprised of at least one registered Girl Scout, one registered adult Girl Scout, and up to eight additional co-habitating family members.

  • The household will have a member trained through the council in Camp Out or complete the Camp Properties Best Practices booklet and hold a CPR/SFA certification.

  • Households will bring their own bedding.

  • Households will bring their own food and cooking equipment.

Registration for:

Camp Shantituck

Camp Stem

Camp Pennyroyal

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp

Camp Barren Ridge

Camp Whippoorwill

Houchens Program Center

Troop Overnight Guidance at Kentuckiana Camps

Seasonal Camp Units: Platform tents, cabins, and primitive units are available for overnight rental, subject to the usual seasonal restrictions. (All units which depend on above-ground water sources are closed for camping October 31 through April 15 each year). Older girl troops who believe they are prepared for winter camping in pitched tents and are willing to haul water to their site for drinking, cooking, washing, and fire safety may contact Anne Littlebird to receive special permission to use a site appropriate for pitched tents.

Platform tents and screened cabins: Campers must sleep foot to foot in platform tents and cabins with no more than four people. At least two ends of the platform tent must be rolled open to ensure proper ventilation. Campers must sleep at opposite ends of the tent.  

Pitched tents: Go by the manufacturer’s capacity. If below six people, sleep only one per tent. If six people or above, sleep two people per tent.

Winterized and Semi-winterized Buildings: Overnight sleeping in camp buildings is allowed, usually at 75% capacity to ensure adequate space between sleepers. Explicit permission is required from parents/caregivers/guardians for a girl to sleep in a building overnight with others during the winter months when leaving windows open is not an option. Campers should sleep foot to foot at least six feet apart.

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is recommended for overnights. For testing information in Kentucky click here and Indiana click here. At home test kits can be purchased from pharmacies such as Walgreens. This is a recommendation not a requirement.

The following building locations are available for overnight camping in the winter:

Barren Ridge: Margaret Ely lodge

Bear Creek: Honeybee Lodge and Penguin Palace

Houchens: Lodge

Pennyroyal: Happening House, Helen’s Haven, and The Loft

Shantituck: Cardinal Lodge, Cedar Bluff, Denham House, Pine Lair, and Sinawik Cabin

Stem: Kornhauser Lodge, Honeysuckle Lodge, and May Kendall Shelter

Whippoorwill: Goldfinch Shelter and Wren House

To make a reservation:

  • Click the "Overnight Use" tab. 
  • This brings you to a drop-down menu that will allow you to select which unit you would like to reserve. 

Troop leaders are required to have taken Camp In training to sleep in buildings and Camp Out training to sleep in screened seasonal cabins and any type of tent.

Troops have the option to ask attendees to complete a Health Attestation Form.

Registration for:

Camp Shantituck

Camp Stem

Camp Pennyroyal

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp

Camp Barren Ridge

Camp Whippoorwill

Houchens Program Center

 

Facilitator Requests

Facilitator requests are due at least 30 days in advance. Completion of a facilitator request form doesn't guarantee a facilitator.

•    Adult-to-girl ratios should be maintained at each activity in addition to the facilitator who is present.
•    Troop leadership is responsible for reviewing Safety Activity Checkpoints.
•    Recommended facilitator fee is $10 per hour and is paid directly to the facilitator. Facilitators may choose to lead program in exchange for mileage reimbursement instead of payment. You should agree on payment plans with your facilitator beforehand.

Please complete the form for each activitity you would like to participate in:
Archery
Canoeing
Caving
Climbing Wall
High Ropes
Kayaking/Funyaking
Lifeguard for Swimming
Slingshots
Teams Course
Stand Up Paddleboard

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