Houchens Program Center
4520 Barren River Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Located on the Barren River near Bowling Green, KY, this 12-acre camp has plenty of open space for sports, games, nature study, and learning outdoor skills. In June, Houchens hosts a large Day Camping session, and is available for Troop Camping and group activities the rest of the year.
Lodge: sleeps 24 and will seat as many as 80 for a meeting or dinner. It is heated, has modern kitchen and bathroom facilities including showers. The back porch overlooks the river and provides an excellent place for cookouts. The lodge is available year-round.
Jody Austin Pavilion: This large picnic shelter is available year-round. It seats up to 32 and is a great location for an afternoon outing or picnic. There is a latrine available year-round and water is available from April 15 through October 15.
Unique Program Activities
Unique to Houchens are the delightful playground and tree house. The tree house was built through the hard work of volunteers from the Caveland area, and it is a great attraction for younger girls.
- Disc Golf: There is a three hole disc golf course available for use. Equipment and instruction are available at the lodge.
- Shuffleboard: Shuffleboard equipment is available in the lodge, and a shuffleboard court is located on the covered porch at the lodge.
- Games/ Crafts: As a service to those who come to camp, the site team volunteers provide board games, sporting equipment, and some craft materials at the site. They can be found in the bench boxes inside the lodge.
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana require all users of our camps to have training. More information on required training is available. To make camp reservations contact our registrar at (502)636-0900 or (888)771-5170 or the reservation form can be found here.
If you are not a Girl Scout group, but another group, such as a school, church, other non-profit, small business or corporation, our camps and programs are available for rent. Check here for more information on Non-Girl Scout Camping.
Please look at the Safety Activity Checkpoints for activity descriptions.