Every year, hundreds of campers get to experience the freedom and independence that is Girl Scout camp. Campers get a week of adventures, lots of fun, great food, tons of new friends, and it’s staffed by people who understand and respect kids. Whether campers are climbing the tower, swimming, kayaking, or playing games – they’re making incredible memories, learning life skills, and gaining confidence.
Summer Camp happens at Camp Tanasi, located in Andersonville, Tennessee. It’s a waterfront camp, located on gorgeous Norris Lake, with tons of fun activities for campers.
When does camp take place? Our summer fills up fast!
There are four weeks of summer camp, starting June 11 and wrapping up on July 13.
Who can go to Girl Scout camp?
Any rising 1st grade girl and above! If she isn’t in a Girl Scout troop, no worries! She can still come to camp! There programs are laid out by grade level, so she’ll be staying with girls her own age.
It depends! We have everything from an air-conditioned lodge for younger campers, to platform tents, to cabins, to hammock camping! The description for each program tells you what the lodging is like. Each unit has a staff person who stays overnight either in the same building, in a separate room, or nearby.
Who makes up camp staff?
Our staff consists of fun-loving adults and young adults who have been trained in their camp position, as well as first aid and CPR. All camp staff have been through an interview process and background checked. All staff go through a week of intense training before campers step foot on the property.
It depends on which program they select! They are all different, but here’s a list
• Camper Sampler | rising 1st – 3rd graders | 2 nights, 3 days
• Camp Discovery | rising 1st- 3rd graders | 4 nights, 5 days
• Camp Discovery | rising 4th – 8th graders | 4 nights, 5 days
• Camp Connections | rising 4th- 8th graders | 4 nights, 5 days
• Wilderness I | rising 6th – 12th graders | 4 nights, 5 days
• Wilderness II | rising 7th- 12th graders | 4 nights, 5 days
• Counselor in Training I | 13-14 year olds | 11 nights, 12 days
• Counselor in Training II | 15-16 year olds | 11 nights, 12 daya
What do girls do at camp?
There are so many activities to choose from! Girls can participate in things like fishing, tower, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, culinary arts, swim time, arts and crafts, archery, and yoga!
Girl Scout traditions
Every day, girls lower and raise the flag at camp Tanasi and sing camp songs while hiking around the property. There are also camp favorites like campfire night and s’mores making, as well as the weekly talent show!
Make new friends, explore new places, and try new things!
What’s the food like?
Good. Really! While we tell you up front that we cannot accommodate special diets, we have extensive salad bars, fruit available at most meals, and variety at all meals. Our chefs are experienced and are proud of their homemade cinnamon rolls, specialty sides and desserts, as well as their appetizing main courses. Most campers and staff leave Camp Tanasi saying that the food is great. Some campers even come back with a new favorite food, like Cookie’s famous tomato soup!
Can I check in on my camper while they’re at camp?
To foster a sense of independence, campers do not use the telephone. Calls to and from home can increase the likeliness of homesickness, so instead, we ask that you and your camper communicate through letter writing. You may also send emails to your camper. Please send any emails with your camper’s name, unit, and when you would like for her to receive the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Campers are not allowed to bring or use cell phones at camp.
What happens if she gets sick or hurt while at camp?
There’s a nurse or Wilderness First Aid-certified staff member on site the entire time there are campers on the property. These are also the only people allowed to administer medication to campers. The nurse is available 24 hours a day via radio (all staff members have one) and has a designated golf cart for super-fast response time. If there’s a serious injury, the camp nurse or director will notify the parent or guardian by phone.
Camp Tanasi is absolutely a safe place and we take many precautions to ensure every camper’s safety, including:
• There is a locked gate at the bottom of the Camp Tanasi driveway. Everyone who enters camp property must have the gate code to enter during camp sessions.
• Everyone on staff has been background checked.
• Vendors who come on site are supervised by a background checked staff person (example: partners who come to camp to teach yoga, art classes, etc.)
• Each unit has a radio with them every day and night. This can be used to contact the camp director in the event of an emergency.
• Staff have been trained in emergency responses to emergency situations like weather, injury, illness, etc.
Programs range in price from $250-450 per session. There’s a $75 deposit required when you make your reservation.
What if that’s too expensive?
1. Financial assistance. If you need to request financial assistance, first register for your chosen session, then call our Customer Care team at 800-474-1912 for information about a campership. They’re awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for camperships are due by April 3, 2017. Camperships cannot be used for the $75 deposit or add-on Camper Kits.
2. Cookie money/Cookie Dough. Maybe some/all of your troop wants to use Cookie money to go to summer camp. Maybe you earn Cookie Dough in the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Cookie Dough and Candy Cash can’t be used for the $75 deposit.
I’m ready! How do I sign up?
Registration opens January 17!
What if I have more questions?
Check the Summer Camp FAQs or email email@example.com with your question!