Girl Scouts Camps in Georgia

by Emily Jarvis
Girl Scout camp programs serve all interests and age groups. There are 17 Girl Scout campsites in Georgia.

Girl Scout camp programs serve all interests and age groups. There are 17 Girl Scout campsites in Georgia.

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Girl Scouts in Georgia have access to 17 different camps all over the state. The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia each maintain a number of camps that host programs for all ages throughout the summer. Overnight and day camps are available for each age group, and themed camps correspond to various interests. Several camps are also outfitted with winterized cabins for troop retreats year-round.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Campsites

Camp Cecil Jackson, located in Griffin, Georgia, which sits on 45 acres of woodland, includes a group lodge, cabin units, group pavilion and recreation areas. Camp Meriwether in Luthersville, Georgia, is a large resident camp including cabins, a swimming pool, equestrian facility, ropes course and more. Camp Misty Mountain in Armuchee, Georgia, boasts horseback riding, archery and riflery; hiking trails through the Appalachian foothills; and an amphitheater on 900 acres. Camp Pine Acres near Acworth, Georgia, is a 200-acre facility on Lake Allatoona with cabins, tent units, a swimming pool and boat dock. Nearby Camp Scout Haven, also located in Acworth, is a large camp with ample sleeping space for up to two troops. Lakeshore and hiking activities are ideal for experienced campers. Camp Pine Valley in Meansville, Georgia, is a 620-acre camp geared toward troop retreats with traditional tent lodging and recreation facilities. Camp Timber Ridge in Mableton, Georgia, is one of the South's oldest girls camps. The 220-acre location is built among forests and streams that offer plenty of outdoor recreation just 15 miles west of Atlanta. Camp Welcome in Coweta County, Georgia, is a small campsite with a group lodge and hiking trails amid 60 woodland acres.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Campsites

Camp Concharty, situated at the base of Pine Mountain in Harris County, Georgia, includes ropes courses, a swimming pool and hiking trails to Dowdell's Knob, where President Franklin Roosevelt met with Winston Churchill. Camp Lanier in Forsyth County, Georgia, is just miles from Atlanta. The day camp includes a floating dock and beach area on Lake Lanier. Camp Low on the marshes of Savannah is an historic and ecological site, featuring trenches dating from the Civil War, and 500-year-old cedar trees. Camp Manipines near Eatonton, Georgia, sits on 38 acres on Lake Sinclair. The campsite includes three cabins and a dock leading to an enclosed swimming area on the lake. Camp Martha Johnston near Macon, Georgia, situated on 165 acres of woodland in Crawford County, features rustic cabins and the modern Sweetwater Retreat, which includes meeting rooms, a dining hall and sleeping quarters. Camp Okitayakani is a large resident camp with programs centered on exploring the natural world in this historic homeland of the Creek Indians. Camp Otaki is a small camp on Hartwell Lake in Hart County, Georgia. The camp features a troop house, beach area and floating dock for swimming and canoeing. Camp Robert Lewis in Harris County, Georgia, is situated at Mulberry Falls along 40 acres of Chattahoochee riverfront. The scenic site is used for environmental education programs and "Leave No Trace" camping. Camp Tanglewood on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia, features day and resident camp programs. The campsite includes a ropes course, horse barn and arena, a pool and a lake.

Camp Programs

Programs for various age groups are held June 3 through July 22. Cheer & Dance, Creative Cooking and Saddle Savvy are just a few of the niche programs, in addition to more general overnight and day camps. Some programs for all age groups include mothers in the activities for day and weekend retreats. Programs for older girls like Extreme Horsepower and Overnight Trail Ride keep preteen and teenage girls engaged in more skilled, independent activities.

How to Enroll

Girls must be registered Girl Scouts to attend camp. Local Girl Scout troops can be identified through the councils of Greater Atlanta or Historic Georgia, or girls can register individually as "Juliettes" through the councils. Registered Girl Scouts are eligible for discounted camp fees if they have participated in the most recent cookie program. Applications can be found on the council websites: www.gagatl.org (Greater Atlanta) or www.gshg.org (Historic Georgia).

About the Author

Emily Jarvis is a graduate of University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism. Her articles have appeared in "Southern Distinction Magazine" and "The Red & Black." Jarvis holds a Bachelor of Arts in magazine journalism and a Master of Arts in journalism.

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