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Are you ready to GO camping?

Are you and your Girls Scouts ready to go camping?

These progression charts can help you decide! Use the following checklists and links to be sure you're ready for adventure.


GIRL SCOUTS: ARE YOU READY?

Outdoor Progression
Progression allows girls to learn the skills they need to become competent in the outdoors, including how to plan and organize outdoor activities. Acknowledge a girl's mastery of an outdoor skill and invite her to challenge herself further by taking that next step up and out! Outdoor fun can be endless when girls lead.

Progression Chart GSSEM | Progression Chart GSUSA


LEADERS: ARE YOU READY?

Are you ready to Get Outdoors with your troop? For the safety of all Girl Scouts, GSSEM requires all troop leaders to complete both the Trip and Camp Readiness and Camping Beyond the Cabin online training programs.

  • Outdoor 1 Training: Trip and Camp Readiness
  • Outdoor 2 Training: Camping Beyond the Cabin
    This required two-part training is a series of helpful videos that introduce you to all the skills you need, from the basic principles of Leave No Trace to helping with every step of the cooking outdoors process. After watching the 8-video series, you'll complete the online survey as a self-check to ensure you and your co-leaders are ready to GO with your troop.
  • First Aid/CPR
    GSUSA requires the presence of an adult who has a current certificate in First Aid, as well as Adult and Child CPR for all troop/group camping along with a waterproof first-aid kit. Present First Aid/CPR cards at Camp Office at check-in.

Questions?
Please feel free to contact our camp manager if you have more camping questions. Murphy Hammer can be reached by email at mhammer@gssem.org or by phone at 800-482-6734 x2250.

Pricing

Weekend Camps

  • September - May: $80 per person*
  • June - August: $100 per person*

Ropes course and horseback riding options are available on some weekends of the year for an additional cost. See the event calendar for a current list of Weekend Camp options.

* No weekday nights available.

Camp Events
Prices vary from $15 - $25 per event. For each event, check the event calendar for pricing details.

Troop Camping: Camp Playfair

  • Tents: $6.00/night, minimum of two nights
  • A-Frames: $60.00/night, minimum of two nights
  • Trillium Lodge: $100.00/weekend or weeknight, minimum of two nights
  • Ringler Lodge: $200.00/weekend or weeknight, minimum of two nights

Troop Camping: Camp Hawthorn Hollow

  • Tents: $6.00 per person/weekend*
  • Villages $260.00/weekend*
  • Lodges: $500.00/weekend*

* No weekday nights available.

Pay Online with a Credit Card
Current and prospective Girl Scouts can go to gssem.org/goclick the desired event, and pay with a credit card on the event's registration page.

Pay with GSSEM Retail Gift Cards & Juliette Program Credits
GSSEM retail gift cards and Juliette Program Credits can be used as payment for all eligible camping experiences. Use the GSSEM Program Registration form and include the number on the back of the card along with the amount being paid by the card. The GSSEM Program Registration form can be found at gssem.org/forms.

Financial Assistance
Any registered Girl Scout who wishes to attend camp but is unable to pay the entire fee may apply for financial assistance to cover a portion of the cost. The Financial Assistance Application can be found at gssem.org/forms.

Refunds and Cancellations
Refunds for cancellations (minus a 25% cancellation fee) are available when requested in writing (email is acceptable) no later than 15 days in advance of the arrival date. After this, no refunds of any amount will be issued. Refunds will not be made in the case of alterations in activities due to weather, early release of a camper, or loss of time at camp for medical or behavioral reasons.

How to Register

Decide what kind of camping you and your Girl Scouts want to do!

Find a complete list for your Girl Scout's level in the GO Guide. For assistance or questions with registration, contact Customer Care at 800-482-6734, option 3.

Weekend Camp Registration:

  • Go to the event calendar to select the camp you wish to attend.
  • Once you click on "Register Now," you'll be redirected to eBiz.
  • Read the description carefully for registration information. Please use the special needs section to share any dietary/allergy requirements.
  • If there are spots available and the registration deadline hasn't passed, you should be able to register and pay online.
  • If you must register using paper registration, please be sure the paperwork reaches the office at least three weeks in advance. If we receive your paperwork after the two-week deadline, all spots may be filled and your registration may not be fulfilled.
  • Your online registration will be confirmed immediately with an email containing important information.
  • Finally, one week prior to camp, you'll receive an email with a reminder of check-in times, the number of girls attending, and other pertinent information.

Troop Camping Registration:

  • Go to the event calendar to select the camp you wish to attend.
  • Once you click on "Register Now," you'll be redirected to eBiz.
  • Read the description carefully for registration information.
  • If there are spots available and the registration deadline hasn't passed, you should be able to register and pay online.
  • Please note: For troop camping, we rent one lodge to one troop, so you'll see, "1 spot available." 1 spot= 1 rental.
  • If you must register using paper registration, please be sure the paperwork reaches the office at least three weeks in advance. If we receive your paperwork after the two-week deadline, all spots may be filled and your registration may not be fulfilled.
  • Your online registration will be confirmed immediately with an email containing important information.
  • If you want to include Add-Ons to your troop camping experience, you must request them three weeks prior to your camping trip. This provides ample time for scheduling and processing payments.
Weekend Camps (Core Camps)

A Weekend Camp (formerly known as a Core Camp) is an all-inclusive camp experience for Girl Scouts at Camp Hawthorn Hollow.

Each Weekend Camp focuses on one badge—this gives girls the opportunity to explore the theme deeper, try out new camp activities, and participate in long-held Girl Scout traditions.

Weekend Camps are open to troops with adult/girl ratios and girl/adult pairs. Troops will share cabins with other troops and should be prepared to make new friends. All-inclusive Weekend Camps are only available at Camp Hawthorn Hollow.

Below is what you can expect in a typical weekend, September through May. In summer, when the pool is open, we extend hours on Fridays to allow time for swim tests to maximize the time spent at the pool on Saturday.

Friday Evening

  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Arrival
  • Snacks in cabins
  • 8:00 pm - All-camp activity

Saturday

  • 7:45 am - Flag ceremony
  • 8:00 am - Breakfast at Handi Hall
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Scheduled activities
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch at Handi Hall
  • Until 2:00 pm - Free time/trading post
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Scheduled activities
  • 5:00 pm - Flag-lowering ceremony
  • 5:15 pm - Dinner at Handi Hall
  • Until 7:00 pm - Free time
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - All-camp activity
  • 8:00 pm - Closing campfire
  • 9:00 pm - Cabin time

Sunday Morning

  • 8:30 am - Breakfast at Handi Hall
  • 9:30 am - S.W.A.P.S.

Multi-Level Weekend Camp
Come to camp as a multi-level troop or just enjoy more opportunities for your age level—either way, you'll connect with nature and other girls all while having fun!

Single-Level Weekend Camp
Come to camp with troops from around the council at the same level, make new friends, and dig deep into one-level badge work while connecting with nature and having fun!

Looking for all the outdoor experiences GSSEM has to offer your Girl Scout? Check out the GO! Guide.

Troop Camping

Troop camping offers the ultimate girl-led experience.

Girls plan their own experience with the support of their leader and adults. Troops prepare their own meals and have access to many of the camp properties' amenities. Troops pay a per-building price, and weekend rentals include the stay anytime from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Rentals are booked by the weekend.


CAMP HAWTHORN HOLLOW

Camp Hawthorn Hollow (CHH) is just 45 minutes from the Metro Detroit area but definitely feels like a classic "Up North" experience. With hiking trails, sports fields, and more, troops have the freedom to create the camping experience they want!

Troop camping allows girls and adults to design the ultimate camping experience together. Plan and prepare meals and activities, and choose accommodations: lodges, villages/cabins, or tents!

Enhance your troop camping experience by requesting programs led by camp staff. Add-Ons are always subject to availability. Due to a number of factors, we may not always be able to provide all the Add-Ons you wish. We suggest having girls choose a top five: One being most desired and 5 being the least of the desired add ons. Check out our list of Add-Ons.

Lodges
CHH has eight lodges—each with a full kitchen, comfortable lounge area, tables and chairs, bathrooms with flush toilets, a shower house in walking distance, outdoor fire pits, and picnic tables. Each lodge sleeps 22-28 people on bunk beds.

Villages/Cabins
Two villages share a screened-in, multipurpose building which can be divided into two rooms with a curtain. Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, a charcoal grill, flush toilets, a sink, and electrical outlets. Each village has five cabins that sleep four people on cots. Villages are available for rent from May 1 - October 1.

Tent Camping
For the most rustic experience, bring your own tent to Camp Hawthorn Hollow.

Fun Things to Do at Camp Hawthorn Hollow
The following activities are included in the rental/camp fees:

  • Hiking trails
  • Volleyball court
  • Baseball and soccer fields
  • Gaga ball pit and tetherball
  • 4-square
  • Giant checkers
  • 4 giant Tic-Tac-Toe boards
  • Sports shed full of sports equipment
  • 2 Hammock Villages
  • Two amphitheaters
  • Picnic pavilion
  • 2 hopscotch courses
  • Streams for nature study

CAMP PLAYFAIR

Camp Playfair is located on the shores of the mighty Lake Huron. This magnificent camp is the perfect setting for a troop camping experience. Troops can plan their own activities, cook their own meals, and have the ultimate girl-led adventure.

The newly-renovated Nature Center and Nautical Exhibit will only enhance the camping experience. The new Nature Center allows girls to study and get hands-on with many species of flowers, bug collections, and even some skeletal remains. Both new buildings enhance the educational experiences for girls whether they be girl-led, facilitated by troop leaders, or "added-on" and led by camp staff. The new spaces allow girls to earn badges with a host of resources and tools at their fingertips.

Troops pay a per-building price for weekend (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) rentals at Camp Playfair. From June 1 - August 31, weekday rentals are available on a per-night basis.

Enhance your troop camping experience by requesting programs led by camp staff. Add-Ons are always subject to availability. Due to a number of factors, we may not always be able to provide all the Add-Ons you wish. We suggest having girls choose a top five: One being most desired and 5 being the least of the desired add ons. Check out our list of Add-Ons.

Lodges
Two Lodges at Camp Playfair are equipped with a full kitchen, comfortable common area, tables, chairs, bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, outdoor fire pits, picnic tables, and heat for the cooler nights. Ringler Lodge sleeps 25 people on bunk beds and is available May 1 - October 14. Trillium Ridge Lodge sleeps 12 on bunk beds and is available April 26 - October 14.

A-Frames/Cabins
Three A-Frame cabins offer electricity, refrigerator access nearby, a short walk to the newly-renovated shower house with flush toilets, and an outdoor fire pit for campfire cooking. Each A-Frame sleeps 12 on cots and is available from May 1 - October 14.

Tents
Tent camping is available from May 1 - October 14. Remember, Camp Playfair is on the shores of Lake Huron, and the tempera­tures can get pretty low in the spring and fall. We recommend tent camping in the summer months for the warmest outdoor experience.

Camp Events

Love camp but can't commit to an entire weekend?

Camp is available for Girl Scouts at every level. See each level's camp event offerings the GO! Guide. A complete and current list of all GSSEM camp events can be found at gssem.org/calendar.

Here are a few events we do every year:

  • Camp Samplers
    This family event allows girls and their adult, troop, or family to experience what camp has to offer. Activities will vary based on season but will give each participant a taste of what they can enjoy at camp from songs and games to crafts and nature activities all led by camp staff.

  • Girl Scouts Go Green!
    Celebrate Earth Day at camp as we discover how to make less of a footprint and more of an impact on the world. At this family event, we will explore recycling, composting, and Leave No Trace through hands-on activities and a cooperative service project.

  • Harvest Festival

  • End of Summer Pool Party!
    Celebrate the end of summer in style at Camp Hawthorn Hollow! Lounge by the pool, construct a winning raft, and get moving with tons of fun water games.
Community Camps

Make new friends, work on badges, and have fun at Day Camps!

Our volunteer-led Day Camps are a perfect way to get Girl Scouts' outdoor adventures started! Our committed volunteers have been planning and running day camps for many years. Day Camps are offered in the summer and can be found throughout the council. Find the most up-to-date list of Day Camps at gssem.org/go.

Outside Group Rental Information

Plan your next annual meeting, corporate event, or special gathering at one of our beautiful retreat campsites.

Our camp facilities can support your business goals for developing teamwork, honing leadership skills, and enhancing group dynamics. We cater to groups of all sizes and are perfect for any upcoming event. Contact us to explore which facility best meets your needs.

You can be as adventurous as you want! You'll have fun exploring camp, cooking your own meals, planning adventures, and participating in our Outdoor Adventure and Horse Programs!

Questions?
Please feel free to contact the Director of Camps and Outdoor Education, Gretchen Abrams, for more information at gabrams@gssem.org or by 800-482-6734 x2237.


CAMP HAWTHORN HOLLOW

Camp Hawthorn Hollow (CHH) is just 45 minutes from the Metro Detroit area but definitely feels like a classic "Up North" experience. With hiking trails, sports fields, and more, troops have the freedom to create the camping experience they want!

Lodges
CHH has eight lodges—each with a full kitchen, comfortable lounge area, tables and chairs, bathrooms with flush toilets, a shower house in walking distance, outdoor fire pits, and picnic tables. Each lodge sleeps 22-28 people on bunk beds.

Villages/Cabins
Two villages share a screened-in, multipurpose building which can be divided into two rooms with a curtain. Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, a charcoal grill, flush toilets, a sink, and electrical outlets. Each village has five cabins that sleep four people on cots. Villages are available for rent from May 1 - October 1.

Tent Camping
For the most rustic experience, bring your own tent to Camp Hawthorn Hollow.

Fun Things to Do at Camp Hawthorn Hollow
The following activities are included in the rental/camp fees:

  • Hiking trails
  • Volleyball court
  • Baseball and soccer fields
  • Gaga ball pit and tetherball
  • 4-square
  • Giant checkers
  • 4 giant Tic-Tac-Toe boards
  • Sports shed full of sports equipment
  • 2 Hammock Villages
  • Two amphitheaters
  • Picnic pavilion
  • 2 hopscotch courses
  • Streams for nature study

Camp Hawthorn Hollow Map >>


CAMP PLAYFAIR

Camp Playfair is located on the shores of the mighty Lake Huron. This magnificent camp is the perfect setting for a troop camping experience. The newly-renovated Nature Center and Nautical Exhibit will only enhance the camping experience.

Prices for buildings below are for weekend (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) rentals at Camp Playfair. From June 1 - August 31, weekday rentals are available with a minimum of a two-night rental.

Lodges
Two Lodges at Camp Playfair are equipped with a full kitchen, comfortable common area, tables, chairs, bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, outdoor fire pits, picnic tables, and heat for the cooler nights. Ringler Lodge sleeps 25 people on bunk beds and is available May 1 - October 14. Trillium Ridge Lodge sleeps 12 on bunk beds and is available April 26 - October 14.

A-Frames/Cabins
Three A-Frame cabins offer electricity, refrigerator access nearby, a short walk to the newly-renovated shower house with flush toilets, and an outdoor fire pit for campfire cooking. Each A-Frame sleeps 12 on cots and is available from May 1 - October 14.

Tents
Tent camping is available from May 1 - October 14. Remember, Camp Playfair is on the shores of Lake Huron, and the tempera­tures can get pretty low in the spring and fall. We recommend tent camping in the summer months for the warmest outdoor experience.

Camp Playfair Map >>