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Camp Whispering Pines (CWP) is nestled in a unique longleaf pine forest. The science of this threatened habitat, many well established trails, progressive camping sites and varied aquatic facilities provide diverse program opportunities. A registered adult trained in Basic Camping is needed to accompany each group – see Basic Camping Skills page.
CWP is ideal for the more experienced camper as the site demands lots of walking.
CWP is located near Independence, LA. It is home to one of the council’s summer resident camp program. The site and the summer camp program are accredited by the American Camp Association, a symbol of quality camping.
The ecologically significant longleaf pine forest of CWP is designated as a “Stewardship Forest.” Arbor Day and many other service opportunities help to involve girls in the science of the camp’s management.
Click here to reserve space for your troop at Camp Whispering Pines. Space is not reserved until the form has been approved by your Service Unit Administrator and your Membership Executive and payment has been received. Information for Camp Facilities and Fees along with the Camping Information Packet are located on the Forms page.
Camping facilities include day use areas, cabin units, Troop House (slumber party), platform tent units, semi-primitive and ground tent camping sites. The dining hall and a cabin unit provide wheelchair access.
Camp Whispering Pines is known as our Water Camp. It is home to a junior Olympic swimming pool, 23-acre lake and is bordered by the Tangipahoa River. New in 2013, we added a larger water slide to Timber Lake, which already serves as home base for canoeing, kayaking, row-boating and fishing. Yes, fishing is allowed from the barge and along the banks of the lake. Make sure to bring your own gear and bait.
A currently certified lifeguard is required for each water activity at Camp Whispering Pines. Troops/groups pay the council for the provided lifeguards. Please consult the activity fee for fees and facilitator requirements for the pool, boating and slide. In addition, adults with the group must serve as watchers to help protect the group. When boating and using the slide, each participant must wear a lifejacket and closed toed shoes.
The pool and slide are open April through September (excluding special events).
When using the boats, your lifeguard must also be Small Craft Safety certified. Lifeguards provided by the council have been trained to teach boating on age progression levels. Daisies and 2nd grade Brownies take the rowboats out on the lake. 3rd grade Juniors and up may canoe or kayak.
A favorite activity at Camp Whispering Pines is to hike to the river. This is our Nature Hike with guidebook to maximize your hike through the woods. It is a beautiful hike that takes about 30 minutes to reach the river from the trailhead. This is an all-terrain hike which is accessible to most levels and abilities, but it is not wheelchair or walker friendly.
A network of nature trails wind along with the camp’s Indian Creek. The trail starts on a piney ridge and drops down to hardwoods. A popular addition to the trail includes an adventurous creek crossing that leads to the Tangipahoa River. The accompanying nature trail guide may be downloaded by clicking here. The full nature trail guide is available by mail – request it from firstname.lastname@example.org by providing name, address, phone number (plus area code).
A challenge course consisting of a high ropes course and rock climbing wall is now available at CWP. Participating in a challenge course is based on a progression of activities in accordance with the participant’s skills, experience, ability, size, maturity, and age. As the participant “stretches” herself by participating in this personal development and team-building activity, she grows in confidence and self esteem. Other skills being developed include trust, communication, and problem solving, among others.