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Camping & Outdoor Program

We provide amazing opportunities for girls to develop and grow a love for the great outdoors. Our mission: Leave no girl inside! Camping is a vital part of the Girl Scout experience, often providing girls with their first opportunity to ride a horse, swim, or complete a challenge/ropes course.

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Our Camp Properties

Girl Scouts Louisiana East owns and operates three camps. There is our 600-acre Camp Whispering Pines (CWP) located in Independence, our 400-acre Camp Marydale located 45 miles north of Baton Rouge near the rolling hills of St. Francisville, and Camp Covington, a 23-acre camp purchased in 1927. Each site is unique in its own way and offers unlimited program opportunities for outdoor activities.  


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Troop & Service Unit Overnight Camping

Planning a troop or service unit camping trip for one or more nights can be a wonderful experience for girls and trained leaders.

Council camps are available for troop or service unit camping during the week and on weekends, and reservations may be made at any time. Click here to request space for your troop or service unit.


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Day Use

Reservation requests may also be made for picnics, hiking, outdoor skill building, boating, nature study, troop meetings, etc. Troops/groups wishing to use a council facility during the day for a Girl Scout program should follow camp reservation procedures and use the Camp Reservation Request form.  

 These sites provide great opportunities for outdoor programs after school, during vacations, and on weekends.


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Council-sponsored Special Outdoor Events

Do you enjoy canoeing, archery, or horseback riding? The council sponsors several special outdoor programs throughout the year. We even offer special weekends geared just for families. Individual information is distributed through the Program Pathways, and other council publications.


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Resident Camp

Summer resident camp at Camp Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines provides adventure, self-esteem, leadership skills, friends, and fun for girls entering 1st through 12th grade. Campers participate in fun activities that vary based on session selection. Activities may include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, building a raft, building a fire, Geo-caching, cooking in a box, investigating a mystery, taking pictures or taking a moonlit scavenger hunt.


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Day/Twilight Camps

Enjoy all the fun of summer camp without spending the night. Girls get a taste of camp, make new friends and learn new skills. Check out the variety of locations and specialized themes developed and delivered by our regional volunteers.  


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Camping on Non-Council Sites

Sites and facilities must meet all  Safety Activity Checkpoints  standards. Other Girl Scout camps, state and national parks are often a good camping alternative to a council facility. Troop/groups wanting to camp at any other camping venue other than another Girl Scout camp, state or national park or Jellystone Park, must receive prior approval directly from Jill Pollard, Chief Development Officer, Program & Properties at 504-355-5871, or by email jpollard@gsle.org