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Camping Courses

New Outdoor Skill-Building Videos Available

Thanks to grant funding from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we now have eight outdoor videos that will help you engage Kindergarten - fifth grade girls in Girl Scout outdoor activities. These videos are also available as meeting aids in several badges that contain "Get Girls Outside!" content in the Volunteer Toolkit.


Girl Scouts Louisiana East offer various camping and outdoor enrichment courses, so as you and the girls’ progress from camping at one of our camp properties (or approved sites) to a trip and other interest, you are properly prepared for a safe and fun experience.

Remember every troop/group must have a trained Camping Consultant who has completed all sessions of Camping Skills before planning an outing with a cookout or a camping trip. Progression is the critical component to guide girls in outdoor education – we want them to be self-sufficient with trained guidance.

Camp Prep
Camping Prep covers general camp preparation such as procedures, paperwork, how to pack, budgeting, what not to bring, etc. Also covers meal planning and participants equipment to bring to their Basic Camping session. (PowerPoint slides – will be emailed to you when you register for Basic Camping ;45 – 50 minutes to complete).

Camp Ready
Camp Ready focuses on getting your troop/group ready for camping and comfortable spending the night away from home.  (PowerPoint slides — will be emailed to you when you register for Basic Camping; 45 – 50 minutes to complete).

Basic Camping Skills
Required for: All registered and screened adult volunteers taking a troop/group on a day or overnight camping and/or outdoor cooking experience. The Basic Camping course must be completed every (5) years. 

Girl Scouts Louisiana East offer various camping and outdoor enrichment courses, so as you and the girls’ progress from camping at one of our camp properties (or approved sites) to a trip and other interest, you are properly prepared for a safe and fun experience. 

Remember every troop/group must have a trained Camping Consultant who has completed all sessions of Camping Skills before planning an outing with a cookout or a camping trip. Progression is the critical component to guide girls in outdoor education – we want them to be self-sufficient with trained guidance.

Basic Camping is a face to face session at a Council camp or approved site. Course topics include health and safety considerations for camping with groups, group dynamics in the out-of-doors, progression, program and environmental activities, outdoor skills (including safety, fire building, outdoor cooking methods, knife skills, cleaning and care of campsites, etc.) and minimal impact camping.Preregistration is required!

Prerequisites: Girl Scouting 101 (online), Camp Prep  (PowerPoint) and Camp Ready (PowerPoint)
Fee: $20; includes a coupon of Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting and Pocket Stewupon completion of the course. Fee is fully reimbursable from troop funds.
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 20
*Basic Camping facilitators will not approve participant’s completion of session if the participant does not follow the safety guidelines and/or has not retained the information.
Staff Contact: Lauren Vance at lvance@gsle.org or (225) 747-0403.

Leave No Trace Trainer Course (Learn and teach these skills to others!)
This course assists participants in learning more about minimal impact camping using the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT).  Participants will learn the concept of LNT and how to facilitate LNT curriculum in a variety of settings.  Successful completion of the course provides certification for participants to teach LNT techniques and ethics to peers, children, friends, family, and communities as a LNT Awareness Workshop Facilitator.

Prerequisite: Basic Camping Skills
Fee: $45 per person
Capacity: 
 Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Staff Contact: Lauren Vance at lvance@gsle.org or (225) 747-0403.