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Camp Connect Virtual Camp

Welcome to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois’s first virtual camp-out!

We invite all girls and their families to connect with us and make fun family memories while camping and enjoying the outdoors! This event aims to bring the magic of camp to your home!

Camp Connect Kick-off!

GSCI staff will be connecting with you on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. on Facebook.

The outdoor experience is a fundamental part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, helping develop skills and become environmental stewards! Whether you pitch a tent in the yard or create a pillow fort in the living room or make dinner over the campfire or s’mores in the microwave, your camping experience will inspire imagination and confidence. We encourage you to share your virtual experience on social media with the hash tag #GSCICampout.

Click here to register and receive the guide.

Time Activity
Noon Facebook Live
6:00 p.m. Welcome from staff on Facebook Live
6:15 p.m. Dinner with your famiy, check out the recipes in our guide*
7:30 p.m. Check out the staff's favorite s'more recipes on Facebook Live
8:00 p.m. Complete a camp craft with our family. Instructions in the guide.
8:30 p.m. Closing on Facebook Live
9:00 p.m. Complete a night acitivty from the guide.*

To receive the Campout Guide register here. The guide is over 50 pages of fun information and activities for you and your family.

Camp Connect

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is excited to be hosting a virtual camp experience called Camp Connect this summer, providing girls an opportunity to continue their Girl Scout experience. 

Girls will connect with other campers, do badge activities, get outside in their yards or neighborhoods in fun and creative ways, and of course build courage, confidence, and character…all while having fun! Girls will meet virtually with camp staff and fellow campers in their grade level, and be provided with a box of activity supplies to use throughout the week independently, with their families, or with the other girls in the camp session.

We are starting with a three week run from June 8- 26, 2020. Girls will be divided into age-level groups with age specific activities. Registration is now open!  

Animal Antics

Animal Antics - June 8-12

Monday-Thursday Virtual Camp

Daisy Animal Antics
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Join us for a wildlife adventure from your home! Learn about different animals each day while crafting your own bird house and zoo animal sun catchers. Take a virtual tour of the horse barn at Camp Tapawingo and visit with a Veterinarian at Brown Animal Hospital!

Register for Daisy Animal Antics

Brownie Animal Antics
11:00 a.m. - Noon

Join your camp friends on an animal exploration. Each day will have a new animal adventure with hands-on crafts and fun educational activities. Take a live virtual tour at Camp Tapawingo Equestrian Center to meet the GSCI Equestrian Staff, horses, and other barnyard pals.

Brownies will visit the barn from 11:20 a.m. -11:50 a.m. on Tuesday

Register for Brownie Animal Antics

Junior Animal Antics
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Are you WILD about animals? We'll explore animal habitats and create our own, get crafty and make your own animal buddy, play games, sing songs, and bond with your fellow campers. We'll also have two virtual visits to see real animals! We'll meet a zookeeper from Miller Park Zoo and see what animals are up to there. Later, we'll get to meet the barn staff at Camp Tapawingo and horses and other farm animals. Girls will earn their animal habitats badge.

Register for Junior Animal Antics

Cadette Animal Antics
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Take a walk on wildside as spend a week with the animals! Learn about wild animals from the tracks they leave behind, see behind the scenes at the zoo, create your own animals with new crafts and learn about the wide range of animals that call Tapawingo home with the GSCI Equestrian staff.

Register for Cadette Animal Antics

Seniors/Ambassadors Animal Antics
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Take a walk on wildside as spend a week with the animals! Learn about wild animals from the tracks they leave behind, see behind the scenes at the zoo, create your own animals with new crafts and learn about the wide range of animals that call Tapawingo home with the GSCI Equestrian staff.

Register for Senior/Ambassador Animal Antics

Friday, June 12 Virtual Camp Connect All Camp
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods - June 15 - 19

Monday-Thursday Virtual Camp

Daisy Into the Woods
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
The great outdoors gives us many gifts; let’s give back to nature by learning how to protect it and ourselves. Trek down a path to eco-learning with virtual camp buddies. Stop and smell the flowers, hear the songbirds, feel the sun’s rays, and get in touch with nature on an outdoor adventure.

Register for Daisy Into the Woods

Brownie Into the Woods
11:00 a.m. - Noon

Virtual camp doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors. Explore nature and master outdoor skills from your own backyard! Make your own upcycled bird feeder, plant and decorate grass heads, and customize a bug jar. Learn how to protect the natural world and things in it.

Register for Brownie Into the Woods

Junior Into the Woods
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Are you ready for adventure? Get ready to go into the woods with this fun week all about the nature around us. Try your hand at some outdoor skills that you can take on your next camping trip, including knot tying, shelter building and Leave No Trace. Also learn about the plants and animals you can will find when you venture outside. You will also get the chance to make crafts, sing songs and hang out with your fellow campers.

Register for Junior Into the Woods

Cadette Into the Woods
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Brush up on your outdoor skills and develop new ones so you're prepared to take on any outdoor challenge! We'll practice working with maps and compasses, tying knots, and setting up shelters. You'll learn how to plan a real outdoor adventure, working with your fellow campers to plan routes, meals, and packing lists. We'll even try our hands at making some of our own outdoor gear. We'll also connect with nature as we increase our awareness of natural surroundings by learning about the plants and animals we share the outdoors with! We'll also get to take a virtual visit to the Tapawingo barn, and learn how horses can be part of an epic outdoor adventure!

As part of the supply box, Cadettes will receive a pocket knife. Knife safety will be taught the first day. However, knives are potentially dangerous if not used correctly. Parents should be aware and ensure that their camper is using the knife properly.

Register for Cadette Into the Woods

Senior/Ambassador Into the Woods
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Brush up on your outdoor skills and develop new ones so you're prepared to take on any outdoor challenge! We'll practice working with maps and compasses, tying knots, and setting up shelters. You'll learn how to plan a real outdoor adventure, working with your fellow campers to plan routes, meals, and packing lists. We'll even try our hands at making some of our own outdoor gear. We'll also connect with nature as we increase our awareness of natural surroundings by learning about the plants and animals we share the outdoors with! We'll also get to take a virtual visit to the Tapawingo barn, and learn how horses can be part of an epic outdoor adventure!

As part of the supply box, seniors and ambassadors will receive a pocket knife. Knife safety will be taught the first day. However, knives are potentially dangerous if not used correctly. Parents should be aware and ensure that their camper is using the knife properly.

Register for Senior/Ambassador Into the Woods

Friday, June 19 Virtual Camp Connect All Camp
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit - June 22-26

Monday-Thursday Virtual Camp

Daisy Bon Appetit
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Design your own chef hat and apron to use while preparing your own snacks in the kitchen! Create your own Girl Scout cookie inspired desert. Make and sample some new snacks and create food inspired crafts.

Register for Daisy Bon Appetit

Brownie Bon Appetit
11:00 a.m. - Noon

Grab your chef's hat and apron as we learn all about food! Create your own recipe book, host a tea party, and try out some new snacks that you might love! Get creative and make your very own Girl Scout cookie inspired dessert. Learn about taste as we do a taste test experiment! We'll also have time to make food-inspired crafts, sing songs, and play games as you connect with your fellow campers.

Register for Brownie Bon Appetit

Junior Bon Appetit
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Grab your apron and chef's hat as your find your way around the kitchen with this yummy week of camp. Create your own recipe book as work your way through your Simple Meal badge and making new recipes and trying new ways to cook, like a solar oven! Join your fellow Girl Scouts as we share our favorite tips and treats from the kitchen and maybe find your new favorite recipe.

Register for Junior Bon Appetit

Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Bon Appetit
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Become a “Foodie” during a delicious week of camp. Making a meal for someone shows you care, thus, hosting a dinner party or back yard BBG is not just a time for eating – it is a social event. Join fellow cooking campers on a culinary journey to make the best dishes for your most memorable moments.

Register for Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Bon Appetit

Friday, June 26 Virtual Camp Connect All Camp
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For the Love of Horses - Juniors Only

For the Love of Horses - Juniors Only
June 22-26

Monday-Thursday Virtual Camp
10:00 a.m. - Noon

If you love horses, then this program is for you! At this virtual equestrian camp, come meet the ponies and horses of Tap. We will spend some time each day learning about all the basics of horse care and safety. From haltering, leading, tying, grooming, and tacking up--you will leave this virtual camp, ready to ride!!

Register for For the Love of Horses

Friday, June 26 Virtual Camp Connect All Camp
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Camp Connect FAQs

What is the cost for Camp Connect?

The cost of Camp Connect is $50 per week

This includes a camp box full of fun supplies for the week. Boxes and activities are tailored for age level and session. Each day your camper will have activities to do with their counselor or at home. Instructions and additional activities will be included. The camp box will be mailed directly to the camper's household, and the shipping cost is included in the cost of Camp Connect.

Are Camperships (camp scholarships) available?

Yes!  We want all campers to have the opportunity to join camp. You will be asked to pay a $10 deposit and cookie dough can be used. 

Can I join if I am not a Girl Scout?

Yes!  You will be asked to join as an indivdually registered member.  

Will there be refunds?

Unfortunately no refunds will be given.

After the closing date, no refunds will be given. That includes if your daughter misses a virtual session or is removed for behavior issues.   

Can I get any camp merchandise?

Yes!  When you register for camp you can add a camp gift bag to your order.  

Can I get a camp t-shirt?

Absolutely! We will have camp t-shirts a little different this year. You can order them directly here. And then they are shipped directly to you!  More information coming!

When will I hear from my Camp Director?

Your camp director will e-mail you a follow-up confirmation the week before camp. In this e-mail a pre-camp survey will be given. 

Have questions?

Have questions that need answered? Please contact Customer Care at 888-623-1237 or email customercare@girlscouts-gsci.org.

Camp Connect Behavior Information

When registering for camp you will agree to the following:

Due to the nature of camp in a virtual environment, GSCI staff is not able to provide complete supervision during Camp Connect. Overall responsibility for supervision lies with the parent/guardian. We encourage parents/guardians to be aware of their camper’s online activities.

  • When entering Zoom, please only list girl’s first name and last initial. 
  • Keep personal information such as email, address, and phone number private during Zoom meetings.
  • Girls should be aware of their surrounding and dress and make sure it is appropriate for Girl Scouts.   
  • Do not share meeting information with anyone.
  • No screen shots or pictures should be taken unless all girls involved are aware and have staff approval.

Zoom meetings may be recorded for internal use only.

Campers may be removed from the Zoom sessions if they do not follow the Behavior Agreement and may not be allowed to return.

Girls and parents please review the Computer Internet Safety Pledge and Behavior Contract

Click here for review the Computer Internet Safety Pledge

Click here to review the Behavior Contract