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2022 Summer Camp

Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week, or longer, whether in-person safe or virtually online, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults.

Type of Summer Camp

  • Day camp is for Girl Scouts in kindergarten and up, with activities on three or more consecutive days for four hours or more. The occasional overnight camp may be offered.
  • Overnight camp is for Girl Scouts who have finished kindergarten. Girl Scouts camp for three to fourteen days and nights (the average is five nights). They plan activities with their counselors and volunteers, using resources available at the campsite.

Click here to explore the 2022 Summer Camp Guide!

PLEASE NOTE: For FULL camps, please contact Customer Care at 888-623-1237 to be put on the wait list. 

Summer Camp Need to Know

Summer Camp Information

Accommodations
Campers needing accommodations for food allergies or special medical needs should contact the camp director prior to registering. We try to accommodate all campers’ needs.

Badge Work

  • Activities coordinate with Girl Scout Journeys and badges.
  • Badges not included; earned badges may be purchased at your local service center.
  • You will receive a badge sheet at the end of camp with the badge steps completed. Additional steps may have to be completed at home. 
Buddy Requests
  • Campers may only request ONE buddy upon registration. Buddies will be placed in the same tent/cabin but may not be buddies for all camp activities depending on group size, dynamics, and activities..
  • Day campers will be in age-level groups (no buddy request).

Cell Phones/Electronics

  • Cell phones/electronic devices are not allowed.
  • Parents are welcome to call and speak to the camp director about their camper.
  • In case of emergency, parents/guardians/emergency contact person will be contacted.
  • We encourage families to send mail, care packages, and one-way e-mail to their campers.

Changes in Activities

  • Activities may be modified or rescheduled depending on weather, group behavior, or available materials.
  • Our camps are girl-led so the girls help plan activities. 

Closing Dates
All closing dates are 2 weeks prior to camp session or when maximums have been reached.

Counselor/Camper Ratio

  • Camper-counselor ratios will be met at all camps.
  • Visit GetYourGirlPower.org for ratios.
  • All counselors use a camp nickname while at camp.

Financial Assistance
Campership Financial Assistance application must be completed when registering on-line. All information is confidential.

Friday Finale
Join us for the Friday Finale at camp each week. Meet your camper’s new friends and see skits and songs from the week. Exact time varies from camp to camp. Sign up while registering for your weekly session.

Gift Bages
Purchase a special gift bag for your camper (order during registration process) - Camp Adventure Care Bag - $33 (includes camp bag and six fun camp items)

Meals/Snacks

  • Day campers at Camp Kiwanis and Quincy Community Day Camp must bring a sack lunch daily. 
  • Day campers at Camp Tapawingo and Camp Widjiwagan will receive lunch in the dining hall each day.
  • Morning and afternoon snacks provided.
  • Resident campers receive all meals and snacks.
  • Do not pack food/snacks into camper’s luggage; it attracts animals and insects into the tents.
  • We do our best to accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions. We ask that you please contact the camp director to discuss any food allergies or accommodations a minimum of two weeks prior to arrival at camp so we can be prepared.

Medical Records

  • All campers must submit a completed health history form signed by the parent/guardian.
  • All campers must submit a completed vaccination record or official letter of exemption signed by a doctor. GSCI Camps follow the same requirements put forth by IDPH for public schools. Please see the IDPH website for information on currently required vaccines for your girl's age.
  • Overnight campers (3+ nights) must also have a physical completed within 24 months of the last day of camp session. This may be the physician portion of the health history form or simply a copy of a recent physical.
  • Health records will be collected at check-in and kept confidential.
  • All medications must be turned in at check-in in their original packaging and instructions for administration must be included on the Health Record. Medications will be stored securely and administered by healthcare or trained administrative staff.

Payment

  • Camp payment is not accepted at camp.
  • All camp fees must be paid in full two weeks prior to the camp session. Campers carrying an outstanding balance two weeks prior to session will lose their spot and deposit.
  • Cookie Dough/Nutty Bucks must be sent in prior to, or with, the final payment. Cookie Dough/Nutty Bucks cannot be submitted for a cash refund or used as the initial deposit.

Refunds

  • No refund will be issued if a camper is sent home due to unacceptable behavior, homesickness, or if camper is a “no show” for the session.
  • A credit or refund will be issued if you are unable to attend camp due to illness from or exposure to COVID-19, or if a camp session is cancelled due to COVID-19

Registrations/Deposit

  • A $25 per session non-refundable deposit is required for registration (full payment if session is under $100).
  • Cookie Dough/Nutty Bucks may not be used for deposit.
  • Registration closes two weeks prior to the start of session.
  • Phone registrations not accepted. 

Staying at Camp

  • Campers stay in rustic units that are tucked into the woods and typically consist of 6-10 open-air platform tents or rustic cabins.
  • Tents are situated on wooden decks on the ground and are approx. 12’ x 14’ with weather-treated canvas sides and roofs.
  • Each tent contains four sleeping cots with mattresses and cabins contain ten sleeping cots with mattresses.
  • All of our facilities have a shower house.
  • Security lighting is located throughout camp.

Trading Post

  • Camp store offers T-shirts, bags, water bottles, stuffed animals, pens, and more.
  • Campers typically spend $15-$25 on souvenirs. This money is collected at check-in or added online at registration.
  • If trading post money is added online during registration, any unused money will go into our camper financial assistance fund.
Summer Camp Flexible Pricing
2022 Camp Flexible Pricing
COVID-19 Compliance for Summer Camp

UPDATED APRIL 22, 2022: As the COVID-19 situation evolves, adjustments have been made to the guidelines for camp this summer. While mitigations are not gone completely, these adustments will help camp feel more of a sense of normalcy while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

.We are committed to ensuring a safe experience for our campers, staff, and community and will follow all applicable guidelines from the CDC, IDPH, American Camp Association, GSUSA, and other applicable entities. As such, our guidelines may change if guidelines from the CDC, IDHP or other organizations change.

We will inform you of any significant changes when they are made. To read our full COVID-19 Compliance Guidelines click here.

  • Masks will not be required outside at any time.
  • Masks will not be required inside when community levels defined by the CDC here are low or medium. Currently all Illinois camps are in areas of low risk.
  • Physical distancing will not be required within groups. However, physical distancing will be encouraged between individuals in separate groups.
  • Increased hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and sanitizing procedures will be in place.
  • We ask parents to closely monitor day campers for symptoms of COVID-10 and to keep home campers with symptons. Overnight campers wil be monitored daily by camp staff for symptoms.
  • Overnight campers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. At-home rapid antigen tests are now acceptable, but must be administered at camp during check-in with camp healthcare staff present.
  • Travel campers (those staying away from camp overnight) must show proof of full vaccination AND a negitive COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours prior to arrival at camp.
  • Parents/guardians must be prepared to have someone pick up their camper at camp in a timely manner in the event that your camper developes COVID-19 symptoms while at camp. Campers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms may return with a negative test.

Summer Camp Sessions

Day Camps
Tapawingo Day Camp

If a camp is full and you would like to get on the wait list, please call Customer Care at 888-623-1237.

Camp Creative - grades 1-5  
Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Tickle your creative side during this art-filled camp! You’ll explore tie-dye, make friendship bracelets for you and your new friends, learn the art of finger weaving and pick up a brush for painting lessons. While you wait for the paint to dry, go on a scavenger hunt to see all camp has to offer. When you’re not crafting, splash around the pool or try your hand at boating. Optional Thursday overnight at the Lodge. 

Mad Scientist - grades 1-5
Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Grab your lab coat and safety goggles and prepare to get sticky, make a mess, and watch things explode! Compete in engineering challenges, make slime, peer into a microscope,and conduct experiments as we explore the wonderful world of science.

Time Warp - grades 1-5
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Let’s go backwards through time! Each day campers will explore exciting adventures in different time periods. Campers will handjive through the 50s, take a flower hike through the 60s, wear neon and make scrunchies during the 80s, and discover what Girl Scouts of the past loved about camp. Join us as we explore the craziness of time travel! Optional Thursday overnight at the Lodge.

Splish Splash - grades 1-5  FULL Wait list is Available
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Swim in the pool, toss water balloons and have a shaving cream fight as you splish splash through this week of camp. Head down to Lake Nib for a pond study to learn about our aquatic friends and take a paddle around in the canoes, then get muddy creek stomping in the ravine. There will be plenty of time to dry off around the fire with your new friends!

Into the Woods - grades 1-5 
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022
Get your hiking shoes ready as we head out on the trails! Learn about the plants and animals that call Tapawingo home as you go on scavenger hunts and pond studies. Learn how to leave no trace as you build your campfires and make crafts from nature as you work on your outdoor artist badge!

Super Spy- grades 1-5  
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Do you have what it takes to be a super spy? Work with your fellow Girl Scouts to decode secret messages, tackle obstacle courses, and become a master of disguise. Dust for fingerprints and write messages in invisible ink between classic camp activities like slingshots and swimming at the pool. Will you accept this mission?

Just for Juniors- grades 4-5  
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022
Calling all Juniors! This week of day camp will include all your favorites with archery, rock wall, canoeing and more! Spend time with your fellow Juniors as you earn badges, try new things and make new friends. So join us around the fire for songs, silly skits and an unforgettable time. Optional Thursday overnight at the Lodge.

Enchanted Forest- grades 1-5  FULL Wait list is Available
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Come experience the magic of camp! You’ll build fairy houses, make magic wands, and go on a fairy scavenger hunt! Make your own flower crowns and have a fairy tea to round out your magical week! Optional Thursday overnight at the Lodge.

Widjiwagan Day Camp

Sea Turtles- grades 1-5  FULL Wait List Available 
Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Dive into a water-ful week of camp learn more about the ocean and the creatures who live there! Swim in the pool and learn about ocean habitats before creating your own ocean in a jar to take home. Make your own beach sand and discover how baby sea turtles hatch. This week of camp is for all our ocean lovers!

Climbers, Paddlers, Archers - Oh My! - grades 1-5
Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24, 2021
Discover a week of adventure at camp! Try out everything Camp Widji has to offer - like climbing to the top of the rock wall, canoeing with friends in the lake and testing your skills at the archery range. Cook a traditional camp snack over the campfire and learn how to make a friendship bracelet to take home.

Widji Challenge - grades 1-5
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Discover challenges at camp and divide into teams to compete with others in exciting games of wit and skill. Design your victory flag, stake out your favorite campsite and bring a t-shirt to tie-dye your team colors. 

Myth Busters - grades 1-5 
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Widji’s mythical creatures have returned for the summer and they need your help! Form a hypothesis and make observations to answer the important questions- did pirates really need an eye patch? Could a dragon really fly? How fast can a mermaid swim? Collect your data and practice mythical science for a “fairy” fun week at camp.

Camp H2O! - grades 1-5 FULL Wait List Available
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022
It’s a water-soaked week at camp with swimming, boating, water-themed crafts, and games that splish-splash! Learn about the water ecosystem and how to protect it. Take a wet and wild field trip to Knight’s Action Park

Shooting Stars - grades 1-5
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Reach for the stars and channel your inner artist- the week is all about creativity! Take a color run through camp, create your own movie poster with yourself as the star and discover art in nature at camp. Make your own Girl Scout Songs to sing and dance across the stage at the family lunch on Friday!

Innovative Inventor- grades 1-5
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022
Put on your thinking cap and channel your inner scientist by spending the week inventing! Imagine your own roller coaster, create something to fly across the sky and construct your own boat to race in the pool! Invent a new game to play and a new snack to share while you make new friends this summer.

Butterfly Adventure - grades 1-5
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Learn all about butterflies before the monarchs migrate south for the winter! Discover symmetry and design your own butterfly wings. Count the days and observe the life cycle of butterflies. Make new friends and meet a butterfly up close before the week ends!

*** Older Girl Adventures at Camp Widjiwagan ***

Lake and Land Expeditioner - grades 6-12 FULL Wait List Available
Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Explore camp by choosing your challenge and climbing to the top of the rock wall, paddling on Lake Springfield and shooting arrows that whizz through the air! Pack your lunch, spend the day on the lake and take a canoe trip to a local park. Sharpen your arrows and your archery skills by competing in an adventurous tournament. At the end of the week, travel to Camp Tapawingo and trek across the land, horseback style! After a day of adventuring, take a break in the pool and cook your lunch over a campfire! 

Widji Challenge Coaches - grades 6-12
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Practice your leadership skills and spend the week coaching your own team, designing games and competing with others in exciting games of wit and skill!

Sun Squad - grades 6-12
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Learn how to advocate for a brighter future and leave minimal impact in nature. Discover a new outdoor skill, practice an eco-trek through camp and investigate local environmental issues. Take a trip to the St. Louis Aquarium and meet with a conservationist about environmental issues in the ocean and how we can help. Spend the week brainstorming solutions and learn how to teach others about your cause.

Widji Day Camp Assistants - grades 6-12
Use your camp memories to assist camp counselors. Apply your knowledge of camp crafts, games and traditions as a positive role model! Make new memories of summertime sisterhood that will last a lifetime. Earn your Program Aide pin and even a Leader in Action Award.

Kiwanis Day Camp

Camping 101- grades 1-6  FULL Wait list is Available
Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Open the camp season by learning some camp basics! Learn how to set up a tent, roll a sleeping bag and cook over a campfire. Explore fun outdoor activities such as archery, canoeing, and hiking that camp has to offer. Learn plenty of classic camp crafts and try tasty camp-themed snacks! 

Doodlebugs - grades 1-6 Full Wait list Available
Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Tickle your creative side during this art-filled camp! You’ll explore tie-dye, make friendship bracelets for you and your new friends and pick up a brush for painting lessons. While you wait for the paint to dry, go on a bug hike to discover who shares camp with us and then create some cute bug crafts and snacks. When you’re not crafting, try your hand at boating and create a colorful lunch during our cookout on Thursday.

Treasures and Tails - grades 1-6 Full Wait list Available
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Spend the week at sea! Practice your pirate skills as you follow a map to the hidden treasure. Make your way through the water with your crew in a canoe. Then trade your feet for a fin as you slip ‘n’ slide, toss water balloons, and have a shaving cream party. Create some mermaid-inspired art and snacks.

Camp Ooey Gooey- grades 1-6
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022
To celebrate the wonders of camp, we will be participating in any ooey gooey activity we can get our hands on. This week will be full of mud hiking, paint twister, messy snacks, water balloon paint party, and shaving-cream fights. Don’t forget your swimsuit and a change of clothes! We will be hosing down our mess with fun-filled water activities daily.

Mystery Mania - grades 1-6
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2021
Spend the week solving puzzles, decoding ciphered messages, and discovering illusions. Act fast to escape an intense escape room that will keep you puzzled for days. Solve the mystery of what our lunch is during our puzzling Thursday cookout. You’ll be a super-sleuth by the end of the week!

Aquaventure - grades 1-6  
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Are you seeking a real adventure this summer? Come and celebrate summertime with a week full of water activities: swimming, boating, water crafts, and water games! When you aren’t getting wet playing water games, you’ll be learning about water conservation, water safety, and water habitats. Finish off the week by diving into a field trip at Sholem Aquatic Center!

Critter Camp - grades 1-6 Full Wait list Available
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022
Get ready for a wild week! Make an animal-themed trail mix to snack on while hiking trails to discover who we share camp with. Pull on some boots for a pond study to search for frogs, turtles, and fish. We’ll even have a few special furry and feathered friends visiting us this week! 

Princess Pals - grades 1-6 
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Try your hand at archery like a certain Scottish princess. Enjoy frozen treats perfect for a snow queen. Could you become the next wayfinder learning to canoe across the lake? Practice your tea party manners during our garden party cookout. Finish the week with a royal ball fit for a princess.

Kiwanis Day Camp Assistants - grades 7-8
Do you love camp but are ready for more responsibility? Join us as a Day Camp Assistant. You’ll get the inside scoop on running Girl Scout Camp and have the opportunity to assist camp staff with activities. Take the challenge and start your journey to leadership this summer!

Quincy Community Day Camp

Critter Camp - Quincy Community Day Camp at Camp Sacajawea  grades K-5 
Monday, June 13 - Thursday, June 17, 2022
Join Girl Scout friends for a week full of fun at day camp! Spend the week enjoying the outdoors as we hike and explore together. What critters might we spot on our adventures? Learn fun facts about different animals, make critter-inspired crafts and snacks, and earn an animal or nature-related Girl Scout badge. We’ll even have a chance to meet some furry friends face-to-face! Cool off while swimming like fish on a field trip to the pool one day. Finally, stay late on Thursday for a special cookout dinner! You won’t want to miss it.

Quincy Day Camp Assistants
grades 7-12
Monday, June 13 - Thursday, June 17, 2022
Help our Camp Director plan a fun filled week of camp!  
Join Girl Scout friends for a week full of fun at day camp! Spend the week enjoying the outdoors as we hike and explore together. What critters might we spot on our adventures? Learn fun facts about different animals, make critter-inspired crafts and snacks, and earn an animal or nature-related Girl Scout badge. We’ll even have a chance to meet some furry friends face-to-face! Cool off while swimming like fish on a field trip to the pool one day. Finally, stay late on Thursday for a special cookout dinner! You won’t want to miss it.

Tapawingo Mini Overnight Camps

Pink Pals - grades 1-3  
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022
Spend three days in a world of pink! Try some pink tie-dying and put on your pink PJs for the pink slumber party, where you’ll decorate pink cupcakes, bead some pink jewelry, and play silly games with pink balloons. There will also be plenty of time for swimming, campfires, and s’mores, but don’t be surprised if the s’mores are pink, too!

Try It Out! - grades 2-3
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022
Ready to give overnight camp a try? Try It Out! You will get to see all the cool things camp has to offer! Sing songs around the fire, make friendship bracelets and climb on the rock wall. Even stop by the barn to meet the horses! There is so much to try as you make new friends and take on new challenges.

In-tents - grades 4-6
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022
So much to do and so little time! Enjoy an action packed session with this in-tents camp! Try canoeing, archery and make your way up the rock wall. Even stop by the barn to meet the horses! You wouldn’t want to miss a minute of it.

Minis n' Me - grades 4-6 Full Wait list Available
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022
Come meet the miniature herd we have at Camp Tapawingo during this three-day mini overnight camp which includes, horses, donkeys, and a mule! You will learn what exactly makes miniatures so special. Companion animals (guide or therapy), cart pulling, herd protectors, and being ridden by small children are just some of the many amazing capabilities of miniatures. Once you’ve learned all there is to know about minis, it’s time to saddle up and ride our regular sized horses and ponies! After your time at the barn is up, it’s time for some more fun. Make lifelong friends while enjoying camp songs, games, and swimming!

Space Cadette - grades 6-8
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022
Galaxies, Stars and Moons, oh my! Shoot for the stars with this space themed getaway. You’ll go star gazing, find about light and light pollution, and learn about what it takes to become an astronaut! Campers will earn their Space Science Researcher Badge.

Tapawingo Overnight Camps
Tapawingo Overnight Camps

*** Brownies ***

Goo & Slime - grades 2-3 
Sunday, June 12 - Friday, June 17, 2022
If getting dirty and making colorful creations is your thing, you’ll love this messy and silly camp! We’ll make goo, slime, sticky snacks, bright tie-dye and even paint with our toes. Toss on your oldest clothes as we go on a scavenger hunt and wild walk which will leave us covered in mud. When you’re ready to get cleaned up, jump into the pool and splash around with your new friends

Super Girls - grades 2-3  
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Its a bird! Its a plane! Its Super Girls! Test your strength at the 40 foot climbing wall. Take aim at the archery range. Explore the ravine and get muddy creek stomping. When you’re not out training to be a super hero, you’ll design your own super hero cape and make a super hero mask. Don’t worry- you’ll also have time to relax around the pool and sing songs around the campfire with all your new super friends.

Very Fairy Extraordinary - grades 2-3 
Sunday, July 17 - Friday, July 22, 2022
If you love the sparkle of pixie dust, then come discover the magic and wonder of the Camp Tapawingo fairies. Make fairy houses and wands and even capture fairies in a jar! Pack a snack and hit the trails for a fairy hike where you get muddy searching the ravine for our magical friends!

Mermaids - grades 2-3 
Sunday, July 24 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Calling all mermaids! Swim everyday, then trade your fins for feet so you can slip ‘n slide, toss water balloons and become a shaving cream bunny. Make some mermaid-inspired art and snacks. Learn about how animals move in the water while working on your Wonders of Water Journey. Enjoy the magic of camp in and out of the water!

Zoo Pals - grades 2-3
Sunday, August 7 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Attention all animal lovers: this is the camp for you! Swim like a fish, take a hike to discover who we share camp with, create fun animal snacks and make your own stuffed animal. We’ll even have a few special furry and feathered friends visiting us this week!

*** Juniors ***

Dabblers - grades 4-6
Sunday, June 12 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Dabble into a little bit of everything camp has to offer! Enjoy the water as you play games in the pool, explore the ravine and even grab a paddle as you climb into a canoe on Lake Nib. Test your aim at the archery range. Take to new heights on the climbing wall and zipline and make a colorful mess while you tie-dye! Finish up the week by staying up late cooking sweet treats over the fire before you sleep out under the stars.

Broadway Blast - grade 4-6
Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Do you dream of becoming the next big actress or theatre techie or a dancer on Broadway? See what it takes to make it big under the bright lights as you play improv games, make costumes, and try on stage makeup. Whether you prefer to take the spotlight or ensure the show will go on from backstage, you’ll work together to write and perform a one of-a-kind production for the whole camp.

Messy Madness - grade 4-6
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Ready for something a little wild and crazy? Pack your oldest clothes to create all the messy fun you can imagine! Stomp around the muddy creek and woods on a scavenger hunt, break out the face paint for a messy makeover, then get covered from head to toe in shaving cream before rinsing off on a paint covered slip ‘n slide. All you need is a sense of adventure and a little soap to get clean at the end of the week.

Artrageous - grades 4-6
Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Come be inspired by your natural surroundings in this camp full of creativity! Try different art forms as you paint, draw, sculpt and more! Campers will channel their inner artist as they create works of art while earning their outdoor artist badges and of course, make some tie-dye to take home.

Accio Adventures - grades 4-6 FULL Wait list is Available
Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Calling all witches! Grab your spell book and broom and get ready for a magical week at camp. Once you are sorted into your houses you’ll be ready to make your own wand, brew potions, and compete in a quidditch game. You’ll hunt for horocruxes and even make your own Maurader’s Map.

Bon Appetit! - grades 4-6
Sunday, July 17 - Friday, July 22, 2022
Breakfast, lunch, dinner: you can handle it all! Enjoy a tasty week at camp as you create your own recipe book while you cook up mystery boxes, bake bread, and compete in a cupcake decorating contest. Make new foods over the fire, learn new techniques and have lots of fun as you become a cooking pro!

Night Owls - grades 4-6
Sunday, July 24 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Experience all the fun of a traditional camping session in a whole new way. Stay up late every night and sleep in each morning so you can explore wonders of the natural nocturnal world. What sights, creatures and sounds go unnoticed by day-dwellers? Cookouts, night hikes, evening paddles, stargazing and crafts will round out this session. It’s a hoot!

Ultimate Challenge - grades 4-6
Sunday, August 7 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Are you seeking a real adventure this summer? Splash through swimming obstacles, paddle through boating battles, and test your aim at the archery range. Cook a mystery box dinner over the campfire. Find your way with compasses and show your courage on a night hike. Before you campout by Bullfrog, scale the challenging 40-foot rock wall. Then spend a day sailing on Lake Springfield at our sister camp, Camp Widjiwagan. Don’t forget to pack your bravery!

*** Teens ***

Major Messiness - grades 6-8
Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Ingredients: * 20 Cadette campers * 5 platform tents * 2 camp counselors * 8 cans of shaving cream * 2-4 days of mud, leaves, and sticks * 1 jar of paint in every color, with glitter. * 6 days of old clothes * 2-4 tarps with 2 bottles of ketchup, mustard, jelly, and relish * 4 cans of tomato soup * A little bit of soap Mix together campers, tents, and counselors at Camp Tapawingo. Add in remaining ingredients as desired. Combine with crazy ideas, silly games, and tasty snacks. Guaranteed to result in a major mess.

Trailblazers - grades 6-8
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Develop backpacking and survival skills this week. Sleep in the comfort of a platform tent your first night at camp; then pack gear and food for the week and explore the far reaches of camp at Big Sky and beyond. You’ll practice putting up tents, cooking meals over a fire, and finding your way with a map and compass. Bond with your counselors and fellow campers as you play team building games and explore camp at night. Return in time for an amazing dinner, closing campfire, and the tradition of Trail Spa Night in the lodge.

Please note: Due to the extreme nature of this program, participants must have attended overnight camp at least once prior to this session, or have camp director approval. Personal outdoor equipment (mess kit, backpacking pack, sleeping bag and pad, etc.) is required. Weather conditions and skill level of the campers will affect the level of extreme that is possible, so come ready for anything!

Midnight Magic - grades 6-8  
Sunday, July 31 - Friday, August 5, 2022
This week is for the night-loving teen who likes to stay up late and sleep in. We’ll create funky glowin-the-dark art projects, go stargazing and take night hikes to see who is still up with us. See camp transform with the sounds and sight you can only see after everyone else has gone to bed. Then take a look up as you work on your space science badges exploring our universe. After a late breakfast enjoy camp in the daylight with a swim, boating, and archery.

Tapawingo School of Witchcraft and Wizardy - grades 7-12 - FULL Wait List Available
Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022
All Aboard! Hop on the train at Platform 9 3/4 and get ready for a week of witchcraft and wizardry. Design your own wand, brew potions, fly on the zip-line, and practice your own writing skills by creating your own Quibbler. It is sure to be a magical time!

Summit Seekers - grades 8-12
Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Ready to climb to new levels? Take on the challenge of the rock wall at Camp Tapawingo, then take those skills on the road! We’ll head down to Pere Marquette State park for a day of rock climbing. Then after camping in tents, we’ll head to St. Louis to do roped tree climbing with Vertical Voyages. Spend a night at our sister camp, Widjiwagan, and sail on Lake Springfield on your last full day. Then, we’ll head back to Tapawingo for closing campfire. Don’t forget to pack your bravery!

Please note: No previous climbing experience is needed. However, a comfort with heights is necessary. As we will be traveling off camp property to remote locations, COVID-19 vaccination and testing is required for this camp session.

Myths & Legends - grades 7-12
Sunday, July 31 - Friday, August 5, 2022
Explore the mysteries of camp with Greek mythology, folklore fables and spooky cryptids. Take aim on the archery range like Artemis, solve the sphynix’s riddles and search for Big Foot on the trails. Keep an eye out for the Loch Ness monster in the lake and see if you have the bravery of a demigod on the high ropes course. It will be a week that legends are made of!

On the Loose - grades 7-12
Sunday, August 7 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Enjoy all of your camp favorites during this week of classic camp! Spend your week hiking the trails, roasting s’mores around the campfire with friends and canoeing on Lake Nib. Enjoy the view of camp from the high ropes course and spend a night sleeping under the stars as you enjoy all the best of what camp as to offer.

Tapawingo Teen Leadership Camps

Leaders in Training - grades 7-9
Sunday, July 24 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Develop your leadership style at this one-week camp. Endure challenging team games and conquer the low ropes teams course. Spend an afternoon shadowing, interviewing, and learning tricks of the trade from the camp staff. Work with your fellow LITs as you make memories for the younger resident campers. With the support of your counselors and new friends, you’ll work on the aMaze Journey, setting a positive example for the younger campers.

Counselor in Training Application 2022
Girls wishing to attend Council in Training (CIT) must complete the application prior to registering for the session(s). Questions may be directed to Kailyn Miller at 888-623-1237.

Counselor in Training 1 - grades 10-11
Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 22, 2022
If you love working with younger campers and hanging out with fellow teen Girl Scouts at camp, you’ll love this session! You’ll spend the first week improving your camping and leadership skills and observing the counselors in action as you begin the Sisterhood Journey. Week one will feature training and during week two you’ll be paired with a unit to lead daily camp activities. As a CIT, you’ll have plenty of time to stay up late making mid-night grilled cheeses and playing goofy games. You’ll receive your CIT pin in a ceremony your last night at camp.

Counselor in Training 2 - Training Week - grades 11-12
If you love everything about camp and would love to become a member of the camp staff one day, CIT II will set you on the path to realizing your dream. Choose your own focus area such as horses, aquatics, or outdoor skills. Learn, work, and grow side-by-side with the experienced camp staff. After you complete the training and planning session, return to camp for up to two apprenticeship weeks.

Training Week - Sunday, June 12 - Friday, June 17, 2022

Apprenticeship Weeks (choose up to 2):
Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022 (mini overnight camp)
Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Sunday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022
Sunday, July 24 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Sunday, July 31 - Friday, August 5, 2022
Sunday, August 7 - Friday, August 12, 2022

Tapawingo Equestrian Overnight Camps

Please read the skill level descriptions below thoroughly before registering your camper for an equestrian summer camp. It is important for the safety and satisfaction of all campers, staff, and the horses that campers are in a program that is appropriate to their skill level. Please note that it is better to sign up for a level too low than a level too high as campers will not be permitted to ride above their abilities. This ensures campers, staff, and horses stay safe and have an enjoyable experience.

Skills Levels

  • Beginner - A beginner equestrian camp is designed so that staff are more “hands on” with campers on horseback. We always strongly encourage campers to ride independently so long as they are comfortable and it is safe to do so. However, if the camper needs to be assisted while on their horse; for the safety of all participants (riders, staff, horses), then the proper support will be provided. Generally speaking, this equates to campers that have never been to equestrian summer camp or have been to at least one or an equivalent.
  • Intermediate - An intermediate summer camp is designed to further the camper’s independence from the staff. We encourage campers to ride with as little assistance as possible, while still under the close supervision of staff. If the camper requires aid, we can help as long as is needed, and then back away to allow for the camper to continue to ride unassisted and gain confidence. Generally speaking, this equates to campers that have been to 2 or 3 equestrian summer camps or an equivalent.
  • Advanced - An advanced equestrian summer camp is designed to help a camper gain full independence. The camper is furthering their riding skills and knowledge of horses through minimal assistance. Under careful supervision, campers will have full and complete independence from staff while working with and around our horses. Generally speaking, this equates to campers have been to 4 or more equestrian summer camps or an equivalent.

Trail Mix - grades 4-5 - Beginner
Sunday, June 12 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Enjoy riding in the arena AND riding on the trail? This camp makes equal time for both. Spend the first two days demonstrating your ability to guide and control your horse in the arena, and then spend your last two days hitting the trails to become more confident in the saddle. When the boots are off, take to the trails on foot (maybe with trail mix in hand) to learn about trail markings and map reading. Once trail exploration has finished,navigate your way over to the pool for a relaxing swim. 

Saddle Switch Up - grades 7-12 - Intermediate & Advanced - FULL Wait list Avaialble
Sunday, June 12 - Friday, June 17, 2022
Interested to find out what saddle might suit you best? Experience a week of riding in which half your time is spent in a Western saddle while the other half is spent in an English one. Discover all the differences and uses of English tack versus Western, and some of the riding disciplines you might do in each saddle. Once your boots are off for the day, enjoy some traditional camp activities as you splash around the pool, see who was the best aim at the archery range, and paddle around in a canoe. 

Please note: Camper should at least be comfortable at a walk without assistance. Trot experience is also preferred.

Cowgirl Roundup - grades 4-5 - Beginner
Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Calling all cowgirls!! Do you love horses? Never ridden but want to learn? At this equestrian camp for beginners, come meet the ponies and horses of Camp Tapawingo. Spend some time each day at the barn learning all of the basics of horse care and riding horses. Groom, tack up, and ride with your friends. When your time at the barn is over, hang up your hat for the day and enjoy what camp has to offer-- s’mores, campfires, swimming and more! 

Sea Horses - grades 4-5 - Beginner
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Not sure if you’d rather spend your time at camp swimming like a sea horse or riding like a cowgirl? How about both!? In this camp you’ll get to make your very own sea horse to take home and spend time riding and learning about horses. Horses can’t go in our pool, but we can bring the water fun to them! Help them beat the heat by giving them much needed baths. Once you are done pampering your horsey friends, it’s your turn to cool off by splashing around in the pool. When you’re not getting wet, enjoy making s’mores around the campfire, learning camp songs and games, and making crafts with friends.

Boots n' Bows - grades 5-6 - Intermediate
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Come spend some time in the barn with your favorite horses. Ride in the arena learning skills and safety. Maybe venture out on the trails one day as well! When you’re not in the barn, head to the archery range to perfect your shot. There will be plenty of time to hang out at the pool, relax around the campfire and do other camp activities too

Pony Express - grades 4-6 - Beginners
Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Are you curious about horses? Dreaming of climbing in the saddle? At this equestrian camp for beginners, you’ll learn the basics of riding horses, explore equine traditions, and learn the history of riding elements from years past. Once you hop off the saddle, visit the archery range to check your aim and then head on over to the watering hole and take a swim in the pool. 

Extreme Trail - grades 9-12 - Advanced
Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Ready to take trail riding to the next level? Learn how to master an obstacle out on the trail. Start off the week learning the importance of seat, leg, and rein aids and how to utilize these skills on a trail ride. Next, practice a mock trail obstacle course in the arena as you maneuver around obstacles. Finally it’s time to hit the trails for your biggest challenge yet and conquer the extreme trail course in the woods! After you’ve untacked for the day, scale the challenging rock wall, splash through swimming obstacles, and paddle through boating battles as you take all activities to the extreme.

Rodeo Rally - grades 7-12 - Intermediate & Advanced
Sunday, July 17 - Friday, July 22, 2022
Pull on your boots and saddle up for some real rodeo fun! Learn all about rodeo events and show off in the arena doing flag races, pole bending, and barrel racing. When you’ve hung up you’re helmet for the day, have fun in a clown costume contest, learn to juggle, and put on face paint just like a rodeo clown. Now that you’re done “clowning around,” it’s time to cool off in the pool and relax around the campfire while you tell your friends all about your rodeo adventures.

Please note: Camper should be comfortable at a walk and trot without assistance. This camp will NOT have enough time to teach campers how to canter/ lope. If wanting to do so, prior experience will be necessary and the camper will be asked to demonstrate this skill to ensure it can be done safely and under control.

Trail Mates - grades 6-8 - Intermediate FULL Wait list is Available
Sunday, July 24 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Get ready to hit the trails! Spend some time in the arena brushing up on your riding skills before heading out into the woods on horseback. Have fun with your friends and favorite four-legged buddies as you spend a few hours each day at the barn and on the trails! Learn about trail riding safety, emergency dismounts, and leg ups. Enjoy your time spent in the woods and be on the lookout for deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife as you might get lucky enough to spot some on your trail ride. Also you will get the chance to paddle in a canoe, get crafty with friends, and laugh around the campfire while making s’mores.

Please note: Camper is required to have attended a previous trail riding summer camp or has been on a trail ride before.

Tap Into Horse Care - grades 7-12 - Intermediate
Sunday, July 24 - Friday, July 29, 2022
Did you know that there is more to horses than just riding? Come spend a few hours in the barn and learn all about barn management and proper horse care, while earning a horse-related fun patch. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time to ride! Once you’ve fulfilled all of your barn responsibilities for the day, swimming, archery, and more fun with friends is awaiting you at camp.

Wild West - grades 4-6 - Beginner
Sunday, July 31 - Sunday, August 5, 2022
Spend this week at camp as a Wild West cowgirl. Learn about horses, branding, and what exactly barn life was like during this time. In the saddle, ride like the cowboys and cowgirls of the Old West. On foot, practice roping a cow. Once you’ve hung your hat up for the day, it’s time for some more fun. Head down to the creek to pan for some “gold”. Don’t worry there will be plenty of time for swimming, singing, s’mores and good ol’ storytelling’ and skits around the campfire.

Horsin' Around - grades 5-6 - Intermediate
Sunday, July 31 - Friday, August 5, 2022
Do you like horses? Do you like games? How about horses AND games together? Gymkhana is an equestrian event in which riders are timed individually racing through a pattern or compete in games on horseback. Sound like fun? Saddle up to learn new riding skills while playing mounted games such as egg and spoon, relay races, and obstacle courses. Build strength, confidence and sportsmanship. Kick off your boots, take a break from the barn, and see what else camp has to offer. Splash at the pool or gather around the campfire with all of your friends.

Mane Event - grades 4-6 - Intermediate
Sunday, August 7 - Friday, August 12, 2022
Polish your boots off and get your horse ready to show! Spend time learning proper horsemanship and seeing what it takes to win the blue ribbon: proper grooming, riding and horse care. Demonstrate your skills for the barn staff daily as you absorb all there is to know about beginner horsemanship. Now that you’ve mastered show prepping your horse, it’s time to see what else camp has to offer. From swimming, to archery, to campfires; there’s so much to enjoy! 

Progressive Equestrian Camps
We are introducing progressive programming as an option for an equestrian summer camp. The program is designed to last 7-9 years depending on the route that you take. There is so much to know when it comes to working with horses and this program will allow you to hone in on various skills and responsibilities while also allowing you to stick with riders that are similar in riding knowledge and experience. If you think you might be interested in one day becoming a Horseback Riding Assistant so you can share your love of horses with other campers through teaching - then this program is for you. Grow and gain knowledge year after year as you move through the program. This program is also great for campers that are interested in owning their own horse as it covers all aspects of horsemanship. There are various different levels to the program and one must pass their current level in order to move on to the next level.

Level 1: Foal - grades 4-5 - Beginner
Session 2: Sunday, July 17 - Friday, July 22, 2022
Take your first steps towards becoming an all-around horse person! The first level of this program is entirely introductory. First time riders are welcome! Learn the basics of safety and care for horses in this equestrian summer camp. Upon completion of this program, make sure to come back next year for Level 2: Weanling to further your skills. There will be lots of time for other traditional camp activities as well while you are here

Please note: Level 1 is being offered 3 different times during the summer, however the material covered each time is the same. This is to allow enough opportunities for campers to get into the program. 

Family and Troop Events
Camp Widjiwagan

Troop Widji Night Flag - grades 4-12
Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, June 26, 2022
Gather your troop and form a team to defend your territory! Come stay the night at camp and make your own campfire dinner. When night falls, join other troops in teams and strategize to play an adventurous game of capture the flag in the dark. When the game is finished, gather around the campfire for songs and a campfire snack. Adult attendance required to meet ratio.

Troop Camp Sampler - grades 1-12
Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16, 2022
Is it your troops first time camping? Join us at camp for a fun evening of a campfire dinner and songs! Wake up at camp and sample all that Widji has to offer- canoeing, archery, hiking, swimming and traditional camp crafts. Take home memories with your troop and feel prepared for your next camp adventure!

Camp Kiwanis

He and Me! - grades 1-12
Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18, 2022
Spend some one-on-one time with your favorite guy! Pack your tent and sleeping bags and head to Kiwanis for an overnight adventure. Discover the wildlife that stays up after dark during a night hike and enjoy dessert cooked over a campfire. After breakfast take aim at the archery range! Pack up your tent and make your own trail mix before heading to the lake for canoeing.

Core Troop Camp - grades 1-12
Friday, July 8 - Saturday, July 9, 2022
Pack your tents and head to Kiwanis for a troop camp out! Make a campfire dessert and sing songs under the stars. After breakfast enjoy stationed activities and archery. Cook lunch over a campfire and head to the lake to canoe with your favorite gals! 

Camp Tapawingo

Troop Camp - grades 1-12
Friday, June 24 - Saturday, June 25, 2022
Enjoy an overnight with your troop at Tapawingo and we’ll do the planning! Enjoy s’mores around the campfire, aiming for the bullseye at the archery range and bring a shirt along to tie-dye! You’ll end your time here with a delicious cookout over the fire!

Family Camp - grades 1-12
Friday, July 22 - Saturday, July 23, 2022
Bring the whole family-- brothers and dads included-- for this fun-filled overnight! Enjoy the camp classics: archery, cooking out, canoeing, s’mores around the fire and more! Bring the whole gang.