Camp in the Time of COVID-19

Camp programs are a foundation of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts are more likely than their non-Girl Scout peers to participate in outdoors activities like hiking or camping. As a whole, Girl Scouts also report much higher environmental stewardship than girls at large. We treasure and take pride in our unique camp offerings here in western Washington and we commit to sustaining camp opportunities through financial, environmental, and community stewardship.

COVID-19 continues to impact our council’s revenue streams, including camp programs and site use. We had to make difficult decisions about camp program, staffing, and operations to maximize the potential for serving Girl Scout youth, limit risk for members, families, volunteers, and employees, and balance our budget for the coming year.

For the 2021 season, we’ll operate Camps River Ranch, Lyle McLeod, and off-site Volunteer-Led summer camps, if public health regulations allow. River Ranch and Lyle McLeod have the highest site usage and revenue potential of all our camp properties. River Ranch’s large capacity and program variety (including horses) make it a strong choice for accommodating safety guidelines and camper interests. Lyle McLeod’s Volunteer-Led Community Camps serve nearly 900 Girl Scout youth each summer with minimal cost to the council. Together, these camps offer the safest, most accessible combination of in-person camp opportunities with projected net savings of $420,000.

While camp programs remain condensed, we’ll improve Girl Scout camp culture with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These important changes include discontinuing appropriative naming conventions and commercial camp themes, diversifying staff and volunteer recruitment, improving staff anti-oppression training, and further developing our Affinity Camp programs: Camp for All, LGBTQ+ Camp, and BIPOC Family Camp.

We’re holding Camp Town Halls and starting an assessment process of all of our properties, both offices and camps, to ensure our camp programs continue for generations of Girl Scouts to come. No camp properties are currently listed for sale. We can’t promise there won’t be hard decisions to make as part of this effort, but we can promise to include member input in the property assessment process. We encourage you to stay involved. 

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Camp spaces and programs are still available for your enjoyment. Individuals and families can rent camp for day use. Volunteer-Led Camps are expected for 2021. By participating in these programs, you demonstrate enduring interest in being at camp and contribute to important camp revenue.

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Volunteer-Led Camp


We’ve currently identified two types of volunteer work parties: general cleaning and maintenance (both indoor and outdoor), and skilled labor for identified projects at each camp. We’ll assign volunteers to work parties based on the skills required for maintenance work and projects. Please indicate your particular skills on the Volunteer Interest Form. If you wish to volunteer with our equine programs, please use the Horse Program Form.

Camp Maintenance
Horse Programs


Our Philanthropy team is planning a coordinated fundraising effort to support camp properties in the coming months. If you’re interested in supporting these efforts, please reach out to Tana Graedel ([email protected]).

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Under "Donation Information," please select Camp Greatest Need OR a Specific Camp.

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Prior Camp Town Halls/Q&A

Upcoming Camp Town Halls
Camp Robbinswold – Nov. 10
Camp Evergreen – Nov. 16
Camp St. Albans – Nov. 19
Camp River Ranch – Dec. 3
Camp Towhee – Dec. 8
Camp Lyle McLeod – Dec. 10
Camp Klahanee – Dec. 15  


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