Camp Life is the Best Life

“Girl Scout camp provides the right opportunities in a safe space and with the friendliest staff to help your daughter find her courage, confidence, and character.”

Editor’s note: Don’t wait! Register for GSGLA summer camp before we run out of space. 

With summer nearly upon us, our girls are gearing up for one of the most beloved aspects of the Girl Scout experience: camp! We’re fortunate to have so many natural settings in and around Greater LA for our Girl Scouts to enjoy—from the beach to the mountains, and everything in between.

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Summer camp affords girls the opportunity to conquer fears, try new activities, and make lifelong friends. At GSGLA, we have a variety of modernized properties that provide safe, fun environments where girls can create lasting memories.

Want to know which camp best suits your girl’s needs? Or what makes the location nearest you unique? We spoke to our camp directors to learn more.


Marine Landing Day Camp – Long Beach

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Paddleboarding at Marine Landing.

“Imagine your daughter overcoming her fears of being onstage or jumping off a kayak because she realized the fun waiting on the other side far exceeded her own fears. Imagine her wanting to work hard on a new art project because beautifying the walls of a place she loves so much has become that important to her. Imagine getting to see your daughter grow up more in one week of camp than in a whole year of school. Girl Scout camp provides the right opportunities in a safe space and with the friendliest staff to help your daughter find her courage, confidence, and character.” – Devin Niebrugge, Marine Landing Camp Director

Camp Osito Rancho – Big Bear

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Ziplining at Osito Rancho.

“Resident camp gives campers the opportunity to grow in independence, courage, friendships, and new interests away from their normal setting and out from under the wings of their parents or caregivers. They grow in ways they can’t at home, by being out of their comfort zone, learning about themselves and others, finding wonders in nature, pride in individuality, and compassion in a camp community—all while having the time of their lives!” – Alicia Brown, Osito Rancho Camp Director

Mariposa Day Camp – Altadena

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Getting creative at Mariposa.

“Mariposa is a safe space for girls to challenge themselves and learn new things, whether they are campaigning for camp president, writing a comic book, or designing a sustainable garden.” – Brianna Colomb, Mariposa Camp Director

El Ranchito Day Camp – Long Beach

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Scaling the climbing wall at El Ranchito.

“At El Ranchito, we provide a space that is safe and encourages independence. This fosters character growth and lasting friendships—an opportunity for each girl to shine exactly for who they are while exploring the world through an outdoor lens.” – Randi Helgesen, El Ranchito Camp Director


We’re so excited to share the summer camp experience with your Girl Scout! To learn more about our programs and register, visit our website. You can also subscribe to our seasonal camp newsletters here.

Plus, make sure you don’t miss a moment this summer: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where we’ll be regularly posting camp photos—your camper could be featured! Use the hashtag #gsglaCamp or tag us (@GirlScoutsLA on Instagram and Twitter) to join the fun on social media.

Happy Girl Scout Week!

Girl Scout Week is just around the corner, with plenty of opportunities for Girl Scouts to celebrate sisterhood and demonstrate what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (That includes the Girl Scout Anniversary, March 12, which marks 105 years since Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts!)

In true Girl Scout spirit, each day of the week has a different service theme, which has evolved over the years. According to VintageGirlScout.com, Girl Scout Week started in 1919 as a way for the young organization to raise money and gain members: “Through the years, the focus changed to meet the needs of [the] changing world and changing girls.” (You can read more about the history of Girl Scout Week here.)

Thanks to our friends at GreenBlood News on Facebook, we were able to gain even more insight about Girl Scout Week—and have provided suggestions for daily activities below.


Girl Scout Week, March 12–18

Sunday, March 12: Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Anniversary
Take part in a religious service while wearing your Girl Scout uniform
Consider earning a religious award
Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin
Learn about Girl Scout history and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low
Hold a troop celebration (We have plenty of goodies, including confetti and patches, for your party—check our store locations and hours here.)

Monday, March 13: Service to Family Day (previously called Homemaking Day)
Keep in mind the Girl Scout Law
Be friendly and helpful, considerate and caring—and don’t forget to respect authority
Help with chores around the house
Do extra good deeds for your family

Tuesday, March 14: Service to Community Day (previously called Citizenship Day)
Take part in a service or Take Action project in your community
Work toward a Girl Scout award
Connect with your community and/or school officials and leaders

Wednesday, March 15: Health and Safety Day
Eat only healthy snacks
Exercise for at least 20 minutes
Check to see if your smoke detectors are working properly at home
Consider earning the Girl Scout Safety Award for your level: Find requirements in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, under the Awards tab
Brownies and up, consider earning your First Aid legacy badge (check your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for badge requirements)

Thursday, March 16: International Friendship Day
Learn about a country you would like to visit
Cook or prepare a meal from another country
Learn more about WAGGGS

Friday, March 17: Arts & Culture Day (previously called Arts & Crafts Day)
Go to a museum, concert, or play
Work on an art project
Brownies and up, consider earning the Art-related legacy badge (check your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for badge requirements)

Saturday, March 18: Girl Scout Sabbath and Service to the Planet Day (previously called Outdoors Day)
Attend a religious service wearing your Girl Scout Uniform
Learn about another religion
Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin
Sign up for summer camp
Play games outside with your troop or family
Go on a hike


Which activities are you planning with your family or troop? We want to see how you’re celebrating—share your activities with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag us (@GirlScoutsLA). We might share your content with the entire GSGLA community!

Also, are you a Girl Scout history buff? Want to share your knowledge about Girl Scout Week? We’d love to learn more—please leave a comment on this post!

Happy Girl Scout Week, everyone!

Girl Scouts Give Back

‘Tis the season for giving, but Girl Scouts know that spreading good cheer doesn’t stop once the decorations are stored away. Go-getter Girl Scouts roll up their sleeves and help those in need year-round—which means giving back to their communities comes naturally during the holidays.

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Multiple GSGLA troops are leading donation drives for One Warm Coat, a national nonprofit that works to provide free, warm coats for people in need. (The organization enables people to hold their own coat drive.) Starting in early November, Girl Scout Troop 565 spread the word about their coat collection—creating fliers and a press release, as well as making announcements at local schools and churches. The girls ended up receiving more than 350 coats, which they donated to the Union Rescue Mission. (Check out page six of the Palisades News Holiday Gift Guide for details.)

PV Peninsula Girl Scouts are contributing to the same heartwarming cause, with more than 100 troops collecting coats for One Warm Coat. Led by Troops 2275, 6405, and 7895, the Girl Scouts are donating their coats to Community’s Child, CalWORKs Domestic Violence Supportive Services in Carson, and LA Community Outreach Housing Foundation.

From coats to socks—the Girl Scouts of Troop 16184 along with West Covina Service Unit 422 held a sock drive during their holiday social this month. All attendees contributed socks, which are being donated to a local church shelter. (The girls are also gearing up to sing Christmas carols at a community event for West Covina Beautiful—talk about spreading holiday joy!)

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Girl Scouts practicing their Christmas carols in West Covina.

And more evidence that Girl Scouts improve their communities throughout the year: A number of girls from Troops 78394 and 11634 are continuing to support the Foothill Family Shelter after earning their Girl Scout Silver Award. They donated Thanksgiving baskets to the program’s holiday food drive.

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Girl Scouts donated holiday baskets to Foothill Family Shelter.

Plus, Kaitlyn M. of Troop 78394 created 32 gift bags for kids who attended the shelter’s Breakfast with Santa event—her second year in a row.

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Girl Scout Kaitlyn M.

The girls of Troop 78394 also created and delivered more than 100 Christmas cards to patients at the Rancho Cucamonga VA Clinic (seen below) and kids in juvenile hall.

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Keep up the good work, Girl Scouts! Remember to send photos of your volunteer projects and other community service events to photos@girlscoutsla.org. (Or, post them to social media and tag @GirlScoutsLA.) We’ll continue to highlight some of your stories right here on the GSGLA blog.