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.

Girl Scouts Going Green

It’s easy to be green when you’re a Girl Scout—it’s in our DNA. Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, famously enjoyed nature. A century later, we honor Daisy’s legacy by inspiring girls to develop a lasting commitment to the environment.

Across Greater LA, our Girl Scouts are lucky to have access to so many natural resources—from the desert to the mountains and to the ocean. This Earth Day (April 22), we encourage our Girl Scout families to celebrate the planet, enjoy the outdoors, and (of course) make the world a better place. Here are some tips:

  • Talk about the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. These guidelines for outdoor ethics help everyone enjoy the natural world and lessen the human footprint on the environment. Review these principles with your Girl Scout so she knows proper protocol next time she’s camping with her troop.
  • Participate in the Basic 8 Camping Skills patch program. The program is designed to be a progressive development of skills to help Girl Scouts enjoy the outdoors.
  • Earn the Girl Scout Ranger patch. Girl Scouts is partnering with the National Park Service on the Girl Scout Ranger Program, which prompts girls to experience nature, learn about National Park Service sites, and develop leadership skills. (Also, National Park Service sites are offering free admission to everyone this weekend as part of National Park Week!).
  • Sign up for Daisy Day at Camp Lakota in May. Visit one of our amazing camps, and enjoy the great outdoors.
  • For leaders: Practice overnight camping in a safe and fun environment. Register for First Time Out, a troop event for Brownies and older levels that have practiced a couple Indoor Overnights and are ready to experience an Outdoor Overnight.

You can also read more about Girl Scouts’ connection to the environment here.

How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day? Leave a comment and let us know!

Featured photo source: NHPC

Letter from Our CEO

Dear Girl Scout Friends and Family,

There are days, and weekends, when I can’t believe what our Movement does for girls, and how lucky we are to be part of it. TAMBU in late September was just such a weekend. It has been awhile since I’d visited Camp Lakota and it took only a few minutes, passing through the gate, to remember what a treat it is to find blue sky, tall trees, and warm meadows just two hours away from the urban jungle.

While I have been a frequent visitor to GAM (Gathering All Mariners) on the water each spring, this was my first visit to TAMBU (translation: Circle of Tents). This gathering, which has written tests and competitions between troops, was started in 1964 in Pasadena and has been growing ever since. Our own Teri Proffitt, Director of Product and Retail Sales, has been a key player in the Blue Madonna troop for many years and has a passion for orienteering.

A primarily volunteer-run event, TAMBU welcomed 200 girls this year for a variety of activities, including a relay to set up tents under time constraints. Volunteer extraordinaire John Bodi put me to work as a relay timekeeper.

What is most extraordinary about this gathering is the spirit, the older girl participation, and the unbridled joy and energy I experienced all day. Lakota provides the perfect environment for TAMBU, and our adult volunteers were so thrilled to know that we will be working to make improvements to this property and programs delivered there.

The indelible memories I take with me are hanging out with the girls in their camps—like when I saw the expression on first-time camper Cierra’s face as she made a bullseye on her first try at archery!

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As I headed home, I reflected on how fortunate we are to be in this exact spot, with the gifts of these properties, these programs, and these girls. But none of this would be possible without our volunteers’ expertise, creativity, and dedication to our mission. Please take a bow and accept my thanks for a great job!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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Lise L. Luttgens

Twitter: @gsgla_ceo

Welcome the Newest Member of the Girl Scout Cookie Family!

Happy National S’mores Day! In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA is rolling out a new cookie flavor for 2017: Girl Scout S’mores™. Each of the two licensed Girl Scout Cookie Bakers created two different cookie recipes for this S’mores flavor—Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ (GSGLA)’s licensed baker, Little Brownie Baker, created a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling (see the image below).GS-Smores

The GSGLA S’mores cookie is a premium non-GMO variety made with clean ingredients. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils—and is Whole Foods-certified.

The GSGLA clean/non-GMO S’mores cookie will be sold at $6 a box—alongside the gluten-free premium cookie offered by GSGLA, Toffee-tastic. The classics—Thin Mints, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-Dos, Samoas, and Savannah Smiles—will remain at $5 a box.

For more information about GSGLA’s non-GMO S’mores cookie, visit http://www.littlebrowniebakers.com/. For more information about the ABC Bakers S’mores recipe (not offered by GSGLA), visit http://www.abcsmartcookies.com/.

GSGLA’s Girl Scout Cookie season starts Jan. 29, 2017. We’ll keep you posted on all cookie-related news!