Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania brings together decades of rich Girl Scout history across 30 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania with several beautiful outdoor program facilities. Accomodations range from modern buildings with heat and running water, to primitive sites with cabins or tents and latrines.
The Business Plan called for an evaluation of the current fees we charge for the use of our various camping facilities. A careful analysis of all of our neighboring Girl Scout councils as well as other councils throughout the Middle Atlantic region showed that all of those councils that were surveyed charged a per facility rate that varied based on the building size and amenities. Following this conclusion, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA will also shift to a per facility fee schedule that will go into effect on January 1, 2011. All reservations for January 1, 2011 or later will be charged these new rates. A complete breakdown by camp is included at the links below:
Founded in 1920, Camp Archbald is located in the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Steeped in tradition, Archbald is the second oldest Girl Scout camp in the country! The grounds include forests, fields and a spring fed glacial lake. Facilities include lodges, closed Adirondacks, cabins, tents and houseboats. Canoes, kayaks and row boats are also available for use on Lake Ely.
Camp Archbald - Kingsley, PA
Camp Archbald is fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and also meets the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Camp Echo Trail - Felton, PA
Camp Echo Trail
Founded in 1953, Camp Echo Trail is located in southeastern York County along the banks of the Susquehanna River. The 315 acre camp has wide open field areas suitable for numerous sporting activities. Facilities range from modern lodges to rustic Adirondack huts and the majestic looking Indian Meadows tepee unit. There is also a challenge course, an archery field and a pool.
Camp Echo Trail is fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and also meets the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Camp Furnace Hills
Founded in 1947, Camp Furnace Hills is located in northeastern Lancaster County. The 19th century bank house located on the property is on the National Registry of Historic Places and home to the Foxfire Program. Camp Furnace Hills is adjacent to the Middlecreek Wildlife Preserve with easy access to the Horseshoe Trail, and offers canoeing, swimming and archery. Accomodations range from modern facilities to rustic cabins and tents.
Camp Furnace Hills - Denver, PA
Camp Furnace Hills is fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and also meets the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Foxfire House at Furnace Hills
Foxfire House is a 19th Century bank house and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Foxfire House is aptly named, as 'Foxfire' combines the early legends of the House with modern enthusiasm for learning about the past. Girl Scout and local volunteers offer workshops on 18th and 19th Century skills and crafts with emphasis on the Pennsylvania German culture. Scherenschnitte, quilting, soap-making, rug braiding, fracture schriften, cornhusk weaving, and egg dyeing are typical subjects.
Troops may stay for a day or a weekend while working on Pennsylvania Pioneer and Foxfire House badges or Foxfire House patch. They may bake bread in the squirrel-tail oven and cook rivvel soup on the ten-plate stove. Many troops and individuals participate in work/fun days, donating their services to further the preservation and maintenance of the site.
Tours of Foxfire House must be requested in writing at least four weeks in advance.
Camp Golden Pond
Founded in 1985, Camp Golden Pond is located in Huntingdon County near Petersburg. Lake Louise is a man made seven acre lake on the property which provides opportunities for boated and canoeing. There are also several nature and hiking trails.
Camp Golden Pond - Petersburg, PA
Camp Happy Valley - Fairfield, PA
Camp Happy Valley
Founded in 1955, Camp Happy Valley is located in Fairfield, Adams County. Modern facilities allow for year round camping. The two units of Skyloft Lodge can accomodate one large troop, or two troops with separate sleeping and kitchens. Camp Happy Valley provides easy access to Gettysburg National Battlefield, Gettysburg College, Mount St. Mary's College, local ski areas and other Adams County attractions.
Camp Louise - Shickshinny, PA
Founded in 1959, Camp Louise is located near Berwick in Columbia County. The 340 acre site has a 25 acre lake, hiking trails and walking paths. The woods offer great natural diversity with many species of wildlife. Facilities range from modern buildings with running water and flush toilets to tent and cabin units. Each unit has a covered shelter, outdoor cooking facilities, a fire circle and bathroom facilities with with running water and either self composting or flush toilets. Canoes and kayaks are available for use on the lake.
Camp Louise is fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and also meets the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Camp Small Valley
Founded in 1955, Camp Small Valley is nestled on 762 acres in the wooded hills of upper Dauphin County about 30 miles north of Harrisburg. Accomodations range from modern year round heated units to rustic cabins and tents. Facilities include a riding stable and ring, swimming pool with bubble beach area, and close access to the Appalachian Trail. Small Valley meets the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA. A state of the art science facility is located on the property. The Star (Science, Technology, and Adventure Researchers) Center teaches science in a fun camp environment!
Camp Small Valley - Halifax, PA
Star Center at Small Valley
The Star (Science, Technology, and Adventure Researchers) Center is a state of the art science facility providing a hands on, nurturing environment for girls to learn about science. Participants can study astronomy and take on the roles of scientists as observers, inventors, and problem solvers on a variety of subjects. Through a Global Positioning System (GPS), girls can learn to ID locations using latitude and longitude measurements. STAR Center programming was designed to help girls learn, and foster a higher self-confidence, particularly in the ability to master science. As a culminating event to all programs, participants can study Earth’s motion and place in the galaxy through STARLAB, a portable planetarium that projects the constellations.