Have you been looking for a resident camp for 2017? Well, look no further…it’s here!  This year Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has partnered with Touch of Nature (on Little Grassy Lake) and Camp Ondessonk (in Ozark, IL) to give our girls three amazing resident camp opportunities!


Girls attending the mini-session (four days/three nights) or week long session (seven days/six nights) at Touch of Nature will stay in cabins with electricity and air conditioning.  Girls will use flush toilets and covered shower houses during their time at camp.  Camp activities may include swimming in Little Grassy Lake, canoeing, hiking, archery, environmental education, rock climbing (older girls), high ropes (older girls) camp crafts, badge work, and, of course, Girl Scouts songs and camp fires!


Girls attending the week long session (seven days/six nights) at Camp Ondessonk will stay in rustic, three sided cabins.  Girls will use latrines in their unit but have access to flush toilets and shower houses nearby.  Camp activities may include swimming in Lake Saint Isaac, canoeing, archery, riflery, hanicrafts, hiking, horseback riding, challenge courses, overnight campout under the stars, Girl Scout songs and camp fires, and an all-camp marathon to end the week!

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  If you would like to help another Girl Scout have the opportunity to attend camp, please contact Amy Sample at about making a donation to our campership fund or click here.


To register your daughter for camp, simply click on the camp name and follow the instructions. To access resident camp forms and documents, click here.


This is going to be a summer for the girls to remember!


Camp Ondessonk Week Long Camp
July 16-22, 2017 (deadline extended 4/1)
Cost: $450
Deposit Required: $225


Girls’ Week
Girls’ Camp is a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life!  The all girl environment provides growing girls and teens with something genuinely important – a safe, open, accepting place where they can truly be themselves.  Campers are able to leave behind social expectations, popularity contests and worries about their outward appearance for a week filled with giggling, games and meaningful friendships.


The girls’ camp schedule includes a horseback ride, archery, riflery, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodsmanship, Girl Scout badges and activities, canoeing, kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug of war and much more.  All girls will stay in the same unit (Brebeuf) and take part in all activities together.


Touch of Nature Mini Camp
July 26-29, 2017 (reg. deadline 5/24)
Cost: $255
Deposit Required: $50


Livin’ Like Bigfoot (for girls entering grades 2-3)
Have you ever gone out into the woods and felt like you were not alone?  Well, maybe that is because Bigfoot has been in the area.  You would never know because he is so good at leaving no trace.  During camp you will learn the ways of Bigfoot and how to be untraceable in the great outdoors.  When you are not swimming, cooking over the fire or discovering the wonders of camp…you will go Bigfoot hunting!


Women Warriors (for girls entering grades 4-5)
Every woman has an inner warrior living inside of them.  Camp is a safe place where you can tap into your inner self, practice your skills and start rowing into the woman that you truly are.  During your time at Touch of Nature you will get the chance to learn how to throw a giant dart with an atlatl, blow small darts with a dart gun, launch ammo from slingshots and shoot arrows with bows.  Are projectiles not your thing?  Well, how about swimming in the lake, joining the one match club or building your very own survival shelter?  The Amazon is not the only place for Women Warriors.  Nature is all around us, and all of us have a powerful spirit inside of us waiting to shine at camp.


F.L.O.W. (Future Leaders of the Outdoor World) (for girls entering grades 6-12)
You are our only hope for the future.  Come to camp and show us what you’re working with.  As the leaders of the new world, start by helping guide what happens at camp.  You will design the week of camp and even get the chance to lead a program or two.  If improving your outdoors kills or helping lead others into the outdoors is what you are looking for then don’t let this chance get away.  You can design your own extreme summer getaway – anything from rock climbing, zip lining, pontoon boating, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, to archery and so much more!  If you can dream it, we will try to make it happen!


Touch of Nature Week Long Camp
July 30-August 5, 2017 (reg. deadline 5/24)
Cost: $380
Deposit Required: $100


Finding Nature (for girls entering grades 2-3)
Deep in the heart of camp lives a very special thing that you may not know about…it’s NATURE!  Actually, the magic of nature is all around us.  Meet some of our enchanted friends that live in the trees, streams and underground.  Spend part of your summer captivated with creek walking, face painting, s’more making and swimming in our mystical lake.  This is your chance to see how fun the woods can be!


Water World (for girls entering grades 4-5)
Did you know that your body is made of at least 70% water?  That means that if you round up, we ARE water!  Come beat the summer heat with this water world of fun…at camp!  You will get to swim in the lake, go on a whale hunt, ride in a pontoon boat, canoe, try stand-up paddle boarding and so much more.  This could be the big splash to your summer!


Expedition W.I.L.D. (Women in Leadership Development) (for girls entering grades 6-12)
Are you a W.I.L.D. woman?  This is your chance to show off your skills or gain new ones.  Touch of Nature is a great place to try new things and set forth on an expedition that will stay with you for the rest of your life.  Girls will come to camp and get a crash course in camping and Leave No Trace to gain important skills that will set them up for success in the outdoor profession.  During the week we will load up our canoes, paddle across the lake on an adventure to Giant City for an overnight and go rock climbing on natural sandstone bluffs.  Don’t worry though!  There will still be plenty of time to swim in the lake, go jumping from the bluffs or make some arts and crafts.  Come take part in this wild and adventurous week of camp!


for girls entering grades 9-12
Reference each resident camp session for the fee (same as “camp fee”)


Do you think being a camp counselor would be the bees knees?  The CIT (Counselor in Training) Program is an opportunity for older girls to start their leadership journey.  At camp, you will participate in various camp activities while learning about becoming leaders, different leadership styles and camper dynamics.  CITs participate in unit stays with younger campers, will shadow different staff members in their camp roles and will have opportunities to talk with camp administrators about what it takes to run a camp and work in the outdoor profession.  Girls must take CIT training before coming to camp to get the second portion of their training (trainings can be found on eBiz throughout the year).  CIT opportunities are available at ALL resident camp sessions.



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