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Property Rentals and Troop-Led Camping

When you are ready to meet in-person with your troop, Girl Scout camps will be open! GSGCNWI will open outdoor shelter facilities across key camps and Gathering Places for troops to hold their outdoor meetings. We are also taking reservations for overnight troop led camping experiences. You can make all reservations on our new registration and reservation site.

Locations open for use*:

  • Camp Butternut Springs (Valparaiso, IN)
  • Camp Greene Wood (Woodridge, IL)
  • Camp Palos (Palos Park, IL)
  • Joliet Gathering Place (Joliet, IL)
  • Merrillville Gathering Place (Merrillville, IN)
  • Vernon Hills Gathering Place (Vernon Hills, IL)

*Some locations may not be available in the winter months.

Not sure where you want to go? Check out an overview of our camps & locations!

Check out an overview of our camps & locations!
  • Troop Led Camping: Indoor reservations currently block out the space for the entire weekend.  You will be asked to please confirm with the site manager your arrival and departure plans between Friday 3 PM – Sunday 2 PM.
  • Shelter Facility: As part of a reservation, groups will have access to an outdoor shelter, picnic tables, a portable or pit toilet, and a handwashing station.
  • Cleaning: Groups will be provided with approved cleaning supplies. Troops will be required to clean and sanitize their space before check-out.
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: When on site, groups are required to follow all GSGCNWI COVID-19 guidelines.
  • If a group is not following guidelines, they will first be asked to comply. With continued noncompliance, groups will be asked to leave the property. 
How to Reserve – Quick Guide
  1. Check that your account is ready to go—if you have never used our new council registration & reservation site, please check the guide.
  2. Log in to our Registration & Reservations Site and click on “Reservations” at the top of the page.
  3. Recommended: Click on “Explore Property Maps”
  4. Select the property you wish to visit
  5. Enter the date in the “From” and “To” box. For a day visit, use the same date in both boxes.
  6. Enter the time block you wish to reserve:
  7. Enter your total attendees (girls and adults)
  8. Click “Check Availability”
    • Make sure after clicking this to double check the times you entered. If they have changed, enter them again and hit “Check Availability” again before moving forward.
  9. Available facilities are highlighted in green. Mousing over the icon on the map will show details about the shelter. Select the one you wish to reserve. 
  10. You will see a reservation summary in a pop-up window. In “Description”, please enter your troop number then click “Reserve”.
    •  If you get an error message of “Invalid Reservation”, please try again, making sure to check your times before and after you click the “Check Availability” button.
  11. Read and sign the waivers, and answer the questions to help ensure a safe experience and inform our property staff about your group.
  12. Review your information and click “Submit”.
Reservation Notes
  • All reservations are first come, first serve.
  • This is a reservation request. You should see an email within 2-4 business days either approving your request or asking for more information needed prior to approving your spot.
  • Requests hold your spot at camp! Once your request is submitted, other users will not be able to book the spot.
Troop & Group Camp Documents:

Questions?

Read through our Camp and Outdoor FAQ, or contact us at CustomerCare@girlscoutsgcnwi.org or 855-ILOVEGS (456-8347).