Holliston Encampment is a town wide Girl Scout camping event. Daisy Girl Scouts are invited to participate during the day, where they can experience outdoor activities, cooking a meal at a fire pit, and campfire singing and ‘smores making. Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts can experience all the same daytime opportunities but additionally camp overnight in a lodge, yurt, or tent.
We apply for three locations and will not know until mid-late winter which location we are assigned to. Encampment is typically in late May. Past locations have been Wind in the Pines (2015) in Plymouth, MA and Camp Maude Eaton (2017)- Andover, MA
Preparing for Encampment
First Aid Training: All participating troops will need to have a First Aider, which is an adult Girl Scout who has completed First Aid training. GSEM offers Medic First Aid Training & CPR Certification, but first aid training is alternatively offered through many fire departments and hospitals. Click here for a list of GSEM’s upcoming Medic First Aid Training sessions (cost: $50).
Camping Training: Troops who are staying overnight will need to have one adult who has completed Camping Training. This person must be separate from your First Aider. GSEM offers two different camping certifications: Lodge Camping and Tent Camping. Lodge certification will allow your troop to stay overnight in a lodge, which, according to GSEM, is defined as any building with a stove and flush toilets. Tent Camping certification will allow your troop to stay overnight in a tent, but note that this certification also covers lodge camping.
- Click here for a list of GSEM’s upcoming Lodge Camping training sessions (cost $15)
- Click here for a list of GSEM’s upcoming Tent Camping training sessions (cost $20)
Encampment Sample Schedule
11:30am-11:50am: Opening ceremony/overview of the weekend.
11:50-12:20pm: Lunch (troops usually pack a bag lunch).
12:30pm-1:30pm: Activity Choice 1: Yoga Dancing/Field Games/Obstacle Course
1:30pm-2:30pm: Activity Choice 2: Boating/Pond/Know-your-knots
2:30pm-3:30pm: Activity Choice 3: Make a recycled craft/Learn to build a fire/Learn map skills/Participate in pick up sports
3:30pm-4:15pm: Unpack cars for those staying overnight – Early campfire and ‘smores for the day campers.
4:00pm-7:00pm: Dinner with your troop.
7:00pm-9:00pm: Evening Fire Circle: Campfire, smores, songs and skits, closing ceremony.
7:00-8:00am: Breakfast with your troop.
8:15am-8:45am: Closing ceremony.
8:45am-10am: Clean up and check out!