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2022 Summer Camps at Camp Koch

More than a getaway, Girl Scout summer camp is a place to explore the outdoors, try new activities, practice independence, learn to work with others, make new friends, and more. We have an exciting summer of new camp programs planned, and we can't wait to see you there! 

Questions? Contact Crista Miller Owens, Camp Director, at gssicampdirector@gmail.com.

CSA Session 1: Program Aide & Counselor-in-Training Certification (Registration closed)

CSA Session 1: Program Aide & CIT Certification - Registration Closed

When: Sunday, June 26-Wednesday, June 29
Check-In: 3:00 PM CDT
Check-Out: 10:00 AM CDT
Grades: Entering 6-12 and spring 2022 graduates
Cost: $275

Do you love the outdoors and want to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with others? Do you dream about working at a Girl Scout camp someday? This is the session for you! 

Program Aide (PA) training allows girls in 6-10 grades to expand their leadership skills, meet new friends, and make a difference in the lives of younger Girl Scouts. PAs can volunteer at day camps, council events, or with a troop. 

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) is a leadership development program for grades 11 & 12 that prepares girls to become camp counselors.

In both the CIT and PA training programs, girls will complete a service project at Camp Koch by creating a Hidden Hammock Hideaway. Girls at future camps will enjoy lounging outdoors in the hammock, seeing, smelling, and hearing nature.

Girls will also have a chance to participate in many traditional camp activities, including archery, knife and tomahawk throwing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, campfire cooking, and swimming. They will even have a chance to rappel off the sides of the cliffs at Camp Koch!

After this session, girls can volunteer for hands-on experience as official PA/CITs during the Weekend Camp Experience on July 15-17, 2022.

CSA Session 2: Extended Camp & Off-Site Excursion (Registration closed)

CSA Session 2: Extended Camp with Off-Site Excursion
When: Sunday, June 26-Wednesday, July 3
Check-In: 3:00 PM CDT Check-Out: 4:00 PM CDT
Grades: Entering 6-12 and spring 2022 graduates
Cost: $650

If you can’t get enough of summer camp, this session is for you! Session 2 combines the Program Aide and Counselor-In-Training session plus a 4-day, 3-night excursion to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana's Camp Stem Adventure Center in Laconia, Indiana. See the information under session 3 for complete details about the excursion.

CSA Session 3: Off-Site Excursion Only (Registration closed)

CSA Session 3: Off-Site Excursion Only

When: Wednesday, June 29-Sunday, July 3
Check-In: 3:00 PM CDT Check-Out: 4:00 PM CDT
Grades: Entering 9-12 and spring 2022 graduates
Cost: $375

Calling all Girl Scouts in grades 9 and up: pack your bags; it's time to go on a high adventure excursion with your Girl Scout sisters!

Your adventure will start at Camp Koch with a day of planning and preparation for a trip to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana's Camp Stem Adventure Center in Laconia, Indiana. The journey to Camp Stem will include a stop at Hemlock Cliffs, located in Hoosier National Forest near English, Indiana. We will explore this beautiful area on a one-mile hike leading into a canyon with a lush canopy of trees and different rock shelters.

Once at Camp Stem, you will participate in a variety of high-adventure activities, including:

Adventure Playground: The adventure playground is a series of obstacles just inches off the ground. You will work together with your fellow Girl Scouts as a team to complete this fun challenge.

Team Course: The team course is a series of obstacles built with wooden beams, cables, and ropes. You will communicate with your teammates to problem-solve and use leadership skills to overcome challenges and complete the course.

High Ropes Course: On the high ropes course, you will take the skills learned from the adventure playground and teams course to 20-40 feet up in the trees. You will climb around in the air and enjoy the vertical playground as you walk across railroad ladder ties, duel on the catwalk, and walk across a rope. Each element is separate, and you will zip-line down to go back up to the next adventure on the course.

Caving: We will explore Camp Stem's wild cave, with no lights or paved walkways, allowing you to explore and learn. While in the cave, you will crawl, squat, and get muddy in a naturally made team course. Test your limits to see if they are ready for the Deep Dark Adventure cave at Indiana Caverns.

Deep Darkness Adventure at Indiana Caverns: On the Deep Darkness Adventure, you will descend into darkness, climb, crawl, and splash through the underground stream. Continue upstream on a kayak. Experience 4 hours of underground challenge in Indiana's longest cave system.

Weekend Camp Experience (Grades 2 and Up)

Weekend Camp Experience

When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17 (Day only option July 16)
Check-in: 3:00 PM CDT Check-Out: 10:00 AM CDT
Grades: Entering 2-12 and spring 2022 graduates
Cost: $95 for the overnight, $45 for the day program.

With the theme "Girl Scouts University" (based on the movie "Monsters University"), this camp will include traditional activities with a fun new spin. In the film, the monsters celebrate the 700th anniversary of Monsters University. This year marks the 80th anniversary of Camp Koch and 110 years of Girl Scouts, so we're going to celebrate the same way! At Girl Scout University, there is a new possibility around every corner, just like you see at Monsters University. You will have fun and fill your laugh canister until it is overflowing!

Games and activities include:

  • Covering your hands in shaving cream and running through a maze of flying cheese balls
  • Sliding down a slip and slide
  • Passing pizza boxes full of slimy goo to fill your team laugh bucket
  • Making ice cream in recycled coffee cans
  • Girl Scout University Trivial Pursuit
  • Outdoor showing of Monsters University

While at camp, you will also swim and canoe on the lake, dine on excellent food made by our fabulous cooks, and sleep in platform tents. Girls that attend this event will delight in the magic found at Camp Koch and leave with smiles on their faces, messy clothes, and lasting memories of their adventure. If you do not want to stay overnight, you may participate in a day-only program from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM CDT on Saturday. The deadline to register is July 8, 2022.

Girls that attend this weekend will earn the following badges: Brownie: Fair Play, Junior: Practice with Purpose, Cadette: Good Sportsmanship, Senior: Cross-Training, Ambassadors: Coaching (Badge not included in camp fee.)

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Registration closes July 8.

Good Turn Weekend

Good Turn Weekend
When:
Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25
Check In: 9:00 AM CDT Check Out: 4:00 PM CDT each day

On Good Turn Weekend, we encourage girls, troops, volunteers, and families to do a good turn for Camp Koch by helping prepare the camp to welcome girls back for the summer.

You can volunteer for one or both days. There will be no overnight lodging or camping unless you are a Girl Scout adult volunteer or staff for Session 1. Volunteers should bring food for the day and a reusable water bottle; water will be provided. A registered adult must accompany Girl Scouts and tagalongs.

If you have questions about volunteering, please reach out to our camp director, Crista Miller Owens, at gssicampdirector@gmail.com. Our goal this year is to have 50 volunteers participate!

REGISTER AS A TROOP
REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL

Volunteer Registration

We are excited that you are interested in working at Camp Koch. All of our volunteers must be registered Girl Scout members and must be available to stay on camp property overnight. Please select what positions and sessions you are interested in. NOTE: If you are applying for the nurse or lifeguard positions, you must have up-to-date certifications from accredited organizations. A copy of all certifications will be saved on-site at the GSSI office.

Camp Dates:

Mandatory Staff Training Weekend: June 17 - 19.

Session 1: CSA Program Aide & CIT Certification from June 26 - 29.
Session 2: SA Extended Camp Experience & Off-Site Excursion from June 26 - July 3.
Session 3: SA Off-Site Excursion from June 29 - July 3.
Session 4: Weekend Camp for Grades 2-12 from July 15-17


Questions? Email the Camp Koch Director, Crista Miller Owens, at gssicampdirector@gmail.com

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