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summer camp 2020

Summer Camp

Mission Statement

Girl Scouts- Diamonds Camps of Excellence provide a safe, fun and beautiful space for girls to be empowered to seek challenges, develop their independence, make meaningful connections with peers and learn and thrive in the outdoors.

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Summer Camp Information

Please contact us at 800-632-6894 or email with any questions about camp!

Meet the Camp Directors
Betony Maringer

Betony “Freedom” Weakley-Maringer – Camp Director | Camp Cahinnio joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie and excitedly took every opportunity to get outdoors that she could get her small hands on. As she grew, Camp NOARK became her summer home. While stepping through the roles of camper, CIT, junior counselor, unit counselor, unit leader, CIT director, lifeguard, canoe instructor, program staff, and program director she was fortunate to experience the diversity of Girl Scout camps in three different states. Betony studied Outdoor Recreation at the University of Arkansas and Agro-Ecology at Prescott College in Arizona.  Her love of outdoor recreation took her to the Yukon Territory and a National Outdoor Leadership School course for outdoor educators. Betony is thrilled to bring her adventures full circle and back home to Arkansas where she will once again be making magic with her fellow Girl Scouts - this time as director at Camp Cahinnio!

Kristina Northup

Kristina “Rokie” Northup – Assistant Camp Director | Camp Cahinnio has been a Girl Scout for 21 years since she joined as a Daisy in Kindergarten. She attended Camp NOARK and Camp Cahinnio during her scouting years. Her love for camping started as a Girl Scout at Camp NOARK and she has served as a counselor and unit leader at both Camp NOARK and Camp Cahinnio. When at camp she enjoys the wildlife – birds, snakes and spiders and her knowledge about these and other animals helps calm the campers’ fears.  Kristina studied engineering and early childhood education at the University of Arkansas and has been working for the Springdale Public Schools for four years. She brings her passion for helping children grow to Camp Cahinnio, where she hopes to help girls gain confidence and strong leadership skills through unique outdoor experiences. 

Brenna “Breezy” Stone-Clain – Horse Program Coordinator  may not have grown up a Girl Scout but has been an outdoor enthusiast since a young age. Her love of the outdoors and animals, specifically horses, began on her grandparent’s cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In 2003, she moved to Arkansas with her family and further enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors living near the Ozark Mountains. In 2015, she began her journey in higher education studying various sciences, humanities and languages, as well as beginning to learn how to teach horseback riding at a local barn. In August 2016, Brenna moved to Missouri to study equine science at William Woods University for a semester before moving to Oklahoma to be with her fiancé, now husband. Brenna worked as barn director for CCA in summer 2018. She will graduate in May 2019 with an associate of arts degree from University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and will be moving closer to camp to fulfill her new role in Girl Scouts.  She is excited to be in a position that enables her to teach young girls courage, confidence and character through the wonders and magic of horseback riding and the outdoors!

Camp FAQs

If your question has not been answered below, please contact us at 800-632-6894 or by email.


Who may attend camp at a Girl Scouts - Diamonds property?
Any girl entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2020 can attend camp. For those not currently registered as a Girl Scout, there is an additional membership fee, payable at the time of camp registration. If your camper has previously been a Girl Scout, the fee is $25 and will register her as a Girl Scout until September 30, 2020. If your camper has never been a Girl Scout, the fee is $35 and will extend her membership to September 30, 2021. 

How will I receive information once I register for camp? 
You will receive an email receipt containing a link to a camper information packet including a packing list, forms (including health history), and driving directions. Camper information packets will also be available online for easy access. 

What is the deadline to register for camp?
Camp registration opens February 17,  is FIRST come, FIRST served, and remains open until all spaces are full. Please note that some sessions, especially horse sessions, fill quicker than others. Early registration is best! Second round registration opens April 16: Interested in a session, but it’s already full? Place your camper on a waiting list for your top choice and enroll in a second session option. Those on waitlists will be notified on April 16 if their first choice is now available. If you register for another session (in addition to a waitlist), you may then transfer all fees to the waitlisted session if a spot is open and you choose to transfer.

What is the deadline to pay camp fees?
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required for all camp sessions at time of registration. All remaining camp fees must be paid in full 14 days prior to the camp session start date.  

How will camp benefit my camper?
Girls attending a week of resident camp experience 68 hours of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place! Camp provides a safe, positive, fun-filled and adventurous setting, which encourages discovery, problem solving, and self-growth. It’s a place where every girl explores the joys of camping and being outside, discovers independence and self-reliance, learns new skills, makes lifelong friends, experiences group living and compromise, has fun, expands self-confidence, shares dreams and laughter and much more, all within a set of controlled, safe boundaries.

Who will be supervising my camper?
Camp staff members are enthusiastic, talented and caring adults, who are selected based on experience, ability to serve as role models and their genuine desire to work with children. Many have strong Girl Scout backgrounds. The ratio of staff to girls varies with girls’ ages. Younger girls have the greatest ratio of counselors to campers. There are always two adults present with each group. 

What training does camp staff receive?
The camp staff receives eight days of extensive on-site training prior to the arrival of campers. Training includes First Aid and CPR, safety and risk management, emergency response, activity programming and outdoor skills, how to deal with bullying and homesickness, and much more. Staff who supervise specialized activities have additional training and qualifications.

What is the severe weather plan for camp?
Campers naturally adapt to living in the summer heat by staying hydrated, resting during the hottest part of the day, and wearing cool, cotton clothing. Every effort is made to keep the girls cool on very hot days, and our daily plans consider the weather and the heat. In the event of severe heat, we will implement steps to ensure your camper’s comfort and safety. In the event of severe weather, girls are moved to shelter according to each camp’s emergency action plan. The girls participate in alternate “rainy day” activities in a protected environment. For our specific severe weather plans of action, please contact the Chief of Property at 800-632-6894.  

What will my camper eat?
Meals are prepared in our health department-inspected kitchen by experienced cooks. The girls and staff also enjoy occasional cookouts. Special dietary needs or allergies must be noted at the time of registration. Please contact the Camp Director if your camper requires a modified diet as we want to work with you to provide the best experience possible for your camper. Please only send food with campers if prior arrangements have been made with the Camp Director. Please do not send food or snacks in care packages or in luggage.  

Where will my camper sleep?
Housing accommodations differ depending upon age, program selection, and campsite.  Accommodations are listed within each session description and a full description of living accommodations can be found on our website at

Does my camper need a physical to attend camp?
Physicals are required for all sessions where a parent or troop leader will not be present – even 3 day sessions. Physicals must be less than 12 months old on the first day of the camp session. For family and troop camps, physicals are not required for either child or adult participants. 

What if my camper takes medication?
Campers that take medication routinely, including over-the-counter or nonprescription drugs, must bring medications in the original packaging/bottle. Parents will turn in and discuss all medication with the Health Supervisor at check-in. All medication is kept in a controlled access area and will be administered to the camper based on the original packaging/bottle.  Emergency inhalers or epi-pens will be kept with the camper’s counselor to ensure safety of the other campers.

What if my camper needs medical attention?
Camp has a qualified Health Supervisor on-site, and a doctor or registered nurse is also on-call if illness or injury requires additional medical attention. Parents will be notified any time in which the Health Supervisor recommends that your child see a physician or in the event of an emergency. The Health Supervisor administers routine health care and medication. If your camper has special health needs, please specify her needs on her health form and speak to the Health Supervisor on day of arrival. Strong communication between parents and the Camp Director will ensure the best camp experience for your camper.

Can my camper receive mail? E-mail? 
YES! Mail time is the highlight of every camper’s day! Parents are encouraged to contribute to the success of the camping experience by writing pleasant, cheerful letters. Please be careful to exclude news that might cause your camper to worry or feel unsupported. You will receive the camp mailing address in your parent information packet, as well as directions on using the email service, Bunk1.  Please note that due to rural locations, camp postal mail can sometimes be slow, and letters should be sent with plenty of time to arrive. You may also drop off letters and care packages during check-in which will be distributed on days you request. 

Can my camper receive phone calls?
The camp telephone is for emergency and business calls. In case you need to contact the Camp Director during camp, the phone number will be included in your confirmation packet. We ask that campers leave cell phones and any other electronics at home. We strive to provide a safe environment for your campers and because we cannot be responsible for the misuse or safe keeping of phones and electronics, we must enforce this policy.

Can my camper have visitors?
We encourage families to visit camp and meet camp staff during our Open House in the spring  and summer and on opening and closing days of each session. For security reasons, other visits are only allowed by appointment.

What do you do about homesickness?
It is normal, regardless of age, to miss home. Parents can help their camper prepare for being at camp by talking positively about camp before arrival, helping the camper pack, and encouraging the camper that all will be fine at home while they are away. Parents often don’t realize that a frequent cause of a camper’s missing home is worry that her parents will be “camper-sick”. It’s important for parents to set their campers up for success. She is listening when you say “you’re going to have so much fun at camp,” and cheerful letters from home help her feel supported and happy at camp. If you say “we’re going to miss you so much,” your camper may be worried all week how you’re getting along without her.

Can my camper request a buddy?
One of the benefits of camp is making new friends, and most campers come to camp without a buddy. However, we understand that some girls would like to be housed together. Upon arrival at camp, all girls may select their specific bed in their assigned unit. Selecting the same camp session dates, sleeping accommodations, and arriving at the same time will ensure that friends in the same age group will be in the same cabin, tent or bunk house . Please note that we discourage groups of 3 or 5 campers in our cabin and tent units due to one girl possibly being left out.

When is the deadline for campership financial assistance?
The deadline to apply is May 1, but early submission is strongly encouraged. Please see the section “Financial Assistance for Camp – “Camperships” for more information.

Who gets a camp t-shirt and patch?
Anyone (girls and adults) attending resident camp, including family/troop camping, gets a 2020 camp t-shirt and patch.

What about spending money?
The Trading post (aka camp store) sells items such as stamps, patches, t-shirts, stuffed animals, pens, journals, etc. Campers may deposit money or Diamonds Dollars into their Trading Post account on the opening day of their camp session. The camp office keeps a running total of how much your camper purchases. All money deposited is non-refundable and the Trading Post will be open on check-out days for campers to shop. Campers should not keep money in their living units, luggage, etc. Camp is not responsible for any money lost that was not deposited into the Trading Post. If your older camper has signed up for a session that includes a trip outside of camp, you may wish to deposit money in her trip fund. This can be done at check-in, also.

Will my camper receive a badge for attending camp?
Your camper will participate in many skill building activities and new adventures while at camp, but may not complete all the requirements for an earned badge. You will receive a check-list of the activities in which your camper participated, including activities linked to badges. Badges may be purchased at any of our council shops or online.

How do I get more information?

More information can be found at, by calling 800-632-6894 and asking to speak to a Customer Care Specialist or emailing: Once you register, you will receive an email with links to important parent information, including packing lists, check-in and out times and directions to camp. 

Camp Registration Information and Tutorial

Registration Information

  1. 2021 FIRST ROUND registration opens March 1! Session spaces are limited and fill on a first come, first served basis. Waitlists are offered (see more info below) Register online at www. to reserve your spot for instant email confirmation of enrollment! If needed, paper forms are available at the website listed above. 

  2. Second Round Registration opens in mid-April. Interested in a session, but it's already full? Place your camper on a waiting list for your top choice and enroll in a second session option. Those on waitlists will be notified on in mid-April if their first choice is now available. If you register for another session (in addition to a waitlist), you may then transfer all fees to the waitlisted session if a spot is open and you choose to transfer. 

  3. All registrations must include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Cash, check, money order, credit card (applies toward the camp fee).  Diamonds Dollars cannot be accepted for the deposit. Checks should be made payable to Girl Scouts – Diamonds and submitted along with a paper registration form to one of the Girl Scout offices.

  4. Confirmation will be sent upon enrollment via email. This email contains important information (links to required forms, packing list, directions, etc.) about your camper’s session.

Session spaces are limited and fill on a first come, first serve basis. Waitlist availably offered.

Final payment of camp fee is due 14 days prior to the beginning of the camp session.  If a camper arrives to camp with a balance due, payment is required before the camper will be allowed to attend the sessio n. Prompt completion of payment for full camp fees provides important funds for the implementation of the camp program. Spots held with deposits only or incomplete balance payments and then not occupied deny the opportunity for other campers to experience camp.

Registration Tutorial
If you are new to our registration process for the two Girl Scouts - Diamonds Camps of Excellence, Camp Cahinnio and Camp Crossed Arrows, this tutorial will walk you through it and give you an idea of the information you'll need to provide in order for us to help your girl have the best camp experience possible.

Be sure to turn the sound up - we make use of free video tools, so our audio is not Hollywood quality! 

If after watching the video, you still need assistance, please call 800-632-6894 or email

Camper Information, Packing List, and Forms

A link to the camper information packet will be embedded in your camp registration receipt.

Camper information packets are updated each year when registration opens.

Camp Care Packages

You asked, we listened. We have taken the first step to up our camp care package game by offering more colorful and customizable items. Surprise your favorite camper with camp delivery or make your mark this summer with these camp care package essentials at home.  

This year's package includes:

  • LED headlamp
  • Camp themed, color your own tubular bandana 
  • Nalgene On the Fly water bottle with camp themed sticker
  • Gummy luggage tag
  • Plus a few other goodies!

How to purchase: Camp care package is $35 through this link. Camp delivery or direct ship home options available. Orders must be received by April 11, 2021.

Financial Assistance for Camp - "Camperships"

The campership process is closed for summer 2020. Watch for camperships to reopen for summer camp 2021!

What is a “campership”?
Girl Scouts – Diamonds strives to make camp a possibility for all girls; financial difficulties should never be the reason a girl can’t experience the life-changing lessons found at camp. Camp financial aid, or camperships, are offered by Girl Scouts – Diamonds for summer resident camp programs at Camp Cahinnio and Camp NOARK on a limited basis.

Camperships are funded by the generosity of our donors, members and other supporters who contribute to our campership fund each year. If your family is interested in donating a campership to make camp a reality for a sister Girl Scout, please visit www.girlscoutsdiamonds. org/give or email funddevelopment@ to donate directly to the campership fund.

How much can we apply for?
Awards are based on available funds from donations, as well as the amount requested by other girls and families. Due to the very limited funds, we encourage girls to consider using their Diamonds Dollars and camp credits earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program to supplement their campership requests. First-time applicants may apply for up to 100% of the cost of the session, less the $50 deposit; second-time applicants may apply for up to 50% of the cost of the session, less the $50 deposit; Thirdtime applicants may apply for up to 25% of the cost of the session, less the $50 deposit. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. 

How do I apply for a campership?
All campership applications must be completed online at the time of registration for each girl and each session; the completed camp registration, campership application and the $50 camp deposit are all required.

When is the deadline to apply?
Campership applications open on the third Monday of February with general camp registration and all campership applications are due by May 1. Early submission is highly encouraged!

When will we hear if our family received a campership?
Campership applications are reviewed March 1 (first-time applications only in this round), April 1 and after May 1; notification letters will be mailed within 10 business days of review. If a girl receives camperships for multiple sessions, amount will be distributed equally among sessions. If your girl is selected to receive a campership, we ask that she write a thank you card to the donor(s) who made her camp dream a reality. A return envelope will be included with your award letter for this purpose, please return by June 1.

How can I get more information? 
Visit camp to register for camp (campership application is included within the camp registration process) call 800-632-6894, or email! Upon registering, you will automatically receive an email with links to important info such as packing lists, check-in/out details and driving directions.

Camp Financial Policies

With the cancellation of the summer 2020 camp season, all registered campers will automatically receive a refund. Please be patient as we process the large number of refunds. Email info@girlscoutsdiamonds if you have questions.

Girl Scouts-Diamonds encourages girls to participate in the Cookie Program to assist in covering the camp fees. Our campership financial assistance program is open for all girls to apply. Priority is given to first time campers.

Final payment of all camp fees is due 14 days prior to the beginning of the camp session.

Deposits and Fees
A $50 non-refundable deposit per session is due with each registration (deposits may be transferred to a “Second Round Registration” session). The deposit serves as the first payment of the total camp fee. Deposits may be made online, check, cash or money order. Diamonds Dollars cannot be accepted for the deposit. All remaining fees must be paid a minimum of two weeks prior to start of camp session. If the camper is not currently a Girl Scout but has been before, an additional $25 will be added to the camp fee, registering camper as a Girl Scout until Sept. 30, 2020. If the camper is new to Girl Scouts, an additional $35 will be added to the camp fee, registering the camper as a Girl Scout until Sept. 30, 2021. Membership fee is non-refundable.

Refund Policy
Refund of camp fees, including Diamonds Dollars, (excluding $50 deposit and membership fee) will be given for cancellations up to 14 days prior to a session’s start date. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior will receive a refund (excluding the deposit) only if accompanied by a doctor’s statement of illness. Camper fees will not be refunded if a camper leaves camp due to homesickness, illness or misconduct. Camper fees will not be refunded if camper arrives with head lice. Camperships are not refundable.

Diamonds Dollars 
Diamonds Dollars are earned by participating in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program. Diamonds Dollars can be applied to any part of the registration, excluding the deposit. Diamonds Dollars payments must be made by phone or in person. Diamonds Dollars can also be used on merchandise in the onsite camp store during campers’ sessions. At this time, we cannot accept payment of Diamonds Dollars online. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Please contact us with any questions at 800-632-6894 or by email.

Jobs at Camps

Applications for Resident Camp Staff are normally accepted beginning in January. 

Apply at the link above, email, or call (800) 632-6894 with questions.

Work with Us

Join us for the most MEMORABLE Summer EVER! Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. We strive daily to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place and our girls need you to make it possible!

NOTE: We are taking many precautions to make camp a safe activity for campers and staff. You can learn more about during the application process. 

What’s included?

  • Staff members are paid bi-weekly.
  • Staff receive free room and board, with three meals and snacks provided daily – and the occasional Girl Scout Cookies, too!
  • Staff receive two hours off each day and one day off every two weeks. 
  • All training is provided at no cost. Every camp staff member will participate in a 1-2-week training period, including certification in CPR/First Aid, instruction in job-specific duties or certifications as needed, an overview of Girl Scout programming and preparing to work with girls.

Training and camp dates for 2021:
Lifeguard Training 5/23-28
Mandatory Staff Training: 5/31-6/12
Resident Camp: 6/13-7/24


Not a Girl Scout yet? Not a Problem!

Many of our camp staff members did not grow up as a Girl Scout. As a part of your employment, you will be enrolled as a Girl Scout Member and your membership will be paid by the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council.

Apply now!

Girl Scouts – Diamonds Summer Camp staff work 5-8 weekly sessions and attend trainings throughout the summer. Summer camp is a place for making new friends, discovering adventures and having fun! Girl Scouts from all over the council gather at camp to experience their own backyard in a whole new way. Join us this summer and be the role model she’ll always remember.


Benefits of Camp and Outdoor Programming

Think it's all just fun and games! Of course, but Girl Scout camp and outdooor programming has short- and long-term benefits to help your girl navigate her world, now and in the future. Check out these studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute.

Girl Scouts Soar in the Outdoors
Four Ways Girl Scouts Builds Girl Leaders in the Outdoors
Girl Scout Camp Alum Study


Camp Adventures at Home! 

Choose your own adventures at home with "camptivities" by our camp and program staff! Learn tips and tricks to help you have fun outside. 

For more fun activities, check our Girl Scouts at Home page, STEAM Center page, and the GSUSA Girl Scouts at Home page.

  • Camp Staff Intro: Jersey Burn

  • Hammocking with Jersey Burn

Knot-tying Videos
Camp at Home Toolkit

Family and Troop Backyard Camping Toolkit
Camping is one of the most treasured Girl Scout traditions. Whether you’re in the wilderness, at Girl Scout camp or in your own backyard, camping is a great way to connect to nature and to your Girl Scout sisters. This toolkit is designed to help families bring the Girl Scout camping experience home and to help troops and service units build a virtual group campout experience.

Camp Songs and Traditions

Earn the Happy Camper Property Patch. Check out the requirements


Please contact us at 800-632-6894 or email with any questions!