2023 Girl's Guide to Summer Fun

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Girl's Guide to Summer Fun 2023 Registration Opens December 16 at GirlScoutsNebraska.org Girl Scouts Give Back Theme Pages 32-33 New Travel Experiences Page 50 Open to all girls grades K-12! G irlScouts GiveBac k 2022-2023
Spend Your Summer with Girl Scouts! Table of Contents Your Girl’s Guide to Summer Fun is just part of the picture. Use it along with your Annual Program Book, available on our website , for a complete roadmap to your Girl Scout adventure. Register for programs online at GirlScoutsNebraska.org. Our programs are open to EVERY girl, grades K-12. HOW TO REGISTER ..................... 4 Girl Scout Basics .................................... 5 Supervision, Symbols ............................ 7 CAMPS ....................................... 10 Camp Catron ..................................... 11 Camp Cosmo ..................................... 14 Camp Crossed Arrows 18 Camp Maha ....................................... 21 Hidden Oaks Cabin .......................... 26 Lakeview Cabin 27 Other Outdoor Programs ................. 31 GIRL SCOUTS GIVE BACK ......... 32 GIRL SCOUT COOKIES .............. 36 ARTVENTURE ................................. 37 EVENTS .................................... 38 Programs on Demand 48 Astronomy Clubs ............................. 49 TRAVEL .................................... 50 T’WEENS & TEENS ................... 56 Girl Awards ....................................... 58 INFORMATION .......................... 64 GirlScoutsNebraska.org | 3
How Do I Register? To register for any council-sponsored program, go to GirlScoutsNebraska.org and click on Programs . Registration opens Friday, December 16, 2022. Refer to pages 64-65 for additional information and resources about registration, payments, and refunds. For all registration questions or assistance, contact our Member Support team at 402.558.8189 or email MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska.org. What If I’m Not a Current Girl Scout Member? No problem! Register online for Girl Scouts and pay the $25 membership fee. This allows you to participate in any Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska council-sponsored program through September 30, 2023. Three Easy Steps to Summer Fun! 1 Check out all of our exciting new programs. Refer to your 2022-2023 Annual Program Book for even more! 2 Select the programs you want to attend. 3 Register for programs online when registration opens (see below)... 4 | Girl’s Guide to Summer Fun

Girl Scout Basics

Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Benefits of Girl Scouts

Try new things. Make new friends. Go on countless adventures. There’s a whole world of opportunities waiting for you when you become a Girl Scout! In Girl Scouting, girls enjoy the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through enriching experiences and activities, girls discover their values, connect with those who share their vision, and take action to make the world a better place.

Who Can Become a Girl Scout?

Any girl, kindergarten through 12th grade, and any adult can join Girl Scouts. You can join a troop or attend events as an Individual Girl Member (IGM).

Annual, national membership dues for October 1, 2022–September 30, 2023, are $25 for each girl and adult. Register your Girl Scout membership online at GirlScoutsNebraska.org .

Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be: honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to: respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

All girls grades K–12 are welcome to attend programs in any area of the state. Join online and let the fun begin!

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The Girl Scout Difference

We all know the Girl Scout mission: building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. But how exactly does that happen? Our success comes from focusing on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). The GSLE is designed to help girls everywhere develop as leaders and build confidence by learning new skills. It also ensures that Girl Scouts at every level are sharing a powerful, national experience—girls together changing the world!

GSLE Four Pillars

Everything in Girl Scouts centers around our on four pillars, designed to meet her where she is now and to grow along with her. A Girl Scout has an exciting array of choices to suit her interests at every age:

GSLE Five Outcomes

Our GSLE is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. When girls participate in Girl Scouts, they thrive in five key ways:

1. STEM – engineering, robotics, coding, cybersecurity, space
2. OUTDOORS – exploration, environmental stewardship, camping 3. LIFE SKILLS – arts, first aid, healthy living, friendship, issue advocacy 4. ENTREPRENEURSHIP – cookie business, financial literacy, innovation
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1. SENSE OF SELF – have confidence in themselves and their abilities 2. POSITIVE VALUES – act ethically, honestly, and show concern for others 3. CHALLENGE-SEEKING – try new things and learn from mistakes 4. HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS – develop and maintain healthy relationships 5. PROBLEM-SOLVING – identify and solve problems in their community 6 | Girl’s Guide to Summer Fun

Supervision

Some of the programs listed in this guide are open to girls only, with council staff or volunteers providing the necessary supervision. Other programs require that adults register and attend with girls. For those programs, marked with the Supervision Required symbol ( ) and noted in the program description, adults must register for the program (and be a current Girl Scout member) and attend with girls using the recommended volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Volunteer-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of volunteers needed to supervise a specific number of girls and ensure their safety and health. Your group must have at least two unrelated, approved volunteers present at all times, plus additional volunteers as necessary for the group’s size. Any adult who supervises girls must be at least 18 years old, a registered Girl Scout member, and background screened before volunteering. One troop co-leader in every group must be female. See the Volunteer-to-Girl Ratio Chart at www.GirlScoutsNebraska.org/ratios .

Guidelines For safety guidelines for particular activities, search our website for “Safety Activity Checkpoints.” Program Symbols Each Spirit of Nebraska program is designed for different grade levels, and may include a specific theme or activity. This key will help you understand grade levels and the corresponding symbols to pick the events that are just right for you or your troop/group: D Daisy (K-1) Badge-Earning Activity B Brownie (2-3) Global Program J Junior (4-5) GSAG-Created Program C Cadette (6-8) Program Aides Needed S Senior (9-10) Virtual Program A Ambassador (11-12) Independent Travel Opportunity F Families Welcome Challenge Course Supervision Required Horse Program Girl Scouts Give Back Juliette’s Boutique Pop-Up Shop GirlScoutsNebraska.org | 7
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Girl Passport Information

With your Girl Scouts Give Back Passport, you are encouraged to explore all Girl Scouts has to offer and earn prizes along the way! Gently tear your passport out from your 2022-2023 Annual Program Book then bring your passport to programs this year on your Girl Scout journey.

Girls may attend any five council-sponsored programs and will receive prizes while attending their fifth event. Girls will receive: 1. An exclusive Girl Scout decal 2.

$25 Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Program Credit 3. A $5 donation to the GSSN Financial Aid Fund (on your behalf)

NOTE: Appearance of actual prizes may vary. Girl Scouts Give Back Passport stamps are provided only for GSSN-sponsored activities.

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Co-Leader Passport Information With your Girl Scouts Give Back Passport, you’re encouraged to explore all Girl Scouting has to offer and earn a reward along the way. Gently tear your passport out from your 2022-2023 Annual Program Book then bring your passport with you on your Girl Scout journey this year. We will fill your passport with stamps, and you can earn a $25 Program Credit! COLLECT 9 STAMPS FOR YOUR REWARD... • Attend Council-Sponsored Program • Attend Service Unit (SU) Event • Attend Volunteer or SU Meeting • Become a Sister Troop • Comm. Service/Take Action Project • Complete Troop Finance Report • Girl Scout Week/Spirit Week • Girl Scout Cookie Program • Girl Scout Tree Promise • Help Start a New Troop • Hold Troop Parent Meeting • Plan Troop Year in the VTK • Register Troop During Early Bird • Update Troop Meeting Information • Visit or Stay at a GSSN Camp Property Co-Leader Prize $25 Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Program Credit GirlScoutsNebraska.org | 9

Camps

Girl Scout Summer Camp 411

WHICH GRADE FOR MY GIRL SCOUT?

Unless otherwise stated, girls may attend summer programs and camps for either the grade she just completed or the grade she will enter in the fall. For girls entering Kindergarten, contact Member Support before registering to confirm if a particular summer program is appropriate for your girl.

WHAT ARE THE STAFFING AND SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS?

A minimum of two adults stay with campers at night—either council staff or a backgroundscreened adult volunteer. Each of our camps have unique amenities; learn more about overnights at our camps by exploring the camp photo galleries on our website.

For more information on adultto-girl ratios, detailed maps, packing lists, and more, visit our Camp Programs page .

Experience the great outdoors while developing teamwork and self-sufficiency. No matter which adventure you choose, it will be unforgettable. Bring your Girl Scouts Give Back Passport to collect stamps and earn cool prizes!
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Camp Catron | Nebraska City

Camp Catron is home to Sky Camp, the spacious Kimmel Lodge, a sparkling swimming pool, Walnut Creek, a cool craft and nature center, and Eugene’s Adventure Course set high in the treetops! Immerse yourself in adventure and Mother Nature—all it needs is YOU!

This Girl Scout camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, which requires thorough and rigorous compliance for camp operations, staffing qualifications, and safety standards.

Explore Camp Catron

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Experience the magic of Camp Catron during this open house. Bring your family to explore the camp and enjoy hiking, crafts, songs, games, and much more! Roast a hot dog over a campfire and make s’mores, too. This is a great way to introduce yourself and your family to Camp Catron, learn about summer camp programs, and meet camp staff. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Sign up for a Eugene’s Adventure Course session to extend your fun!

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $8, includes activities, meal, and patch

Adult Cost: $8, includes activities and meal Sibling Cost: $8, includes activities and meal

Zombie Apocalypse Resident Camp

Grades 5-8 J * C

Sunday, June 4, 2023 –Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Are you ready for a Zombie Apocalypse?

Use your braaaains to have some lighthearted fun as you learn how to protect yourself from unseen forces, survive in the wilderness, and work as a team to fend off threats. You’ll also enjoy swimming, archery, and the Eugene’s Adventure Course.

*Girls must be entering 5th grade or above.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Tuesday Register by: Sunday, May 21, 2023

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $155, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Grades 4-10 JC S Tuesday, June 20, 2023 –Friday, June 23, 2023

Developed in partnership with UNL, Kimmel Orchard and the NDA, this program explores the amazing world of insects. Examine how these critters impact our lives through fun and engaging activities. Tour Kimmel Orchard, go for a hayrack ride, and enjoy orchard delicacies and honey tasting. Catch and examine bugs and try your hand at beekeeping—who knew insects could be so fascinating?

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Tuesday –5 p.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $175, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Insects: The Weird and Wonderful! Resident Camp
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Eugene’s Adventure Course

Grades 5-12 J * C S A

Tuesday, June 20, 2023; Sunday, June 25, 2023

Challenge yourself and encourage your friends to reach new heights on the amazing Eugene’s Adventure Course nestled high among the treetops. Challenge-seekers will enjoy forest views while they face their fears, sharpen their focus, grow their confidence, and strengthen their friendships. Elements include rope bridges, swinging logs, angled pipes, island hops, painter’s planks, a catwalk, and more.

*Girls must be entering 5th grade or above.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Register by: Sunday, June 4, 2023

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 1 – 4 p.m. Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $15, includes activities, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $25, includes activities, patch, and T-shirt

Resident Camp –in the Upside Down!

Grades 4-12 JC S A

Sunday, June 25, 2023 –Thursday, June 29, 2023

Journey into the upside down for a totally tubular week of camp! Play Stranger Things trivia, sharpen your Morse Code skills to communicate with friends inside the upside down, and make a themedSWAPS and a Demogorgon craft. Navigate Eugene’s Adventure Course, swim, hike, and hit the mark at the archery range—and we’ll be sure to have waffles for breakfast!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday

Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $200, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Wizarding World Adventure Resident Camp

Grades 4-12

JC S A Sunday, July 9, 2023 –Thursday, July 13, 2023

Join us for a magical week as you leave the Muggle world and journey to the wizarding world. After you are sorted into houses, you can make your own wand, join potions class, and learn how to care for magical creatures! Play a game of Quidditch followed by Harry Potter Trivia and a feast in the Great Hall! Swimming, archery, and Eugene’s Adventure Course are included, too. Mischief managed!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, June 18, 2023

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $245, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Renaissance Revel Resident Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A Sunday, July 16, 2023 –Thursday, July 20, 2023

Hear ye, hear ye, calling all Girl Scouts! Would you like to be transported back into a world of knights, ladies, and medieval times this summer? Learn about jousting, and medieval lore. Make a flower crown, then try your hand at weaving, and leather crafting. Make the court proud as you learn juggling and hit the mark at the archery range, go for a swim, try out Eugene’s Adventure Course, and more!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, July 2, 2023

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $200, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Ride the Bus to Camp

Round trip bus transport from Omaha and Lincoln will be available for girls attending Catron resident camps during summer 2023. Learn more at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

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Video Games in Real Life Resident Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A

Sunday, July 23, 2023 –Friday, July 28, 2023

What would happen if your favorite video games came to life? Learn what Minecraft items look like in the real world, show your moves with Fortnite dances, and make your own Among Us character. Play water level games in the pool, help make a Fruit Ninja-style salad snack, and create a potion right out of Terraria. After you finish your Legend of Zelda treasure hunt, take the warp pipe to Eugene’s Adventure Course and channel your inner Mario to conquer the rope bridges and swinging logs.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023 Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $200, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Don’t forget about these other AMAZING Camp Catron programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

PROGRAM NAME

Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms – Camp Catron

Explore Camp Catron: Eugene's Adventure Course (Morning Session)

Explore Camp Catron: Eugene's Adventure Course (Afternoon Session)

Countdown to Camp Boxes

Order the January, February, and/or March boxes and have camp fun delivered right to your door! Girls who sign up for all three at once will receive a water bottle and a $25 Spirit of Nebraska Program Credit. Visit the Program Calendar on our website or see page 31 for more details.

DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES

April 22 April 8 4-10

May 6 April 22 4-12, F

May 6 April 22 4-12, F

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Camp Cosmo | Grand

Island

Every Girl Scout needs a getaway and this may be just the place for you! Camp “Cosmo” Cosmopolitan is a sparkling, river-side camp with programs that are as diverse and interesting as the Girl Scouts who attend them! Home of the Tomahawk Throwing Course and Gaga Ball Pit.

This Girl Scout camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, which requires thorough and rigorous compliance for camp operations, staffing qualifications, and safety standards.

Explore Camp Cosmo

Grades K-12

Saturday, May 6, 2023

DB JC S A F

Experience the magic of Camp Cosmo during this open house. Bring your family to explore the camp and enjoy hiking, crafts, songs, games, and much more! Roast a hot dog over a campfire and make s’mores, too. This is a great way to introduce yourself and your family to Camp Cosmo, learn about summer camp programs, and meet camp staff. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Register by: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $8, includes activities, meal, and patch

Adult Cost: $8, includes activities and meal Sibling Cost: $8, includes activities and meal

Power Girls Mini Resident Camp

Grades 4-12

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 –Friday, June 23, 2023

JC S A

If you love creating new things, changing the world, and taking on a challenge, then Power Girls is the camp for you! Flex your construction and DIY skills as you try out power tools, learn the art of construction, and create amazing projects, including a special one just for camp. Plus, enjoy the ropes course! #GIRLPOWER

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 6 p.m. Wednesday –4 p.m. Friday

Register by: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $120, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

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Harry Potter Mini Resident Camp

Grades 2-12

Sunday, June 25, 2023 –Tuesday, June 27, 2023

B JC S A

You have been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Get sorted and work as a team to win the Hogwarts House Cup! Escape the Muggle world and brush up on your flying skills playing Quidditch, make your own magical wand, try your hand at potions, and experience so much more.

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 6 p.m. Sunday –4 p.m. Tuesday Register by: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $120, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Mess-O-Rama Mini Resident Camp

Grades 2-12

Thursday, June 29, 2023 –Saturday, July 1, 2023

B JC S A

Play in the mud, engage in a paint fight, eat without silverware, take a slide on the giant paint slip-n-slide, and have more messy fun! You wouldn’t get away with this much messiness at home!

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 6 p.m. Thursday –4 p.m. Saturday

Register by: Sunday, June 18, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island

Girl Cost: $120, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Grades K-5 DB J Friday, July 7, 2023 – Saturday, July 8, 2023

Discover the magic at Camp Cosmo! Search for Gerald, the magical gnome, defend the unicorn against the dragons at archery, and watch the stars at night. Don’t miss all the magic that happens at Camp Cosmo!

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 6 p.m. Friday –4 p.m. Saturday Register by: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $40, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

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Grades K-5 DB J

Monday, July 10, 2023

Play in the mud, engage in a paint fight, eat without silverware, take a slide on the giant paint slip-n-slide, and have more messy fun! You wouldn’t get away with this much messiness at home! Bring a sack lunch.

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

Winter Wonderland Day Camp

Grades K-5 DB J

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Beat the summer heat with all kinds of cool fun at this camp! Play with fake snow, have a “snowball” fight with water balloons, and make your best camp snowman. No need for winter coats at this camp! Bring a sack lunch.

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Thursday, June 29, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

Cosmo’s Great Adventures Mini Resident Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 –Friday, July 14, 2023

Come to Camp Cosmo and try all the amazing adventures, from the ropes course to tomahawks and archery to slingshots! Plus, take a field trip to go canoeing!

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 6 p.m. Wednesday –4 p.m. Friday

Register by: Sunday, July 2, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $120, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Disney Day Camp

Grades K-5 DB J Wednesday, July 19, 2023; Thursday, July 20, 2023; Friday, July 21, 2023

Find a bit of Disney magic at Girl Scout camp! Ever wanted to go on an adventure like Moana, shoot arrows like Merida, swim like Ariel, or learn a new skill like Elena? On this magical journey, enjoy camp activities like swimming, archery, games, crafts, and more—all with a Disney twist! Bring a sack lunch.

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

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Games Galore Day Camp

Grades K-5 DB J Monday, July 24, 2023

Do you love playing board games? How about making your own? Come to this camp and learn new games, play your old favorites, and even invent a new one! Daisies will earn the Board Game badge, Brownies will earn the Making Games badge, and Juniors will earn the Digital Game Design badge. Bring a sack lunch.

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island

Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

Aloha Summer Day Camp

Grades K-5 DB J Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Celebrate the end of summer with a Camp Cosmo Luau! Make your own grass skirt, learn traditional dances, and make crafts! Bring a sack lunch.

Note: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Thursday, July 13, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

Don’t forget about these other AMAZING Camp Cosmo programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

PROGRAM NAME

DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES

April 1 March 18 2-8 Light it Up April 23 April 12 4-12

Challenge and Shoot May 20 May 10 4-12 The Ultimate Camp Challenge June 4-7 May 21 4-12

Chopped: Camp Edition August 11-12 August 2 4-12

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Camp Crossed Arrows | Nickerson

If you want to see amazing ecosystems, dense woods, meadows, and bluffs, then sign up for one of the many programs we offer at Camp Crossed Arrows. Best known for horse programs, colorful yurts, and the Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour, there is much more at this beautiful property!

This Girl Scout camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, which requires thorough and rigorous compliance for camp operations, staffing qualifications, and safety standards.

Explore Camp Crossed Arrows

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Experience the magic of Camp Crossed Arrows during this open house. Bring your family to explore the camp and enjoy hiking, crafts, songs, games, and much more! Roast a hot dog over a campfire and make s’mores, too. This is a great way to introduce yourself and your family to Camp Crossed Arrows, learn about summer camp programs, and meet camp staff. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Sign up for a Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour to extend your fun!

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Sunday, April 23, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $8, includes activities, meal, and patch

Adult Cost: $8, includes activities and meal Sibling Cost: $8, includes activities and meal

Frolicking Foal Resident Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A Sunday, June 4, 2023 – Thursday, June 8, 2023

If you love horses and always wanted to learn more about them, this is your chance! This camp will focus on basic horsemanship. Learn to stay safe around horses, brush and saddle your own mount, and ride the trails each day. Develop a special bond that only you and your horse can share. Enjoy traditional camp activities such as hiking, archery, and crafts.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, May 21, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $325, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Saddle Up Day Camp

Grades 2-12

Monday, June 5, 2023; Tuesday, June 6, 2023; Wednesday, June 7, 2023; Monday, July 24, 2023; Tuesday, July 25, 2023; Wednesday, July 26, 2023

B JC S A

Ride the camp trails and learn basic horsemanship skills such as staying safe around horses, leading, brushing, saddling, and bridling. Bring a sack lunch. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

MONDAY, JUNE 5; TUESDAY, JUNE 6; WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

Register by: Sunday, May 21, 2023

MONDAY, JULY 24; TUESDAY, JULY 25; WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $55, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $45, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

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Renaissance Revel Resident Camp

Soaring Hawk Zipline Tour

Grades 4-12

JC S A Sunday, June 11, 2023 –Thursday, June 15, 2023

Hear ye, hear ye, calling all Girl Scouts! Would you like to be transported back into a world of knights, ladies, and medieval times this summer? Learn about jousting, and medieval lore. Make a flower crown, then try your hand at weaving, and leather crafting. Make the court proud as you learn juggling and hit the mark at the archery range, try out the Soaring Hawk Zip Line, and more!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, May 28, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $200, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Kamp Katniss Resident Camp

Grades 4-12

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 –Friday, June 23, 2023

JC S A

Become the Mockingjay! Test your agility and teamwork skills with games, activities, and—most of all—archery. Use your skills, along with problemsolving techniques and learning from setbacks, to be victorious. Create a token, make a mini bow and arrow, and more. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Tuesday –5 p.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $175, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Zombie Apocalypse Resident Camp

Grades 4-12, Families DB JC S A F Sunday, June 25, 2023; Sunday, July 16, 2023

Challenge yourself to high adventure fun! Soar over prairies and woods on the five-station Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour! Each zip line run offers different heights and lengths, providing a variety of thrills and views. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

NOTE: Participants must be 10 years or older and weigh between 60-275 pounds.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Register by: Sunday, July 2, 2023 Register by: July 2, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 1 – 4 p.m. Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $25, includes activities, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $35, includes activities, patch, and T-shirt

Frolicking Foal Resident Camp

Grades 2-8 B JC Sunday, July 9, 2023 –Thursday, July 13, 2023

If you love horses and always wanted to learn more about them, this is your chance! This camp will focus on basic horsemanship. Learn to stay safe around horses, brush and saddle your own mount, and ride the trails each day. Develop a special bond that only you and your horse can share. Enjoy traditional camp activities such as hiking, archery, and crafts.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday

Register by: Sunday, June 25, 2023

Grades 5-12

J * C S A Sunday, June 25, 2023 –Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Are you ready for a Zombie Apocalypse? Use your braaaains to have some light-hearted fun as you learn how to protect yourself from unseen forces, survive in the wilderness, and work as a team to fend off threats. You’ll also enjoy swimming, archery, and the Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour.

*Girls must be entering 5th grade or above.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Wednesday Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $175, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $325, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

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Wizarding World Adventure Resident Camp

Grades 4-12

JC S A Sunday, July 16, 2023 –Thursday, July 20, 2023

Join us for a magical week as you leave the Muggle world and journey to the wizarding world. After you are sorted into houses, you can make your own wand, join potions class, and learn how to care for magical creatures! Play a game of Quidditch followed by Harry Potter Trivia and a feast in the Great Hall! Archery, low challenge, and Soaring Hawk Zip Line are included, too. Mischief managed!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, July 2, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $245, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Fun with Fillies Resident Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A Sunday, July 23, 2023 –Thursday, July 27, 2023

Traverse the trails at Camp Crossed Arrows, riding twice each day. Build your riding skills, gain experience and confidence, create a personal horse journal filled with equine science information, and create horse-themed art projects!

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $325, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Don’t forget about these other AMAZING Camp Crossed Arrows programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org. PROGRAM NAME DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES Explore Camp Crossed Arrows May 7 April 23 K-12, F Explore Camp Crossed Arrows: Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour (Morning Session) May 7 April 23 6-12, F Explore Camp Crossed Arrows: Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour (Afternoon Session) May 7 April 23 6-12, F Nature Journaling and Birding August 19 August 5 K-12, F Save Your Spot! Through April 30, 2023, reserve your spot with a $25 non-refundable deposit on all camp programs over $150. Deposit counts toward program fee (must be paid in full by registration deadline). 20 | Girl’s Guide to Summer Fun

Camp Maha | Papillion

Perched above the winding Platte River, Camp Maha is the perfect setting to embrace your inner explorer. Hike miles of trails, test your skills on the challenge courses, zip line through the trees, and discover Girl Scout Island. Be sure to check out the council museum inside the TLC Welcome Center! This Girl Scout camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, which requires thorough and rigorous compliance for camp operations, staffing qualifications, and safety standards.

Explore Camp Maha

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Experience the magic of Camp Maha during this open house. Bring your family to explore the camp and enjoy hiking, crafts, songs, games, and much more! Roast a hot dog over a campfire and make s’mores, too. This is a great way to introduce yourself and your family to Camp Maha, learn about summer camp programs, and meet camp staff. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Saturday, April 29, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $8, includes activities, meal, and patch

Adult Cost: $8, includes activities and meal Sibling Cost: $8, includes activities and meal

Video Games in Real Life Day Camp

Grades K-8 DB JC Monday, June 5, 2023 – Friday, June 9, 2023

Video games come to life at this day camp! Show your moves with Fortnite dances, play water level games in the pool, and take home your own Among Us character. Create a potion right out of Terraria, enjoy a Fruit Ninja snack, play games, shoot a bow and arrow like Link, and make your very own Minecraft torch. Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, May 21, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $200, includes transportation, activities, supplies, and T-shirt

Video Games in Real Life Day Camp –Optional Overnight

Grades 2-8

B JC Thursday, June 8, 2023 – Friday, July 9, 2023

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday

Register by: Tuesday, May 21, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

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Minion Merriment Day Camp

Grades K-8

Monday, June 12, 2023 –Friday, June 16, 2023

DB JC

Bee-do bee-do, there are Minions loose at camp! Brush up on your Minionese and join us for an amazing week of silly fun! Go for a swim, try archery, and go for a hike—all with a despicable twist! Create Minionthemed crafts, go on a banana scavenger hunt, make some wacky scientific discoveries, and have a Minion dance party! Bello! Tara, tropa! Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, May 28, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $200, includes transportation, activities, supplies, and T-shirt

Minion Merriment Day Camp –Optional Overnight

Grades 2-8

Thursday, June 15, 2023 –Friday, June 16, 2023

B JC

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, May 28, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

Sea Turtle Pool Party

Grades K-5 DB J

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Bring your swimsuit and join us for a sea turtle pool party. Learn about sea turtles and other sea life, make an ocean-themed SWAPS, play water games, and make new friends. Whoa! Let’s have a righteous time, dude! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

EARLY SESSION

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

LATE SESSION

Arrival/Departure: 1 – 3 p.m. Register by: Sunday, May 28, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $25, includes activities, snack, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $10, includes activities, snack, and T-shirt

What a Colorful World Day Camp

Grades K-8 DB JC

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 –Friday, June 23, 2023

Discover the variety of colors in nature and use them as inspiration to create tie-dyed works of art, suncatchers, and more. Learn about prisms, the science behind animal coloration in nature, and what it takes to make a rainbow. Also try your hand at archery and take a dip in the pool. Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $160, includes transportation, activities, supplies, and T-shirt

What a Colorful World – Optional Overnight

Grades K-12 B JC Thursday, June 22, 2023 –Friday, June 23, 2023

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

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The Magical World of Day Camp

Grades K-8 DB JC Monday, June 26, 2023 –Friday, June 30, 2023

Find a bit of Disney magic at Girl Scout camp! Ever wanted to go on an adventure like Moana, shoot arrows like Mulan, swim like Ariel, or learn a new skill like Elena? On this weeklong magical journey, enjoy camp activities like swimming, archery, games, crafts, and more—all with a Disney twist! Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $200, includes transportation, activities, snack, supplies, and T-shirt

The

Magical World of Day Camp –Optional Overnight

Grades 2-8

Thursday, June 29, 2023 –Friday, June 30, 2023

B JC

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

Daisy Day at Camp Maha

Grades K-1 D Friday, July 7, 2023

This day is all about Daisies! Grab a grown up and join us for an intro to camping just for Daisies! We’ll make a Daisy themed craft, learn camp songs, play games, go for a swim, and make new friends! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Sunday, June 18, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $25, includes activities, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $10, includes activities, snack, and T-shirt

Magical Kingdoms Day Camp

Grades K-8 DB JC Monday, July 10, 2023 – Friday, July 14, 2023

Encounter magical Disney kingdoms, right here at Girl Scout camp! Make your own casita, shoot arrows like Mulan, go for a swim like Nemo, and make your own Sporky! Together we’ll learn a new dance like Stitch, make some “Frozen” slime, and go for a hike to try to find Kevin the bird. Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, June 25, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $200, includes transportation, activities, snack, supplies, and T-shirt

Magical Kingdoms Day Camp –Optional Overnight

Grades 2-8 B JC Thursday, July 13, 2023 – Friday, July 14, 2023

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, June 25, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

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Space – the Fictional and Fantastic Frontier – Day Camp

Grades K-8

DB JC

Monday, July 17, 2023 – Friday, July 21, 2023

This week is all about outer space! Learn real space facts like moon phases and astronomy, while also having some fun with fictional space! Make a Grogu craft, create and name your own constellations, and make a rocket! Swim, hit the mark at the archery range, and play teambuilding games—all with an outer space twist! Try some astronaut ice cream, make your own BB-8, and more! Reach for the stars! Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, July 2, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $200, includes transportation, activities, snack, supplies, and T-shirt

Space – The Fictional and Fantastic Frontier – Optional Overnight

Grades 2-8

Thursday, July 20, 2023 –Friday, July 21, 2023

B JC

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday Register by: Tuesday, July 2, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

Wizarding World Day Camp

Wizarding World Day Camp –Optional Overnight

Grades 2-8

B JC Thursday, July 27, 2023 – Friday, July 28, 2023

Add to your camp fun with the optional Thursday overnight!

Arrival/Departure: 4 p.m. Thursday –9 a.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $28, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

Camp Maha Cleanup Day

Grades K-12, Families Saturday, August 5, 2023 DB JC S A F

Let’s show Camp Maha some love! Do you love camp? Has your troop been looking for a way to give back? Join us for a camp cleanup day! We’ll pick up litter across camp to keep our space beautiful and help the environment. Supplies for litter pick up will be provided, attendees will receive a patch and lunch, let’s make the world a better place starting with camp! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, lunch, and patch Adult Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, lunch, and patch Sibling Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, lunch, and patch

DB JC Monday, July 24, 2023 – Friday, July 28, 2023

Grades K-8

All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Create a Marauder’s Map, make your own wand, and experiment in potions class. Keep an eye out for the Whomping Willow as you hike to the archery range and then head to Quidditch practice. Create a magical creature, learn to care for it, and bring your suit for a swim. We’ll see you at Platform 93/4! Bring a sack lunch daily.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $200, includes transportation, activities, snack, supplies, and T-shirt

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Don’t forget about these other AMAZING Camp Maha programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

PROGRAM NAME

Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms

DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES

April 15 April 1 4-10

Shero Camp April 29 April 15 6-10

Explore Camp Maha May 13 April 29 K-12, F

Camp Maha Bus Schedule

Girls attending day camp at Camp Maha have the option to ride the bus to and from camp each day. Bus chaperones follow health and safety standards, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska policies.

Parents/caregivers, please allow up to 10 minutes before and after the scheduled bus times in case of traffic, mechanical, or loading/unloading delays. If there is a delay of 10 minutes or more camp staff will notify you via phone as quickly as possible. GSSN cannot predict upcoming roads projects or traffic delays and will notify you if those delays are significant (10 minutes or more). Transportation often takes slightly longer on Mondays, please allow extra time on Mondays.

BUS #1 • 1 HOUR TOTAL

1A Benson West Elementary 6652 Maple St., Omaha, NE 7:40 a.m. and 5:05 p.m.

1C Tara Heights Elementary 700 Tara Rd., Papillion, NE 8:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

BUS #2 • 45 MIN. TOTAL

2A Aldrich Elementary 506 N. 162nd Ave., Omaha 7:50 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

1B GSSN Omaha Service Center 2121 S 44th St., Omaha, NE 8 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

2B Willowdale Elementary 16901 P St., Omaha 8:05 a.m. and 4:35 p.m.

If a girl is not picked up by her parent/caregiver within 10 minutes of bus arrival time at a bus stop, she will be transported to the Omaha Service Center (parent/ caregivers will be notified in this situation). Council staff will stay with your daughter until an authorized person arrives, but she must be picked up by 6 p.m.

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Hidden Oaks Cabin | Valentine

Hiking Adventure at Hidden Oaks

Grades 2-12

B JC S A Friday, September 8, 2023 –Sunday, September 10, 2023

Fall brings colorful trees, cooler weather, and cozy campfires, and it’s the perfect time to earn the Trail Adventure badge! Go on three different hikes incorporating fun fall activities and complete many of the requirements for the Math in Nature badge! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Friday –10 a.m. Sunday Register by: Sunday, August 27, 2023

Location: Hidden Oaks Cabin, Valentine Girl Cost: $60, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and badge Adult Cost: $40, includes lodging, activities, supplies, and meals

Troop Camping and Rentals

Experience the great outdoors and discover our Girl Scout properties!

We have four camps and two cabins in Nebraska for you to explore with your Girl Scout troop or group. Hilltop House in Lincoln is also available free of charge for troop usage (for up to two hours) for daytime activities. Visit our website for property details, photo galleries, fees, and property reservations.

Hidden Oaks is a charming A-frame lodge nestled in the Valentine City Park, near Minnechaduza Creek. The lodge has outdoor picnic tables, fire pits, outdoor grills, a fireplace, bathroom with showers, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Whether you are planning a special event or looking for a location for a weekend retreat, Hidden Oaks Cabin is an ideal place to stay when your troop needs a quiet getaway, exploring the Niobrara River and Smith Falls, touring the Panhandle, or traveling to neighboring South Dakota.
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Lakeview Cabin | North Platte

Lakeview Cabin is very popular with Girl Scouts! It’s spacious, climate-controlled for both summer and winter use, has modern bathrooms and showers, and two fully-equipped kitchens. The spacious deck will surely become your favorite spot for taking it easy while staying here.

The cabin has great views and includes a sandy beach along North Platte’s Lake Maloney for supervised canoeing, kayaking, or swimming. No matter the activity—everyone has an AMAZING time!

Helloooo to Summer!

Grades 2-12

B JC S A

Friday, May 19, 2023 – Sunday, May 21, 2023

Join us for the first weekend of summer camping. Let’s have a party! Enjoy lots of swimming, kayaking, outdoor cooking, crafts, and games and say helloooo to summer! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Friday –10 a.m. Sunday Register by: Monday, May 8, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $55, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $30, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Harry’s World Resident Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A

Thursday, June 22, 2023 –Saturday, June 24, 2023

Join us for a magical weekend as you leave the Muggle world and journey to the wizarding world. After you are sorted into houses, you can make your own wand, join potions class, and learn how to care for magical creatures! Play a game of Quidditch followed by Harry Potter Trivia and a feast in the Great Hall! Enjoy swimming, games, crafts and more all with a Harry Potter twist. Mischief managed!

NOTE: Only two adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. Thursday –2 p.m. Saturday Register by: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $120, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $60, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Register

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Intermediate Horsemanship Resident Camp

Beginner Horsemanship Resident Camp

Grades 5-12

J * C S A Sunday, June 25, 2023 –Thursday, June 29, 2023

Immerse yourself in the Wild West at this unique horse camp. Ride twice a day with an overnight camping experience in Halsey National Forest setting up camp, cooking your own meals, and caring for the horses. There’s nothing like sleeping outside with the sound of neighing horses nearby. Camping readiness is a must for this amazing horseback riding adventure.

*Girls must be entering 5th grade or above.

NOTE: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday

Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $450, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $100, includes lodging, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt (does not include horseback riding)

Grades 4-12

Sunday, April 23, 2023 – Sunday, August 27, 2023

Join the Archery League, created by Gold Award Girl Scout, Hailey. Learn about the amazing sport of archery or improve your current skills, including how to handle compound and recurve bows, using safety equipment, and best practices. At the end of summer, we will have a friendly competition, with family and friends in attendance, so you can show off your skills! You will be grouped with others close to your experience level when competing.

Grades 3-12

B *JC S A Wednesday, July 5, 2023 – Friday, July 7, 2023

Ride once each day and learn the basic skills of horsemanship at this relaxed horse camp. Become comfortable around horses and feel confident controlling your horse at a walk and short trot. Learn about tack, horse breeds, horse colors, and horse terminology. When not riding, swim at our private beach, kayak on Lake Maloney, and make horsey crafts. Visit the Buffalo Bill Ranch to tour the famous barn and visit the old west town at the Lincoln County Museum to conquer the scavenger hunt!

*Girls must be entering 3rd grade or above.

NOTE: Only four adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Wednesday –5 p.m. Friday

Register by: Sunday, June 18, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $350, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $80, includes lodging, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt (does not include horseback riding)

Join the Archery League!

JC S A

ARCHERY LEAGUE MEETING DATES

• Sunday, May 21, 2023

• Sunday, June 25, 2023

• Sunday, July 23, 2023

TOURNAMENT DATE

• Sunday, August 27, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Register by: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Locations: Camp Maha, Papillion; Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $25, includes activities, supplies, patch, and T-shirt

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Brownie Day Camp

Grades 2-3 B Monday, July 10, 2023

This day camp is all about Brownies! Join us for swimming, outdoor cooking, crafts, and more! Sing Brownie camp songs, learn the Brownie Story, and share your great big Brownie smile with us!

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Sunday, June 25, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, lunch, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Daisies Love Camping

Grades K-1 D

Friday, July 14, 2023 – Saturday, July 15, 2023

Daisies love camping! This weekend will be a taste of camping just for Daisies. Enjoy swimming, crafts, games, and Daisy Girl Scout songs. Make s’mores over the campfire and learn Dutch Oven cooking. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. Friday –1 p.m. Saturday Register by: Sunday, June 25, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $35, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $20, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Advanced Horsemanship Camp

Grades 7-12

Sunday, July 16, 2023 –Thursday, July 20, 2023

Experience the beauty of Fort Robinson State Park during this amazing horse camp. Arrive at Dusty Trails to begin your journey. We will ride three times before we head to Fort Robinson where we will spend three nights in the beautiful bluffs. We will ride during the day, visit local sites, and experience the weekly rodeo events. Swimming, tent camping, and campfire cooking are all part of this fun, horse-filled adventure.

*Girls must be entering 7th grade or above. NOTE: Only two adult volunteers are needed. Adult camp volunteers are required to be registered Girl Scout members and successfully complete a background check. All camp volunteers are expected to support camp staff as needed.

Arrival/Departure: 12 p.m. Sunday –5 p.m. Thursday Register by: Sunday, July 2, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $650, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $100, includes lodging, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt (does not include horseback riding)

Brownies Love Camping

Grades 2-3 B Friday, July 21, 2023 –Sunday, July 23, 2023

This weekend camp is all about Brownies! Join us for swimming, outdoor cooking, archery, learn how to pitch a tent, do crafts, and more! Sing Brownie camp songs, learn the Brownie Story, and share your great big Brownie smile with us! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Friday –10 a.m. Sunday Register by: Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $60, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $40, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

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Daisy Day Camp

Grades K-1 D Monday, July 24, 2023

Come for a day of Daisy fun, learn Girl Scout Daisy songs, do outdoor-themed crafts, enjoy swimming, and play games.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, lunch, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Theater Fun Camp

Grades 4-12 JC S A Tuesday, August 1, 2023 –Friday, August 4, 2023

Learn all about theater arts while spending the week at camp! Help write a play, cast it, and then perform it for your friends! Enjoy camp activities like swimming, outdoor cooking, s’mores, campfires, and songs, too!

Arrival/Departure: 2 p.m. Tuesday –11 a.m. Friday Register by: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $160, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt

Aloha to Summer Campout

Grades K-12 DB JC S A Thursday, August 10, 2023 –Saturday, August 12, 2023

Celebrate the end of summer with a Lakeview luau! Pack your tent* and bring your troop or favorite adult to experience Hawaii in Nebraska! Enjoy themed meals, learn traditional dances, and make crafts. Other fun activities will include a campfire on the beach, swimming in Lake Maloney, kayaking, and more! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. Thursday –2 p.m. Saturday Register by: Sunday, July 23, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $60, includes tent site,* activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt Adult Cost: $40, includes tent site,* activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

*Tents not included. Participants may also choose to sleep inside Lakeview Cabin.

Don’t forget about these other AMAZING Lakeview Cabin programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

PROGRAM NAME

Spring into Nature Camp

Ghost Hunt at the Buffalo Bill Ranch

DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES

April 22-23 April 2 2-5

May 5-6 April 23 6-12

Explore Lakeview Cabin May 6 April 23 K-12, F

I Love Horses June 9-11 May 28 2-5

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Other Outdoor Programs

Check out these outdoor programs—perfect for girls who want an outdoor adventure beyond our GSSN camps. You’ll find plenty of ways to push past what you thought were limits and let your inner explorer run free!

Road Trip - Girl Scout Camp Style!

Grades 4-12 JC S A Friday, June 2, 2023 – Sunday, June 4, 2023

Join us for an adventure-packed tour of the eastern Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska camps! We will begin our road trip from the Omaha Service Center and from there we’ll experience the best that Camp Crossed Arrows, Camp Maha, and Camp Catron have to offer during a whirlwind weekend campout. Reach new heights with the Eugene’s Adventure Course at Camp Catron, take a thrilling ride on the Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour at Camp Crossed Arrows, and explore the high challenge course at Camp Maha. Stay overnight at two different camp properties and enjoy archery, swimming, hiking, cooking outdoors, and making SWAPS, too. You’ll even earn a special patch and bandana to represent each camp location!

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. Friday –1 p.m. Sunday Register by: Sunday, May 21, 2023

Location: Spirit of Nebraska Omaha Service Center, 2121 S. 44th St., Omaha Girl Cost: $150, includes transportation, lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Countdown to Camp Box 2023

Grades K-12 DB JC S A *

Countdown to Camp Boxes are packages delivered right to your door with everything you need to keep the camp fun going all year long! Each box has a unique theme and contains supplies to make a SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere), learn camp skills, and make a craft. Plus with each box, you’ll learn about upcoming council-sponsored camps and discover something new about Spirit of Nebraska’s camp properties.

JANUARY

– CAMP GOURMET

The January box is all about camp cooking! Discover your inner gourmet as you try appetizers, main courses, and desserts—all with a camp twist!

This box includes a SWAPS, recipes, and dry ingredients, activity instructions, patch and more!

Purchase of some food items will be required to complete the recipes.

Mails on: Friday, January 13, 2023 Register by: Friday, December 30, 2022

FEBRUARY – GIRL SCOUT CAMP TRADITIONS

The February box is all about camp traditions! Included in the box you will find supplies to make a wish boat, learn about flag retirement, and make a SWAPS. You’ll receive supplies to make a friendship bracelet and Ojo de Dios as well as a patch and activity packet that will help you learn about camp traditions dating back over 100 years!

Mails on: Friday, February 10, 2023 Register by: Friday, January 27, 2023

MARCH – CAMP 2023 SAMPLER

The March Box is a preview of our 2023 camp programs! You’ll enjoy a sampling of upcoming camps from the 2023 Girl’s Guide to Summer Fun! This box includes supplies and instructions needed to make your own wand, a Baby Yoda SWAPS, and a miniature bow and arrow. You’ll also receive a fun patch and activity packet with camp games and songs—with this box you’ll be ready for summer camp!

*Adult supervision is required for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and recommended for all others.

Girl Cost: $30, includes shipping, activities, and patch

BONUS! Purchase all three boxes at once and receive a water bottle and a $25 Program Credit!

NOTE: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is not responsible for lost or delayed packages once they are delivered to the US Postal Service.

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Girl Scouts Give Back

Throughout our long history, Girl Scouts have been giving back to their communities, country, and the world. They’ve helped neighbors in need, cleaned up parks and trails, held food and clothing drives, made blankets and toys for shelter animals, and completed many other service projects. There are as many ways to “give back” as you can imagine, and Girl Scouts are great at imagining creative, impactful, and sustainable projects. This year, we’ve invited you to explore ways to give back. Many of our programs focus on helping others or include community service components. Here are a few upcoming programs you can attend to help give back...

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Nebraska Girls Giving Back

There are so many ways to give back! You are already doing amazing things in your communities and beyond. Check out all these photos featuring Spirit of Nebraska Girl Scouts taking action and making lasting impacts. You constantly inspire us with your generous acts of kindness!

On September 17, 2022, over 3,200 Nebraska Girl Scouts, family, and friends collected over 1,165 bags of litter from their neighborhoods, parks, and creeks on World Cleanup Day. (Troops 20606 and 20832 pictured above).

Girls from all over Nebraska attended Girl Scouts Give Back Kick-Off events in October. Girls made stress balls, recycled T-shirt dog toys, period packs, tie blankets, and collected non-perishable foods for several charities.

Bronze Award Troop 20564 wished to enrich the lives of the residents of the Louisville Care Community. The girls designed and built a raised flower planter, painted birdhouses, and created a water feature for the outdoor space.

Bronze Award Troop 48563 organized and held a socially-distanced parade with decorated vehicles, music, posters, and handmade cards for local senior citizens who were impacted by isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Silver Award Troop 00174 collaborated with a local foundation and school board to clean, paint, decorate, and add new hardware to the Bassett Grade School bathrooms. The girls also used their cookie proceeds to purchase and supply feminine products for girls to freely use, or for girls who may not have the financial means to buy them.

Gold Award Girl Scout, Karen Kalilangwe, started the ‘Read Woke’ program to expand diversity and inclusion in Ralston school libraries. Karen stocked shelves and Little Free Libraries with over 36 books by black authors.

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2nd Annual Volunteer Retreat Weekend

Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, 2023 6 p.m. Friday – 3 p.m. Sunday Camp Catron, Nebraska City

Join us for a second year of appreciating our hardworking volunteers with an adult-only camp experience of fun, friends, and fellowship! Gather at our beloved Camp Catron to learn camp skills without the pressure of having girls around, explore camp amenities, make arts and crafts, participate in trainings, and mingle with volunteers and staff across the state. This fun celebration will energize your batteries to prepare you for another year of Girl Scouting!

Participants are not required to stay overnight, however, overnight accomodation will be available for those participating multiple days.

• Troop Co-Leaders: $35 (use promo code “IMACOLEADER23”)

• Other Adult Volunteers: $40

• Cost includes access to all open camp amenities, supplies, T-shirt, meals (dinner Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday; breakfast Sunday; lunch Sunday included if attending Camp Out (Basic) Training).

FRIDAY

Check-in: starts at 6 p.m. and includes dinner, indoor and outdoor sessions, nighttime activities, and snacks.

SATURDAY

• Activities start at 8 a.m. and includes all-day indoor and outdoor activities, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and nighttime activities.

• The volunteer Awards Celebration will be held at 4:30 p.m. (FREE to all Girl Scouts, friends, family, and community members). Followed by dinner and campfire activities.

SUNDAY

• Camp Out (Basic) Training: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Adult Volunteer Cost: $15, includes all supplies, breakfast (if staying Saturday night), lunch, and snacks.

All session details, schedule, packing lists, and an overnight accommodations request form will be sent to registrants at least two weeks prior to the event.

Now is the time to Go Bright Ahead with the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie Program! This cookie season is sure to go swimmingly with a cute dolphin mascot and the new Raspberry Rally™— a thin, crispy cookie infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in a chocolaty coating. This cookie will be sold exclusively online, allowing girls to grow and maintain their own online business. Product Programs teach valuable life skills, plus girls earn sweet recognitions and funds for their Girl Scout adventures. To participate as an individual or troop, complete the Intent Form on our website. NEW! Cookie Kick-Off Parties
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Grades K-12

New for 2023—choose how you participate! artVenture is a statewide event celebrating creativity, collaboration, and giving back! During artVenture, groups of Girl Scouts work with artists to create a piece of art from conception to completion. The collaborative artwork is auctioned off to raise funds in support of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska allowing us to provide quality programming for all girls. Participating girls and their families will be invited to see their artwork on display and celebrate their contribution during a special preview with both in-person and virtual options.

COUNCIL-ARRANGED COLLABORATIONS

Sign up for a traditional council-arranged collaboration, including options for inperson and virtual experiences. Register early, limited space will be available.

Registration Opens: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Registration Closes: Sunday, January 1, 2023

Collaborations Take Place: Thru February and March, 2023

Locations: Will vary, but will include in-person and virtual choices

Girl Cost: $10*, includes arranged collaboration, patch, and invitation to a special preview party (in-person or virtual)

*Collaborating artists also may charge each girl up to $25 for materials. Material fee details will be included in collaboration listings.

CREATE YOUR OWN COLLABORATION TEAM

Form a team of at least four Girl Scouts and an adult artist volunteer. You’ll design your own project and schedule your own meetings (teams must adhere to the artVenture 2023 artwork requirements and timelines).

Guidelines Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Project Proposals Due: Sunday, January 1, 2023 Collaborations Take Place: Thru February and March, 2023 Artwork Details Form and Girl Registrations Due: Friday, March 31, 2023

Locations: Anywhere!

Girl Cost: $5*, includes patch and invitation to a special preview party (in-person or virtual)

*Collaborating artists also may charge each girl up to $25 for materials; this will vary by project and is to be worked out between the artist and the collaboration team.

artVenture 2023

Silent Auction and Reception

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Girl Preview Party: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Silent Auction & Reception: 6 – 10 p.m. UNO’s Mammel Hall, 6807 Pine Street, Omaha

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Events

Taking Kearney by Storm

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Are you and your family ready for some hockey action? Show your Girl Scout spirit and cheer on the Tri-City Storm. Bring your camera to capture the action, plus get a photo with the team mascot, Stormy! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival: 7 p.m.

Register by: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Location: Viaero Event Center, 609 Platte Rd., Kearney Girl Cost: $13, includes ticket, pompom, and patch Adult Cost: $13, includes ticket, pompom, and patch Sibling Cost: $13, includes ticket, pompom, and patch

Taking Kearney by Storm (Season Ticket Holders)

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Are you and your family ready for some hockey action? Show your Girl Scout spirit and cheer on the Tri-City Storm. Bring your camera to capture the action, plus get a photo with the team mascot, Stormy! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios. Arrival: 7 p.m.

Register by: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Location: Viaero Event Center, 609 Platte Rd., Kearney

Girl Cost: $3, includes pompom and patch Adult Cost: $3, includes pompom and patch

Sibling Cost: $3, includes pompom and patch

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Girl Scout Fest 2023

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F Sunday, March 12, 2023

Celebrate with your fellow Girl Scouts as we enter our 111th year of building girl leaders! Girl Scout Fest will start with a parade through downtown Grand Island—with every troop, service unit, group, or family, exhibiting and riding in their own float. After the parade, join us for a Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Expo featuring council departments, community collaborators, and more! Then come to Camp Cosmo and explore the camp and all its amenities. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register by: Friday, February 24, 2023

Location: Grand Island

Girl Cost: $5, includes activities and patch

Adult Cost: $5, includes activities and patch

Sibling Cost: $5, includes activities and patch

Girl Scouts Rock

Grades K-12 DB JC S A Monday, May 1, 2023 – Monday, August 7, 2023

Join us for a new and exciting activity for Girl Scouts to give back that will help spread joy and friendship in a creative way! Using Painted Rocks, a GPS-based app, locate nearby friendship rocks geocache-style!

You can participate two ways—make your own rocks (individually or as a troop) and add them to the map for others to find and go on a hunt to find those left by others so you can digitally log them. You’ll see who has found your rock, add your name to the ones you have found, receive a special patch and Painted Rocks swag, and connect with sister Girl Scouts across the state!

Those registered will receive instructions on how to set up the app and where to place rocks. A smart phone or app-enabled smart device is needed to participate. Adult supervision is required. Register and start any time between May 1 and July 31. The project continues through August 7. Register by: Monday, July 31, 2023

Location: Anywhere!

Girl Cost: $6, includes

Bats Eat Bugs

Grades K-5

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Did you know that over 1,300 species of bats exist around the world? Learn more interesting bat-facts while exploring beautiful Homestead National Historical Park! Play an echolocation game, eat lunch on the prairie, and make a bat house while studying what makes bats unique! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Location: Homestead National Historical Park, 8523 W. State Hwy. 4, Beatrice Girl Cost: $12, includes activities, supplies, lunch, and patch

Adult Cost: $9, includes activities and lunch

Girl Scout Day at the Durham Museum

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F Saturday, June 3, 2023

Explore Nebraska’s rich history at the Durham Museum! Participate in fun activities designed just for Girl Scouts and enjoy all the exhibits through a self-guided tour. Walk through train cars, experience life in an earth lodge, and more! Cost includes admission for the rest of the day. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register by: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Location: Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., Omaha Girl Cost: $7, includes admission, activities, supplies, and patch Adult Cost: $5, includes admission, activities, and supplies Sibling Cost: $7, includes admission, activities, supplies, and patch

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Feeding Innovation

Grades 10-12 S *A

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Conquer the world of innovation with Conagra! Hear from women in technology, explore Conagra’s campus, enjoy a professional chef demonstration, and participate in a speed-networking activity! The world of STEM has so much to offer, come see how you can fit in! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

*Girls must be entering 10th grade or above.

Arrival/Departure: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register by: Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Location: Conagra Brands, 1 Conagra Dr., Omaha Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities, breakfast, lunch, and Conagra swag Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities, breakfast, and lunch

Girl Scout Day at Legacy of the Plains

Grades K-5 DB J Saturday, June 24, 2023

Have you ever wondered how farmers grew and worked their crops in the olden days? Legacy of the Plains Museum staff will take you back in time to show how crops were planted and cultivated. See the machinery that farmers used throughout the years and tour the museum that explains the cultural practices of raising crops and animals. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by: Friday, June 9, 2023

Location: Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering Girl Cost: $20, includes activities, lunch, snack, and patch Adult Cost: $10, includes activities, lunch, and snack

Flowers Badge Days

Grades 4-8 JC Saturday, June 10, 2023; Saturday, June 17, 2023

FLOWERS BADGE DAY – LAB SESSION Saturday, June 10, 2023

Awaken your scientific curiosity in the biochemistry lab while performing experiments in photosynthesis, one of life’s most important biological processes. Extract leaf pigments and make your own glowing fluorescent signature. Observe how environmental conditions can reduce the efficiency of photosynthesis. Learn how to measure ingredients for chemical reactions, perform basic analytical calculations, and use lab equipment. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register by: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Location: UNL Beadle Center, 1901 Vine St., Lincoln Girl Cost: $8, includes activities, supplies, and badge or patch*

Adult Cost: $2, includes activities

*Juniors will receive the Flowers badge if they attend both the lab and field sessions. Cadettes will receive a patch.

FLOWERS BADGE DAY – FIELD SESSION Saturday, June 17, 2023

Explore science in field settings and perform experiments to learn why plants are green and how they absorb sunlight. Collect scientific measurements for a UNL long-term field experiment. Learn how to follow technical protocol, perform basic analytical calculations, and use scientific equipment. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Register by: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Location: UNL East Campus, 4417 Fair St., Lincoln

Girl Cost: $8, includes activities, supplies, and badge or patch*

Adult Cost: $2, includes activities

*Juniors will receive the Flowers badge if they attend both the lab and field sessions. Cadettes will receive a patch.

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Thin Mint Sprint 5K or 1 Mile Run/Walk

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F Saturday, July 8, 2023

Choose the Thin Mint Sprint 5K or the Thin Mint 1 Mile Run/Walk. Either way, enjoy a healthy start to your Saturday morning, visit the fun zone for more activities, and go home with a box of Girl Scout COOKIES! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 7 – 9 a.m. Register by: Friday, June 9, 2023

Location: Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154th St., Omaha

Girl Cost: $22, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $20, includes activities, supplies, snack, and T-shirt

Sibling Cost: $22, includes activities, supplies, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Climb to New Heights!

Grades 6-12 C S A Saturday, July 15, 2023

Calling all high adventure seekers, climb to new heights on the rock wall at the UNL Outdoor Adventures Center! Learn the basics of rock climbing and see if you can make it to the top!

Arrival/Departure: 9 – 11 a.m. Register by: Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Location: UNL Outdoor Adventures Center, 930 N. 14th St., Lincoln Girl Cost: $18, includes activities and patch

Fort Robinson Adventure

Grades 6-12

Saturday, July 22, 2023 –Sunday, July 23, 2023

This getaway will be a unique experience. Fort Robinson is full of unique adventures and beautiful scenery! Go on a horse-drawn tour of the park, explore through the museum to learn the Fort’s history, and enjoy a fun evening of local theatre at the Post Playhouse. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. Saturday –10 a.m. Sunday Register by: Saturday, July 1, 2023

Location: Fort Robinson Park, 3200 Hwy. 20, Crawford Girl Cost: $90, includes lodging, activities, meals, and snacks

Adult Cost: $90, includes lodging, activities, meals, and snacks

Tank Race 2023

Grades 4-12, Families JC S A F Saturday, July 29, 2023

Tanking, it’s what we do in Nebraska. Race against other troops and families to claim a ribbon and some serious bragging rights! Dusty Trails will furnish guidance, livestock tanks, oars, and life jackets for this fun adventure down the North Platte River. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

NOTES: Teams must register together with each tank requiring a minimum of two adults and a maximum of eight total participants. This is a physical event, all participants will be paddling in a tank on the river. Youth participants must be entering 4th grade or above.

Arrival/Departure: 2 – 4 p.m. Register by: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Location: Dusty Trails, LLC, 2617 N. Buffalo Bill Road, North Platte

Girl Cost: $35, includes activities, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $25, includes activities and T-shirt

Sibling Cost: $35, includes activities, patch, and T-shirt

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A Taste of the Cowgirl Way

Grades K-12 DB JC S A Saturday, July 29, 2023

Are you a little bit country? Join us at Dusty Trails for a beautiful trail ride along the scenic North Platte River, meet the petting zoo animals, and enjoy a traditional cowgirl meal! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 5 – 7 p.m. Register by: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Location: Dusty Trails, LLC, 2617 N. Buffalo Bill Road, North Platte Girl Cost: $35, includes activities, supplies, meal, and patch Adult Cost: $35, includes activities, supplies, meal, and patch Sibling Cost: $35, includes activities, supplies, meal, and patch

Camp 101 Brownies

Grades 2-3 B Friday, August 4, 2023 –Saturday, August 5, 2023

Calling all Brownies! Spend the night in a yurt or the Troop House at Camp Crossed Arrows. Activities will introduce you to Girl Scout traditions, outdoor cooking, leave no trace, and spending the night at camp. This is a perfect stepping stone to prepare you for future camp adventures. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 6:30 p.m. Friday –3 p.m. Saturday Register by: Monday, July 24, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $25, includes lodging, activities, supplies, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and patch Adult Cost: $10, includes lodging, activities, supplies, breakfast, lunch, and snacks

Camp 101 Daisies

Grades K-1 D Saturday, August 5, 2023

Experience the wonder of the great outdoors at Camp Crossed Arrows. Spend the day at camp, along with Brownie Girl Scouts, participating in a flag ceremony, cooking, hiking, and enjoying traditional Girl Scout activities. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Register by: Monday, July 24, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $10, includes activities, supplies, lunch, snack, and patch Adult Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, lunch, and snack

Junior aMUSE! Journey Overnight

Grades 4-5 J Saturday, August 5, 2023 –Sunday, August 6, 2023

Camp Crossed Arrows is a perfect place to embark on a Journey! Explore your interests, gain an understanding of your limitless potential, try on a variety of roles, learn about people, and take action in your community using your leadership skills and storytelling. We will explore stereotypes and bias while opening our eyes to ways to use our own talents to change the world. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 6:30 p.m. Saturday –10 a.m. Sunday

Register by: Monday, July 24, 2023

Location: Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson Girl Cost: $30, includes lodging, activities, supplies, aMUSE Journey book, breakfast, snacks, and badge Adult Cost: $10, includes lodging, activities, supplies, breakfast, and snacks

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F Saturday, August 5, 2023

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Enjoy an end-of-the summer ice cream treat, games, and crafts as we celebrate the amazing things that happened during the summer of 2023! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 2 – 4 p.m.

Register by: Saturday, July 22, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $10, includes activities, supplies, ice cream, and patch Adult Cost: $5, includes activities and ice cream

Sibling Cost: $10, includes activities, supplies, ice cream, and patch

Nebraska Bioblitz

Grades K-12 DB JC S A Saturday, August 12, 2023

A bioblitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area during a short time. The goal is to get an overall count of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms living in a place. Participating in these handson studies is a fun and exciting way for Girl Scouts to join experts and scientists in the field, learn about biodiversity, and better understand how to protect it.

Since being created in 1996 by the National Park Service, bioblitzes have been held throughout the world. Participants have identified many species rarely found in the parks where inventories were conducted. Maybe you’ll make an unexpected discovery! Adults must register with girls, using the volunteer-to-girl ratios.

NOTE: All vehicles must display a park permit. Permits may be purchased at the park.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register by: Saturday, July 29, 2023

Location: Schramm Education Center, 21502 NE-31, Gretna Girl Cost: $7, includes activities and patch Adult Cost: $3, includes activities

Around the World in 5 Experiments

Grades K-5 DB J Saturday, August 19, 2023

Travel around the world with five science experiments that teach you about different countries, cultures, and more! Make your own compass and see where it takes you as we explore science from around the globe! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 9 – 11 a.m.

Register by: Saturday, August 5, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $10, includes activities, supplies, snack, and patch Adult Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, and snack

Busy Bees-wax

Grades K-12 DB JC S A Saturday, August 26, 2023

Bees don’t just make honey! Beeswax is a natural byproduct produced by honeybees and has so many uses outside the hive! Learn about the importance of bees and the different uses of beeswax and make your own beeswax lip balm (grades K-5) or candle (grades 6-12)! For grades K-5, adults must register with girls, using the volunteer-to-girl ratios.

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Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. GRADES 6-12

Arrival/Departure: 1 – 3 p.m.

Register by: Friday, August 11, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $20, includes activities, supplies, snack, and patch

Adult Cost: $15, includes activities, supplies, and snack

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Creek Chemistry

Grades 6-12 C S A

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Do you know what’s in your water? Wade into the creek waters of Homestead National Historical Park and discover what’s inside! Become a scientist and monitor the levels of oxygen, pH, turbidity and more! Adults must register with girls, using the volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register by: Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Location: Homestead National Historical Park, 8523 W. State Hwy. 4, Beatrice Girl Cost: $5, includes activities, snack, and patch

Adult Cost: $3, includes activities and snack

Girl Scout Badge Day

Grades K-5 DB J

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Have some fun at the lake and earn a couple badges, too! Learn all about environmental stewardship while earning the Eco Learner badge (Daisies), the Eco Friend badge (Brownies) or the Eco Camper badge (Juniors). Register before August 1st and help choose the second badge we’ll earn that day! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, lunch, snacks, and badges Adult Cost: $15, includes lunch and snacks

Be Kind to Your Mind

Grades K-12

DB JC S A Saturday, August 26, 2023

Find ways to release anxiety, to de-stress and to relax. Learn important selfcare techniques for your own mental wellness and how you can support the mental wellness those around you. Activities and content will be tailored and age-appropriate for each session. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

GRADES K-5

Arrival/Departure: 9 – 11 a.m. Girl Cost: $15, includes activities, supplies, snack, and patch

GRADES 6-12

Arrival/Departure: 1 – 4 p.m. Girl Cost: $20, includes activities, supplies, snack, and patch

Register by: Monday, August 7, 2023

Location: WestWay Church, 1701 W. 27th St., Scottsbluff

Adult Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, and snack

Forest Habitat Exploration at Fontenelle

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F Saturday, September 9, 2023

Fontenelle Forest is excited to welcome Girl Scouts of all ages and their families to their Forest Habitat Exploration event. Experience the quiet wild of nature while learning about the wide variety of plants and animals that call Fontenelle Forest their home.

Explore nature up close with naturalist-led demonstration stations on Dennis Plaza featuring a multitude of plant and animal artifacts. Meet some of our live “animal ambassadors” and learn about their adaptations. You can even participate in a scavenger hunt around the Forest trails and nature center.

Access to Fontenelle Forest for the entire day is included. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register by: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Location: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue

Girl Cost: $17, includes admission, activities, and patch

Adult Cost: $10, includes admission and activities

Sibling Cost: $17, includes admission, activities, and patch

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Goldberg

Grades 6-12 C S A

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Use your ingenuity and imagination to create your very own chain reaction-style machine inspired by the cartoonist and inventor, Rube Goldberg. This program will put your engineering skills to the test!

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register by: Friday, September 1, 2023

Location: Camp Maha, Papillion Girl Cost: $10, includes activities, supplies, snack, and patch

Adult Cost: $5, includes activities, supplies, and snack

Fall Product Rally 2023

Grades K-12 DB JC S A Saturday, September 16, 2023

You are invited to a special Fall Product Rally! Did you know that you can earn start-up funds for your Girl Scouting year by participating in the Fall Product Program, selling delicious nuts, candy, and magazines to family and friends? You can sell individually or with your troop. Fall Product sales are a great way to raise funds for travel, programming, camp, and troop activities and to gain valuable online sales experience. Come learn about the NEW Fall Product mascot, get helpful online sales tips, and find out how you can earn different patches through your participation. For Daisies and Brownies, adults must register and attend with their girls. Parents of older girls are welcome to attend, also.

NOTE: A Zoom meeting link will be sent to each participant prior to the program. All program times are listed in Central Time (CT). If you are registering for a group of participants, you will be responsible for forwarding any communications you receive about the program.

Arrival/Departure: 1 – 2 p.m.

Register by: Friday, September 8, 2023

Location: Virtual Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities

World Cleanup Day 2023

Grades K-12, Families DB JC S A F Saturday, September 16, 2023

What would happen if every person picked up at least one piece of litter on the same day? Around the globe, organizations and individuals will join forces for World Cleanup Day (and National Cleanup Day) on Saturday, September 16*, to beautify our parks, trails, beaches, mountains, and open spaces. Now, imagine if EVERY Girl Scout across Nebraska and the nation participated in World Cleanup Day. What an incredible impact we would make! Adult supervision is required.

Pledge to gather family, friends, and fellow Girl Scouts, and visit a park, lake, or any public area in your community to clean up litter and make the world a better place. Then after you are done, submit an Impact Report to let us know what you accomplished. Pledge Forms and Impact Reports will be available on our website by August 1. *Or choose another day in September, but no later than September 30.

Pledge Forms Due: Thursday, September 14, 2023 Impact Reports Due: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Location: Anywhere!

Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities and patch (free for the first 2000 girls)

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities

Sibling Cost: FREE, includes activities

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Don’t forget about these other AMAZING events and programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

PROGRAM NAME

Girl Scout Crafternoon

LOCATION DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES

Grand Island April 15 April 1 K-12

From Trash to Treasure Papillion April 15 March 31 K-12

Senior GIRLtopia Journey-in-a-Day

Virtual April 15 March 26 9-10

Outdoor Art Badge Day Lincoln April 15 March 31 K-5

Madagascar Lincoln April 15 March 17 K-12, F

Cadette aMAZE! Journey-in-a-Day Virtual April 15 March 24 6-8

Spring Fling Overnight Norfolk April 21-22 April 3 K-12

Night at the Museum –The Museum of the Fur Trade Chadron April 22-23 April 9 4-5

Earth Day Extravaganza

Papillion April 22 April 8 K-12, F

Tree Promise Day Lincoln April 22 April 7 K-12

Little Women North Platte April 23 March 26 K-12, F

May Day Festival

May Day Festival

Hastings April 29 April 16 K-12

Bridgeport April 29 April 16 K-12

May Day Festival North Platte April 29 April 16 K-12

Junior Agent of Change Journey Journey-in-a-Day Virtual April 29 April 3 4-5

Archeologists and Excavators

Papillion

April 30 April 14 K-5

Frozen Omaha April 30 April 2 K-12, F

Ready, Set, Bridge Alliance May 6 April 23 K-12

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Don’t forget about these other AMAZING events and programs already open for registration in your 2022-23 Annual Program Book or at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

PROGRAM NAME

Discover Science in Nature

Ready, Set, Bridge

Explore With Your Senses

Outdoor Art at the Wildlife Safari Park

Photography at the Wildlife Safari Park

Wildlife Safari Park Overnight

Fighting Spirit: SelfDefense Course

LOCATION DATE(S) REG. BY GRADES

Papillion May 6 April 21 K-5

North Platte May 6 April 23 K-12

Lincoln May 6 April 21 2-3

Ashland May 6 April 6 K-5

Ashland May 6 April 6 6-12

Ashland May 6-7 April 6 K-12

Omaha May 13 April 29 4-12

Ready, Set, Bridge Papillion May 20 May 7 K-12

Butterflies and Fairy Houses Lincoln May 20 May 5 K-5

Ready, Set, Bridge Columbus May 20 May 7 K-12

Ready, Set, Bridge Grand Island May 21 May 7 K-12

Ready, Set, Bridge Lincoln May 27 May 14 K-12

Beauty and the Beast

Outdoor Art at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Photography at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Overnight

Spirit of Nebraska Adventure Quest 2023

Omaha June 10 May 12 K-12, F

Omaha August 12 July 13 K-5

Omaha

August 12 July 13 6-12

Omaha

August 12-13 July 13 K-12

Virtual

August 25September 9 August 14 K-12

Chopped Nickerson September 9 August 25 6-12 Event

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Programs on Demand

SEASON

MYTHICAL MERMAIDS & NARWHAL ADVENTURES

Learn amazing facts about the “underwater unicorn,” design a one-of-a-kind mermaid brooch, a custom garland to hang in your room, and a squiggly mermaid sculpture.

REDISCOVER GIRL SCOUTS

Explore Girl Scout history, sing songs using your very own Girl Scout songbook, make an edible fire, create a SWAPS, and design a God’s Eye (Ojos de Dios).

Order at bit.ly/GSSNPOD
We have five amazing Programs on Demand! These affordable and fun programsto-go are facilitated by you when your girls want a group activity. Each kit is just $10 per girl. Order in advance to customize for your troop, group, or service unit. Kits include directions, most activity supplies, council support, a digital promotional flier template for your troop or service unit, plus Programs on Demand fun patches and Girl Scouts Give Back passport stickers for each girl. Email MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska.org for questions or more information.
NEW! GARDENING GURU Learn about and observe the plant life cycle, grow your very own salsa garden, get to know garden friends, and learn how to harvest.
NEW! GIRL SCOUTS GIVE BACK Make toys for shelter animals, organize a trash walk, and learn how to make care packages for service members, cancer patients, and the homeless.
NEW! MY COOKIE
PLANNER Get ready for the ultimate Girl Scout Cookie season with this planner! Map out your neighborhood, design a goal journal, and make a crossbody bag!

Give Back During Girl Scout Week!

Girl Scout Week is celebrated annually across the world to recognize the founding of Girl Scouts 111 years ago.

Girl Scout Week starts the week of March 12 on Girl Scout Sunday and concludes on Girl Scout Sabbath the following Saturday. Girls throughout the U.S. and around the world unite to observe the founding of Girl Scouts. The first Girl Scout meeting was held March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, when 18 girls became the very first members. Since then, Girl Scouts has grown to over four million members worldwide. During Girl Scout Week, girls and volunteers celebrate the history, meaning, and rich traditions of Girl Scouts. Watch for information soon on ways to participate or plan your own activities. *Girl Scout Sunday and Sabbath are special days dedicated to thinking about your beliefs, no matter what they are, and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. You can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin along the way!

Beyond Our World Astronomy Clubs

Grades 4-12 JCSA Sunday, January 22, 2023; Sunday, April 16, 2023

Beyond Our World Astronomy Club meetings are filled with fun activities to help you learn about outer space, space travel, galaxies, constellations, and astronomical events you can view from your backyard. You’ll be a part of a community of girls who want to learn more about the stars together. Choose from five club locations, including live and recorded virtual meetings! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

CLUB

LOCATIONS • Chadron • Kearney

• North Platte • Omaha

• Virtual (via Zoom or recordings)

MEETING DATES

• Sunday, January 22, 2023

• Sunday, April 16, 2023

Register by: Friday, March 31, 2023

Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, snack, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $30, includes activities, snack, and T-shirt

SUN 3/12 Girl Scout Sunday* & B-Day MON 3/13 Mission Sisterhood TUE 3/14 Help Your Neighbors WED 3/15 Make New Friends THU 3/16 Protect Our Planet SAT 3/18 Girl Scout Sabbath* FRI 3/17 Girl Scout Spirit Day National Girl Scout Week 2023
Travel Pack your bags and get ready to experience the world you live in! Whether you decide to travel near home or far away, these adventures will stay with you forever. Bring your Girl Scouts Give Back Passport to collect stamps and earn cool prizes! Council-Sponsored Check out all our exciting trip descriptions starting reserve your spot! Keep your eye on deadlines TRIP NAME Phenom – 2023 Girl Scout National Convention Trip Our Chalet and High Adventure in the Alps – Switzerland 2023 Space Needle or Bust! Seattle 2023 Cadettes! Choose Your Adventure 2023 Savannah Sampler 2024 South Dakota 2024 Boston 2024 Washington, D.C. 2025 Paris 2025 Savannah 2025 * Trip costs are based on anticipated expenses quad-occupancy. Additional charges may apply Trip Progression Progression allows girls to learn the skills they when girls take the lead, the possibilities are endless! the next level. For regional travel, girls must be Local Field Trips Day Trips 50 | Girl’s Guide to Summer Fun

Progression Information

they need to become competent travelers, including how to plan and organize trips. Because endless! Girls should have experience at every level of the progression before moving on to be Juniors or older. For national and international trips, girls must be Cadettes or older.

Council-Sponsored Trips-at-a-Glance

starting on page 53 and on our website. Be sure to submit your deposit by the deadline to deadlines and enjoy a new travel experience with Girl Scouts! Visit our website for more details.

DATES GRADES GIRL $* ADULT $* REGISTER BY

July 19–24, 2023 4-12 $1,800 $1,800 02/01/2023

July 10–19, 2023 9-12 $3,500 FULL

July 23–29, 2023 6-12 $1,000 02/01/2023

Aug. 3–6, 2023 6-8 $325 02/01/2023

June 3–6, 2024 4-12 $1,500 $1,500 02/01/2024

June 3–7, 2024 5-8 $750 02/01/2024

Jul. 15–18, 2024 4-12 $1,500 $1,500 02/01/2024

Jun. 9–12, 2025 4-12 $1,500 $1,500 02/01/2025

July 2025 9-12 $4,600 11/01/2024

July 29–August 1, 2025 6-12 $1,500 02/01/2025 expenses at listing time but may change if prices increase significantly. They are also based on apply if room upgrades are available. See page 52 for Trip Payment/Refund Policies.

Regional Trips National
International
Independent Trips Overnighters Travel Programs | 51
Trips
Trips

Trip Payment/Refund Policy

TOTAL TRIP COST (GIRL OR ADULT)

Up to $500

$501 – $1000

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT*

PAYMENT IN FULL DUE

NO REFUNDS AFTER‡

$50 30 days prior to departure 30 days prior to departure

$100 60 days prior to departure 60 days prior to departure

$1001 – $2000 $200 90 days prior to departure 90 days prior to departure

Over $2000 $500 120 days prior to departure 120 days prior to departure

* Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks, Travel Bucks, and Program Credits may not be used for program deposits.

‡ Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is often required to pay non-refundable deposits or even full payments early to reserve flights, buses, lodging, and other expenses for council-sponsored trips. Because of this, partial refunds, minus deposits and any expenses already incurred, are granted only if the cancellation request is received by the deadlines indicated in the table above.

Adult Trip Advisors Wanted

Are you an adult ready to share your travel wisdom and experience? Then apply to become a Trip Advisor! Our Trip Advisors provide supervision and guidance for independent-level trips, while encouraging girls to gain confidence and leadership skills.

Trip Advisors are expected to pay a portion of the trip fee (may vary by trip, but is usually 1/3 of the girl cost). Find the Trip Advisor Application on our website under Forms. For more information, please contact Member Support at 402.558.8189.

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Travel Workshop

Sneak Peek: Spirit of Nebraska Trips

Grades 4-12

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

JC S A

Get a sneak peek of all the upcoming Spirit of Nebraska council-sponsored trips. This lively workshop will give you an exclusive insight to the trips we have planned. Meet the council staff leading the trip, ask questions, and get excited to travel! Adults must register and attend with their girls.

Arrival/Departure: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Register by: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Location: Virtual

Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities

Adult Cost: FREE, includes activities

Council-Sponsored Trips

Phenom

– 2023 Girl Scout National Convention Trip

Grades 4-12

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 –Monday, July 24, 2023

JC S A

Join us for the world’s biggest gathering of Girl Scouts at Walt Disney World® Resort. Our national convention only happens every three years, so you don’t want to miss it. Connect with Girl Scouts from across the country and around the world to spark new ideas, make friends, have fun, and create something incredible.

Phenom 2023 features the National Bridging Ceremony and Gold Award Girl Scout Celebration, exciting experiences including special guests, live performances, hands-on activities, demos, and more. Plus, we’re adding on a day at Disney World! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

NOTE: A minimum of 12 participants are required for this trip to proceed.

Register by: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Location: Orlando, FL (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $1800 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Adult Cost: $1800 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Space Needle or Bust! Seattle 2023

Grades 6-12 C S A Sunday, July 23, 2023Saturday, July 29, 2023

Tour the Emerald City and see many of Seattle’s attractions. Did you know there’s a complete city underground or that whales can be seen in the Puget Sound almost daily from April until October? There’s nothing quite like the view of the city and surrounding natural beauty as seen from the Space Needle. Join us on this amazing adventure where city and nature live in absolute harmony.

Register by: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Location: Seattle, WA (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $1000 ($100 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 60 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

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Cadettes! Choose Your Adventure 2023!

Grades 6-8 C

Thursday, August 3, 2023Sunday, August 6, 2023

Cadettes, it’s road trip time! Join sister Girl Scouts on an amazing adventure where you decide it all! Choose where we go, where we stay, and what we do, all while learning how to plan a trip and stay within our budget. We’ll start and end at Lakeview Cabin for this epic trip!

Register by: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte

Girl Cost: $325 ($50 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 30 days prior to departure), includes lodging, activities, meals, patch, and T-shirt

South Dakota 2024

Grades 5-8 J * C

Monday, June 3, 2024 –Friday, June 7, 2024

Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and breathtaking views of the Black Hills as we explore the beautiful state of South Dakota! We’ll even take a Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour and have dinner in a covered wagon.

*Girls must be entering 5th grade or above

Register by: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Location: Custer State Park, SD (van departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $750 ($100 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 60 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Savannah Sampler 2024

Grades 4-12

Monday, June 3, 2024 –Thursday, June 6, 2024

JC S A

Visit Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and where Girl Scouts began. Enjoy a program at the birthplace, tour historic Savannah, and even visit the beach! Come as a troop or with your favorite adult. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Register by: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Location: Savannah, GA (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Adult Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Travel Scholarship

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

OPENS DECEMBER

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All girls grades K–12 are welcome to attend programs in any area of the state. Join online and let the fun begin!

The Tyler Cherrington Travel Scholarship awards up to $500 annually to support girls participating in councilsponsored travel opportunities. Find scholarship guidelines and the application on our website. Apply by February 1, 2023.

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Grades 4-12 JC S A

Monday, July 15, 2024 –Thursday, July 18, 2024

Let’s travel to the historic Boston! Rich in culture with a diverse community, we will visit Salem, the Freedom Trial, Harvard, Concord in Lexington, the Salem Witch Museum, the Mayflower, the Plimoth Plantation, and more. Come explore the famed city and history of Boston! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Register by: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Location: Boston, MA (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Adult Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Washington, D.C. 2025

Grades 4-12 JC S A

Monday, June 9, 2025 –Thursday, June 12, 2025

Explore the monuments and museums of Washington D.C., where history is preserved, and then visit Capitol Hill, where history is made. See the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian museums, national memorials, and more. Together we will walk through history and explore our past, present, and future. Join us at the nation’s capital and make a lifetime of memories! Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Register by: Saturday, February 1, 2025

Location: Washington, D.C. (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Adult Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Paris

2025

Grades 9-12

July 2025

Experience the City of Light through the beautiful sights and sounds of Paris! Explore Parisian museums and historical landmarks, taste classic French cuisine, and so much more. This trip is exclusively for girls, led by Girl Scout staff and volunteer Trip Advisors. If you are ready for a more independent, girl-led travel experience, this is the trip for you! Space is limited for this popular trip, so register early and help with the planning!

NOTE: Participants are responsible for having a valid passport at the time of travel.

Register by: Friday, November 1, 2024

Location: Paris, France (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $4,600 ($500 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 120 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

Savannah 2025

Grades 6-12 C S A

Tuesday, July 29, 2025 –Friday, August 1, 2025

Stay in a beautiful beach house on Tybee Island, just steps from the beach. Climb to the top of the lighthouse, go kayaking, and explore marine science. You’ll also visit historic Savannah, the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low. This trip is exclusively for girls, led by Girl Scout staff and volunteer Trip Advisors. If you are ready for a more independent, girl-led travel experience, this is the trip for you!

Space is limited for this popular trip, so register early and help with the planning!

Register by: Saturday, February 1, 2025

Location: Savannah, GA (flight departs from Omaha)

Girl Cost: $1500 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration, balance due 90 days prior to departure), includes transportation, lodging, activities, T-shirt, patch, and meals (excluding meals en route)

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Discover your potential, meet new friends and adult mentors, share your experiences, and be a role model for younger girls! These awesome opportunities for older Girl Scouts will help you focus on a successful future. Bring your Girl Scouts Give Back Passport to collect stamps and earn cool prizes!

T’weens & Teens

College Scholarships Available

PRESIDENTS’

LEADERSHIP AWARD –a $1,500 scholarship for girls ages 18-24 in who demonstrate outstanding leadership to the benefit of their community.

CANENBURG

SCHOLARSHIP – up to $500 college scholarship for Ambassador Girl Scouts who reside in Rock County, NE.

OLSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – up to $500 college scholarship for Ambassador Girl Scouts who reside in the Columbus Service Center area.

PAT MEYER

NEBRASKA GOLD AWARD GIRL SCOUT OF DISTINCTION – a $500 scholarship, lifetime Girl Scout membership, and more for graduating Girl Scouts who’ve earned their Gold Award. For details and applications, visit our website under What Girl Scouts Do > Highest Awards > Scholarships.

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Girl Empowerment Series

Global Citizenship Summit

Grades 6-8

Saturday, June 10, 2023

C

Do you want to learn more about global issues and talk with your peers about changing the world? Join us for our first ever Cadette Global Citizenship Summit! This year, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts on our Global Citizenship leadership team have been hard at work learning about global issues. Learn what they have discovered, enjoy lunch with friends, and participate in fun activities that will show you how to change the world, one idea at a time. Adults must register with girls, using the required volunteer-to-girl ratios.

Arrival/Departure: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Location: Camp Cosmo, Grand Island

Girl Cost: $25, includes activities, supplies, lunch, snacks, patch, and T-shirt

Adult Cost: $20, includes activities, supplies, lunch, snacks, and T-shirt

Entrepreneurship

Grades 9-12

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 –Friday, June 23, 2023

S A

Experience college life while staying in UNO dorms during this three-day businessbasics camp. Gain business, finance, marketing, and non-profit management tips from UNO College of Business Administration faculty and develop your sense of self. Visit local entrepreneurs to learn how they got started and participate in your own small business challenge.

Arrival/Departure: 2 p.m. Wednesday –2 p.m. Friday

Apply by: Monday, May 1, 2023

Location: University of Nebraska Omaha, Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., Omaha

Girl Cost: FREE but space is limited and applications are required, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, and T-shirt

Mentorship

Grades 9-12 S A

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 –Sunday, July 30, 2023

Experience a unique mentoring experience in a camp setting. You’ll be matched with a mentor during the camp—our mentors are inspiring women from a variety of professional backgrounds. Enjoy challenging and fun adventures with your mentor such as kayaking, swimming, archery, yoga, a special formal dinner, and more! Explore career planning and networking while developing a strong bond with the other girls and women at camp. Learn how to develop healthy relationships, become more confident, and gain a strong sense of self, too!

Arrival/Departure: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday –11:30 a.m. Sunday

Apply by: Monday, May 1, 2023

Location: Lakeview Cabin, North Platte Girl Cost: FREE but space is limited and applications are required, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, patch, and T-shirt Applications

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will be available on February 1, 2023 on our website under Programs > T’weens & Teens

Girl Scout Girl Awards

Earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award

GRADES 4-5 (JUNIORS)

Visit www.GirlScoutsNebraska.org/Bronze to find Bronze Award guidelines and final reports.* You can pursue your Girl Scout Bronze Award if:

✓ You’re in fourth or fifth grade (or equivalent)

✓ You’re a registered Girl Scout Junior

✓ You have completed a Junior Journey

*One final report should be submitted per award project.

Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award

GRADES 6-8 (CADETTES)

Visit www.GirlScoutsNebraska.org/Silver to find Silver Award guidelines and final reports.* You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if:

✓ You’re in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)

✓ You’re a registered Girl Scout Cadette

✓ You have completed a Cadette Journey

*One final report should be submitted per award project.

Contact Susan Nickels at snickels@girlscoutsnebraska.org if you have any questions about the Bronze or Silver Awards.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023

Bronze and Silver Award Deadlines

Deadline for girls to complete their project and submit the final report for recognition at a 2023 Girl Awards ceremony. Girls who submit the final report after March 31, 2023, will be recognized at the 2024 Girl Awards ceremony.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 2023

Deadline for girls bridging to the next level to complete their project and submit the final report.

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Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award

GRADES 9-12 (SENIORS AND AMBASSADORS)

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. You can pursue your Gold Award if:

✓ You’re in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent).

✓ You’re registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador.

✓ You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Senior or Ambassador Journey.

To get started, visit www.GirlScoutsNebraska.org/Gold to view resources, requirements, deadlines, and next steps to complete your Gold Award. Seven steps are required to earn the Gold Award:

1. Choose an issue

2. Investigate your issue

3. Get help and build a team

4. Create a plan 5. Present your plan and get feedback

6. Take action

7. Educate and inspire

Contact Erin Finken at efinken@girlscoutsnebraska.org if you have any questions about the Gold Award.

Girl Award Journey Days and Overnights

Trying to earn your Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award, but need help starting a Journey? Join us for Journey Day or Weekend, where we will do just that!

JOURNEY

LOCATION DATE(S) LEVEL AWARD

Junior aMUSE Journey-in-a-Day Virtual

January 28, 2023 J Bronze

Cadette aMAZE! Journey-in-a-Day Virtual April 15, 2023 C Silver

Senior GIRLtopia Journey-in-a-Day Virtual April 15, 2023 S Gold

Junior Agent of Change Journey-in-a-Day Virtual

April 29, 2023 J Bronze

Junior aMUSE! Journey Overnight Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson August 5-6, 2023 J Bronze

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Girl Award Workshops

Bronze Award Workshops

Grades 4-5 J

Tuesday, March 14, 2023; Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Brainstorm project ideas and jump start your Bronze Award during this fun and informative workshop! Learn about the award process, get your questions answered, and leave ready to start! Adult supervision is required.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Register by: Monday, March 6, 2023

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 6 – 7 p.m. Register by: Monday, August 14, 2023

Location: Virtual Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities

Silver Award Workshops

Grades 6-8 C

Thursday, March 16, 2023; Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Brainstorm project ideas and jump start your Silver Award during this fun and informative workshop! Learn about the award process, get your questions answered, and leave ready to start! Adult supervision is required.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Register by: Monday, March 6, 2023

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Register by: Monday, August 14, 2023

Location: Virtual Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities

Gold Award Workshops

Grades 9-12 S A

Thursday, January 12, 2023; Thursday, March 16, 2023; Thursday, August 17, 2023

Jump start your Gold Award during this fun and informative workshop! Learn about the Gold Award process and engage in a Q&A and brainstorming session. Troop co-leaders and parents/caregivers are welcome to attend.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023

Register by: Thursday, January 5, 2023

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023 Register by: Thursday, March 9, 2023

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023 Register by: Thursday, August 10, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 7 – 8 p.m.

Location: Virtual Girl Cost: FREE, includes activities

Gold Award Summit

Grades 9-12

S A Saturday, August 19, 2023

Join us for our first Gold Award Summit! Hear all about the Gold Award process from Gold Award Committee members, spend time brainstorming with other Seniors and Ambassadors pursuing their Gold Award, and connect with organizations that want to work with Girl Scouts on Gold Award projects or support their efforts. Gain tips on how to raise funds for your project, learn how to get started on the GoGold website, and take home some Gold Award swag!

Arrival/Departure: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Register by: Saturday, August 5, 2023

Location: Spirit of Nebraska Omaha Service Center, 2121 S. 44th St., Omaha Girl Cost: $10, includes activities, supplies, and snack

Adult Cost: $5, includes activities and snack

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Girl Award Ceremonies

Grades 4-12

Girl Scouting’s highest awards—the Bronze, Silver, and Gold—recognize girls who make a lasting difference in their communities and the world. We will celebrate these inspiring girls, who have demonstrated leadership and taken action to make positive change in the world at these Girl Award Ceremonies.

NORTH PLATTE

Sunday, May 21, 2023

2 p.m.

Lakeview Cabin

OMAHA

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

7 p.m.

Ralston High School Theater, 8969 Park Dr. COLUMBUS

Thursday, June 1, 2023

7 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 2710 14th St.

SCOTTSBLUFF

Saturday, June 3, 2023

2 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 2002 4th Ave. LINCOLN Sunday, June 4, 2023

3 p.m.

Eastridge Pres. Church, 1135 Eastridge Dr. GRAND ISLAND Sunday, June 11, 2023

2 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 511 N. Elm St.

Learning Opportunities

Program Aide Learning Sessions

Grades 6-12 C S A Saturday, March 25, 2023; Saturday, April 1, 2023; Saturday, April 29, 2023

Expand your leadership skills, meet new friends, make a difference in the lives of younger Girl Scouts, and have fun as a Program Aide! Certified PAs can volunteer at day camps, council events, or with a troop. PAs are prepared to lead songs, games, ceremonies, and more with younger Girl Scouts.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2023

Register by: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1102 W. Norfolk Ave., Norfolk

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2023

Register by: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Location: Hilltop House, Lincoln

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023

Register by: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Location: Spirit of Nebraska Omaha Service Center, 2121 S. 44th St., Omaha

Arrival/Departure: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Girl Cost: $30, includes activities, supplies, tote bag, lunch, snacks, and T-shirt

Counselor-in-Training

(CIT) I

Grades 6-12 C S A Monday, June 26, 2023 – Thursday, June 29, 2023; Monday, July 25, 2023 – Thursday, July 27, 2023

Do you love the outdoors and want to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with others? Do you dream about working at Girl Scout camp some day? Counselor-in-Training (CIT) is a leadership development program that prepares you to become a camp counselor and work with younger girls.

NOTE: CITs may only work with girls at least two grades younger than themselves.

MONDAY, JUNE 26 –THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2023

Register by: Sunday, June 11, 2023

MONDAY, JULY 25 –THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2023

Register by: Sunday, July 9, 2023

Arrival/Departure: 7 p.m. Monday –5 p.m. Thursday

Location: Camp Catron, Nebraska City Girl Cost: $55, includes lodging, activities, supplies, meals, pin, patch, and T-shirt

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Girl Scout Advisory Group

What is GSAG?

GSAG is a dynamic and creative group of 6th-12th grade girls who hang out together, brainstorm program ideas, work side-by-side with council staff, and guide the direction of Girl Scouting in Nebraska.

How Do I Join?

• Be a registered 6th-12th grade Girl Scout.

• Become a certified Program Aide (see page 61).

• Attend monthly meetings. There are GSAG groups in the Panhandle, North Platte, Grand Island, Columbus, Lincoln, and Omaha areas.

For more information, email MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska.org.

Partnership with Healthy Blue Nebraska

Having a healthier lifestyle is easier with the partnership between GSSN and Healthy Blue Nebraska. Here’s what’s available to you:

1. FREE Healthy You Patch Program – available for all GSSN girls, free patches available while supplies last.

2. Scholarships – for attending camp OR completing Take Action/ community service projects regarding mental health and wellbeing. See all details on our website by searching “Healthy Blue.”

If you or your troop do a little bit of everything, apply to become an Honor Troop or Honor Girl Scout! Each girl who achieves honor status, as an IGM or with her troop, receives an exclusive patch. All troops who achieve honor troop status also receive a signed certificate.

If You've…

• Participated in the Fall Product or Girl Scout Cookie Program...

• Use the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)...

• Completed a Journey OR Earned New Girl Scout Badges... • Finished a Community Service or Take Action or Project…

…then you’re on your way to becoming an Honor Troop! Find the revised requirements and the application on our website under

If you have any questions, please contact your Troop Support Specialist.

Apply Today to Receive
Honor Status!
More Fun for Your Troop on Your Time! Spirit of Nebraska Community Collaborators Bursting with unique activities, Community Collaborators are awesome local businesses and organizations who create events, badge workshops, and programs with Girl Scouts in mind! bit.ly/GSSNcollab
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Registration and Information

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This Girl's Guide to Summer Fun is filled with events, travel programs, camps, resources, and helpful information. We mail one program book per Girl Scout member household, so please share it with everyone in the house! A digital copy is also available online. Keep this program guide as a reference until the end of September 2023.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Girl Scout programs are for all girls, grades K-12. If you are not already a current member, just pay the annual $25 membership fee and let the fun begin!

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

If you are not a current Girl Scout member, simply register online at GirlScoutsNebraska.org.

As a Girl Scout, you may choose to join a troop or create your own path, just right for you. See page 8 for more information.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR PROGRAMS

It couldn’t be easier! You can register for most programs 24/7, from the comfort of your own home, by registering online!* See below for registration and specific payment method options. All registrations must be paid in full before they are processed. Some programs allow registration with a deposit, in which case the balance must be paid in full by the stated payment deadline. Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks, Travel Bucks, and Program Credits may not be used for program deposits.

Online (Preferred) – Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to secure your spot. Online payment methods are bank debit cards or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or AMEX). Register for programs via the online Program Calendar or your MY GS account on our website.

Mail – You may mail program registration forms*. Accepted mail payment options are checks, debit cards, credit cards, Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks, Travel Bucks, and Program Credits. Mail to: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, Attn: Registrations, 2121 S. 44th St., Omaha, NE 68105. Please note that it may take up to two weeks to process your paper registration form.

*Program registration opens December 16, 2022. Registrations submitted by mail will not be processed before this date.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Register for the event online and choose “Financial Aid” as your payment type. Then complete the Financial Aid Application found on our website. You will be notified within one week if your request was approved and the amount granted. You will be responsible for paying the remaining fee by the registration deadline.

CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION

Confirmation of registrations will be emailed to the email address on file when your payment is processed. To confirm/update your email address on file, please review your profile prior to registering for events. If you need assistance updating your contact information, please email MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska. org. You will also receive an email reminder approximately one week prior to the program, with additional information such as directions, what to wear, emergency contact numbers, etc.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY*

Refunds will be granted under the following conditions:

• The refund request is received before the cancellation deadline (found in the event details in your MY GS account).

• Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska cancels the program.

• The girl or family moves away from the area.

• A physician confirms that the registrant is physically unable to participate.

Email MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska.org all requests for refunds/cancellations must be before the cancellation deadline.

Refund requests must include the participant’s name and address, the program name, date, and the reason for the refund/cancellation request. Allow up to six weeks for refunds. Refunds will be issued to whom the payment was received from.

*Travel Refunds – see policy on page 52. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

ATTENDEE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL FORMS

An Attendee Health Form is required for girls attending any camp or travel program. It must be completed by the caregiver and current within 12 months of the program date. Adult Attendee Health Forms are also required for all adults attending a Travel program.

Overnights – For girls attending overnight programs of three or more nights, the Physical Examination Form may also be required. The Physical Examination Form must be completed by a physician and be current within 12 months of the program date.

Camp Programs – For girls attending summer camp programs, parents/guardians must complete the Attendee Health Form and Physical Examination Form online. Detailed information will be emailed to participants upon registration.

Non-Camp Programs – For travel and all other applicable non-camp programs, caregivers may be required to complete the Attendee Health Form and Physical Examination Form. Details will be emailed to participants after the registration deadline.

SAFETY ACTIVITY CHECKPOINTS

When preparing for any activity with girls, begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints found on our website under Volunteer Resources > Support Materials.

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BACKGROUND SCREENING

As you register for programs, keep in mind that all volunteers working directly with girls, in any capacity, must be registered members and successfully complete a background screen.

CELL PHONE & ELECTRONIC DEVICE USAGE AT CAMP

For council-sponsored camp programs, please leave all cell phones or other electronic devices at home. Their use at camp often causes increased homesickness or other issues. If there is an emergency, program staff will immediately contact the girl’s parent or caregiver. Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is not responsible for any lost or stolen electronic devices.

SPECIAL NEEDS

For questions about specific needs or to request special accommodations, please contact Member Support.

REGISTERED AS A GIRL SCOUT IN ANOTHER COUNCIL?

Not a problem! You can still attend Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska programs. Register online through your MY GS account, change the filters to look within Nebraska ZIP codes.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!

Thank you everyone who contributed photos to this publication. If you would like to submit your photos, email them to marketing@girlscoutsnebraska.org.

Properties & Service Centers

Lakeview Cabin 101 S. Lake Maloney Dr. North Platte, NE 69101

Hidden Oaks Cabin Valentine City Park Valentine, NE 69201

Camp Cosmo 2400 E. Wildwood Dr. Grand Island, NE 68801

Hilltop House 1320 Hilltop Plz. Lincoln, NE 68521

Camp Crossed Arrows 12997 County Rd. P1 Nickerson, NE 68044

Camp Maha 17114 S. 63rd St. Papillion, NE 68133

Camp Catron 609 N. 60th Rd. Nebraska City, NE 68410

Ogallala Service Center 302 West D St. Ogallala, NE 69153

Kearney Service Center* 2412 Hwy. 30 East, Ste. 1 Kearney, NE 68847

Island

2400 E. Wildwood Dr. Grand Island, NE 68801

Columbus Service Center 1570 33rd Ave. Columbus, NE 68601

Lincoln Service Center* 8230 Beechwood Dr. Lincoln, NE 68510

Omaha Service Center* 2121 S. 44th St. Omaha, NE 68105

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