2024 Spring Girl Scout Day and Campout

Gather your friends, pack your bags, and bring your troop to Chimney Rock. Enjoy hands-on programming, hikes, and more at one of our most popular events of the year. Head home after a great day in the park or spend the night camping under the stars.

Morning Programs
Orientation begins promptly at 9:45am

Fire on the Mountain
Fire, Fire, Fire… What does it take to be a wildland firefighter at Chimney Rock State Park? Come learn and participate in various activities that will teach you about being a wildland firefighter including safety, fire basics, and what it is like to be on the fire line.

Animal Art
Pick up your art tools and get ready to meet one of the park’s animal ambassadors during a fun and interactive art class. Participants will get a chance to learn about this animal’s habitat, diet and unique characteristics. Afterwards scouts will have the opportunity to be creative and draw the special guest’s portrait.

Predator vs Prey
Join a park naturalist and some of the park’s animal ambassadors to discover why their species roles in the ecosystem are so important. Explore the adaptations that determine an animal’s place in the food chain and why it’s so important to have a balance of both predators and prey in nature. Scouts will play a fun interactive game to test their skills.

Meet a Tree
Spend some time getting to know our forest neighbors. Many trees live over 100 years and have much to teach us. Discover the tree life cycle and why trees are important to our everyday lives. This program will include a short walk.

Afternoon Activities

Now is the time for exploration! Set out with your scouts on any of our six trails (ranging in difficulty from easy to moderately strenuous) and get ready for an adventure. Our knowledgeable staff can help you decide which trail is the best fit for your troop. As you hike, look for Discovery Stations at the Chimney and Hickory Nut Falls. Each station will have a naturalist to help you learn about the flora and fauna that makes our park so beautiful and unique.

Campout Option

The overnight option is designed so you can bring your gear and spend the night!

We provide several community fire rings and wood, but all other essentials are the responsibility of your group. Typically, set-up begins after 4 pm. Depending on the volume of the general public in the area, this can fluctuate a bit. You must be packed up by 9 am the next morning. However, you’re welcome to stay and explore the park some more on Sunday after your site is broken down.

Park staff is onsite throughout the night.

Nuts and Bolts

When: Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5, 2024
Check-in by 9:30am; orientation begins promptly at 9:45am.

Costs: $19 per scout for admission, programs and patches. One adult chaperone per 10 scouts is required and is admitted at no charge. Camping is an additional $10 per person.

Additional adults are $14 and additional non-scout youth are $6. One $30 non-refundable deposit is per Girl Scout Troop is required to reserve your spots.

Registration: Register your group online. Registration is limited to 150 scouts.