What does programming look like at camp?
Camp staff and troop leaders will work together to provide a fun, engaging, and relevant outdoor experience for the Girl Scouts. Camp staff will provide three blocks of program time in addition to an evening activity each night. The remainder of the schedule is up to troop leaders to fill with troop-led activities. Program areas at camp are not available for troops to lead their own programming.
Troop leaders will rank their group's top five activity options during initial registration. Troops will be informed on March 1 of their placements, and customized schedules will be sent to troops the first full week of April.
Multi-Level Troops: If you are a multi-level troop and want to split into two sub-groups for some or all of your programming, you can do this. During the registration, you will enter your 1st-5th choices for programming and then there is a box for Other Notes/Comments. In this box, provide the details of how you want to split your troop and what activity choices you want for each group. GSU will contact you with follow up questions if needed.
Will we get to try Trefoil Ranch's new ropes course?
Troops attending Troop Camping at Trefoil Ranch can choose either horseback riding or the high ropes course. Due to scheduling limitations and to ensure quality programming, troops may not choose both program options.
The ropes course is open to girls entering grades 4-12 and adults for Troop Camping sessions.
Programming – Troop-Leader Led
Troop leaders will need to provide their own programming for times when they are not scheduled with camp staff (known as troop time). Troops will need to follow Safety Activity Checkpoints for their troop time activities and will not be allowed to use program areas (i.e., archery, waterfront, rock climbing) as other troops will be using these areas with camp staff.
Communal areas may be available for use during troop time; connect with the Camp Director to ensure the space is available for use. It is recommended that troop time be spent in the unit area or hiking on trails. Troops doing their own campfires and/or fire building will depend on the fire restrictions at the time.
Programming – Camp-Staff Led
Camp staff will provide three blocks of program time in addition to two evening activities.
Camp Cloud Rim and Trefoil Ranch have numerous program areas for the troops to experience during their stay at camp.
- All program areas have staff who are specifically trained for that activity.
- Participants will receive a safety orientation and will be monitored until competency is demonstrated.
- Participants will use the equipment provided by camp.
- All program areas are progressive in nature by grade level.
- Girl Scouts of Utah’s camps follow the safety guidelines outlined by GSUSA and the American Camp Association.
- All program areas and activities are subject to weather conditions.
Camp staff incorporate Girl Scout programming into outdoor programs or activities. Please review the Troop Camping Outcomes (PDF) for badge and patch steps your troop may work on during their session. Connect with your troop leaders to know what activities your troop got scheduled for so you can narrow down what steps your camper will work on.
View a sample Troop Camping schedule (PDF) for an example of what your schedule might look like.
For Troop Camping, we ask that youth are identified by what age level they will be going into in the fall school year. We have the Girl Scouts “bridge” over to the next age level so they can participate in more activities. For example, a fourth-grader can go kayaking on the lake, while a third-grader can only canoe; a sixth-grader can do hatchet throwing, while a fifth-grader cannot. These restrictions are due to Safety Activity Checkpoints and the progression built into the camp program.