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About Our Camps

Your next adventure is waiting for you at one of our camps!

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Each of our camps can be used for troop camping, day camping, various outdoor program education opportunities, meetings, and trainings. They provide a great environment for learning and exploration in a tranquil natural environment. We have camps in Anne Arundel, Howard and Cecil Counties. For more information about what each camp offers and which location best serves your needs, please check out our Guide to Council Properties

If you would like to use the waterfront and if you need waterfron equipment, please fill out this form.

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Lookig for Summer Camp? Visit our Resident Camp Page!

Camp Conowingo | Conowingo, MD

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About

Camp Conowingo is 600 acres of forest and fields adjacent to the Susquehanna River in Conowingo, Cecil County, Maryland. The property is composed of nine parcels acquired by Girl Scouts of Central Maryland between 1955 and 1973, including Bell Manor, a historic Victorian home from the 1860s which is currently being renovated to return it to its original 1867 charm. Camp Conowingo is the home of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s summer Resident Camp Program.

Bell Manor Mansion

Bell Manor is a mid-nineteenth century house with qualities and structure of Italianate architecture, circa 1868, that offered girls an alternative to the rustic lodges and cabins and allowed them the opportunity to experience life in the Victorian era of the 1800s. Bell Manor has undergone renovations over the past several years and is host to several annual programs including a Bell Manor Tea and the Old Fashioned Harvest Festival.

Private Events at Bell Manor

Receptive to Receptions
Bell Manor Mansion is a charming gathering space for small business groups, intimate banquets, dinners and parties. The historic renovations capture the charm of an era long past but allow visitors to create a theme relevant to the occasion. This facility can accommodate up to 100 people for a cocktail-like setting or 75 seated at tables. Groups can prepare a meal in the mansion’s commercial kitchen or provide a catered meal. A sound system and podium are available.

A great venue for your intimate wedding
For smaller weddings historic Bell Manor Mansion is a perfect fit. Elegant country manors are among the venues where a bride and groom can hold their wedding ceremony and reception while enjoying a beautiful setting that is just the right size for celebrating with family and good friends. In lieu of vast ballrooms and halls smaller locations provide a variety of unique spaces from which the wedding event can unfold. The historic 1860s James Bell Manor House is an architectural landmark from the gilded age. Couples often tie the knot in the Hemlock Knolls Park and gardens, and then take a ceremonial walk to the Bell Manor House for their reception. Guests can take guided private tours of the house in between the ceremony and reception, all while taking in magnificent views of the peaceful Susquehanna River.

Reconnect with Nature
Tucked among the oak and hickory trees are cabins and tents for group meetings and camping. Beautiful Bell Manor House, a late-eighteen sixties mansion with qualities and structure of Italianate architecture, provides an elegant alternative to the rustic cabins and provides meeting and dining space for intimate gatherings.

Most of Camp Conowingo facilities are available April through October. The Bell Manor House is available year-round. Perfect for day or overnight events, the facilities at Camp Conowingo offer a range of overnight camping options that include rustic platform tents, yurts and cabins. A large air conditioned dining hall, with adjacent swimming pool and bathrooms, provides an excellent venue for company meetings and picnics and school and youth group outings. An additional cooking facility is located within the woods located near Bell Manor Mansion.

Your group can experience many activities while at Camp Conowingo. Businesses and groups can engage in team-building activities—high and low ropes challenges, geo-caching and rock-wall climbing. A small paddling pond can be explored in a canoe. If exploring on your own try the hiking trails that wind throughout the camp grounds or take a relaxing ride on horseback, you can also test your aim at the archery range. These activities are dependent on trained staff and/or volunteer availability.

Map and Facilities

Facilities at a glance:

  • Four year-around lodges and seven seasonal units
  • Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center
  • Conowingo Creek and small pond for fishing and ecology study
  • Tennis/all-purpose court
  • Hiking and Nature Trails
  • Swimming Pool (available during Resident Camp)
  • High Ropes and Low Ropes Courses
  • Bell Manor
  • Two commercial kitchens (Dining Hall & Friendship Circles)

View Camp Conowingo’s map and learn more about its facilities

For more information about what each camp offers and which location best serves your needs, please check out our Guide to Council Properties.

Make a Reservation

Campsites, lodges and Bell Manor Mansion are available for rental at Camp Conowingo.

Click here to search availability and make a reservation!

If you would prefer a paper form, click here.

Campsites are also available to non-GSCM groups. Please contact our Membercare team, at membercare@gscm.org or by telephone at 410.358.9711 for rates and reservations.

To reserve a site for Service Unit encampments and other special events (weekend use only),   click here to complete the online form.

Note: Campsites are available from 4:00pm to 12:00pm. If you wish to make a reservation for a different time window, please contact us.

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Camp Ilchester | Ellicott City, MD

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About

Camp Ilchester, located in Ellicott City, Maryland provides multiple opportunities for program activities, camping and meetings. This 19-acre site is home to the Clementine Peterson Activity Center, the perfect venue for meetings, seminars, training and indoor programs with its large meeting rooms and commercial kitchen.

Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center

The Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center is a unique haven for nature lovers, conveniently situated in the heart of central Maryland with locations at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Camp Ilchester and Camp Conowingo. The mission of the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center is to instill an awareness and appreciation of nature and the out of doors through education, and to promote environmental stewardship with a commitment to using resources wisely, preserving wildlife habitat, and making the world a better place.

The Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center was founded in memory of Caitlin Dunbar (March 9, 1989 – December 28, 2004) a special Girl Scout of Central Maryland who loved nature and the outdoors. In honor of Caitlin’s memory, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and numerous friends opened the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center at Camp Conowingo on June 18, 2006 and the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center at Camp Ilchester on March 9, 2008. Located on 19 acres of natural woods, the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center in Ellicott City is home to wildlife both inside the Clementine Peterson Activity Center and outdoors in the wild.

The Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center offers a variety of nature programs for school and Girl Scout groups, families and friends of nature of all ages!

Nature Program Workshops
Have a nature-oriented badge you’d like to work on? Maybe even from another council? Not sure where to begin? Let the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center help you out! Nature Program Workshops can be scheduled by appointment any day after school (Many troops replace their normal troop meeting date and meet at Camp Ilchester instead of their normal meeting place) or available weekends, at any GSCM Camp Property or other suitable area.

Nature Tours
Visit our Nature Center and pet our Corn and Eastern King Snakes, see a Tarantula close up, watch how a bee colony makes honey and take a walk outside on our nature trail! Nature Tours can be scheduled by appointment any day after school (Many troops replace their normal troop meeting date and meet at Ilchester instead of their normal meeting place) or available weekends.

To arrange a Nature Tour or Program Workshop, contact Nature Specialist, Billy “Box Turtle” Heinbuch at 443.740.0639 or boxturtle@gscm.org.

Give us your feedback!
Have you recently participated in a Nature Program at the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center? Let us know about your experience! Email communications@gscm.org with pictures, stories and comments!

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Map and Facilities

Facilities at a glance:

  • One year-round lodge
  • Clementine Peterson Activity Center and the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Primitive camping site
  • Two day sites

View Camp Ilchester’s map and learn more about its facilities

For more information about what each camp offers and which location best serves your needs, please check out our Guide to Council Properties.

Make a Reservation

Campsites and the Clementine Peterson Activity Center are available for rental at Camp Ilchester. 

Click here to search availability and make a reservation!

If you would prefer a paper form, click here.

Campsites are also available to non-GSCM groups. Please contact our Membercare team, at membercare@gscm.org or by telephone at 410.358.9711 for rates and reservations.

To reserve a site for Service Unit encampments and other special events (weekend use only),   click here to complete the online form.

Note: Campsites are available from 4:00pm to 12:00pm. If you wish to make a reservation for a different time window, please contact us.

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Camp Whippoorwill | Pasadena, MD

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About

Camp Whippoorwill has been a favorite of Girl Scout troops for almost eighty years. Located on the Magothy River in Pasadena, Maryland, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay, this 19 acre wooded site has much to offer.

Map and Facilities

Facilities at a glance:

  • One winterized lodge
  • Six seasonal units
  • Waterfront access
  • Boat house (canoes & kayaks are available with prior approval)
  • Concrete volleyball courts

View Camp Whippoorwill’s map and learn more about its facilities

For more information about what each camp offers and which location best serves your needs, please check out our Guide to Council Properties.

Make a Reservation
Click here to search availability and make a reservation!

If you would prefer a paper form, click here.

If you would like to use the waterfront/if you need waterfron equipment, please fill out this form.

Campsites are also available to non-GSCM groups. Please contact our Membercare team, at membercare@gscm.org or by telephone at 410.358.9711 for rates and reservations.

To reserve a site for Service Unit encampments and other special events (weekend use only),   click here to complete the online form.

Note: Campsites are available from 4:00pm to 12:00pm. If you wish to make a reservation for a different time window, please contact us.

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Camp Woodlands | Annapolis, MD

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About

Camp Woodlands is a 34-acre site located on Broad Creek which after joining South River, flows into the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland. Camp Woodlands is home to the nationally acclaimed TeePee (Lamb’s Lodge), a 12-sided polygon with a central fireplace received an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects in 1954. Visit our Lamb’s Lodge page to learn more about the renovation of this facility.

Lamb's Lodge

In the early 1950s, the teepee at Girl Scouts’ Camp Woodlands was conceived and built by a team of volunteers that included the Anne Arundel County Girl Scouts Council, the Naval Academy Math Department, and numerous Girl Scouts and their families.

For young architect Charles Lamb, just out of college and working at a new architectural firm later to be known as RTKL, it was a family affair. By 1950, both of his parents, Reginald C. and Ruby M. Lamb, were serving on the Camp Council, and his mother, who was the current Commissioner, broached with him the idea of donating his abilities. Sadly, neither parent survived long enough to see the teepee through to its completion, nor did they see their son receive the 1954 AIA Certificate of Merit for its design. In recognition of his parent’s contributions to the Girl Scouts they went on to name the building after them at its dedication ceremony in May 1954. Click the lamblodge.org button below to read the full story.

Inspiration for the conical, circular design was taken from the Girl Scout custom of grace before meals, and taps in the evening. At those times they’d gather in a circle, holding hands and singing. The central fireplace offered 360 degrees of visibility.

The challenge of building a lodge to accommodate 100 Girl Scouts at the dawn of the Baby Boom with volunteer manpower and limited funds netted a result that exceeded expectations. And now, almost sixty years later, it is poised to be included in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Map and Facilities

Facilities at a glance:

  • Two year around lodge, one seasonal lodge
  • Program center
  • Four seasonal units
  • Waterfront access
  • Nature trails
  • Friendship Knot (small raised stage in the woods)

View Camp Woodlands’ map and learn more about its facilities

For more information about what each camp offers and which location best serves your needs, please check out our Guide to Council Properties.

Make a Reservation

Campsites and lodges are available for rental at Camp Woodlands.

Click here to search availability and make a reservation!

If you would prefer a paper form, click here.

If you would like to use the waterfront/if you need waterfron equipment, please fill out this form.

Campsites are also available to non-GSCM groups. Please contact our Membercare team, at membercare@gscm.org or by telephone at 410.358.9711 for rates and reservations.

To reserve a site for Service Unit encampments and other special events (weekend use only),   click here to complete the online form.

Note: Campsites are available from 4:00pm to 12:00pm. If you wish to make a reservation for a different time window, please contact us.