Storm Cleanup at Camp Arrowhead

Camp Arrowhead made the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington blog with a slideshow of people cleaning up storm damage. Yes, there was a lot of storm damage this year, but don’t worry, it’s all being taken care of.

There are still spaces open for resident camp this year if you know anyone who would like to sign up!


Are You Signed Up for Resident Camp 2011?

It’s hard to believe, but resident camp starts in just a few short weeks! My three daughters are all signed up for Camp Arrowhead this year; one for Challenge Yourself Outdoors, one for It’s Great To Be a Girl, and one for the special Daisy Day. There are still spaces available, though! You can view the resident camp brochure and register online at

Camp Arrowhead’s Open House is on June 25 from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome to tour the camp and meet the staff!

New this year: Women’s Own, a Girl Scout camp session for adults! It will be held August 26-28, and is $185 for the weekend. Activities will include canoeing, wine tours, massage, campfires and s’mores, yoga, climbing wall and more. This program is also a fundraiser to provide campership funds for girls in need, so if you can’t attend, please consider making a donation toward camperships anyway!

2011 Registration Is Open

If you’re ready to register for summer resident camp, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington is now accepting registrations for summer 2011! Visit the resident camp page to view the brochure and register online.

Summer Season Ends at Camp Arrowhead

I’ve spent two “weekends” at Camp Arrowhead this summer, one with each of my older daughters, and both were excellent. I’m sorry to see the season end, and I’m sure the staff is, too.

The staff, by the way, is wonderful — from camp director Sprout to all of the counselors and kitchen staff. They obviously love children, and their enthusiasm makes everything fun, even doing kapers and attending flag ceremonies!

This past session was the Sals and Pals and Troop Camping session. We had four troops and eight Sal/Pal pairs in camp. We got to sample a bit of almost everything Camp Arrowhead has to offer — climbing Wind Mountain, hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts, games, the climbing wall, campfires, and S’mores. Canoers got to see turtles, tadpoles, and some interesting-looking freshwater sponges. Oh, and some of us went stargazing Friday night, which was an excellent night for watching the stars. From Camp Arrowhead, you can actually see the Milky Way, and we saw several shooting stars.

I thoroughly enjoyed spending one-on-one time with my daughter. Moms often don’t get a chance to just relax and have fun, and that’s really what you get to do at Sals and Pals. I wish I could take my youngest, too, but she’s only three!

I’m putting up more pictures on the photo page, both from our troop camping session earlier in the season, and from the Sals and Pals session.

If you didn’t get to go to Camp Arrowhead this year, be sure to look for a brochure next year and sign up early!

Registration Updates — Additional Troop Camping, Sals and Pals

From Resident Camp Committee Chair Kari Rothi:

Changes to Camp Arrowhead summer schedule
Help us spread the word to the girls in your troops and VISTAs

Unfortunately, 3rd Session has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
We are doing our best to accomodate the few girls who were interested
in third session with their 2nd or 3rd choice options. If you
registered your child online and were not able to record a 2nd or 3rd
choice option, please contact the council office to make your wishes
known. Council staff will also be attempting to contact parents
regardingn their wishes. Third session campers who cannot be
accomodated will have their registration deposit refunded.

Another SALS & PALS session Added!
We’ve heard from a number of leaders and parents that they would be
interested in attending a Sals & Pals session, but that they can only
make that work on a weekend. So to try and accomodate as many people
as possible, we are opening up another Sals & Pals session for the
weekend of August 8-10. You can come up to camp after work on Friday
and be home by mid-afternoon on Sunday. As with the previously
scheduled Sals & Pals session, the cost will be $110 for each
adult/girl pair.

If the girls in your troop would like to experience Camp Arrowhead,
but are either unable to come during the sessions scheduled or feel
nervous about coming as individual campers, then troop camping may be
the way to go this summer. The Camp Committee has decided to open up
unused resident camp space for troop camping. Troops can now choose
the exact dates and duration of their stay, while still taking
advantage of all the program options and meal service available to
our regular resident camp campers. Troops need to provide their own
transportation and enough adults to meet Safetywise girl:adult
supervision ratios. Cost is $30 per person, per night. When your
troop gets to camp, the leader will work with the program director to
schedule what your girls want to do while they are at camp. If your
troop wants to cookout, that’s okay too. Food that is commonly
available at camp (including supplies for s’mores) can be ordered
from the kitchen. You can also request assistance from camp staff
members for leadership during the cookout. Specialty items will need
to be brought with you. If you have any questions or concerns,
contact either Leah Kalish ( or Tanya
Tulloch ( at the council office.

You can also email me with any questions!
Kari Rothi
Resident Camp Committee Chair

Scheduling Updates — Still more space!

Based on current enrollment, some programs have been cancelled, but resident camp will still be held throughout the summer.  Session 3 is the only session that has been cancelled entirely, with the exception of troop camping.  Troops are welcome to sign up for any time during the summer; food, lodging, and a small core staff will be provided.

If you are still planning to register for camp, you can check the online registration system to see if the program(s) you are interested are still available.  There’s still plenty of room!

Summer Camp for ALL Girls

Don’t forget, Girl Scout camp is for ALL girls, not just current Girl Scouts. If you or someone you know are interested in spending part of the summer outdoors, in the Columbia River Gorge, with activities like rock wall climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, canoeing, arts and crafts, and nature study, sign up! Non-Girl Scouts pay an extra $10 — that’s it!