Paula Bunyan

Paula Bunyan Encamporee

Paula Bunyan is the Encamporee for our Service Unit’s teen scout troops: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This is their weekend to be outdoor campers where they get to see friends from other SU 245 troops they know from summer camp, sports, church, or school. We leaders get to mix and mingle too!

A great benefit is that troops can buddy up for adult coverage, IRMS can be adopted by a Troop for the weekend, gear can be shared, and it is great to have many very experienced leaders on hand. Troops bring their own camping & kitchen gear and usually do all their own cooking.

Activities: This is a cooperative event—all adults participate in putting it on. We can only offer activities if we have adults to lead them! In the past, we have offered several daylong activity options and some half-day activity options.  Scouts sign up individually, not by troop. Leaders not running an activity help the others.

Leader lead activities have included: Advanced outdoor cooking, biking, hiking, fire building, camp tools, super cool craft projects…..sometimes we have gone with professional vendors/paid GSWW staff for things like horseback riding, rope courses, archery, zip lining, and climbing walls.

Other traditions we have enjoyed at past Paula Bunyan Encamporee:  Saturday Dinner Dutch Oven Potluck, Wide Games, Saturday Campfire Program, Outdoor service project….fun…laughter…

Costs: Are determined by where we camp, what activities are chosen; plus the usual (food and transportation) for a troop camping weekend. 

Location: Past ones include Girl Scout camps, State Parks, and other Youth Organization camps. 

Accommodations: Sometimes tents, sometimes open air cabins, pretty much not indoor electric….

Come outside and camp with us!! Have Questions???  Contact Ellen Govan at gsyayahikers@gmail.com