It’s time to put away your electronics, put on your hiking boots, and join us for adventures in the outdoors! We know it’s hard to plan those one-of-a-kind adventures for your troop and/or girl, so leave the heavy lifting to us and check out these wonderful options. Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills are open from mid-August until mid-May for Outdoor Adventure programming. Activities at Camp Piedmont and travel activities can be requested all year!

Activity requests can be submitted with your property reservation through CouncilAlignMENT. Contact the adventure specialist for more information about activities and requests.

 

Outdoor Adventure Opportunities

  • Adventure Blast

    Let our facilitators help your girls ignite their troop spirit with a half day adventure program that includes a team adventure experience and two high challenge opportunities. You choose two depending on your location: Rock Climbing and Swing by Choice at Camp Holloway; High Challenge, Rock Climbing, Zip Line, or Flying Squirrel at Camp Sycamore Hills.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
     Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date: March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min: 8 | Max: 12
    Duration: 3 hours
    Fee: $30 per person

  • Archery

    Aim for the target and learn the basics of archery: proper stance, how to hold the bow, and how to nock an arrow.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    All Camps and Travel
    Date:
    Year-Round
    Min:
    8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
    1.5 hours
    Fee:
    $10 per person; $13 per person for travel request

    To request a travel program, fill out the 2019-2020 Travel Program Request Form.

  • Corcl

    What in the world is a Corcl? Splash around and paddle in this round boat. Use a kayak paddle to learn basic strokes to spin your Corcl, scull, and propel across the pool!

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May
    Min:
     6 | Max: 10
    Duration:
     2 hours
    Fee:
    $12 per person

  • Disc Golf

    This is not your typical 18-hole round of golf. Instead of using golf clubs and golf balls, disc golf players use golf discs (similar to Frisbees) and aim for a basket made of chains. Players with the fewest number of throws win. Come play for competition or just for fun!

    Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Piedmont
    Date:
    Year-Round
    Duration: 2 hours
    Fee:
    There is no charge and no facilitator needed! Equipment is available at the site or bring your own discs. Contact site manager for equipment.

  • Flying Squirrel

    This is a wonderful introductory activity to high challenge elements that involves participation of the entire group. The “flyer” begins on the ground and controls the height and speed as her team lifts her into the air.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Piedmont
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     2 hours
    Fee:
     $20 per person

  • Games and Initiatives

    Games and Initiatives is a fully facilitated program for groups of all sizes. Join us for a variety of games and group initiatives tailored to your age level and group needs. Games include ice-breakers, active games, and games that inspire “out of the box” thinking.

    Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    All Camps and Travel
    Date:
    Year-Round
    Min:
    8 | Max: 25
    Duration:
    1.5 hours
    Fee:
    $5 per person; $8 per person for travel request

    To request a travel program, fill out the 2019-2020 Travel Program Request Form.

  • High Challenge 1 and 2

    The high challenge course consists of obstacles 30 feet in the air. Participants experience three elements that promote trust, improve communication skills, and reinforce self-confidence. Girls enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they scale to new heights.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
    8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     2 hours
    Fee:
    $20 per person

  • Kayaking

    Kayaking is designed for participants with no previous or formal kayak instruction. The session includes dry land safety instruction and paddle time on the water.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    April 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – October 31 
    Min:
     4 | Max: 6
    Duration:
     1 hour
    Fee:
    $12 per person

  • Obstacle Course

    This adventure consists of a series of connected elements constructed of steel cables, ropes, and trees. It is a low course that’s perfect for Girl Scout Brownies and up. Participants maneuver their way through the course as individuals while being closely supervised by a team of spotters.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     6 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     1.5 hours
    Fee:
    $8 per person

  • Rappelling

    Take a step off the wild side as you explore new heights. Rappel down a rope using friction to safely control your rate of descent. Sites include a rock face at Camp Sycamore Hills and a tower at Camp Holloway with 20, 30, and 40 foot options.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     2.5 hours
    Fee:
    $20 per person

  • River Canoeing

    Suit up with a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and water shoes for this canoe program for participants with no previous or formal canoe experience. The session includes dry land safety instruction and paddle time on the water.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – October 31 
    Min:
     6 | Max: 12
    Duration:
    1.5 hours
    Fee:
    $8 per person

  • Rock Climbing

    Challenge yourself to climb the rock wall! Camp Sycamore Hills has a 26 foot wall and Camp Holloway has a 40 foot Promise Tower. Both walls have simulated rock and hand holds.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
    1.5 hours
    Fee:
    $20 per person

  • Swimming

    Come cool off in one of the pools at Camp Holloway or Camp Sycamore Hills. Girl Scout approved lifeguards must be on duty when the pool is in use. Groups are responsible for providing one watcher for every ten participants.

    Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    May, August, and September
    Min: 15
    Duration: 2 hours
    Fee:
    $6 per person

  • Swing By Choice

    Swing through the air like a superhero and experience the thrill and excitement of this high adventure program. The swing involves your entire troop and allows participants of all abilities access to a high adventure experience.

    Grade Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     2 hours
    Fee:
    $20 per person

  • Team Adventure

    Team Adventure consists of a series of low outdoor elements designed to develop team building, problem solving, cooperation, creativity, and communication skills. Troops work in a team to accomplish and solve a problem that is given by the facilitator at each element.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     2 hours
    Fee:
    $8 per person

  • Tree Climbing

    Get a bird’s eye view of camp by ascending into the canopy of our climbing tree. This self-belay system allows participants a safe and fun way to reach the highest branches. Ropes, harnesses, and helmets are used.

    Grade Level: Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
    Camp Holloway and Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     8 | Max: 12
    Duration:
     1.5 – 2 hours
    Fee:
    $20 per person

  • Wagon Ride

    Ride around Camp Sycamore Hills in the bed of a tractor pulled wagon. Note: There is no hay in the wagon. Book for 30 minutes without a cookout or 2 hours with a cookout. The cookout option includes a hot dog with chips, drinks, and s’mores for dessert.

    Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
    Location:
     Camp Sycamore Hills
    Date:
    March 1 – Mid-May | Mid-August – Mid-November
    Min:
     10 | Max: 15
    Duration: .5 – 2 hours
    Fee: $3 per person (30 minute ride); $10 per person (wagon ride with 2 hour cookout)

 

Outdoor Adventure Resources

  • Forms and Resources
  • Physical Restrictions

    Adventure Activities

    Several of the activities offered at our facilities utilize specialized equipment. This equipment is designed with the safety of the participant in mind and has manufacturers recommended limitations to minimize the risk of injury to the participant. In order to ensure that all participants are able to utilize equipment safely, the following weight limits must be strictly enforced:

    • High Challenge, Rappelling, Tree Climbing: 250 lbs
    • Zip line, Flying Squirrel, Swing By Choice: 250 lbs
    • Corcls®: 225 lbs

    In addition to these weight limits, supplied harnesses and equipment must fit properly and securely. Fit will be evaluated by the instructor/facilitator on site.

    Water Activities

    All participants utilizing watercraft (canoes, kayaks, and Corcls) on council properties are required to wear Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) at all times. Usage of watercraft is dependent on proper fit of supplied PFDs and will be evaluated by the instructor/facilitator on site.

  • Cancellation Policy
    • Any changes in your requested program numbers must be made 30 days prior to the date of your program, otherwise you are responsible for paying for the number on your request form. Schedule changes and refund requests must be in writing (mail, email, or fax).
    • Program fees are non-refundable 30 days prior the date of your program.
    • Outdoor adventure program fees will be fully refunded in the event of inclement weather if cancelled by the outdoor adventure manager. There will be no refunds if the program still runs and you choose not to participate.
    • In the event of inclement weather for horse programs, your program will be modified to run in the covered riding arena. Horse programs run rain or shine.

    To request a refund, please follow the guidelines below:

    • Submit the request with explanation in writing and mail to:
      Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
      Attn: Outdoor Adventure Specialist
      4522 Granny White Pike Nashville, TN 37204
    • Or fax to (615) 460-0213
    • Or email Lanny Brown at lbrown@gsmidtn.org

    NOTE: If you do not receive a response within two business days confirming receipt of your email and your request is under consideration, please contact Lanny Brown at (615) 460-0213.