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Girl Scout Camp - Iowa


Camp of the Hills
Stone Park, Sioux City,  IA
1924 - 1977
Units: Sleepy Hollow, Trail's End
now Stone State Park

The story of the Traveling Cabin

In the 1800's, J. L. Kennedy built a log cabin
for his servant. In 1921 his estate gave the
cabin to the Girl Scouts for their
Camp of the Hills, in Stone Park, Sioux City.
The cabin was used as an office, lodge and
headquarters for the camp.
In 1982 the cabin was moved again
to Camp Joy Hollow.
In 2004 the cabin moved yet again,
to the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, 
where is stands today.

This 1800's era cabin is seen in the 
background of the 1955 Staff photo shown top.

Camp Cardinal
16 miles south of Iowa City, IA
near River Junction

Camp Christie
Charles City, IA

Camp Conestoga
4415 295th St, New Liberty, IA
340 acres

Camp Crystal
Rotary Scout Beach, Le Mars, IA

Camp Daybreak
Coralsville Reservoir, near North Liberty, IA

Girl Scout Day Camp at Faunce's Woods
about 7 miles south of Red Oak, IA
5 year leased agreement with Mrs. Bertha Faunce.

Camp Gaywood
South shore of Clear Lake, IA
9.3 acres


Camp Hantesa

Camp Fire Girl property
Ledges Park, near Boone, IA
Units: Cedar Sleepaway, Burr Oak Bungalow, Oak View, Hummingbird Perch
Sleepy Hollow, Maple Nut Hut

Either the Girl Scouts rented the site for a couple weeks,
or the newspaper got it wrong. Further research finds it really
was a Camp Fire Girl camp.

Camp Heyata
Jaynesville, IA

Camp Ingawanis
near Waverly, IA
BSA property

Camp Joy Hollow
near Westfield, IA
The Joy Hollow area was well known to equestrians before the land was purchased by the Girl Scouts.


Camp Juliette #1
3 acres
Leased - Lee Osgood's property

Camp Juliette #2
1802 Campbell Dr., Marshalltown, IA
Crellin Grove
27 acres
Donated by Miss Grace Crellin in memory of her parents.

Camp Lakota
near Dayton, IA
175 acres

  Camp Little Cloud
Epworth, IA
155 acres

Camp L-Kee-Ta
near Danville, IA
Land donated by the Burlington Elks


Camp Ma-Ha-Da
Overman Park, Cedar Falls, IA

Girl Scout Camp at Midriver
Midriver, IA

Camp Mitigwa
Boone, IA
BSA property
Girl Scouts used Camp Mitigwa in the earliest days of camping in Iowa.

Camp Miss-Elk-Ton
30711 396th Ave, Bellevue, IA
39 acres
Sold to the county in the 1980s, currently a county campground & park.

Camp Moingona
15 miles northwest of Des Moines, IA

Camp Neyati
20405 Barres Road, Glenwood, IA
1969 - 2008
280 acres

Girl Scout Camp at Okomanpado Park
Tuttle Lake, IA

Girl Scout Day Camp at Prospect Park
Davenport, IA

Girl Scout Camp at Camp Roosevelt
Clear Lake, Ventura Heights,  IA
BSA property

Camp Sacajawea
Boone, IA


Camp Strother

Eldon, IA

Part of the Caravan Trails GS Council


Camp Tahigwa
22  miles northwest of Decorah, IA
Originally 275 acres
Tahigwa means "at peace"

This anniversary of the first camping
events at the camp. It was actually
purchased in 1965.

Camp Tanglefoot
Clear Lake, IA

Camp Wakonda
BSA property

Camp Wapello
Lake Wapello, IA

Camp Wapicada
near Independence, IA
no further information found

Thank you Katie for locating the likely home of this camp!!!!

I believe that Camp Wapicada near Independence is, today, the Pine Creek Wildlife Area near Quasqueton.  Compare these resources…

The land was donated to the Girl Scouts, used for primitive camping and then donated to Buchanan County.  If you look on Google maps, the Pine Creek Wildlife Area is even located on "Girl Scout Boulevard."  



Camp Wa-Shawtee
Hamburg, IA
Formal Dedication April 18, 1971

Whalen Cabin
Phelps Park, Decorah, IA

Camp Whip-Poor-Will
Iowa River, Iowa City, IA

Girl Scout Camp at Wildcat Canyon
Iowa River, near Eldora, IA

Camp Wildrose
Iowa Baptist Assembly Grounds

Camp Wildwood
Council Bluffs, IA