Girl Scout Camps on U.S. Territories
Panama Canal Zone Girl Scout Camps
Although Girl Scouts were known to be in the Panama Canal Zone as early as
the 1920s, the first official council was not organized until 1934. Camping,
of course, was part of the program! The first known camp was Camp Harriet
Morrow at the Madden Dam area, but during World War II and after, camping
was restricted to US military areas. Later camping was opened up to other
areas. The population of GSUSA was never very high and they often worked the
two other Girl Scouting organizations in the area; International Girl Scouts
of the Canal Zone and Muschachas Guias de Panama
. There were
GSUSA "Little Houses" in Gamboa, Gatun, Ancon, Pedro Miguel, Dialilo, and
Balboa and it is quite possible the day camps, overnight camps and such
happened at these Little Houses.
When the Panama Canal Zone was
returned to Panama's control, GSUSA sadly bid goodbye to their international
Panama Canal Zone
The 1962 Canal Zone Postage Stamp used Camp Chagres as an
inspiration for the background design.
GSUSA shared Camp Chagres with the BSA, who developed more patches
for the camp than GSUSA.
The campsite was located in the Chagres National Park.
Gatun, Panama Canal Zone
Camp Harriet Morrow
CZ stands for Canal Zone.
This article shows the interaction with
the International Girl Scouts of the Canal Zone
and Muschachas Guias de Panama, the two other
Girl Scouting organizations in the area.
Madden Dam, Panama Canal Zone
First official campsite for GSUSA in the area.
Brochure cover is from 1938
Fort Kobbe/Kobbe School
When camping locations were restricted during World War II and after, GSUSA
used various military sites to bring camping to the girls.
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