PIPER VALLEY is an outdoor experience for registered Girl Scouts (entering 5th grade this Fall and older) in the southern Twin Cities areas of the Girl Scout Council of Minnesota & Wisconsin River Valleys.
In celebrating outdoor camping skills, ALL meal preparation and cooking are entirely outdoors. Troops share fire pits and picnic tables. Program includes activities in nature, sports, outdoor skills, and crafts. Meet other Scouts with similar interests, and have fun!
Piper Valley Encampment originated in 1967, and is named after the theme of a GSA recruitment campaign. The “Follow the Piper” slogan when put to music was sung by Debbie Reynolds.
Submit a Memory!
To celebrate 50 Years of the Piper Valley encampment, we're inviting former Girl Scouts & Leaders to share their favorite Piper Valley stories and photos. We'll share them at our "50 Years at Piper Valley" celebration on Saturday, September 16.
September 15-17, 2017 is our 50th ANNIVERSARY!!!
Facilities range from semi-primitive to modern. The property has water, latrines and emergency phones. Refrigeration is available only to those troops who are in Agnes Ober, Mary Randall & Norgaard facilities. Free ice is available to all starting on Saturday morning. Most troops bring bottled water, as the water from outdoor faucets is not too tasty.
TRAINED VOLUNTEERS: Every troop must have a minimum of two adults with their troop throughout the Piper weekend. First-time troop leaders must attend a spring meeting while all new & returning leaders must attend a mandatory August meeting for final Piper planning. Refer to our Leader Planning Meetings page for dates, times, and more info.
Each troop must have an adult onsite that has been certified in one of the following:
Building or Cabin = Outdoor B or Girls Cook Out; Tenting = ABC or Girls Sleep Out. Every troop needs Cook Out.
Check the Adult Training Opportunities or call Council for training information.
CAMPSITES: Click here to open a PDF document and preview our campsite options, along with information about each site’s sleeping capacity, electricity, etc.
COOKING: There will be NO INDOOR COOKING. If we learn that you have been cooking indoors, you will be asked to leave. Troops share cooking area, fire scars and picnic tables. Firewood is available at camp; suggest troops bring their own fire starters.
CONTESTS: In addition to many crafts & activities, these contests also happen at Piper: Outdoor Cooking, Swaps, Medallion Hunt, Lip Sync, Camp Challenge, and much more.