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!

September 21-23, 2018

WHERE: Camp Lakamaga in Marine on St. Croix, MN. Click here for directions.

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.

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.

Spring Leader Meeting

The last spring Piper Valley meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 1-3pm at at Streetz American Grill in Bloomington off 35W at 98th Street. Click here for directions.

Share Your Piper Memory!

Have a favorite memory or photo from Piper Valley? Please share it with us!

Click here to open a PDF document and preview our campsite options, along with miscellaneous information about each site’s sleeping capacity, electricity, etc

COOKING: Their will be NO INDOOR COOKING. If it is brought to our attention that you have been cooking indoors, you will be asked to leave and not invited back! Troops will be SHARING cooking area and fire scars and picnic tables. Firewood is available at camp and troop should bring their own kindling and fire starters.

Other Fun Facts:  The following contests go on throughout Saturday: Outdoor Cooking Contest,  Swaps,  Medallion Hunt, Lip Sync contest and much  more.  Criteria will be discussed at BOTH mandatory meetings.