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 Girl Scout All-States Encampments


Girl Scout All-States Encampments were held yearly from 1951 through 1968, held in several different states over the years. Like the Roundups, competition was high to be selected to attend an All-States, whether you were a Senior Girl Scout or an adult volunteer. Some years the camp was international with campers and volunteers from other countries, often using the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund to cover costs. The fee for the camp in 1960 was $85 and was borne by the Girl Scout. Often local councils would sponsor fundraisers to help cover the costs of attending camp.

 In 1958 Intermediate Girl Scouts who had experience in primitive camping were allowed to apply for All-States, but that was the only year known to allow the younger girls. It is not known how many girls who did attend in 1958 were Intermediate Girl Scouts and not Senior Girl Scouts.

Later on the term "camping laboratory" was used to explain the purpose of the camp, but in the early years no explanation was needed. The All-States Encampments began before the first Roundup. Having attended an All-States was a good thing to have on a Senior Girl Scout's application for a Roundup.

2 pin styles have been found for the All-States Encampments, one patch style and one flag style. The camps were uniformed that changed throughout the years.

See complete list of All-States Encampments below:

All State Encampment Pin
Thought to be the 2nd pin design
All states Encampment Pin
Thought to be the 1st pin design


All-States Encampment patch

 

A good overall explanation of the All-State Encampments:

 

Example of a creative fundraiser used to help send girls to the All-States Encampment as well as other programs.

 

Girl Scout All-State Encampment List - complete, dates and number of participants may vary.

July 31-August 21, 1951

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

90 Senior Girl Scouts selected



Uniform: Girl Scout Camp "Greenies"
 colored (likely red) tie
Sturdy shoes and socks


Husky Old Company, along with other oil dealers, paid the basic cost of the encampment.
July 30-August 20, 1952

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

96 Senior Girl Scouts selected

"2 Senior Girl Scouts from each state" -  at this time there were only 48 states.



Uniform: Girl Scout Camp "Greenies"
colored (likely red) tie
Sturdy shoes and socks


The official flag of the All-States Encampments was the outline of the United States with a cowboy/girl on a bucking bronco. "All States Encampment" on the top.

August 1 - 29,1953

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

Nearly 200 Senior Girl Scouts selected






Uniform:

White Crew hat with insignia
White short sleeve blouse with large green trefoil on L. pocket area
Tie - likely red
Green slacks
Sturdy shoes and socks




A special project of the 1953 All-States Encampment was that every Senior Girl Scout would collect soil samples for new antibiotic molds. Samples were sent to Lederle Laboratories, Pearl River, NY for further studies.


Husky Oil Company and an independent oil dealer covered the basic costs of operating the camp again.
August 11 - 27 ,1954

Shortened to 16 days
Possibly had 2 sessions, the dates shown here would have been for the second session. Couldn't find the dates of the 1st session if there was one.

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

101 Senior Girl Scouts selected

Uniform: same as 1953 except for the pocket. It now appears to be a large round patch.
(The Senior Interest Patches weren't introduced until 1955, but looks similar to it)



1st Session: July 25 - Aug 10, 1955
2nd Session: Aug 12-28, 1955

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY



   

August 1956
2nd Session: Aug 9-25, 1956

17 days

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

96 Senior Girl Scouts selected for each session





August 8 - 24, 1956

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

The tie of the uniform may have changed from the red tie noted in 1956, to the new green trefoil printed tie.  

July 30- Aug 12, 1958

Camp Osito-Rancho, Big Bear Lake, CA

August 17 - 30, 1958

Camp Tapawingo, Metamora, IL


Now open to older Intermediate Girl Scouts as well as Senior Girl Scouts and held in 2 locations.

This year Girl Scouts from Alaska, Hawaii and the Canal Zone were included in the
" 2 girls from each state"

Uniform:
White short sleeve blouse with trefoil ribbon on L pocket
Camp/Bolo tie
Green shorts
Green knee-highs
Sturdy shoes








August 15 - 29, 1959

Camp Archbald, Kingsley, PA

Experimental Camp focusing on water activities and fewer rules.



On the first day, the Camp Director established the first rule of the camp "Be considerate."

August 4 -14, 1960

Deschutes National Forest, OR
Base Camp was at Lake Todd

In cooperation and assistance from the U.S. Forest Service

First time Senior Girl Scouts were required to be qualified "Trail Blazers," denoting experience in primitive camping skills.


First time Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from other countries were sponsored by the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, to attend.






 Started August 8, 1961

Deschutes National Forest
Base Camp at Lake Todd

15 patrols of 7 girls each, went camping without adult supervision for a week. Each group was visited daily by a horse patrol for mail service. 2-way radios were stationed in convenient areas for emergencies.

3 Canadian Girl Guide Rangers also attended.


Theme: To Open Doors




Wouldn't you love to find a copy of this film?


August 12-29, 1962

Camp Tocanja, Twin Lakes, MI

The first of a 3-year plan to bring camping to more girls.



5 Regional All-States Encampments

Camp Shadowbrook, Conowingo, MD
August 10-26, 1963

Camp Wilcox, a branch of Camp Sky-Wa-Mo, Elizabethton, TN
June 20 - July 5, 1963
9 Projects

Camp Timber Tarn, Emigrant Gap, Woodland, CA
August 1-17, 1963

Camp River Ranch, Carnation, WA
August 11-27, 1963

Camp Tocanja, Twin Lakes, MI
August 12-28, 1963

2nd year of the 3-year plan to bring camping to more girls.





5 Regional All-States Encampments


Camp Shadowbrook, Conowingo, MD
August 16 - Sept. 1

Camp Wilcox, a branch of Camp Sky-Wa-Mo, Elizabethton, TN
June 19 - Jul 6, 1964

Camp Woodhaven, Redwood City, CA
August 10-26, 1964

Camp River Ranch, Carnation, WA
August 4, 27, 1964

Camp Tocanja, Twin Lakes, MI
August 6 - 24, 1964

3rd year of the 3-year plan to bring camping to more girls. It was supposed to have 12 regional All-States, but instead only had 5.

612 Girl Scouts attended
Apple Tree Group Camp, Nantahala National Forest, near Andrews, NC
August 9-27, 1965


In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service

105 Girl Scouts attended









Apple Tree Group Camp, Nantahala National Forest, near Andrews, NC
August 8 - 26, 1966

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service


 

Apple Tree Group Camp, Nantahala National Forest, near Andrews, NC
August 13-31, 1967


In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service





Boxwood State Forest, near Rowley, MA
August 7-23, 1968

First Co-ed camp.



Girl Scout National Center West, near Ten Sleep, WY

1969

The encampment was planned for the new property purchased by GSUSA, but never came to be.  




Source of information: Historical Record of Girl Scouting in Pierce County by Mrs. Robin Otis.

 Leader's Magazine April 1967, June 1967, November 1966. 

And The Fence Came Down by Maienchein & Neiler

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