What is Resident Camp?
Resident camp is what we call sleepaway camp. It gives you the opportunity to get away from your normal, everyday life. You’ll make new friends, try new things, and have a lot of fun, all while gaining independence and building character within a safe and supportive environment.
Camp Molly Lauman is in Scioto County, in southern Ohio. We’ve been running Girl Scout summer camps there since 1929, so we have a rich heritage of encouraging girls to try new things, practice new found skills, and make lifelong memories. We want you to have a positive experience learning more about yourself and becoming comfortable in the outdoors.
Camp Molly Lauman offers programs for girls who have completed grades K–12, regardless of whether or not you are a registered Girl Scout (if you’re not a Girl Scout, all you need to do is pay an extra $15 membership fee). We offer programs for all interests—traditional camps, like swimming, arts, and horseback riding, and specialized camps, like crime solving, cooking, superhero training, spa camps, and camps based on some of your favorite books. Most girls come to camp by themselves, but you can sign up to bunk with one of your friends, too.
We encourage you to talk to your parents/adults when deciding on a resident camp session. Resident camp is most successful when adults and girls make a decision jointly, taking the expectations of both into careful consideration.
We know you’ll have the experience of a lifetime exploring the woods, trying new activities, and making new friends. We hope you will join us this summer as we build girls of courage, confidence, and character at camp!
What’s the Camp Like?
Camp Molly Lauman is located on 173 wooded acres in Lucasville, Ohio. The camp features a modern, air-conditioned dining hall, a 25-meter pool with diving board and overhanging climbing wall, equestrian facilities with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, craft and nature cabins, and a brand-new amphitheater and stage for campfire programs.
Curious about what it’s like to camp at Camp Molly Lauman? You’re not the only one! Here are the answers to some of our most frequent camp questions:
- You’ll stay in platform tents, cabins, or yurts with 3–7 other girls your own age who have signed up for the same program. Staff members stay close by in their own living quarters.
- Most campers stay in platform tents, so unless the program description says otherwise, plan on being in a tent.
- Platform tents are heavy canvas structures with wooden floors and beds with mattresses. Open flaps allow for light and ventilation. Each tent sleeps four girls.
- A yurt is a really cool round tent. It sleeps eight girls in bunk beds. The yurts have ceiling fans and lights.
- Our cabins have doors and screened windows. The cabins have lights and each girl has her own set of shelves for storage. Each cabin sleeps four girls.
- Staff members check on girls at night to make sure that they are settling down well. Often they’ll read younger girls stories or sing them to sleep. At night, staff members are always within earshot if they are needed.
- Latrines and washstands are close to all sleeping quarters. A central shower house is available for all girls to use.
- Indoor shelter is readily available during severe storms.
- Most meals are served family style in the camp dining hall.
- Meals are kid-friendly and healthy. Typical dinners include spaghetti, tacos, and hand breaded chicken fingers. Typical lunches include a baked potato bar, hamburgers, and sandwiches with soup.
- Our salad bar is available at all meals. At breakfast, it’ll have things like cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit, and granola. At lunch and dinner, it’ll have all sorts of salad fixings, pasta and/or fruit salads, as well as extras from previous meals.
- We prepare many dishes from scratch and use fresh produce from our own garden.
- We also do campfire cookouts where you’ll help plan and prepare your meals. Girls staying for five nights will have at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner cookout.
- We can accommodate vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets, as well as many common allergies.
What Campers Get to Do
We offer programs for all ages and interests. Whether you’re into horseback riding, sports, books, cooking, crafts, or crime solving, you’ll find something fun at Camp Molly Lauman. Check out the camps that we’re offering for your age!
In addition to the activities listed in your specific program description ALL campers will get to:
- Help plan their group’s schedule
- Swim (every full day at camp)
- Make 1-2 art/craft projects
- Explore their nature world with our staff naturalist and/or garden specialist
- Play games and sing songs
- Plan a cookout (1 for 3-day camps, 3 for 6-day camps)
- Work on badge and award requirements
- Participate in all-camp activities like campfire programs and large group games
- Have free time (every full day at camp)
Girls will work together with their camp counselors to plan their schedule for the week. While some activities have age-level restrictions, this is a sampling of what else you could decide to do while at camp:
- Test your aim with target sports like slingshots, archery, or hatchet throwing
- Play games like gaga, disc golf, or 9-square
- Go on a treasure hunts like letterboxing, geocaching, or orienteering
- Have some nighttime fun stargazing, going on night hikes, and playing glow-in-the-dark games
- Have an outdoor adventure like canoeing, hiking, or going to the challenge course
- Test your focus and coordination with slacklining or yoga
- Watch an outdoor movie and sleep out afterwards
Bring a Buddy!
Why not bring a buddy with your to camp! If you’re a little unsure about going away for a week by yourself, having a buddy can help you ease into camp life. Coming to camp with your bestie means you’ll have tons of shared experiences to laugh and reminisce about for months after camp. And introducing a friend to camp means seasoned campers share the fun… even if they are brave enough to come to camp on their own.
You can request ONE buddy to bunk with during your time at camp. Requests for multiple buddies will not be honored. To be bunk buddies, you and your friend must be registered for the same program and you both must request each other by name, not troop number.
In case you’re wondering why you can’t have more than one buddy, most campers stay in four-person tents or cabins. We do not allow groups of three to request each other, because that would leave one girl in your tent/cabin who doesn’t know everyone else, which can be difficult for her. (Think how you’d feel if you didn’t get the inside jokes of your bunkmates.) We do not allow groups of four to request each other because this discourages making new friends at camp.
But don’t worry if you have more than one friend coming to camp with you! Buddies sleep in the same tent or cabin, but you’ll have a million other opportunities to hang out with all your friends (old and new). At swim time, meal time, and just about all of the activities that you’ll get to participate in, you’re free to hang out with anyone in your group.
Most girls come to camp on their own, without a buddy, so don’t be nervous about not knowing anyone. There will be tons of girls just like you who are eager to make new friends!
Camp Molly Lauman is accredited by the American Camp Association.