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.

 

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. Some years the camp was international with campers and volunteers from other countries, often using the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund to cover costs.

 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/resume' 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 with styles that changed throughout the years.

Husky Oil Company, with other oil dealers were big financial backers for the Girl Scout All-States Encampment in the early days.

1951 - July 31 - August 21, 1951

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp (BSA)

Shoshone National Forest

Cody, Wyoming

90 Girl Scouts

Uniform: Girl Scout "Greenies",

colored tie (likely red), study shoes & socks

Good overall view of the All-States Encampments

Splendid example of true Girl Scout spirit! When faced with a problem - jump in and be part of the solution!!!

1952- July 30 - August 20, 1952

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp (BSA)

Shoshone National Forest

Cody, Wyoming

96 Girl Scouts, 2 from each state (there were only 48 states at this time)

Uniform: Girl Scout "Greenies",

colored tie (likely red), study shoes & socks

The only image I could find of the official All-States Encampment Flag - outline of America with a cowboy/girl on a bucking bronco, "All-States Encampment" on top. Colors unknown.

1953 - August 1 - 29, 1953

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp (BSA)

Shoshone National Forest

Cody, Wyoming

Nearly 200 Girl Scouts

Uniform:

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

This All-States Encampment had a 

special project - collecting soil samples for

Lederle Laboratory of Pearl River, NY 

in the world-wide hunt for

new sources of molds for new medicines. 

Newspapers loved photos of local girls at camp, in camp uniform, collecting soil samples.

1954 - July 24 - August 9 OR August 11 - 27, 1954


Shortened to 16 days
2 sessions

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Wapiti, WY (not sure of the name change for the camp or the location,

some newspapers used the same Shoshone National Forest, Cody, WY location)

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)

1955 - July 21 - August 10, 1955 OR August 12 - 28, 1955

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp (BSA)

Shoshone National Forest

Cody, Wyoming

1956 - August 9-25, 1956

Buffalo Bill Youth Camp, Shoshone National Forest, WY

96 Senior Girl Scouts 

1957 - August 8 - 24, 1957

Buffalo Bill Scout Camp (BSA)

Shoshone National Forest

Cody, Wyoming

About 113 Girl Scouts,

including American Girl Scouts from the Panama Canal Zone

1958:

July 30 - August 12, 1958, Camp Osito-Rancho, Big Bear Lake, CA

August 17 - 30, 1958, Camp Tapawingo, Metemora, 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-high socks

Sturdy shoes

1959 - August 15 - 29, 1959

 

Girl Scout Camp Archbald,

Lake Ely, Scranton, PA​

 

103 Girl Scouts, 21 Staff

Experimental Camp with

less programs organized

and a focus on water

activities 

Here we learn that the All-States Encampment flag is the same one flown over the previous 8 camp sessions.

1960 - 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.

Also, for the first time international Girl Guides and Girl Scouts were invited, paid for by the Juliette Low World Friendship

Fund.

Camping without adult supervision - but help was nearby - just in case

1960

1961 

August 8 - 23, 1961, Deschutes National Forest

Base Camp at Lake Todd, OR

August 16 - 29, 1961, Camp Ross Trails, OH

1962 - August 12-29, 1962

Camp Tocanja, Twin Lakes, MI

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

By 1962, Girl Scout camping didn't seem to merit photos in the newspapers anymore,

but the National Archives did!

3 photos of the several in the National Archives of the 1962 All-States Encampment

1963
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.

1964

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

1965 - August 9 - 27, 1965

1966 - August 8 - 26, 1966

1967 - August 13 - 31, 1967

Apple Tree Group Camp,

Nantahala National Forest, near Andrews, NC

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service

 

It takes a lot of work to set up a camp site for the All-States Encampments

1968 - August 7-23, 1968

Boxwood National Forest, MA

 

First (and last) co-ed All-States Encampment

with YMCA boys from New England

Trail Construction was a focus

1968 brought big changes in the

structure of Senior Girl Scout events. 

They were several new opportunities 

in 1968 that didn't involve camping.

Primitive camping had lost it's cool. 

1969 - CANCELLED

Girl Scout National Center West

near Ten Sleep, WY

The encampment was planned for the new property

purchased by GSUSA, but never came to be.

Arizona apparently didn't get the message. I hope these

Senior Girl Scouts were offered another Senior

Girl Scout event to attend.

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