Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Camp Sycamore Valley

8439 IN-26  •  Lafayette, IN

 

Camp Sycamore Valley consists of 160 acres of land in Tippecanoe County on SR 26, 3.5 miles east of I-65 in Lafayette, IN on Wildcat Creek.  The camp is located approximately 58 miles northwest of the Indianapolis service center.

 

The council employs a site manager at Camp Sycamore Valley who lives in the house on-site. The site manager is there to maintain the facilities and to aid troops or groups using them. If you need assistance during your stay, please contact the site manager. The site manager is on call at camp 24 hours/seven days a week except published holidays.  

 

Council emergency: 317.924.6800 or toll-free: 877.474.2248, press 9 (when office is closed)

Site manager cell phone: 765.404.9949        

Camp phone number: 317.924.6911       

Overnight Travel/High Risk Application Form

For troop or Girl Scout groups planning overnight, extended or international travel and or high risk activities. Use this form for activity check points that request Council approval. All overnight troop camp stays at any of our Girl Scout camps must complete this form before their stay.


Form must be completed 4 weeks prior to event. All incomplete forms may result in delay of approval or denial of event. To complete this form, please complete this form: https://gsci2016.wufoo.com/forms/z1ufyetu0tn96de/.

 

Arrival and Departure

Check in and check out times are as follows for ALL camps.     

Check in:  4 p.m. or after

Check out: 2 p.m. or before

Any change in these times needs to be requested at the time of reservation.

If troops want to check-in before the specified time, payment is also required for the day/night before.

If troops want to check out later than the specified time, payment is also required for the next day/night.

 

Traffic and Parking

Please use extra caution; the speed limit is 10 mph.  Park in designated areas (gravel parking lot) only.

Please do not drive on the grass.

Smoking, Vaping, Alcohol and Drugs: Smoking, vaping, alcoholic beverages and drugs are strictly prohibited.

Pets: Pets are not permitted in the camp with the exception of service dogs. Please make us aware if someone has a service dog. We will ask for documents showing that the dog is a certified service dog before being permitted on the property. Comfort animals are not permitted.

Activities

Archery (capacity minimum 10 girls, ages 9 and older)

Archery range with equipment is available to Girl Scouts/groups ages nine and up (minimum 10 girls). You must have a certified instructor present. Contact the Girl Scout Service Center for more information. Consult the fee schedule for usage fees and minimum requirements and please arrange with facilitator on a fee for their services. (Archery Equipment is provided on site)

Aquatics Center-Swimming Pool (Maximum of 50 in pool)

An in-ground swimming pool with modern shower house is available when weather permits*. (*Please Note: The air temperature must reach at least 70 degrees in order for the pool to  open) You must have a certified lifeguard present. Consult the fee schedule for usage fees and minimum requirements and please arrange with facilitator on a fee for their services.  (See Safety Wise for Lifeguard to Girl ratio)

Volleyball/basketball court

Using Council - Owned Sites and Equipment

  • Wood is available at each camp site. Please do not use more than you need.
  • Charcoal cooking is also possible if you bring your own charcoal.
  • Foil will still be foil in the year 2080 - limit the use and recycle what is used.
  • One fire bucket is required for each depot tent and two for each platform tent.
  • Do not hang anything on the tent ropes - this will pull tents out of line.
  • Do not use aerosol sprays (insect, hair, deodorant, etc.) in or near the tent. They dissolve water repellent treatment.
  • Tents will leak if touched from the inside during a rain.
  • Alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances are not permitted.
  • Mary’s Ring, the Mary Rutter Memorial may be used for ceremonies, dramatics, Girl Scout’s Own and other activities that do not include food.
  • There is a stage and large fire ring near the south side of the pool.
  • There are hiking trails throughout the grounds of Sycamore Valley. Please notify the Camp Manager of fallen trees.

Special Places at Camp Sycamore Valley

Mary’s Ring

Mary’s Ring is a special place at Sycamore Valley constructed by friends and co-workers in memory of a special person. Mary Patterson demonstrated her belief in Girl Scouts by leading troops, training adults, serving on the board of directors, and giving generously of herself. Her untimely death of poliomyelitis was in the summer of 1957.

The formal dedication of this memorial was held on November 4, 1962. Those who knew her well believed that a special place at Sycamore Valley would be an inspiring way to pay tribute to a woman who loved girls, believed deeply in the ethical code of Girl Scouts, and was sincerely religious in her daily life.

Mary’s Ring is suitable for many kinds of activities including: ceremonial camp fires, ceremonies, family and inter-troop programs, singing, international programs, and vespers. It is a lovely place for an individual to go to meditate, study, bird watch, star gaze, or just be quiet. In a variety of ways, the Girl Scout Promise and Law may be highlighted and made more real in this place that honors one who made our code part of her life.

A fire on the stone fireplace should be only two logs high – be sure to have a bucket of sand close by. Wood may be stored in the opening behind and under the stone construction. On either side of the fireplace are holes in the ground for flag poles and/or torches.

Mary’s Ring has many potential uses. A fire in the fire ring may be used for large groups. Please no food or cooking in this area. Remember to have girls leave the area cleaner than they found it.

The Mary Rutter Memorial

The Mary Rutter Memorial stands on the northwest bluff of Sycamore Valley overlooking Wildcat Creek. A path up the hill from the troop cabin leads to the open structure.

Mary Rutter began her career with our council as a volunteer in Area 16. She became a field director in 1970, and served as executive director of Girl Scouts of Sycamore Council from 1973 to 1980. She was dedicated to service, to the Girl Scout philosophy, “…to the building of a finer race of womanhood…”

This peaceful place may be used for quiet time, dedication, singing, and Girl Scout’s Own. Because Mary loved music, we hope many girls and leaders will use the memorial as a place for singing traditional Girl Scout songs. Please show respect at the site. No eating or cooking, please.

“This quiet place we dedicate,
Her love for us we consecrate,
Her smile will creep into our mind,
She’ll find peace if it’s there to find,
Our Mary Aubrey Keeney Rutter.”
-Donald Rutter

The Fred Smith Memorial Pond

The Fred Smith Memorial Pond is located at the foot of the hill west of the troop cabin.

Fred worked at Sycamore Valley for more than fifteen years. He loved camp and did many extra things to enhance its beauty. He built the pond for girls and leaders to enjoy.

This is a quiet place, suitable for a Girl Scout’s Own or other reflective programs. Please do not pick wild flowers – leave them for all to enjoy in their native habitat.

Housekeeping

The rangers do not perform cleaning services.  It is the responsibility of everyone using the camp property to leave it in better condition than they found it.  The facilities ultimately belong to each Girl Scout and will reflect the care she gives them.

  1. Please check on site what to recycle and where to locate the containers.
  2. Please condense and place all other trash/garbage in lined containers provided at each site.  Please make sure each container is secure to discourage wildlife.
  3. Please replace all trash can liners.
  4. Please do not burn trash.

Housekeeping Supplies

Each group must provide cleaning supplies. (Paper towels, toilet paper and trash bags are provided)  It is important that all paper products be removed from the latrines, tents, and units at the end of your stay.  Brooms, mops, rakes, and shovels are available in each unit.


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If you have any trouble with the site, please email the Girl Scout Help Desk at helpdesk@girlscoutsindiana.org.