Camp Wil-LO-Linn originated in 1992 and is named for the surrounding areas of Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, and West Linn, Oregon. This area is covered by Service Unit 9 of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The camp was a spin-off of Camp Kerr, a day camp begun in the Mountain Park area of Lake Oswego in the 1960's. Last summer, our first since the pandemic, was our 30th year!
What started as a small camp of 125 girls has now grown to accommodate more than 200 campers supported by over 90 volunteer adults, 70 Camper Aides, and vibrant Tag-Along and Boys programs serving our adult volunteers. This outdoor skills-oriented program is run entirely by adult volunteers with a desire to "help build girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place". They are ably assisted and guided by a dynamic, trained group of older Girl Scouts - our Camper Aides who are developing their leadership skills by assisting in the planning and running of camp activities.
We run a four day camp, Monday to Thursday. Since we often run up to the Fourth of July weekend, we do not have camp on Friday before the holiday. However, there is a late-night (campfire) and overnight option on Thursday night. Campers in 4th grade units and above are welcome to stay for the campfire and go home at 10pm. Campers in 5th grade units and above, including CAs, are welcome to stay overnight in the meadow and leave Friday morning. There is a $15 cost for campfire or overnight because dinner, breakfast, and snacks are provided. We consider the campfire and overnight a good step toward camper independence, especially if the camper has not had any previous overnight camp experience. One night away from home (but close by) with friends to get them used to the idea. It is especially important as our campers get older and approach their 6th grade year and Outdoor School, where they will be away from home for the week.
Some of the documents below might be interesting for families who are new to our camp. They are for last summer, so some small details (bus schedules, cookshed days, etc.) have not been set yet, but it gives you a good idea of how camp runs and our camp culture.
Campers are learning how to build and control fire in the Cookshed area of camp.