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Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore has some of the most beautiful properties in the state! Our council covers 30 counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with many of these properties offering adventures and experiences in the great outdoors. Girl Scout camping gives girls the chance to learn new skills such as campfire cooking, using a canoe, team building, appreciation of nature, conservation and many other benefits through hands-on activities. The experience of outdoor life helps to build self-confidence, self-esteem, strong relationships and memories that last a lifetime. Property descriptions, amenities offered and detailed pricing is on the Rental Information page.

 

Rentals are available to outside organizations at a variety of locations such as primitive camping at Camp Woodlands in Alpena; Nature hikes at Betsy Cutler House in Muskegon; and Camp Anna Behren's Sherwood Lodge wedding receptions, and corporate events.

Renting to outside organization is limited due to Girl Scout programs receiving the first priority to any non-Girl Scout group. Properties are available most every day.

 

Make your reservation with our online system by clicking on the reserve button.

      

GIRL SCOUT HOUSES AND SERVICE CENTERS 

Grand Rapids Service Center

Located in northwest Grand Rapids this center acts as the headquarters for the council. The center houses a retail store, large training room, small conference room, two small kitchenettes, offices for staff and a rear deck. The building is approximately 5000sqft.

Muskegon Service Center
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This service center is located in North Muskegon surrounded by woods near Betsey Cutler House. The center houses a retail store, large training room, small kitchen, offices for staff and a deck overlooking a pond. The building is approximately 4000sqft and was built in the early 1990’s. A large flock of wild turkeys live in the adjacent wooded area.

Traverse City Service Center
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The most northern service center is located 2 miles from downtown Traverse City. The center houses a retail store, large training room, small conference room, full kitchen, small kitchenette, and offices for staff. The building is approximately 8600sqft and was built in the late 1980’s. Portions of the facility are rented out to other nonprofit organizations.  

Betsy Cutler House
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The Betsy Cutler House and Kiskey Science Center is named after lifetime Girl Scout and volunteer Betsy Cutler. This facility is conveniently located off US 31 in North Muskegon and is used year-round for trainings, badge workshops, day camps, special events and overnights by different organizations.

In the early 1990’s the Fred and Florence Kiskey Environmental Science Center was built as an addition to the existing house. It was the Kiskey’s hope that the programs conducted at the center would get girls to develop a curiosity and respect for science and nature and pursue careers in science.

The house sleeps up to 50 with mattresses. The property includes wetlands, wooded lot, 4 large ponds, and a creek. There are picnic tables, campfire area for outdoor cooking, an outdoor ampitheater amphitheater with fire ring, wetland boardwalk, nature trails, and archery (some activities have special requirements). There is even space to pitch a few tents for overnights. In the near future 2 rooms will be converted to bunk rooms capable of sleeping 16 persons.

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Grand Haven Little House

The Girl Scout "Little House", has been in downtown Grand Haven since 1942. As of Fall 2021 the old little house has been torn down and a new little house is being built in its place.   The new little house will have a full kitchen, 1-1/2 bathrooms with a shower, two activity areas and an office/bedroom area. The new little house will be done by late 2022.

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Ludington Little House
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Ludington Little House is located close to downtown Ludington and 1.5 miles from Lake Michigan. This troop house has been a meeting place for Mason County Girl Scouting for almost 70 years. The original lot for the building was donated to Ludington Girl Scouts in 1953 by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lagesen. The Troop House was built later that same year. In 1960, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Obel donated a second parcel to complete the corner lot.

The property has a capacity to sleep 20. Inside the building there is a full kitchen and 1/2 bath. Outside there is a picnic area, campfire ring, grills and space to pitch a few tents. The 20’ x 40’ cinderblock building is ideal for day use and overnights.

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GIRL SCOUT CAMPS

Camp Anna Behrens
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The 360 wooded acres at CAB provide the perfect setting for a variety of activities for enjoying the outdoors. The property borders the Flat River on its western side with a large lake, two smaller lakes, marshes, pond, and large stands of pine and hardwood trees.

 


New Day Time Activities starting at CAB Summer of 2022

Over the last five years several of CAB's buildings have been repaired, remodeled or updated with new amentities making it a much better place. GSMISTS hopes to start having CAB available for limited "day use only events" the summer of 2022. The new Activity Center should be available this summer featuring a meeting space, a kitchenette (with stove/refrigerator) and a full bathroom.

Day activites that should be available are bridging ceremony at the Kim Dyer Memorial Bridge, fishing, canoeing, or kayaking at Lake Lester, doing archery; orientation course at Skyway; hike the trails through the woods and others.

Overnight Rentals

Camp Anna Behrens is the perfect spot to host overnight events with several different types of lodging available for rental such as Brinkert's Troop House, Meijer and Wege Yurts, White Pine and Lodge Pole Cabins, the Skyway, Saw Mill Cabins, the Cottage, and Sherwood Lodge. Two shower houses, available mid-April to mid-October, are also available for use on the property.  Click below to learn more about these rental options and fees.

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Amenities

  • Three lakes, a river, ponds, and marshes for studies
  • Meadows, and large stands of pine and hardwood trees
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Archery Range
  • Two Sports fields
  • River water front with ceremonial area and access for fishing
  • Lakefront for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing (these activities have special requirements)   
  • Letterboxing Course
  • Orientation Course
  • Hiking Trails
  • Ceremony and Activity Spaces
  • Kim Dyer Memorial Bridge for bridging ceremonies.

Camp Anna Behrens (CAB) original campsite was located on Lake Michigan. This was a gift to the Girl Scouts in 1946, by Dr. Charles A. Behrens as a memorial to his mother and father, Anna and August Behrens. Anticipating the possible growth of Girl Scouting, Dr. Behrens generously provided for the sale of the 40-acre Lake Michigan property towards the purchase of a new larger site.

Camp Woodlands
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Effective 2/18/2022 Camp Woodlands will not have any overnights use or allow rentals from outside organizations for the next few months. We are sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

This wooded 30 acre camp (leased from the Michigan DNR) is located 3 miles west of Alpena, surrounded by the Thunder Bay River State Forest. It provides unlimited area for nature exploration and is an excellent setting for nature programs.

The main facility, which was built in the late 1950’s, has been undergoing major renovations for the last 3 years. The renovations include a new roof, electrical service, bathroom with showers, and an updated bunkroom.  There is a large kitchen and can entertain up to 100 persons for day use and 20 individuals for overnights. There are also 5 rustic campsites, with new outhouse facilities, surrounding the main building. 

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