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  Camps and Facilities

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 listed below.

  You don't have to be a Girl Scout to camp!

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

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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 and is owned by 3275 Walker LLC. GSMISTS leases this building until 2025. 

Muskegon Service Center

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

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

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 groups.

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, Picnic tables and campfire area for outdoor cooking, outdoor ampitheater with campfire ring, wetland boardwalk, nature trails, and kayaking and archery (these activities have special requirements).

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Grand Haven Little House

The Girl Scout "Little House", located in downtown Grand Haven, has been in use since 1942. It was erected specifically for the Girl Scouts, and was built as a community effort on property donated by local citizen Eleanor Griffin-McNett.

Over the years additions and improvements have been made to make the Grand Haven Little House an ideal place for meetings and trainings. Overnight trips are not allowed at this time.

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Ludington Little House

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 over 50 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. It has 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

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 that can be used for canoeing/kayaking, swimming, and fishing. There are two smaller lakes, marshes, and a pond that can be used for pond studies and frog counts. 

Overnight Rentals

Camp Anna Behrens is the perfect spot to host over night 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, Sherwood Lodge and Misty Pines Tent Campsite. Shower houses are also available for use on the property.  Click below to learn more about these rental options and fees.

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Other Amenities

  • Three lakes, a river, marshes, meadows, and large stands of pine and hardwood trees
  • Archery Range
  • Bird Sanctuary
  • Two Sports fields
  • River water front with ceremonial area and access for fishing
  • Lakefront for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and swimming (these activities have special requirements)   
  • Letterboxing Course
  • Hiking Trails
  • Ceremony and Activity Spaces

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

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 a large kitchen and can entertain up to 100 persons for day use and 20 individuals for overnights. There are also 5 rustic campsites surrounding the main building. 

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