Get away with your friends and stay at one of Girl Scouts of Central Illinois’ camps.
Sleep under the stars in a tent or have a slumber party in a cabin. Come for summer camp or on the weekend with your troop. A variety of experiences awaits you at each camp. Read about what our different camp properties have to offer and see which one is right for your outing. We are proud to offer such beautiful natural places for girls to discover.
GSCI Property Updates
New Indoor Arena for Equestrian Center at Camp Tapawingo
A new indoor riding arena is being built at Camp Tapawingo for the second and final construction phase of the Equestrian Center. The indoor riding arena will provide girls with horseback riding opportunities year-round, no matter what the weather is like outside. We will also be able to provide more than one session of riders at a time in both the indoor and outdoor riding arenas. We currently have to cancel riding sessions throughout the year due to rain, thunderstorms, snow, cold weather, and excessive heat. We’d rather provide these opportunities to girls without interruption.
The size of the indoor arena is planned to be 80’ x 160’ with a protected observation area for families to watch as riders learn new skills. The arena will be connected to the stables by a breezeway. The stables were constructed in 2012 and house an indoor classroom and a barn classroom, nineteen stalls, two wash stalls, a trading post, and storage for safety helmets and boots. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois owns twenty horses that make the year-round horseback riding program at Camp Tapawingo possible. The indoor riding arena will be complete in time for summer camp.
Other Camp Improvement Projects
There are a number of other improvements taking place at Camp Tapawingo. We have said goodbye to our old horse barn and “The Palace” (our old dining hall). These structures served us well in their prime, but have come to the end of their useful life. Construction of a new equipment/hay storage shed is in progress to replace the old barn and store hay for our horse herd.
Due to gracious giving, we have dollars restricted for the renovation of Healthy House. We are upgrading all existing components of the building so that it can continue to be used as a health center, administrative staff quarters, and an office. The building will mirror the look of the equestrian stables in its exterior.
We are grateful for a new archery shed and archery equipment to help improve our archery program at Tapawingo. Heart of Illinois Whitetails Unlimited, ShedQuarters, United Bowhunters of Illinois, and Scott Erb assisted GSCI in bringing these resources to our girls.
At Camp Widjiwagan, contractors have completed the last phase of siding replacement on Buccaneer cabin. We have replaced the roofs on four cabins at our Viking Unit, with the remaining two to be completed by summer camp. We also have replaced the roof on the maintenance workshop. Last summer, for their Silver Award project, Troop 6031 replaced a majority of the signs on the property, including the Promise Trail signs. On our list for the upcoming year, we plan to increase the length and variety of hiking trails and work on stabilizing the lakeshore near the boating area.
The flooring in the bathroom and shower room at Camp Peairs were given a full replacement. We also repaired the chimney on the west side of the Lodge. We have been fortunate at Camp Peairs to be the recipient of a number of Eagle Scout projects; for example, Jordan Schwartz completed a split rail fence along the entrance road to The Point. This year our plans are to work on the siding on the maintenance shed and to repair some of the wash stands and hydrants.
Main Lodge and the showerhouse at Camp Kiwanis had a complete roof replacement, and we resurfaced the road throughout the camp with recycled asphalt as well. We are currently working on master plans for Camp Kiwanis, Camp Peairs, and Camp Widjiwagan to help us focus our resources in developing those camps as program centers, as outlined in the GSCI Long-Range Property Plan.