State Park Camping Options

* See complete details and reservation application below.

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Girl Scouts have more camping options across the state, thanks to a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Troops and service units get access to basic camping areas at all 26 of the Kansas State Parks, since the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council will pay for nearly all camping services for its members. Troops or service units will have to pay for premium options available at some sites, but the state parks’ primitive campsites offer normal amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings and grills. Troops also get access to public potable water facilities, public restrooms and shower houses at the parks.

*** You MUST follow the instructions below and complete the reservation application to take advantage of these camping opportunities paid for by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.

Many state parks also have additional amenities available, such as playgrounds; hike, bike and horse trails; swimming beaches; disc golf courses; shelter houses; cabins; and other amenities that may be offered on a first-come, first-served basis or reserved through the Park Ranger. (Troops/service units would be responsible for fees, if any, that are associated with additional amenities.)

Camping Levels (all paid for by GSKH Council)

Four levels of camping are offered: Primary Camping for small troop events, and three levels of Special Event Camping.

Primary Camping is for small troop events using up to nine primitive campsites. Girl Scouts will be allowed three tents per campsite rather than the normal two tents per campsite. Daily ($5) or annual ($25 or $15.50) park vehicle permits are required. Troops/service units that agree to perform a park service project directed by the Park Ranger will be eligible to receive up to nine daily park vehicle permits valid for the term of the event at no charge.

Special Event Camping Level 1 provides up to 10 primitive campsites for events up to five days in length. Girl Scouts will be allowed three tents per campsite rather than the normal two tents per campsite. Daily ($5) or annual ($25 or $15.50) park vehicle permits are required. Troops/service units that agree to perform a park service project directed by the Park Ranger will be eligible to receive up to 10 daily park vehicle permits valid for the term of the event at no charge.

Special Event Camping Level 2 provides up to 20 primitive campsites for events up to five days in length. Girl Scouts will be allowed three tents per campsite rather than the normal two tents per campsite. Daily ($5) or annual ($25 or $15.50) park vehicle permits are required. Troops/service units that agree to perform a park service project directed by the Park Ranger will be eligible to receive up to 20 daily park vehicle permits valid for the term of the event at no charge.

Special Event Camping Level 3 is designed for events larger in participants, longer in duration, or utilizing special facilities, and it provides up to 50 primitive campsites. Daily ($5) or annual ($25 or $15.50) park vehicle permits are required. Troops/service units that agree to perform a park service project directed by the Park Ranger will be eligible to receive up to 50 daily park vehicle permits valid for the term of the event at no charge.

26 KDWPT State Parks are available for use!

Visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website to see locations for all 26 state parks. Click on the map to see amenities available and other information about each state park.

How do I sign up?

  1. Visit the state park, check out the KDWPT website, or contact the park to learn what camping options are available.
  2. Contact the State Park to ensure that desired camping dates and campsites are available, and to learn about any other events that might be taking place at the park on the same date. Make the park aware of your troop or service unit information, when you plan to camp, how many campers you anticipate, and any information the park requests. Determine your troop’s park service project (if the troop will be doing one) with the Ranger and bring any necessary tools, equipment, etc. needed to complete the service project.
  3. Read the KDWPT’s Special Events General Regulations Summary: http://kansasgirlscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/Special-Events-General-Regulations-Summary.pdf.
  4. Fill out the KDWPT Special Event Permit and Facility Reservation Application/Permit form below in detail. Be sure to include troop leaders’ contact email address and cellphone number, date of arrival and date of departure, number of campers and number of parking permits needed. If you are completing a service project to offset the costs of parking permits, please fill out a community service report.
  5. Submit the form to GSKH at least five working days in advance of the scheduled camping dates.
  6. GSKH will process the reservation form and payment with KDWPT.
  7. KDWPT will return the approved reservation form and receipt of payment to GSKH.
  8. GSKH will forward the approved reservation form and receipt of payment via email to troop leaders listed on the form. NOTE: Approved reservation form and receipt of payment must be presented by troop leaders when checking in to state park to receive the KDWP/GSKH camping rates.
  9. Let’s go camping!

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KDWPT Special Event Permit & Facility Reservation Application

Use this form to request and make campsite/event reservations at Kansas State Parks.
  • (Per partnership with KDWPT)
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  • You must meet the girl-adult ratio as listed on page 45 of the Volunteer Essentials manual: http://kansasgirlscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/Volunteer-Essentials-20141.pdf
  • You can offset the cost of parking permits by completing a service project approved by a State Park Ranger. Volunteers with current State Park passes do not need a parking permit.
  • By providing an electronic signature, you agree with the following:

    As an authorized representative of the organization listed above, I do hold blameless, protect and indemnify the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for damage or loss of property and injury or loss of life resulting from this event. I certify that the event described above and on all attachments will be executed in accordance with conditions specified herein and in statutes and regulations of the State of Kansas. I accept full responsibility for any damage to the facilities, grounds and natural features of the event area, including litter, vandalism and reckless damage resulting from the event. I further certify that all the above information is true and correct, to the best of my knowledge, and that I have read the Special Events General Regulations Summary.
  • This serves as an electronic signature of an authorized organization representative.
  • This serves as an electronic signature of an authorized organization representative. Two are required.
  • Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will email confirmation to this email address.