About Our Camps
Girl Scouts Louisiana East owns and operates four outdoor facilities. Facilities open for use are our day use facility, McFadden Cabin in New Orleans' City Park; our 23-acre camp, Camp Covington; our 400-acre Camp Marydale located 45 miles north of Baton Rouge, near the rolling hills of St. Francisville; and our 600-acre Camp Whispering Pines (CWP) located in Independence. Each site is unique in its own way and offers unlimited program opportunities for outdoor activities.
Camping has long been rated a favorite activity by Girl Scouts. Summer resident camp at Camp Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines provides adventure, self-esteem, leadership skills, friends, and fun for girls 7-17. In the off-season each camp is available for Girl Scout troops/groups and service units, and CWP offers rental opportunities for outside groups for retreats. Click the links below to learn more about each of our facilities.
Our Properties include:
Camp Covington – this 23-acre camp, first developed in 1927, is a favorite camp for beginner campers! Available for day use, weekend, and primitive camping, it was a site for the council's beginners resident camp last summer!
Camp Marydale – Camp Marydale is a year round camping facility with a multi-purpose building/dining hall, a large activity center and craft hut, and infirmary, all located near a pristine lake. There is a sports field, an archery field, a challenge course, several hiking trails, and a swimming pool. The 22+ herd of girl friendly horses are housed in a large barn, with two riding trails that wind throughout the property. Six residential units provide hot and cold showers.
Camp Whispering Pines – Camp Whispering Pines is a 600-acre site located in Independence, LA. The site is heavily forested with pine and river area hardwoods. Many well established trails wind through the widely-scattered campsites. A variety of activities are available: a high ropes challenge course that includes a climbing wall; a 23-acre lake is available for boating; a Junior Olympic-sized pool is available for swimming; the Tangipahoa River borders the property; Indian Creek meanders through the back section of the camp.
Camp Whispering Pines offers progressive camping experiences for troops. They are: day use areas; platform tent units; cabin units; a winterized troop house; semi-primitive and primitive areas. A ranger lives on the site with his family. The camp is open all year to Girl Scouts and outside user groups.
McFadden Cabin –is located in City Park behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. Perfect for art programs and first day outings, it may be reserved for day use only at $1 per person through the camping reservation request form. No overnights. Procedures are sent with confirmation.