Camp Whispering Pines
Camp Whispering Pines (CWP) is nestled in a unique longleaf pine forest. The science of this threatened habitat, many well established trails, progressive camping sites and varied aquatic facilities provide diverse program opportunities. A registered adult trained in Basic Camping is needed to accompany each group – see Basic Camp Training on the Camping Skills page.
Remembering CWP Ranger Larry Ehrlich who passed away unexpectedly March 22, 2013. RIP Larry. You will be missed.
CWP is ideal for the more experienced camper as the site demands lots of walking.
CWP is located near Independence, LA. It is home to one of the council's summer resident camp program. The site and the summer camp program are accredited by the American Camp Association, a symbol of quality camping.
The ecologically significant longleaf pine forest of CWP is designated as a "Stewardship Forest." Arbor Day and many other service opportunities help to involve girls in the science of the camp's management.
Click here to reserve space for your troop at Camp Whispering Pines. Space is not reserved until the form has been approved by your Service Unit Administrator and your Membership Executive and payment has been received. Information for Camp Facilities and Fees along with the Camping Information Packet are located on the Forms page.
Click on the following to view each facility at CWP:
Camping facilities include day use areas, cabin units, Troop House (slumber party), platform tent units, semi-primitive and ground tent camping sites. The dining hall and a cabin unit provide wheelchair access.
Camp Whispering Pines' aquatic facilities include: swimming pool, 23-acre Timber Lake, Tangipahoa River, and Indian Creek. Timber Lake has sites for fishing, rowboating and canoeing. Fishing is allowed from the barge and on the water's edge at Timber Lake - bring your own poles and bait. Troops request use of pool and boats on the camp reservation form.
A currently certified lifeguard must be present and supervise all water activities that involve water above the knees of the participants.
An individual currently certified in Small Craft Safety must supervise all boating activities. A lifeguard and an appropriate boating instructor (two people) are necessary if an individual certified in Small Craft Safety is not secured. Current certifications issued by the YMCA and Red Cross are recognized by the council. In addition to the lifeguard or individual certified in Small Craft Safety, the troop provides one watcher for every 10 swimmers or boaters.
When in a boat, all persons must wear personal flotation devices.
Lifeguards are secured for boating and swimming. The troop pays the guard, at the time of the activity, at the rate of $10 per hour per troop. Troops must provide adult watchers at the ratio of one adult to every 10 girls.
A network of nature trails wind along with the camp's Indian Creek. The trail starts on a piney ridge and drops down to hardwoods. A popular addition to the trail includes an adventurous creek crossing that leads to the Tangipahoa River. The accompanying interpretative trail guide may be partially downloaded by clicking here (1.7MB - To view this guide, downloading it to your computer is recommended. You can do this by right-clicking on the link and choosing "Save Target As..." from the menu.). The full nature trail guide is available by mail - request it from firstname.lastname@example.org by providing name, address, phone number (plus area code).
A challenge course consisting of a high ropes course and rock climbing wall is now available at CWP. Participating in a challenge course is based on a progression af activities in accordance with the participant's skills, experience, ability, size, maturity, and age. As the participant "stretches" herself by participating in this personal development and team-building activity, she grows in confidence and self esteem. Other skills being developed include trust, communication, and problem solving, among others.