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Landmark Camp Dean Shows Off New Amenities for Potential Summer Campers at Community Open House

Apr 26, 2019 08:01AM ● By Hannah Ott

Big Rock - Camp Dean, home to generations of Girl Scout campers and many local outdoor enthusiasts, is hosting an open house on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30–3:30pm, at 46W253 Camp Dean Rd., Big Rock. 

The event will showcase improvements to the camp, including additions to the camp’s famous goat population, new crate-stacking activity area, archery and tomahawk throwing stations, a mud kitchen and locations of new four-season cabins.

This free event is open to the public and will feature tours of new amenities at Camp Dean, fun hands-on camp activities (including roasting s’mores), along with a GSNI Rope Runners regional competition, presented by Danfoss. 

All interested Girl Scouts, potential Girl Scouts and their families can learn which summer camp session is a good fit for their camper. Camp staff will be on hand to answer questions and accept camp registrations during the event.

For more information, email, call 844-GSNI-4-ME or visit

Why Camp? Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has a variety of facilities—from tents and cabins to year-round lodges—that are available for Girl Scouts to create their own unique camping experience or for council-sponsored camping events with provided activities and supplies. With new activities and amenities at all camps, there is something for every girl.

Upcoming Events: GSNI’s 10th Anniversary events include Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts and Air Fair at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, on June 1; the 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, on September 21; and the 2nd Annual All-Girl and Family Fishing Derby and Water Whimsy at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park on September 22. For more information, email, call 844-GSNI-4-ME, or visit

About Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois: The organization believes every girl can change the world. With them, Girl Scouts develop the independence and confidence to guide their own lives and build a better world. They put girls in the driver’s seat and encourage them to customize their own experience. With programs focused on the outdoors, career and interest exploration, travel and global community and practical life skills, in addition to community service projects, every girl has the opportunity to unlock her full potential and be amazing. Visit The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois org. serves 16 counties: Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. Visit or call 844-GSNI-4-ME (844-476-4463).

Source: Lynda Fillipp