Camp Butterworth



​Located above the Little Miami River in Warren County, Camp Butterworth has been a favorite Girl Scout campsite since 1935. Each year thousands of girls and adults make use of this 160 acre site which has wooded hillsides and open fields suitable for a wide variety of outdoor activities.  Whether it's camping in platform tents, glen shelters, Adirondacks or lodges, Camp Butterworth has something for everyone. Open fields, trails and woods are used for troop camping, council sponsored events  and summer program opportunities. For troop camping, groups plan their own activities while enjoying the natural surroundings. 

Council sponsored events are planned program opportunities for individuals or groups to interact with other Girl Scouts. Numerous summer program opportunities provide girls with an opportunity to attend Camp Butterworth. Activities include day use, workshops, camping, special events, service unit camp-outs and summer program opportunities. Additionally there is a wheelchair accessible pool with slide and activity structures. 

Community Resources
In addition to the camp activities, many more opportunities can be found outside of Camp Butterworth. Nearby, there are numerous activities including horseback riding, white water rafting, amusement and water parks, Caesar Creek State Park, Fort Ancient Archaeological Park and Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. Within an hour’s drive to downtown Cincinnati or Dayton, one can explore the many science or art museums and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. ​

 
Program Resources

Adventure Challenge Education–Bouldering and Climbing
helps girls develop team building skills and offer girls opportunities to boulder and climb on the indoor climbing wall. Girls learn about safety when climbing and about climbing equipment.  In addition, girls challenge themselves, set goals and learn to work together as a team. This activity requires trained leadership and classes are offered for a minimal cost.  Click here to view and register for available opportunities.

Archery taught by a certified instructor is a two-hour workshop where girls learn basics of archery, safety rules, proper handling of equipment and shooting techniques. Each participant will have an opportunity to practice and evaluate their skills during this workshop.  Click here to view and register for available opportunities.
 

 

Facility Descriptions
Freedom Lodge is located on the north side of Camp Butterworth, was originally constructed in 1905 but has undergone many renovations and updates over the years including one in 2011. This Victorian style two story, wheelchair accessible building sleeps 28 persons and has a large kitchen with a preparation area and a great room where activities can take place. The oversize large windows in the great room that overlook the surrounding woods make this all season facility a warm and inviting place to watch the birds and wild life.  In addition, there is a large fire circle outside with bench seating and picnic tables.  This building houses one of the camp’s three tornado shelters.


Squirrel Hollow Lodge, is a small ranch style frame house, is perfect for a small group of campers to use year round. This handicap accessible unit has a leader’s room with bunks and then mattresses are placed on the carpeted floor in the main room for the girls to use. There is a separate kitchen and eating area in addition to the fire circle and picnic tables outside.



Seasons Lodge
is a ranch style  wheel chair accessible house that was converted to a lodge in 2009.  There is  a bunk room and leaders room that accomodates 14 total persons.  In addition all the comforts of home can be found; one and one half baths, full kitchen, breakfast and meeting room that would be perfect for program activities.  Also, out back is a porch and in the front of the lodge is a fire ring and picnic tables.  

 
Beehive, a single level frame wheel chair accessible lodge located in the center of camp, is a year round facility that sleeps 28.  
This building has a large kitchen and preparation area, leader’s room, handicap restroom, restroom with showers, very large meeting area with bunks, activity tables and operational fireplace. Outside there is a fire circle with bench seating and picnic tables.

Groesbeck, located on the left near the main parking lot, is a year round handicap accessible facility that sleeps 12. There is a leader’s room with cots and a separate open area bunk room with tables and chairs.  In addition there are one and a half bathrooms and a full kitchen with a work table.  Behind the unit is a fire circle with bench seating and a picnic table.


Friendship Lodge
, constructed in 2006, is a large multi use facility located next to the camps’ dining hall.  This lodge has a large wraparound porch with bench seating which allows groups to be outside even in inclement weather.  Inside on the main level is an extremely large program activity room with fireplace. The institutional kitchen allows groups to bring in meals and keep the meals in food warming ovens.  
 In addition there is an elevator in the lodge which allows wheelchair accessibility to both levels of this building.
The lower level walkout basement is utilized as one of the camps three tornado shelters.  Additionally there are two separate leader bunk rooms, a large sleeping room for 42 that can be divided into two sections plus a bath/shower room.   Outback overlooking the woods is a wonderful group area with a large fire circle.  

Turtle Ridge nestled in the woods on the north west side of the camp has eight cabins each enclosed with a screen door porch and windows. The cabins have four bunks per Adirondack which encircle a large grassy area making it ideal for troop activities. There is a kitchen shelter unit for food preparation and program activities, a fire place, refrigerator, picnic tables and lights for evening activities.   Additionally there is a fire circle with bench seating.   In the unit there  are latrines but nearby there is a shower house with flush bathrooms and shower stalls. Also, next to the kitchen shelter is a hiking trail that leads down into the woods and over to Windy Heights Campsite and the Brownie Shelter.   

Miami Ledge located on one of the ridges in camp with steep ravines surrounding the unit has five platform tents that each sleeps four persons.  The kitchen shelter located at the far west side of the unit has a refrigerator, picnic tables, fireplace and lights for evening activities. Located just past the shelter is a fire circle with bench seating.  Within the unit are latrines with a wash station but nearby there is a shower house with flush bathrooms and shower stalls.

Sassafras platform tent unit is located just north of Beehive Lodge.  This unit has eight tents that each sleeps four persons. One of the tents is wheelchair accessible.  Within the unit are latrines with a wash station but nearby there is a shower house with flush bathrooms and shower stalls.  Across a small foot bridge  is the kitchen shelter for food preparation or program activities, a fireplace, picnic tables and lights for evening activities. There is also a campfire ring with bench seating.   

Berry Patch platform tent unit is located past the pool on the southwest side of camp. This unit which sleeps 28, has a wide open grassy area that makes it perfect for troop activities. There is a kitchen shelter unit for food preparation or program activities, has a fireplace, refrigerator, picnic tables and lights for evening activities.  
Additionally, there is a large campfire ring with bench seating.  Heading southwest out of this unit is a hiking trail and access to the old shelter which can be used for small group activities.



Maple Hill platform tent unit sleeps 28 and is located on the southeast side of the camp. This wheelchair accessible unit is nestled in the woods making it likely to see loads of wildlife.  Nearby there are hiking trails down to the Little Miami River and the Bike Path. This unit has a kitchen shelter for food preparation and program activities, and has a fireplace, refrigerator, picnic tables and light for evening activities. There is also a campfire ring with bench seating. There is a latrine and wash stand available or nearby there is a shower house with flush toilets and shower stalls.

Beeches unit has five small cabins that sleep six people each.  These Glen Shelters have roll up canvas curtains that cover the windows and a screen door on the front of each cabin.  
Nestled in the woods on the southeast side of camp, this unit also has access to hiking trails and H Jones Chapel, a primitively designed chapel tucked into the hillside overlooking the ravine below.  Like the other units, there is a shelter used for food preparation and program activities, and has a fireplace, refrigerator, picnic tables and light for evening activities. There is also a campfire ring with bench seating.  Nearby is a shower house with flush toilets and shower stalls of next to the unit a latrine and wash stand.  

Quaker Ridge has five Glen Shelters, which are small cabins with roll up canvas curtains and a screen door on the front.  The shelters sleep six persons each.  This quiet unit, located on the far south east side of the camp is nestled in the woods but still has a nice grassy area that is in the center of the unit.  This unit has a latrine and nearby is a shower house with flush toilets and shower stalls.  Within the unit is a kitchen shelter used for food preparation and program activities.  Also there is a fireplace, refrigerator, picnic tables and light for evening activities.  Next to the kitchen shelter is the fire circle with bench seating.

Dining Hall
Originally built in 1945 the Dining Hall is a wood frame structure that has a covered porch on the south side of the building and concrete wheelchair accessible ramp on the front.  Inside there is an immense stone fireplace and wooden beams that give this building a true rustic feeling.   There is a three season institutional style kitchen and the building capacity is 148 persons.    

Wagon Wheel, located next to Friendship Lodge and Dining Hall, this 2000 square foot building is now perfect for troop and program activities. Originally built in 1935, this building was renovated in 2006 and  at this time became a year round facility to use.  There is a very large operational stone fireplace, concrete floor, tables, chairs and is wheelchair accessible.  Outside there is a grassy area and a large fire circle.  Out back there is a trail that leads down into the woods.

The Brownie Shelter, located on the north side of camp near the Archery Barn is a 1344 square foot covered shelter perfect for day use and program activities.  Located in the middle of a large open grassy field, this shelter is a great facility to set up home base for the day.  Spend the day hiking, explore the camp, or participate in program activities at the Archery Barn or Program Arena.    The shelter has a fireplace, refrigerator, picnic tables and shelving area perfect for storing your equipment for the day.   

Windy Heights Campsite, located to the west of the Brownie Shelter on the north side of camp is a primitive camping area that can be used for day or overnight use.  This campsite has no tents or equipment so these items must be brought in with any group wishing to use this site.    Additionally there are large open grassy areas around this campsite and hiking trails that lead into the woods for exploring and nature studies.
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