Cascade Challenge 2018

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Registration Info will be available/posted/emailed in October 2017

Cascade Challenge is a primitive tent camping/outdoor skills competition weekend for Cadettes (6th-8th Grade) and Senior/Ambassador (9-12th Grade) Girl Scouts.

May 18-20, 2018 at Fire Mountain BSA Scout Camp, Mt. Vernon, WA

Arrive Friday afternoon after 4 PM to set up your campsite. Then relax, check out the camp, and mingle with other troops around the campfire. All challenge rotations will take place on Saturday, where girls will be evaluated on teamwork, leadership skills, and combined knowledge in the skill areas listed below. Saturday night includes the Dinner Challenge followed by a roaring campfire with songs, skits, and good old fun. The awards & recognition ceremony on Sunday brings the weekend to a close ~ Noon.

Troops bring all the equipment necessary for primitive troop camping and will be cooking all their own meals. The troop campsites are in an open, grassy, tree-less, & a bit lumpy meadow; they are roped off to about the size of a two-car garage. It is a plot of grass! Water, firewood, and outhouses are provided; but no tables, shelters, or fire rings are. Troops carry their gear from a staging area to their site, about the length of a football field (100 yards). The Troop Preparation packet is sent upon registration to guide training and planning. All Challenges are completed without ‘help’ from leaders during the events.

Cascade Challenges for 2018 areAll challenges include the respective GSWW Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints.

  • Hiking & Map/Compass With your ten essentials packed, navigate your way.
  • Team DynamicsYour positive & cooperative teamwork skills will lead you to success.
  • Animal AwarenessBears, cougars, & mini bears: tracks & scat, and food caching.
  • Archery- Archers to the line, safe straight shooting hits the spot!
  • Campsite Maintenance Demonstrate how well you establish & keep a ‘good’ campsite. Senior/Ambassadors on Friday: In addition to Campsite Setup of the basics. You will continue on to have your site ready/complete to be judged for Campsite Maintenance, without your leaders.
  • Challenge Dinner– Prepare a creative & nutritious dinner with surprise ingredients (revealed to only the Cadette troops upon arrival Friday).All prep & cooking is done without leaders present.


  • Leader’s Challenge: Paperwork, letting go, & more. This does not affect the Troop’s score.


  • Join us for Year #36 for Challenge. This event is brought to you by volunteers from around the GSWW Council and is sponsored by SU245. Register as a troop or form your own Cascade Challenge group with girls from multiple troops or IRMs. It only takes 2 scouts and 2 advisors to be a group. IRMs may sign up, they need to be placed with a troop or form their own group, ahead of time.
  • Adult Volunteers are needed as Judges for Sat. May 19; come for the day or tent camp for the weekend.
  • Cost: TBD for 2018, the 2017 cost was $35* per person & includes: Site Fees, Saturday dinner and dessert, event patch, and event awards.   *Gluten Free requests will have an additional pp cost.
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  • The Fine Print:
  • Min: 8 Troops or 50 Scouts                             Max: 24 troops or 150 Scouts
    • Adults: Minimum & maximum are two per troop/group. Minimum # of scouts is two.
    • All participants must be registered Girl Scouts and the adults must meet GSWW troop camp training requirements.
    • For More Info:
    • Contact:  Ellen “Jasper” Govan, Girl Scout Volunteer & Committee Chair: