Bugs, Biomes and Badges Girl Scout Campout

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Join us at Nashville Zoo for a truly WILD Girl Scout Campout Experience!

This evening of fun, friends and learning is designed for Brownies and Juniors.

Brownies will be able to earn Bug badge
Juniors will be able to earn the Animal Habitats badge.


  • After check-in Juniors and Brownies will split up to participate in the Badge Stations set up around festival field and in the Jungle Terrence.
  • After completing activity stations scouts will go to Amphitheater for the Animal Presentation.
  • The evening ends at the campfire on festival field with marshmallows.


  • In the morning a breakfast is served and tents will be broken down.
  • Program fee includes admission to the zoo on Sunday.

Campout includes:

  • Overnight in your own tent on Festival Field
  • Admission to the Zoo on Sunday
  • Marshmallows
  • Two Campfires
  • An all inclusive breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, toast, milk and coffee

Additional Information
Saturday night check-in starts at 4:30 p.m. with program starting at 6 p.m. Check-out 9 a.m. Troops have admission to the Zoo on Sunday. Participants will need to eat dinner before program starts.

Scout Camp Out FAQ
1.) What should I bring?
You will need to bring a tent, sleeping bags, and a flashlight or lantern. Additionally you may want to bring camping items such as: insect repellant, towels, tarps, camping chairs, and trash bags. Please note the following items are not allowed at the Zoo: alcohol, glass, open flames, and balloons. Also, smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds.

2.) What time should I arrive?
Check-in for the campout is from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. and is located outside the Zoo’s ticket hut. At check -in you will receive a wristband for each registered camper and a schedule of the evening’s activities. All campers must check-in before setting up their camp sites.

3.) Can I arrive prior to check-in?
To tour the Zoo prior to check-in you will need to present either your membership card or a copy of your campout confirmation. You are free to tour the Zoo before check-in but you will not be able to set-up your camp site until after 4:30 p.m.

4.) What time is dinner and breakfast and what will be served?
Campers and chaperones will need to eat dinner prior to arrival at the campout.
The marshmallow roast on Festival Field begins at approximately 9:30p.m. We will
provide each camper with 3 marshmallows and a stick for roasting. You may bring chocolate and graham crackers to make s’mores. In the morning breakfast will be served at the Zoofari Cafe from 7- 8:00 a.m. Included will be ham, eggs, toast, orange juice, and coffee.

5.) What if it rains?
The program is rain or shine

6.) Can I bring extra food?
Yes you may bring snacks, a cooler for additional drinks, chocolate and graham crackers. Please remember no alcohol, glass, open flames, or balloons are allowed

7.) What if I need to leave the campout before it is over?
For the campers’ safety we will be locking the Zoo gate Saturday evening and will not be
opening it until 6:00 am on Sunday. Exit from the Zoo will only be allowed in the event of an emergency. If you find, due to an emergency, that you need to leave the campout during the night please call the emergency phone number 615-428-4939

8.) What about the parking fee?
Parking is included in your registration fee. However, when you enter the Zoo the parking attendants will hand you a parking ticket. You will turn this in at check in and use your wristband on Sunday as your validation stamp to exit.

9.) What if I am a zoo member, is there a discounted rate?
No, the prices for this campout have already been discounted since this is an event for Girl Scouts.

10.) Can I register by phone?
We only have online registration available at this time.

11.) Can I register my entire troop?
Parents are responsible for registering their girl scout and any accompanying chaperones. Troop leaders should not register their troop members.

12.) Are fathers allowed to attend?
Yes, fathers will have a separate area for camping. Scouts attending with their fathers will have the opportunity to camp with their fathers or with their troop if attending.

13.) Are siblings allowed at attend the campout?
No, siblings are unable to attend the campout.

14.) What is the ratio of scouts per adult?
The ratio of scouts per adult is decided by the troop leader and the rules dictated by the Scout Council regarding overnights.

15.) Is there a deadline for registering for the campout?
Campout registration will close on Thursday, August 28. However, the campout has limited capacity and may sell out. A sell out would result in closing registration prior to August 28.