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Not sure about something? Check out our most commonly asked questions here, and if you still need help please contact us directly.

Do I have to live in the state to be a member of this group?

No. We know Girl Campers roam and we hope you will roam our way some day! Feel free to join us and learn what great camping locations exist here!

Why do I have to answer these questions to find events?

We are doing what we can to protect the privacy and location of our Girl Campers and ensure that you have a genuine interest in finding a tribe to camp with, learn more about camping or simply to get started as a newbie in the Girl Camper world!

Can I invite my friends to join this page?

As long as they’re Girl Campers or Wannabe-Girl Campers – all ages are welcome!

Can I bring my dog or pet to a Girl Camper event?

Yes!! If you are the responsible owner of a friendly pooch, please bring him/her – as long as they are leashed. (Campground rules apply, so kindly check their rules ahead of time). Please be considerate of other Girl Campers who may be afraid of dogs or allergic. Your event host may ask that there be no dogs at gathering time, meals and around the campfire for the safety and comfort of your fellow campers, but that is at the discretion of your Girl Camper Chapter Guide and the campground.

Are men allowed in these groups?

We love the men in our lives and there will be some events that will include your partner or spouse but overall, we are Girl Campers and we should keep the group that way to protect the privacy of the group and create a culture of women lifting each other up, leaving all their cares at home and having fun together without the distractions of the men in our lives!

What’s the median age of the Girl Campers?

We like to say we’re ageless and not focus on age. We’re getting younger with each adventure. All ages are welcome and there are members in groups ranging in age from 18 to 90. A large portion of women however are at that stage of life where they can focus on themselves and do things they’ve been postponing while working, child rearing and taking care of aging parents. Newly minted empty nesters make up a big portion of the Girl Camping movement.

Does everyone have a vintage trailer?

No way! Some groups have members who love vintage trailers and they tend to get photographed more which makes it seem as if the whole movement is made up of vintage trailers. There are
lots of new trailers, family trailers, old pop ups, motorhomes and vans in the girl camping movement. The one thing that many campers have in common is the desire to make whatever they are camping in feel like home. Whether it’s a pretty bedspread or a whole renovation, Girl Camper trailers tend to reflect their owner’s personality.

Do I have to pay a membership fee?

No, there’s no membership fee at Girl Camper but we will ask you a few questions to make sure you are not a Russian bot!

Do I have to own a trailer to join?

Not at all. There’s no wrong way to Camp Like a Girl and if owning a trailer is a goal of yours, cabin and tent camping with us is a great way to learn.

Are the women involved in Girl Camping single?

They are a mixed bag of married, widowed, divorced and single women. Girl Campers come from every background, race, orientation and socio-economic group. The common denominator is a desire for independent travel, adventure seeking, overcoming challenges and forming new friendships. Some travel solo, some bring their friends/daughters/mothers but all are welcome!

Do I need a travel trailer to be a Girl Camper?

No! There’s no wrong way to “camp like a girl!” If you already own a trailer and are looking for friends to camp with, that’s great! If you are looking at all the fun and want to be part of it but don’t know the first thing about trailers, it’s alright. Find a group near you and sign up for a camp out. Rent a cabin at the campground, borrow a tent, convert your minivan to a camper for the weekend, bunk with a friend or rent an RV. Just get started.

How often do women go camping?

That varies widely and depends on your stage of life, level of adventure seeking, economic resources, and ability to disconnect. There are single women who spend months on the road at a time and others who are working full time and manage to get away for a few weekends a year. Whatever works for you.

I don’t know how to tow and it terrifies me. How can I learn?

You are not alone here. The number one most cited reason for not joining the fun is a fear of towing. I’ve addressed this on the podcast a few times but will say here that towing is a skill set you just have to learn. It is not dangerous. If it was U-haul, you would not give everyone who walks in the door with a valid driver’s license and watches a fifteen-minute video a trailer to drive away with. Their insurance companies wouldn’t let them! A good podcast episode on towing is here. https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-113-towing-tips-with-mark-polk/

I see a lot of party themed camp outs and dress up events in some of the groups. I’m more of a hiking kind of girl. Are all of these groups party themed?

No. This is another side effect of what sells on social media. The majority of Girl Camping groups are women who are camping, hiking, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, fishing, attending an concert or event and just enjoying the outdoors. That doesn’t get passed around on Pinterest the way a bunch of women dressed like Rosie the Riveter does! The big party themed camp outs are so much fun but not the norm. Within groups you will see event descriptions that will tell you what kind of trip it is. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us help you plan one!

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