Camp Ginger Cascades

Located in the beautiful foothills of western North Carolina, just outside Lenoir, Camp Ginger Cascades is one of three outdoor program properties operated by Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. During summer months, Ginger Cascades offers overnight resident and day camp programs for girls ages 5-17. Girls do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend programs.

In addition to summer camping opportunities for individual girls, Ginger Cascades also provides an excellent year-round location and facilities for outside rentals including band camps, church retreats, family gatherings, school groups and troop camping.

Founded in 1963, Camp Ginger Cascades is infused with a passion for the outdoors and is dedicated to helping young girls and women become confident and strong leaders! Being an ACA-accredited camp means parents can rest assured their child will be safe, as they develop their courage, confidence and character – without even realizing it!

Contact Us / Directions

Camp Ginger Cascades
2090 Scout Road
Lenoir, NC  28645
828-758-5321, phone
828-394-5080, fax

Meet the Staff

Elise Wiley, Camp Director

eliseElise’s summer camp journey began as a camper at Girl Scout camps in New York. As she got older, she worked her way from Junior Counselor to Waterfront Director with a Girl Scout residential summer camp in Vermont. Elise attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where she dual-majored in English and Psychology. Elise has worn many work hats, having been a Youth Advocate, Behavioral Health Professional, Education Technician, a Volunteer Coordinator and most recently the Executive Camp Director for non-traditional co-ed day and resident camps in Massachusetts. A former women’s rugby player and Zumba instructor, Elise currently spends her spare time moving and grooving outside, painting, playing with her animals (three dogs, two cats and a bird!) and watching reruns of Star Trek. Her favorite foods are campfire s’mores and mac and cheese.


RodWRod White, Ranger/Site Coordinator

Rod White came to work at Ginger Cascades in 2009 after working 37 years as a master stone mason. Rod grew up just down the road and his family has always lived in the area. He began hiking in this area as a boy and even occasionally helped out the camp rangers as a teenager and young man. Rod has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area. Rod, his wife Tammy and their son Caleb live right by camp. Rod loves working and walking outside! He wants everyone who comes to enjoy the beauty of Ginger Cascades and he especially loves when campers hike on some of his favorite trails!

Wish List

Backpacking Tents

Campfire Pie Irons

Glue Sticks

Life Jackets


Misty Mountain Climbing Harness

Petzl Climbing Helmet

Purchase these items now or contact Camp Ginger Cascades directly concerning any additional items for donation.


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Come dressed in your fairy best! Hear stories of the Winkles, Camp Ginger Cascades’ own special type of pixie, enjoy fairy snacks, play games, take a trip to our fairy garden, and work on enchanted crafts. Wings and tutus welcome for this fairy land adventure. Attendees will make their own fairy door to keep or add to our garden as well as a fairy crown or wand!

In order to maximize the amount of girl participants, please be prepared to register the amount of adults need to adhere to safety activity checkpoints ratios for this troop event. Individually registered girl scouts must attend with an adult.

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This weekend we’ll be working with Juniors to complete steps toward their Outdoor Journey. We’ll be spending time working on our badge requirements, as well as having a ton of camp fun. We’ll end the weekend brainstorming some ways that we can take action in our community to complete our Junior Outdoor Journey. Meals and supplies provided, so bring yourself, your friends, and prepare have an awesome weekend enjoying camp and the great outdoors!

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Join the team at Camp Ginger Cascades as we work to complete our Brownie Outdoor Journey! We’ll be working on completing as many steps of the Brownie Outdoor Journey as possible and helping girls to brainstorm their Take Action project as the final step to completing their journey. Meals and supplies provided, so just bring yourself, your gear and your sense of outdoor adventure.

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