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Get Outdoors & Read: Camp Rangers' Favorite Books


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September marks National Literacy Month! To celebrate, our camp rangers and staff are sharing their favorite books about nature. Reading outdoors is not only enjoyable and relaxing, it’s something girls can do when they come to one of our great camp properties. What could be better than curling up with a book under a shady spot on a beautiful afternoon? We hope these books will inspire you to get lost in a book or go on your own adventure in the great outdoors.

The Lorax by Dr, Seuss

Maura, Outdoor Program Manager
In true Dr. Seuss fashion, the book is full of whimsical illustrations and characters. But unlike his other books,The Lorax tackles the topic of environmental issues and conservation. The Lorax speaks for the trees and teaches us we all can take part in saving the plant. 

The Eagle and the Wren by Dr. Jane Goodall

Ranger Deb, Camp Indian Echo Ranger
World-renowned chimpanzee authority Dr. Jane Goodall retells a beloved story from her childhood. It is a fable for all times that illustrates how we depend on each other for help and support throughout our lives. Deb shares “I bought this book after meeting Dr. Jane in 2000 at Indian Echo. I enjoy reading it to my grandchildren every time they visit.”

The Wump World by Bill Peet

Ranger Cara, Camp Wildwood
Similar to The Lorax, this is another children’s book about the dangers on pollution in our environment. Find out what happens when the Pollutians invade the Wump World and turn the green meadows into a concrete jungle. Cara shares, “This has forever been one of my favorites and it's a little known book.”

The Call of the Wild by Jack Landon

Ranger Darryl, Camp Wai Lani Ranger
The Call of the Wild
is a novel set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. Darryl adds, “I probably read it in middle school and have ever since wanted to go live in the Yukon with a dog and a rifle! Little boys can be sooo impressionable!”

National Audubon Society Field Guides


Ranger Elton, Camp Wildwood Ranger
This series of guides is the ultimate nature reference. National Audubon Society offers twenty guides that cover everything in nature from birds, wildflowers, trees, mammals, insects, fish and much more. Each book features full-color photographic identification pictures, arranged for quick access, and definitive text by authorities.

The Foxfire Book Series

Ranger Matt, Camp Dorothy Thomas Ranger
Originally started as a collection of magazine articles, this book series captures the oral history, craft traditions, and other materials of the vanishing culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Florida’s Fabulous Birds by Winston Williams

Ranger John, Camp Scoutcrest Ranger
This is an excellent book for the Florida bird watcher. It has large color photographs of the birds in their natural habitats. You are sure to find many of these bird at any of our camp properties.


Are you ready to escape into the great outdoors? Go for a hike. Look for rare birds. Enjoy a day on the water. Whatever adventure you're looking for can be found at a Girl Scout Camp! Now is the perfect time to start planning a troop camping trip. Learn more