Camp Darden

Camp Darden News

On Saturday, June 29, over 50 people gathered at Camp Darden, a Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast property near Franklin, to hold a dedication ceremony for the new pool and low-ropes course at the camp. The Girl Scouts were joined by Franklin Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn and Irene Darden Field and John Field. Irene is the daughter of the late former Virginia Governor Colgate Darden Jr., who donated the camp property to the Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast CEO Tracy Keller was joined by Girl Scouts Emily Farmer and Maureen Keller, board member Denise Frey, Virginia Beach Girl Scout volunteers Carol Watkins, Susan Ramsland, and Irene Darden Field for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterwards, guests had the opportunity to swim in the new pool, try the new low-ropes course, go canoeing and take tours of the camp. Plans to replace the 25 year old pool at Camp Darden began in July 2012 with a $5,000 donation from the Obici Foundation. Other individuals and organizations added their support to the campaign to help make the new pool a reality for campers at Camp Darden. Thank you donors! View photos from the day.


Camp Darden is located a few minutes away from Franklin, Virginia. The city offers great local shopping, as well as major retailers, and a brush up on history.

At 105 acres and with a sleeping space for 241, Camp Darden is a great destination for single troops or larger groups. Modern and rustic facilities include:

  • Dining hall
  • Cabins
  • Lodges
  • Screened Adirondacks
  • Yurt
  • Platform tents
  • Screened shelters
  • U-Pitch tent area

Seasonally, guests enjoy nature hikes, boating and swimming.

4 Cabins

15 Platform tents

Swimming pool

1 Yurt

5 Lodges

Dining hall

3 Screened shelters

Pond Amphitheater