LAST UPDATED 5/18/2023
What is the Lakamaga Conference?
The Lakamaga conference is the longest running volunteer-led educational experience in GSUSA.
Since 1969 a volunteer lead committee has planned and executed a fun and educational event for adult Girl Scout leaders.
It features classes on all sorts of different topics taught by other Girl Scout volunteers and subject matter experts.
From traditions, songs and games, managing conflict in your troop, to learning new skills and creating crafts, learning a new stem activity to do with your troop or simply networking with other leaders, there’s something for everyone!
Where is the conference?
12303 Lakamaga Trail N, marine on St Croix, MN 55047
When is the conference?
The conference is always the third Saturday in August. This year’s conference will be on:
Saturday August 19, 2023
Who is the conference for?
You! Any registered Girl Scout adult member is able to attend.
Whether you’re a new leader or a veteran one, there’s something at the conference for everyone!
How does the conference work?
Participants will have the opportunity to select up to four classes of their choice!
Check back in May to see a list of classes available.
This sounds amazing! Where can I register?
Registration will open soon! Click on the Registration tab and fill out the form to be the first to know!
What if I have an idea for a class I want to see at the conference?
Awesome! Send an email to email@example.com
What if I want to lead a class?
Amazing! We'd love to hear from you! While we are no longer accepting proposals for 2023, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about opportunities for next year.
Will there be an overnight option for Friday August 18, 2023?
Yes! There will limited space available, more information to come later once registration opens.
What is the cost of the conference?
The cost of the 2023 conference will be $25. This includes the classes, lunchtime networking sessions, access to the silent auction, troop boutique, waterfront time, camp tours and the patch!
Will there be lunch/food served?
In order to best meet everyone’s dietary needs all attendees (participants and facilitators) are asked to bring their own lunch/snacks.
Coffee and tea will be provided in the am. Bring your own mug!
A water bottle filling station is available.
Back by popular demand Phat Phil’s food truck will join us from 11am-2pm for french fries, cheese curds, mini donuts, and more! Cash and credit card accepted.
Phat Phil's Menu
Mini Donuts $5
French Fries $3
Cheese Curds $6
Walking Tacos $5
Pickle Chips $6
Corn Dogs $3
Assorted Pop/Water $2
What does the day look like?
7:30am Check in
8:15am Opening flag
8:45-10:15am: Class 1
10:30-12:00pm: Class 2
troop boutique (runs 9:30am-2:30pm)
2:15-3:45pm: Class 3
4:00-5:30pm: Class 4
5:45pm: Closing flag
I am unable to stay the whole day/need to leave early/ can't come until later may I come for part of the day?
We understand that there are many reasons why people might not be able to stay they whole day. If you need to leave early or come later, you are able to do so, we ask that you sign in/out and the check in/out table when you do so. The cost of the conference is $25 regardless of how long you stay or when you come.
Will there be a silent auction this year?
The silent auction is only available to participants at the conference and is in person (no online bidding)
Bidding starts at 11am and closes at 2pm
Items will be available for pick up after 4pm.
Please claim your item before you leave the conference.
The Lakamaga silent auction accepts cash or checks or credit cards payment (minimum purchase amount required)
Follow us on Facebook (Lakamaga Adult Conference) to get previews of silent auction items!
Can i donate an item/items to the silent auction?
You can bring your item the day of the conference or contact us at email@example.com to coordinate a drop off/pick up of the item if you are unable to attend the conference.
Items do not need to be Girl Scout related. They need to be in good repair and working order.
Think of things you might see at a PTA silent auction and you’ll be good.
No alcohol, tobacco products or e-cigarettes are allowed on property
If you have questions as to whether or not your item/items are a good fit for the auction, email us!
Where do the funds from the silent auction go?
Funds are used for improvements at Camp Lakamaga
What is the troop boutique?
The troop boutique is an opportunity for Cadettes, Senior, and Ambassador level Girl Scout Troops or Juliettes to sell their handmade goods to the adult volunteers at the conference.
The boutique is held rain or shine along the path outside of the Annie Paper dining hall.
For more information visit the troop boutique page here.
Will there be a free table this year?
Yes! It is one of the highlights of the conference!
I’ve never been to the conference, what is the free table?
A Girl Scout must “use resources wisely”
Participants are encouraged to bring items they think other Girl Scout leaders/volunteers might like such as: badge binders your troop has aged out of, books, craft materials, clothes and more!
Items must be clean and in good condition, small/loose items must be placed in a zip-loc bag or container, and labeled with what it is (and instructions if applicable) If you want your container back, please label it that way.
No broken or damaged items (If you wouldn't donate it, or want it yourself, don't bring it)
All participants will then have the chance to pick items from the table.
You can bring your items to the conference the day of or if you are unable to attend the conference but have items, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a drop off/pick up.
Will there be SWAPS?
Of course! The conference wouldn’t be complete without this Girl Scout tradition!
We encourage attendees to make and bring SWAPs to share with each other.
I’m a new leader, what are SWAPS?
Swaps are “special whatchamacallits affectionately pinned somewhere” they are small tokens of friendship that girl scouts can exchange with each other. Each swap uniquely reflects a fellow Girl Scout, their troop, or a memory of a special event.
Need ideas? Google and pinterest have tons of ideas!
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