Camp Tanglefoot – Girl Scout Camp – Clear Lake, Iowa

tanglefoor.jpg    Tanglefoot Girl Scout Camp in Clear Lake, Iowa

With over 3000 Girl Scouts attending camp each summer whether it is for a one night experience or as long as 18 days, the influence of camp will be a building experience for years to come.

Non-Girl Scouts and parents and families are also welcome at the camp.

Camp Tanglefoot has recently completed an extensive renovation plan, and invested more than $600,000 in new cabins, showers, maintenance shop, game court, outdoor shelter, and the unique, two-level year-round program chalet, the "Oaks". Popular activities include swimming, sailing instruction, canoeing, arts, music, bicycling, theme events, environmental projects, no-trace camping skills, an obstacle course and high ropes challenge course, and the "Leaders in Training" project for older girls.

The camp employs 30 specially trained and certified summer staff. Special programs are developed for the campers. The camp is an accredited member of the American Camping Association, and operates under the guidelines of GSUSA, the Red Cross, U.S. Sailing Association, American Canoeing Association, and The Association of Challenge Course technology.

From September to May, the camp buildings are available on a limited rental basis for meetings, seminars and retreats. The grounds are available for hiking, nature study and cross-country-skiing.

Location: 14948 Dogwood Ave, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428
Phone: (641) 357-2481 


  1. Patty Wilson says:

    I need directions to the camp – my daughter are coming sat. – for an overnighter.

    thank you,


  2. Good evening Patty,
    Since I don’t know where you are coming from to get to the camp I suggest that you go to and get an online map. I use that all the time and think it is the best out there. It will direct you to the camp, just take the address off the article and you should be good to go!
    Thank you for contacting us, good luck!
    Pat Watson

  3. Charlotte Hutz says:

    Camp Tanglefoot is the most beautiful, magical place I have ever been, steeping girls of all ages in music, traditions and love, and I believe it will continue to teach and grow for many years. Thank you to Shannon and the amazing staff for a remarkable experience for my daughter.


  4. The summer of 1960 I fell in love with Camp Gaywood (now called Tanglefoot). The camaraderie, friendship, and love of nature have been treasures I cherish to this day 50 years later. Gertrude Fick, the camp founder and director of the local GS council, created an environment for safe exploration of ourselves and our natural world. She knew each girl personally and many became her friends for life like I did. Cindy Findley took over from Buzz (Gert’s nickname) and continued the rich traditions and positive role models and healthy environment for girls to continue to enjoy the magic of camp. Other than my faith in God, camp’s magic and memories are my greatest gifts I have received in life.

  5. I am a girl scout and I only go to Tangelfoot because I beleive the other camps being Sacajewea and Joy Hollow are more of what I like to call “luxury camps.” This year I am attending the Climbers in The Sky camp which involves the high ropes challenge coarse. The cabins are very nice and so are the tents. They also allow the girls to do archery. I am already packing. This is my all-time favorite camp and I encourage all girls to attend. The counselers are also very considerate and caring for the girls as well.

  6. I went to Camp Tanglefoot this year ,it was so fun this was my 5th year and I went to Climbers in the Sky with maycie. I went on the ropes coarse, and I was a little scared ,but it was really fun. I have never gone to Sacajewea or Joy Hollow, but if i had the choice to go to any of them I would go to Tangefoot. A fun, exciting, and beautiful place. So it’s like a home away from home with people who care. Like Julia cira who cares and cherishes all the time we have at camp.

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