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Mad Mud Challenge

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Take your place at the starting line for the Mad Mud and Mini Mad Mud Challenges! Run, leap, and cheer as you tackle the bold and extremely muddy course!

Registration is Now Open! Follow the links below to register. 

Mini Mad Mud Challenge will be on Saturday, August 13, 2022 and is open to Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies.

Mad Mud Challenge will be on Sunday, August 14, 2022 and is open to Girl Scout Juniors and up.

You will be able to choose from multiple check-in times for both events.

Are you interested in attending Mini Mad Mud or Mad Mud but don't see enough spots available for your group? Join our waitlist by completing this form:

Check out the Mad Mud map here!*
*Map subject to change based on course conditions.

Volunteer with us!

Interested in volunteering? All volunteers who volunteer a full day (at least 7 hours) will get free admission to the course at the end of the day they volunteer on. This volunteer opportunity is open to all adults and Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Volunteer during Mini Mad Mud

Volunteer During Mad Mud

Event Information

Before You Arrive

Consent Form: All participants are required to submit a completed consent form by the time of check in. If a participant is under the age of 18, their parent/guardian must sign the consent form. Anyone who fails to provide a consent form will be unable to participate.

Health History Form: Your group should have health history forms for everyone who is attending the event. Your group leader will be responsible for keeping these forms with them during the program.

Mini Mad Mud: Adults are required to participant with their Girl Scout(s) during the Mini Mad Mud Challenge. Please be sure that your group has adults registered in accordance with the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Spectators (non participants) DO NOT count for this requirement because they are not allowed on the course.

Mad Mud: Adults must be on property as either participants or spectators during the event in accordance with the Safety Activity Checkpoints. All participants are required to have at least one other person to do the course with them as their buddy. 

What To Bring/What Not to Bring

What to Bring with You:

  • A positive attitude!
  • Change of Clothing and footwear for post event
  • Garbage Bag (for wet, muddy gear post-event)
  • A towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water and snacks to refuel on your car ride home (Water stations will be available along the course)

What to Leave at Home:

  • Electronic devices
  • Valuable, non-replaceable items (jewelry, etc.)
  • Unnecessary wallet items- leave them in the car unless you would like to purchase something from our shop
  • Items that are banned on all Girl Scout properties including weapons, drugs and alcohol

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.    

What to Wear:

Footwear: Closed toe shoes that can be secured tightly on your feet. For most participants this means an old pair of sneakers. Rubber rain boots, Crocs, and flip flops are NOT permitted on property.

Clothing: Form-fitting, lightweight, breathable clothing. Be aware that the clothes you wear will get muddy and potentially damaged.

Accessories: please limit the amount of accessories you wear. Consider tying hats, sunglasses and other accessories to your clothing so they don’t sink in our mud pits or pond elements.

Hair: Long hair should be securely tied back.

Property Information

Obstacles: You will see a variety of different obstacles on the course, each testing different skills and abilities. Some obstacles include pond elements, balancing exercises, and slides. A full list of obstacles will be sent out about two weeks before the program.

Course Length: Mini Mad Mud is about 1 mile and Mad Mud is about 2 miles

Average Time: The average time to finish the Mad Mud course is about 1.5 hours and about 45 minutes for Mini Mad Mud. You should plan to be on property for and additional 1.5 hours to allow for check in and changing after the program. How long it will take you also depends on your level of fitness, your pace, and the pace at which groups in front of you are moving through the course.

Bathrooms: There will be plenty of portable bathrooms available near the starting line.

Changing Tent: A changing tent will be provided outside for participant use.

Camp Buildings: All buildings are off limits for the duration of the event.

Food and Drink: There will be three water stations available for participants. Food will not be permitted on the course. Spectators (non participants) should bring their own water bottles.

Pets: Pets are not permitted.

Photo Stations: There are four photo stations near the start and finish lines of the course.

Cell Phone Service: Cell phone service is limited at Camp Crooked Lane.

Code of Conduct

Buddy System: All participants must remain with at least one other person on the course.  Buddies should be chosen by ability and pace of the participants. There are three buddy checks throughout the course where buddies should check in with each other. 

Skipping Elements:  Participants are encouraged to skip any obstacle they are not comfortable completing. Mad Mud is meant to challenge you while you have fun. If you think a particular obstacle really isn't going to do this for you, just go around it! Please note that some elements are impassible without getting in the mud or crossing the creek. You will still get muddy even if you skip elements.

Don’t Rush: Mad Mud Challenge is NOT a race. It is a personal challenge with the goal of overcoming obstacles and completing the course. This is why we do not time people and why we try to avoid using the word "race" when describing this event.  Each participant should feel free to go at their own pace.

Sportsmanship: Please be patient and respectful of all groups on the course. Cheer each other on and show support for others.

Spectators (non participants):
Viewing Points: Spectators are NOT permitted on the course. There are designated spectator viewing points on the course and at the finish line that can be utilized by those who are not participating.

Footwear: Spectators are required to follow the footwear guidelines above.

Water: Spectators should bring their own water and refreshments.

Check-In and Parking

Check in: Check in will be 30 min. before your start time. Please arrive to Camp Crooked Lane and stay in your vehicle as you approach the check in booth. There will be a GSOH staff member or volunteer to help check you in. At this time, the leader of your group will check everyone in and receive all the maps, wristbands, Mad Mud patches and incentives. The leader of your group will be identified as the person who placed your order. If you are not the leader of your group, you will continue through check in to parking.  

Parking: Please follow all signs and markers when parking. There will be GSOH staff and volunteers assisting with parking. Please follow their direction when arriving to and leaving from Camp Crooked Lane.

Starting Line

Starting line volunteers will be sending groups on the course about every 2 minutes. Be prepared to wait for your turn after checking in. While you wait, the starting line volunteers will remind everyone of the course guidelines and will check to make sure each participant has followed the dress requirements outlined above. Any participant who fails to follow these requirements will be unable to participate. 


Obstacles: Each obstacle is inspected and tested prior to being used.

First Aid: First aid certified adult volunteers and GSOH staff members will be stationed along the course and at the finish line.

Lifeguards: Lifeguard certified GSOH staff members will be stationed along pond elements.

Course Guides: Course guide volunteers will be stationed at most elements throughout the course. Please go to the nearest course guide if you have any questions or concerns while on the course. They can point you in the direction of the nearest first aid or water station and have access to walkie talkies to communicate emergency situations. Course guides will also encourage and support participants along the elements. 

Emergency Procedures

First Aid: If you are presented with a life-threatening or serious injury, please appoint someone to call 9-1-1 immediately and give them the location 6998 Co Rd 40, Mt Gilead, OH 43338 be sure to let them know where on property you are. Send another person to the nearest first aid station. If you are presented with a non-life-threatening injury, please send the person to the first aid station for treatment as appropriate.

Thunderstorms: This is a rain or shine event. Please be prepared to complete the course in the rain. In more severe rain, participants can take shelter at one of the pavilions until the rain passes. For thunderstorms, volunteers will guide everyone to shelter. The program will resume 30 minutes after the last lightning is sighted or thunder heard. GSOH staff will make a cancelation call if thunderstorms do not subside.  

Costume Contest

Do your girls like to get creative and dress up? Participate in the Mad Mud social media costume contest! More details on how to participate will come about 2 weeks before the program date.


  • 1st place: 1 free night at Camp Crooked Lane (Lodge of your choice) Up to $100 value!
  • 2nd place: 2 free hours at the Crooked Lane Spray Ground, $30 value!
  • 3rd place: 1 free hour at the Crooked Lane Spray Ground, $15 value!

Winners will be sent a promotional code to redeem their prize. Winner will have until September 30, 2023 to redeem their prize.

Costume Contest Guidelines

Costumes must follow the dress guidelines outlined above. Please be mindful of the materials you use to create your costume. Avoid using any materials that could fall off and pollute Camp Crooked Lane. 

Event Staff

The Mad Mud Challenge is grateful for all the volunteers and staff members who make the event possible. Please follow the direction of the volunteers and staff and let them know how much you appreciate them! 


In case of extreme weather conditions, please call 614-643-1745 to see if the program will run as scheduled. Any messages will be posted two hours prior to the start time of the program.

Refund Policy

May request an 80% refund in writing up to 4 weeks prior to the first day of the program. Less than 4 weeks before the first day of the program, no refund is available.

In the case of a last-minute emergency:

  • Such as family or medical emergency, death in the family or other unique circumstances, late refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Documentation is required for all last-minute refunds to be considered.  

Please call Customer Care at 614-487-8101 and reference The Mad Mud Challenge. Email questions can be sent to

We look forward to seeing you!