Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House

Dedicated to Girl Scouts in 1926, Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House is the oldest active scout meeting house today. Named after former First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, who established the first West Coast troop and served as president of Girl Scout USA, the meeting house is located in Palo Alto, next to a lovely city park, public pool, local zoo, junior museum, and easy access to downtown Palo Alto. A wonderful building for troop activities, trainings, and overnights.

Driving directions, sitemaps, and additional information are provided upon reservation.

Please Note: If you are a Non Girl Scout Non Profit Serving Youth and are interested in renting one of our sites, please contact us at registration@gsnorcal.org for pricing and information. We are not able to rent our properties for private events, companies or non profits not serving youth.

Rental Period

Day Only (except Sundays): 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday Day Only: 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Night: 6:00 PM–9:30 AM

Site Information

Total Camp Capacity: 30 people/night and 100 people/day


  • 1 large activity room
  • 2 program rooms
  • Kitchen with basics
  • Indoor restroom
  • Outside picnic and play areas

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Rates for GSNorCal Members

(These rates are for June 1, 2022 - May 30, 2023)

Name of Rental Unit Capacity Day/Night Day Rate Night Rate Night/Day Rate
Entire Site 100/30 $55$110$165

Rates for June 1, 2023 - May 30, 2024 coming soon!

Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House

1120 Hopkins Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94301

From 101:

  • Cross the Bay Bridge
  • Continue on I-80 South and take 280 South to Daly City.
  • Take Embarcadero Rd West/Oregon Expy, 3rd ramp toward Stanford University.
  • Turn right on Newell.
  • Turn left on Hopkins.
  • Turn left into the parking lot at the end of the street next to the large brown building.

From 280:

  • Take Page Mill Road E (toward the Bay).
  • Page Mill becomes Oregon Expy following the El Camino Real intersection.
  • Turn left on Middlefield Rd.
  • Following the Middlefield/Embarcadero intersection, turn right into parking lot. There is a parking sign directing you to Palo Alto Junior Museum.
  • Pass the museum, park close to the large brown building.