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High Adventure

From the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long, storied, and successful history of getting girls outdoors. In fact, many Girl Scouts say that “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience. And it’s true: connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.

Check out the challenging, fun, high adventure outdoor programs we are offering year-round here at GSSEF:

Interested in more opportunities? Check out the life-changing Destinations trips just for Girl Scouts!

Why choose Outdoor Programs?

Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. But as a Girl Scout, she’ll have plenty of opportunities to create her own outdoor adventures and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors—whether with her troop, at camp, or with friends and family.

And that’s great news—because when Girl Scouts get outside, they:

  • Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
  • Become team players and care more about protecting our environment

When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Want to Volunteer?

We are always seeking talented, strong and resourceful volunteers with a passion for the outdoors to help us with our programs. If you are interested in helping out please contact us at and we will reach out to you with more information!

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Nu2u is the perfect first time camping experience for new troops as well as a great opportunity to brush up on your outdoor skills. GSSEF volunteers provide all the certifications and program, all you need to do is bring your girls. Participants will explore camp with activities like canoeing, archery, crafts, hiking and so much more. 

Whole troop not ready yet? Bring the ones that are or encourage them to sign up individually for the program.

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Core Camp

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Core Camp takes your outdoor skills to the next level! Girls will compete throughout the weekend in all things Girl Scouts; outdoor skills, living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and Girl Scout/Camping trivia. Right off the bat, the girls will start earning points for their unit team by answering trivia questions, being helpful and courteous in their actions, and using their outdoor skills. As the weekend progresses girls will hone their skills in canoeing, archery, hiking, knot-tying, knife safety, first aid and so much more.

Girls will also work on their fire-building and outdoor cooking skills by preparing their meals in the unit using different cooking methods. All meals and snacks are included in the program. And as every cook knows, these skills also include cleaning up and doing dishes the Girl Scout camp way.

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S.C.A.T. stands for Sleuthing Critters and Tracks! Bring your troop and sharpen your detective skills at Camp Welaka. Come learn about animal habitats, and behavior – including animal scat, tracks and more! Learn about our Camp Welaka animals by studying what they leave behind and why it is so important. We will be learning the best ways to track an animal and leave no trace. And we have a great game for you to put your newly acquired detective skills to use!

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Mariner Days

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Have you heard about the relaunch of the Mariner Scout program? Mariner Scouts are Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors that are interested in focusing their Girl Scout Leadership experience on activities in, on, or near the water! Girls will hone their canoeing skills and learn how to re-enter the canoe from the water. This is an introductory program that will provide the girls with some hands-on experience of what a Mariner Girl Scout can do.

More mariner events are coming soon.