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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.

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Summer is finally here and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than with the GSSEF Outdoor team! We have a variety of exciting new summer programs just for Girl Scouts! Check out the most recent Summer Program Email sent to our membership to find out more.

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 customercare@gssef.org and we will reach out to you with more information!

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NU2U

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Is troop camping new to you? Maybe you're interested in taking your troop camping but don't know where to start? NU2U is your chance to go troop camping with our volunteer pros for an expertly guided one-night event at Camp Welaka!

Leaders can see the basic how-to's while girls hike to the catwalk, swim and canoe. NU2U also offers archery, fire building, cool crafts and warm s'mores! This program is designed for Brownie and Junior Level troops and Leaders who are ready to take the first steps into the amazing world of camp, but have little or no camping experience.

Stay tuned for upcoming NU2U Dates

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NU2U Adult Style

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NU2U: Adult Style will give you, the Troop Leader or Adult Volunteer, an opportunity to have a camping experience with volunteer outdoor pros! This program is for adults only – you will be with other adults who are trying camp for the first time!
 
Become familiar with the basic how-to’s while learning about the Camp Welaka property and enjoy getting comfortable outdoors. NU2U Adult Style includes, but is not limited to, archery, canoeing, fire building, outdoor cooking, cool crafts and warm S’mores. If you are ready to take the first steps into the amazing world of camp, but have little or no experience, come outdoors with us!

Please Note:  NU2U: Adult Style is designed to introduce adult s to outdoor program and does not take the place of Troop Camp Training (TCT)

Stay Tuned for Upcoming NU2U: Adult Style Dates

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Core Camp

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Core Camp takes NU2U to the next level where girls will learn a variety of basic camping skills, including:

  • Fire building
  • Outdoor cooking using several different methods
  • Basic knots
  • Basic first aid
  • Knife skills
  • Identification of trail signs and map making

And don't worry there will also be plenty of time to enhance girls' archery and canoeing prowess! On Sunday girls will engage in practical use of their newly-learned skills in a spirited competition with each other... Girls will also earn components of the following badges or Journeys during their time at Core Camp:

  • Juniors: Camper and Eco-Camper
  • Cadettes: Primitive Camper, Trailblazing, Night Owl and Archery

Please note: NU2U completion is NOT a prerequisite for the Core Camp program.

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Core Camp Dates.

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S.C.A.T.

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S.C.A.T. stands for Sleuthing Critters and Tracks! During this program Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes will become actual animal detectives! Working side-by-side with a wildlife professional, participants will learn all about native animal habitats and behaviors – they’re our full-time Camp Welaka residents after all! We will focus on the animals by studying what they leave behind - including animal scat and tracks - and learn the best ways to track an animal and leave no trace. There will also be a girl-led scavenger hunt to put their newly acquired detective skills to use!

Participating Girl Scouts can also earn components of the following National Badges:

  • Brownies: Girl Scout Way, Fair Play, Outdoor Adventurer
  • Juniors: Eco Camper, Animal Habitats, Detective
  • Cadettes: Primitive Camper, Outdoor Art Apprentice, Trailblazing, Special Agent   

Stay tuned for upcoming S.C.A.T. Dates