With over 280 acres of land, Camp Skylark Ranch is home to dozens of horses and quality riding programs that attract campers and staff members from all over the world, beginners and experienced equestrians alike. When you spend every day saddling up, feeding, grooming, and exploring the dirt paths and redwood forests of Santa Cruz County with your horses, it’s hard not to develop a special bond. Three past staff members, Squirrely, Willow, and Phoenix, share some magical memories from their time riding and making friends with the horses at Skylark Ranch.
Deep in the forested foothills of Calaveras County you’ll find ancient trees, glittering lakes, and one of GSNorCal’s oldest camp properties: Camp Sugar Pine. For over 75 years, generations of campers have laughed, learned, and explored, but the camp still has tons of magic and mystery for new campers and veterans alike.
Did you know that you could learn to fence, rock climb, go backpacking, and even participate in indoor skydive as a Girl Scout? As girls grow and continue through Girl Scouts, they will explore unfamiliar fields, learn new skill sets appropriate for their age-level, and experience healthy risks and challenges.
Harness the power of the sun to get your outdoor cooking done! Covering easy-to-make solar cookers, recipe alterations, and technique tips, Barby shares how Girl Scouts are making a difference around the world with this innovative cooking method.
In this post, Mary-Jane walks through Step 3 of the Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart, Move Out, by sharing tips on how to plan your first walk outside. From choosing the perfect path to deciding how to dress, Mary-Jane has pro-tips to help you and your girls Move Out!
With so many outdoor program options, you may be wondering “Why should I send my girl to Girl Scout Camp?” In this post, Mary, our Senior Director of Camps & Adventure, shares the greatness of a Girl Scout camp—the activities, friendships, experiences, personal growth, tradition, and fun, sprinkled with camp magic and mashed together over the span of one, two, or even three weeks away from home.
Girl Scout camp plays an essential part in the growth of your girls, but it’s not always easy sending your daughter to camp for the first time. Angela shares her experience and why it turned out to be the best decision for her daughter.
At Girl Scouts of Northern California, we believe opportunity and experiences are the greatest gifts of all. Whether you are searching for the perfect gift for that proud Girl Scout in your life or you want to give back and help support the next generation of Girl Scouts, our 2017 gift guide has something for everyone.
A great way to move on from looking at what’s outside is meeting outside. In this post, Mary-Jane continues our journey through the Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart as she suggests a few fun activities to help your girls start interacting with the outdoors and complete Step 2: Meet Out.
Girl Scouts has a long history of getting girls outdoors, and getting your girls outside doesn’t have to be an overwhelming trek. So to help you with the process, Mary-Jane will be writing a blog post every month or so on fun and easy ways to move through the Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart. Check out Mary-Jane’s four suggestions on how to complete Step 1: Look Out.
Fun patches are one of our most popular items in our GSNorCal retail stores. With no specific requirements, they’re the perfect way to spark new ideas to help facilitate girl-led activities! In this post, our Director of Retail, Cambria, shares a few of her favorite new fun patches.
Ten years ago on October 1, 2007, five Girl Scout councils merged to form Girl Scouts of Northern California. In the spirit of our 10 year celebration, our CEO Marina Park shares 10 highlights from the last decade that have personally touched her heart and give her hope for our future.