Camp Skylark Ranch Director Eliz “Apple” Adem spent a lot of time at Skylark Ranch as a Girl Scout, attending Service Unit Camporees and completing her Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program, which inspired her to pursue her current career. She shares her experience with the CIT program, and why she believes that leadership training is so important for every Girl Scout’s development.
Whether winter camping means watching frost form on the window from the inside of a cozy, heated hotel room or it packing-in supplies to camp in the snow, here’s what how to plan a cozy winter outdoor adventure.
Camping with older girls is a whole new experience. They’re more independent, and capable of handling much of the trip planning and set up. But they also have different needs, interests, and goals than they did when they camped as younger Girl Scouts. Check out these tips for a successful older girl camping trip.
Camp can change your life. Girl Scout staff member and former camper and counselor Gabi shares how her experience at Camp Bothin shaped who she is today.
From packing your bag and planning your route to learning proper hiking etiquette and reflecting on your outdoor experience, here are 8 important topics to cover when planning a hike with your Girl Scouts.
We can’t say it enough: Girl Scout camp is a transformative experience. Every summer, under the clear California skies, girls of all ages make new friends, push their limits, and learn to love the person that they are. We reached out to our camp alums to find out what camp meant to them and received an outpouring of love and beautiful camp stories. Here’s what they had to say.
You don’t have to be an expert camper or a pro backpacker to take your girls on a troop camping trip. From picking a campsite to preparing parents, here are 6 steps to help you and your girls tackle your first troop camping trip, regardless of experience..
From lesser known naturalist heroines like Rachel Carson and Herma Albertson Baggley to great conservationists like Jane Goodall, women have always had a place in exploring nature. But you don’t have to live with chimpanzees or trailblaze Yellowstone National Park to inspire a love of the outdoors in your girls! Dive into the complex beauty and diversity of the natural world with the Girl Scout Naturalist badges!
Our council-run camps at Skylark Ranch, Sugar Pine, and Bothin are full of fantastic outdoor adventure, but they aren’t the only options! Volunteer-run camps (VRCs) also serve up a classic Girl Scout camp experience. From Gilroy to Humboldt and everywhere in between, there is a camp for every girl. Here are 5 reasons why you should sign your girl up for one of your local VRCs this summer.
Camp is a transformative experience for every Girl Scout: trying new things, roasting marshmallows under the stars, and making life-long friends and camp sisters. But that kind of transformation can be daunting or even a little scary for first-time campers. Here are our four best tips on making sure your girl is a happy camper.
Whether your girls are working on outdoor-themed badges, putting your outdoor skills and knowledge into practice, or just getting out to enjoy the sunshine with their Girl Scout sisters, Ann Marie Brown, author of Moon 101 Great Hikes San Francisco Bay Area has the perfect hike for your next outdoor adventure.
Whether you’re camping for the first time (as a girl or as a troop leader), or leveling up your survival skills, it can be a little nerve-wracking to get started. Never fear: there’s a troop camping badge for every level of Girl Scouts with age appropriate resources and skill-building activities to turn your troop into happy campers.