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Explore Outdoors

Outdoor adventures await at GSHCC!

Welcome to your one-stop shop for all things outdoors. GSHCC is dedicated to supporting year-round outdoor experiences; day, weekend and sleep-away programs are made available for girls, troops and families. Camp experiences are consistently cited as girls’ favorite memories from their Girl Scout years–we look forward to hosting you at an upcoming experience so you can see why!

An Update Regarding the 2020 Camp Season

In the 74 years since Camp Menzies opened, Girl Scouts have enjoyed summer camp and all that it has to offer. Girl Scout camp is part of girls’ fondest of memories, and we have loved watching girls grow and challenge themselves in this supportive environment. In all of these years, we have never faced anything like our current world challenge. The global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the health and lives of so many loved ones and it is very difficult to know what the next six months will bring.  

So it is with an abundance of caution and a heavy heart that we cancel the GSHCC 2020 Summer Camp Programs: Camp Menzies, Girl Scouts Expeditions, Day Camps, Partnership Programs, and Camp Golden Timbers.

We do this out of concern for the health and safety of our girls, troops, families, and employees. Our summer camp team is looking for alternative opportunities for safe outdoor options, including badges that girls would have earned at camp. Please stay tuned for more information coming your way soon. 

All registrants will receive a full refund for any monies paid, including the $25 deposit. Please watch for emails from GSHCC with details.

As our girls are now in a more virtual world, we want to remind you about our current virtual offerings. Please take a look:

If you have any questions, please email our Customer Care Team at customercare@girlscoutshcc.org. Please note, we have adjusted our work hours during this unusual time. We are closed on Fridays through April and will return your email as soon as possible.

Questions? Take a look at our FAQ page.

Ready to get started? Login to MyGS and use the search to find outdoor activity and secure your spot today.

Not a Girl Scout? No problem– become a Girl Scout member, create your account and immediately get access to all Girl Scout programs. 


Check out our Get Outside map— is an interactive resource made just for you. Click on the icons on the map below to check out local, fun things Girl Scouts can do outside.

 

Get Outside Map Site Submission

 

Don’t see a location you love to visit and would like to share with your Girl Scout sisters? Fill out the Site Submission form and we’ll add it! Please click here to fill out the form. 

 

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Our Camps

There is plenty of research to show that spending time in nature can nurture creativity and healthy social development, and help girls gain the skills to seek and conquer challenges. At resident camp, girls have the opportunity to discover and connect with the natural world, and learn how to take action like a G.I.R.L.! Whether in a tent or a cabin, with council staff or fantastic volunteers, a summer of adventure awaits.  

Explore the unique character of GSHCC's three resident camps:

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Weekend Camping

Camping isn’t just for the summer anymore. Outdoor experiences provide challenges and enhance leadership skills while exploring nature that inspire girls’ curiosity, discovery and problem solving. We offer a variety of weekend events throughout the year for girls, troops, groups and families.

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Horse Programs

Come meet the GSHCC horses and experience something new.  We offer weekend programs during the school year for girls and troops and horseback riding and horse-themed camps at our resident camp, Camp Menzies, during the summer.

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Family Camping

Family camps are opportunities for Girl Scouts and their families to have an outdoor camp experience together!

Interested in camping as a family?  Or just you and your Girl Scout?

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Girl Scout Ranger Program

The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites, or design their own experience or project to align with Journey work badge activities, or a Take Action or Highest Award project. Girl Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for their participation.

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