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GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Survival Camp for Cadettes

Join Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd School for GEMS for G.I.R.L.s, a specialized set of Cadette camping experiences which includes completing the Cadette Outdoor Journey.

GSVSC and Mountain Shepherd School's GEMS for G.I.R.L.s camping experiences are comprised of one week long camp and four interval weekend camps throughout the year. Girls are encouraged to attend the week long camp as well as the four interval weekend camps to earn a piece-by-piece patch to show their motivation and completion of the entire program! 

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Based on a combination of the Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd School (GEMS) and Girl Scouts programs, this exceptional set of survival experiences has been specially prepared for Cadettes. Girls will learn and practice wilderness survival skills, many of which will be usefull tools in their day to day life, all while simultaneously completing their Cadette Outdoor Journey in a week-long overnight camp. With the weekend camps that follow throughout the year, girls will immerse themselves in activities that speak to the four Girl Scout Program Pillars: Outdoor Skills, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and STEM. All activities are 'challenge by choice,' meaning girls set the boundaries for their participation while pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone.

During the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s week long overnight camp in July, Cadettes will use the seven GEMS program elements of positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, firecraft, signaling, water, and food  to complete their Cadette Outdoor Journey. This extended camp will teach Cadettes aspects of wilderness survival which they will be able to apply to true-life survival, such as how to work with the resources available to you, and how to stay motivated despite adversity.

During the four GEMS for G.I.R.L.s interval weekend camps, Cadettes will explore the four Girl Scout Program Pillars: Outdoor Skills, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and STEM. Each weekend camp will focus on one of the Pillars, which will expand any Cadette's knowledge of and passion for each Pillar, and show her how she can implement them into her every day growth and well being!

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Week Long Camp ($425) *Registration closes July 26
July 29 – August 3, 2018
Camp FAQ Sheet
Camp starts promptly at 9 AM, Monday, July 30. Campers should plan to arrive at Mountain Shepherd on Sunday, July 29, between 5-6 PM or between 7-8 AM, Monday, July 30, before the session begins. Pickup is Friday at 4 PM. If you need to make special arrangements for pickup or drop off outside these time frames, please contact us at

Financial Assistance Process
Need-based financial assistance is available for campers that qualify. To request financial assistance click this link and complete the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Survival Camp Financial Assistance Application NO LATER than July 24, 2018. If you are approved, you will receive an approval email with your discount code. Wait for this code BEFORE registering for this event. 

Interval Weekend Camps ($125) *Registrations open this fall!
October 5–7, 2018 (Compassion: Outdoors)
February 15–17, 2019 (Courage: STEM)
April 12–14, 2019 (Character: Life Skills)
June 7–9, 2019 (Confidence: Entrepreneurship)

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Join GSVSC and Mountain Shepherd for this incredible wilderness journey experience! Register now to take advantage of this inaugural opportunity.

GEMS for G.I.R.L.s is a partnership of Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd School (created by Dina and Reggie Bennett) and Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.

For more information about Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School visit their website at

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