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GEMS for G.I.R.L.s: Senior Weekend Camp #1

Fri Oct 19, 5:00 PM - Sun Oct 21, 4:00 PM
Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, Catawba Map
Summer Camps

Introducing our new GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Senior Survival Camp 2018-19

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 Senior camping experiences.

GSVSC and Mountain Shepherd School’s GEMS for G.I.R.L.s camping experiences are comprised of four weekend camps and one week-long summer camp throughout the year. Girls are encouraged to attend the four weekend camps as well as the week-long summer camp to earn a piece-by-piece patch to show their motivation and completion of the entire program. Based on a combination of the Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd School (GEMS) and Girl Scout programs, this exceptional set of survival experiences has been specially prepared for Girl Scout Seniors.

Weekend Camp #1: earn the Senior Social Innovator & Voices of Animals badges; compassion patch segment

October 19-21, 2018
Times: Friday drop-off 5-8 PM
Saturday optional drop-off 7-8 AM
Sunday pick-up 4-6 PM

Location: Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School
Price: $125/girl
Registration Opens: September 14, 2018
Registration Closes: October 17, 2018
Badge/Patch Included: Yes; patch segment and two badges
FAQ, Packing List & Directions: click here to download info for this weekend camp

To Register: click on the "REGISTER NOW" green button above

Financial Assistance: need-based financial assistance is available for campers that qualify. To request financial assistance, click this link to complete the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Survival Interval Weekend Camp Financial Assistance Application NO LATER than October 12, 2018. If you are approved, you will receive an approval email with your discount code. Wait for this code BEFORE registering for this event. 

Questions: or 540-777-5100

Weekend Camps ($125/girl per weekend)
During the four GEMS for G.I.R.L.s weekend camps, Seniors 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 a Senior’s knowledge of and passion for each pillar, and show her how she can implement them into her every day growth and well being. All activities are "challenge by choice," meaning girls set the boundaries for their participation while pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone.

October 19-21, 2018: Senior Weekend Camp #1
(Social Innovator & Voices of Animals badges)

February 22-24, 2019: Senior Weekend Camp #2
(Sky & Eco Explorer badges)

April 26-28, 2019: Senior Weekend Camp #3
(Locavore & Woman's Health badges)

May 31–June 2, 2019: Senior Weekend Camp #4
(Buying Power & Business Etiquette badges)

Summer Camp ($425)
During the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s summer camp, Seniors will use the seven GEMS program elements of positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, firecraft, signaling, water, and food to complete their Senior Outdoor Journey. This extended camp will teach Seniors 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.

July 14-19, 2019: Senior Week Summer Camp
(Paddling & Outdoor Journey: Adventurer, First Aid & Adventure Camper badges)

Learn more about the entire camp program here!

GEMS for G.I.R.L.s is a partnership of Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd School and Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council. For more information about Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School visit their website at