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GEMS for G.I.R.L.s: Ambassador Summer Camp

Sun Jul 21, 4:00 PM - Fri Jul 26, 4:00 PM
Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, Catawba Map
Summer Camps

Introducing our new GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Ambassador 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 Ambassador 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 Ambassadors.

Summer Camp: earn the Ambassador Ultimate Rec Challenge badge and Outdoor Journey: Outdoor Art Master, Water and Survivor Camper badges

 July 21-26, 2019
Times: Sunday drop-off 4-6 PM
Friday pick-up 4-6 PM

Location: Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School
Price: $425/girl
Registration Opens: September 14, 2018
Registration Closes: July 17, 2019
Badge/Patch Included: Yes; GEMS patch circle, journey and four badges
FAQ, Packing List & Directions: click here to download info for this summer 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 Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application NO LATER than July 10, 2019. 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, Ambassadors 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 an Ambassador’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.

November 2-4, 2018: Ambassador Weekend Camp #1
(Coaching badge)

March 1-3, 2019: Ambassador Weekend Camp #2
(Eco Advocate badge)

May 3-5, 2019: Ambassador Weekend Camp #3
(First Aid badge)

June 14-16, 2019: Ambassador Weekend Camp #4
(On My Own badge)

Summer Camp ($425)
During the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s summer camp, Ambassadors will use the seven GEMS program elements of positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, firecraft, signaling, water, and food to complete their Ambassador Outdoor Journey. This extended camp will teach Ambassadors 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 21-26, 2019: Ambassador Week Summer Camp
(Ultimate Rec Challenge & Outdoor Journey: Outdoor Art Master, Water & Survivor 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