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GEMS for G.I.R.L.s: Cadette Weekend Camp #2

Fri Feb 15, 5:00 PM - Sun Feb 17, 4:00 PM EST
Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, Catawba Map
Summer Camps

Introducing our new GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Cadette 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 Cadette camping experiences.

GSVSC and Mountain Shepherd School’s GEMS for G.I.R.L.s camping experiences are comprised of four weekend camps and a 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 Cadettes.

Weekend Camp #2: earn the Cadette Trees & Eco Trekker badges

 February 15-17, 2019
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 17, 2018
Registration Closes: February 13, 2019
Badge/Patch Included: Yes; courage patch segment and two badges: Cadette Good Sportsmanship & Finding Common Ground
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 February 8, 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, 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 an 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. All activities are "challenge by choice," meaning girls set the boundaries for their participation while pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone.

October 5–7, 2018: Cadette Weekend Camp #1
(Good Sportsmanship & Finding Common Ground badges)

February 15–17, 2019: Cadette Weekend Camp #2
(Trees & Eco Trekker badges)

April 12–14, 2019: Cadette Weekend Camp #3
(Eating for You & Public Speaker badges)

May 17–19, 2019: Cadette Weekend Camp #4
(Financing My Dreams & Entrepreneur badges)

Summer Camp ($425)
During the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s summer camp, 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.

July 7-12, 2019: Cadette Week Summer Camp 
(First Aid badge & Outdoor Journey: Night Owl, Trailblazing & Primitive 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