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GEMS for G.I.R.L.s: Senior & Ambassador Weekend Camp #2

Fri Mar 01, 5:00 PM - Sun Mar 03, 4:00 PM EST
Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, Catawba Map
Summer Camps
Senior, Ambassador

GEMS for G.I.R.L.s Courage: STEM
March 1-3, 2019
Seniors earn their Sky & Eco Explorer badges; Ambassadors earn their Eco Advocate badge.

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 camping experiences which includes completing the Senior & Ambassador 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 four interval weekend camps as well as the the week-long 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 Scouts programs, this exceptional set of survival experiences has been specially prepared for Seniors & Ambassadors.

During the four GEMS for G.I.R.L.s interval weekend camps, girls 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 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.

During the GEMS for G.I.R.L.s week-long overnight camp in July, girls will use the seven GEMS program elements of positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, firecraft, signaling, water, and food to complete their Senior or Ambassador Outdoor Journey. This extended camp will teach girls the 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.

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

Date: March 1-3, 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
Min/Max: 10/18
Registration Opens:
 September 14, 2018
Registration Closes: February 27, 2019
Badge/Patch Included: Yes; patch segment and badge(s)
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 22, 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


March 1-3, 2019 (Courage: STEM)
- Seniors: Sky & Eco Explorer badges
- Ambassadors: Eco Advocate badge

May 3-5, 2019 (Character: Life Skills)
- Seniors: Locavore & Women's Health badges
- Ambassadors: First Aid badge

June 14-16, 2019 (Confidence: Entrepreneurship)
- Seniors: Buying Power & Business Etiquette badges
- Ambassadors: On My Own badge

July 14-19, 2019 Senior & Ambassador Summer Camp
- Outdoor Journey (Outdoor Art Master, Water & Survival Camper badges)
- Seniors: Paddling Badge
- Ambassadors: Ultimate Rec Challenge badge

Weekend Camp Price $125 per girl/weekend
Summer Camp Price $425 per girl/week