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Camper Council

What do you want to do at summer camp next year? More horses? More crafts? More badges? More s’mores? You tell us! Now’s your chance to make camp be just as you’ve always wanted it to be. 

Snacks will be served. No registration required. 

Join Us:  October 18, 2017 (4pm and 6pm) at the Albuquerque Girl Scout Office

Have Questions? Contact our Camp Director Amy at or call 505.343.1040

Summer Camp

Read our 2017 camp book online (flipbook or downloadable pdf) and make plans to make summer camp memories that will last a LIFETIME!

Our council has two fun-filled summer resident camp properties:

  • Camp Elliott Barker in Angel Fire
  • Rancho del Chaparral in Cuba, NM

Each camp offers unique experiences and are special places where girls create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Girl Scout Camp is not only about gaining outdoor skills and friendships - it’s about helping girls discover who they are and exploring the world around them. At camp girls realize that anything is possible…and that their next great adventure is just around the corner.

2017 Registration & Forms
2017 Camp Book   
Important Dates
  • February 1:  Camp registration opens
  • March 31:  Early Bird deadline
  • May 1:  Campership deadline
  • May 31:  Registration deadline
  • June 1:  Late registration

How to Register.  Follow these simple steps for your ultimate Girl Scout summer camp memories:

  1. Select your camp session!
  2. Fill out the Resident Camp Registration Form.
  3. Remember! If you register before March 31, you receive the Early Bird rate, so don’t delay!
  4. Not a Girl Scout? Register at now to make the camp registration process easier!
  5. Email, mail, fax, or drop off your completed registration form to GSNMT’s council office with a minimum deposit of $100 per camp session.
  6. Once your registration form is received and payment is processed, you will get an email confirmation with all required forms and important camp info!
  7. Fill out your forms! You’ll need a health history form, photo release, camper contract, and camper release form filled out and handed over to camp staff when your camper is dropped off at camp.
  8. Make sure you’re paid in full at least three weeks before your session starts to guarantee your spot.
  9. Pack for camp! Check your packing list twice to 
  10. make sure you bring everything you need.
  11. Head to camp. Take the bus, carpool, get a ride with your family--however you come to camp, we’ll be happy to see you!
  12. Enjoy Camp! Take pictures! Make friends! See nature!
  13. Go home a happy camper.
  14. Get ready to do it all again next summer!
2017 Camp Confirmation Info
2017 Resident Camp & What is NEW this Summer!

Resident camp is an overnight camping experience where ALL GIRLS can explore the out-of-doors with trained camp counselors. Resident camp sessions typically last about one week and are held in June and July each year at Camp Elliott Barker and Rancho del Chaparral. 

NEW this year: badges earned at each resident camp session, improved horse camp programs offered by grade level, AND new programs offered at each camper grade level!  Troop Campers will be able to choose between: "Bring Your Own Program" or "Choose Your Adventure" for SIX different Troop Camp weeks. Family Camps will be offered at both camps and include the new "Sister/Buddy Weekend!"

Programs are categorized as: Traditional, Science & Nature, Specialty, Adventure, or Leadership. 

A sneak peek at some of our exciting camp programs: 

  • S'mores & Snores for 1st-3rd graders
  • Campfire Cookoff for 4th-6th graders
  • Elena of Avalor for 4th-6th graders
  • Night Owls for 7th-9th graders
  • Outdoor Gourmet for 8th-10th graders
  • Environmental Scientist for 9th-12th graders
  • Fantastic Beasts for various ages!
2017 Equestrian Program
About the Equestrian Program

For the camper who loves horses, our New Mexico Trails Equestrian Program is for you! Our horse programs at both Camp Elliott Barker and Rancho del Chaparral have been re-calibrated to offer a more dynamic experience for campers of all experience levels. 

Campers in each session will be placed in groups based on a skill level assessment determined by the Equestrian Director upon arrival at camp. Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or you are a seasoned horsewoman, our well-trained staff look forward to working with each group to ensure lessons are fun and challenging. 

All horse campers will spend time with the horses each full day of camp including mounted and ground lessons. Lessons will vary based on the skills, progression, and interests of each group. 

Campers will need long pants, boots with at least a 1/2-inch heel, and shirts that cover the shoulders. Well fitted gloves are optional. Helmets will be provided at camp. Campers must possess sufficient physical coordination and balance to participate in riding. They must also be mature enough to understand and practice safety procedures, to use good judgment in reacting to situations, and to take responsibility for themselves and their horses. 

See pages 16-17 in the camp book for details or click here for pdf pages from the camp book. 

2017 Leadership Program
About the Outdoor Leadership Program

The Outdoor Leadership Program series is designed for Girl Scouts ready to take on an active leadership position in an outdoor setting. Outdoor Leadership programs focus on developing leadership and outdoor skills and learning how to teach and lead camp activities like making a campfire, planning a cookout, leading songs & games, program creation, and the principles of Leave No Trace. Girls in this program will often work alongside camp staff to help with all-camp activities or take the lead in girl-selected camp service projects. Girls will also learn the basics of backcountry camping and go on an overnight camping trip. 

This program is based on the Girl Scouts of the USA Program Aide training guidelines with emphasis on outdoor skills. Girls who successfully complete Counselor-in-Training I and Wrangler-In-Training I will earn the corresponding pin and qualify them to volunteer as staff interns. For those interested in CIT II or WIT II programs, please contact the Camp Director at 505.923.2524 or

See pages 18-19 in the camp book for details or click here for pdf pages from the camp book. 

Outdoor Leadership Program Descriptions

Outdoor Program Aid I
Days: 6 ☁ Cost: $275/$300.  Grades: 6-9

  • Barker: July 16-21
  • Rancho: June 11-16

Learn basic outdoor skills and how to work with younger girls. Plan and lead various activities including arts & crafts, songs & games, and service projects. Take an overnight camping trip to put your new skills to the test. Work with your fellow OPAs on team development and communication skills. Pin: Program Aid (PA)

Outdoor Program Aid II
Days: 6 ☁ Cost: $275/$300   Grades: 10-11

  • Barker: July 23-28
  • Rancho: June 18-23

Work closely with camp staff to plan and implement program for younger girls. You and your fellow OPA IIs will take the lead by planning closing campfire and overseeing morning songs & games. Work on a service project or plan your entire overnight from menu to campsite selection. Learn about leadership styles and positive communication techniques. Pin: Program Aid (PA)

Counselor-In-Training I
Days: 10 ☁ Cost: $400/$425   Grades: 10-11

  • Rancho: July 6-14 

Days: 13 ☁ Cost: $450/$475   Grades: 10-11

  • Barker: June 11-23

Discover your leadership style while working side-by-side with camp staff. Practice teaching camping techniques to younger campers. Help plan and carry out a full day’s activities. Learn new songs and games and how to work with groups. Prerequisite: OPA I and OPA II (or equivalent*). Pin: CIT

Wrangler-In-Training I
Days: 10 ☁ Cost: $400/$425   Grades: 10-11

  • Rancho: July 6-14 

Days: 13 ☁ Cost: $450/$425   Grades: 10-11

  • Barker: June 11-23

Work with the barn staff and learn what it takes to care for our camp horses day-to-day. Practice teaching horse care techniques to younger campers. Help plan and carry out a ground lesson. Learn about tack work, arena maintenance, and trail riding. Prerequisite: OPA I and OPA II and horse riding experience (or equivalent*). Pin: CIT

2017 Troop Camp
Girl Scout Troop Camp

Girl Scout Camp isn’t complete without Troop Camp! This year, Troop Camp is offered at both Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker nearly every weekend of the summer. Your troop can select its desired level of programming: Bring Your Own Program or Choose Your Adventure! 

These special sessions are open to Troops and their leaders. Safety Wise adults only. Please ensure your Troop has the proper ratios according to Volunteer Essentials. If your Troop requires additional adults for medical or behavioral reasons, please contact the camp director at 505.343.1040 to make arrangements. No bus transportation will be provided to/from Troop Camp. Troop leaders will provide supervision to girls at all times.

Please Note: Troop camp is open to all Girl Scout troops in all levels, but some activities are restricted by age/grade level. All age restrictions will be noted in your confirmation packet.

See pages 26-27 in the camp book for details or click here for pdf pages from the camp book. 

“Bring Your Own Program”

We will provide food and lodging for your Troop as well as evening activities such as campfire, capture the flag, or a barn dance. Your troop will select two camp activities led by our camp staff from activities like archery, arts & crafts, hikes, or outdoor cooking. The rest of the time, it’s up to you and your girls to design your program.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person

  • Barker: June 9-11
  • Barker: June 16-18
  • Rancho: June 30-July 2
  • Rancho: July 21-23
  • Rancho: Aug. 4-6

Nights: 3 ☁ Cost: $90 per person

  • Barker: July 6-9
“Choose Your Adventure”

Bring your troop and we’ll do the rest. In addition to food and lodging, our camp staff will provide a full day of programming options (minus a few hours to rest!) as well as nighttime activities.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $85 per person

  • Barker: June 9-11
  • Barker: June 16-18
  • Rancho: June 30-July 2
  • Rancho: July 21-23
  • Rancho: Aug. 4-6

Nights: 3 ☁ Cost: $110 per person

  • Barker: July 6-9
Troop Camp Registration

Follow these simple steps for your ultimate Troop Camp memories:

  1. Select your Troop Camp session date and program: “Bring Your Own Program” or “Choose Your Adventure”
  2. Complete and turn in the the Troop Camp Registration Form before May 31.
  3. Remember: Payment for Troop Camp is due in full at time of registration.
  4. You’ll receive a confirmation packet via email with important forms for your Troop to complete.
  5. Work on your “Program Selection Worksheet” at a Troop meeting to plan your camp visit.
  6. Come to camp! Have fun!
  7. Go home a happy camper. 
  8. Plan for next summer!
2017 Family Camp

Family Camp is a great way for girls to get to know camp before they are ready to come on their own, or an awesome way to spend some time together as a family during the summer! You come to camp, we do the rest! Family campers get lodging, food, and full programming for a weekend of stress-free fun. Adults are responsible for supervising their children during Family Camp, with the exception of Sister/Buddy camp. 

No bus transportation will be offered for Family camp.

See pages 28-29 in the camp book for details or click here for pdf pages from the camp book. 

Family Camp Sessions:

Family Camp.  Time for everyone in the family to enjoy a variety of camp activities: grandma, grandpa, sister, auntie, mom, dad, everyone! At least one family member must be a registered Girl Scout.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person (under 5 free)

  • Barker: July 21-23
  • Rancho: June 9-11

Just Us Girls (Me & My Gal). Enjoy a weekend with the girls hiking, making crafts, trying archery, or just taking in the sun. For a registered girl Girl Scout member and female family member (18 years or older): mom, auntie, grandma, adult sister, etc.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person.  Barker: Aug 4-6

Me & You (Me & My Guy).  A special weekend for girl members and an adult male in their family (18 years or older): dad, uncle, adult brother, etc. Get ready for the ultimate chili cook-off and our annual staff vs. guys volleyball tournament.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person.  Rancho: June 16-18

Sister/Buddy Weekend.  This new session is just for girls and their sisters (biological or otherwise). Make friendship bracelets, play gaga ball, lounge by the pond, attend a dance party! Girls must both be registered Girl Scouts; girls can register as Girl Scouts when they register for camp.

Nights: 2 ☁ Cost: $65 per person.  Barker: June 30-July 2


2017 Day Camp

Day camp allows campers to experience the adventure of camp during the day while returning to the comforts of home at night.  This year, day camp will be offered at Camp Elliott Barker! 

2017 Big Clean

Spend a free weekend at camp and help us get ready for the summer! Come as a Troop, family, or as an individual adult and help clean the shelters, dining halls, put up tents, and generally prepare for camp! Lodging and meals will be provided. GSNMT will not be providing any programming or childcare services.

Plan to arrive by 5 p.m. on the first day of Big Clean and depart by 10 a.m. on the last day. Please call 505.343.1040 if you have any questions.

2017 Open Houses

Come see our resident camp facilities for yourself! Visit our living areas, tour the camp property, meet key camp staff, get a glimpse into what camp life is all about! Registration is not required but is recommended; registration is open.

All registrants will receive a confirmation with directions to camp.

2017 Work at Camp

Girl Scouts New Mexico Trails is now accepting applications to work at Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker for the summer of 2017! We are looking to fill the following positions ... are you ready for a summer full of memories at the best job ever?!

  • Counselor
  • Horse Wrangler
  • Riding Instructor
  • Kitchen staff (Head Cook, Asst. Cook)
  • Unit Leaders
  • Lifeguard/Counselor
  • Art Program Specialist
  • Nature Program Specialist
  • Adventure Program Specialist

Check out our GSNMT Summer Camp Staff opportunities, here. Spend your summer in the outdoors providing New Mexico’s girls an incredible summer camp experience. Contact Amy Dalness at 505.923.2524 or for more information, or visit 


In the off-season, both camps are available for rent for all events including, but not limited to troop and service unit gatherings, company retreats, family reunions, and vacations.