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Outdoor Programming

From the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long, storied, and successful history of getting girls outdoors. In fact, many Girl Scouts tell us “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience. It’s true: connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.

Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. But as a Girl Scout, she’ll have plenty of opportunities to create her own outdoor adventures and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors—whether with her troop, at camp, or with friends and family.

And that’s great news—because when Girl Scouts get outside, they:

  • Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
  • Become team players and care more about protecting our environment
  • When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

At Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, girl experience the great outdoors with the following programs:


Day Camp

Day Camp is a great first step to introduce your Girl Scout to camp and outdoor skills. Council-led Day Camps will operate out of the Albuquerque Service Center.  You can also host your own Day Camp with your Service Unit.


Resident Camp

Spend a week at Camp Elliott Barker or Rancho del Chaparral exploring nature, gaining leadership skills, and learning how to horseback ride and cook outdoors. Resident Camp is for girls entering first grade through twelfth grade and requires no previous outdoor experience.


Troop & Family Camp

Troops and Families can also have the camp experience during our special weekend programs. These experiences are perfect for the girl who’s never been outdoors and is excited about trying it out! Troops can also rent our camp properties to host their own campouts and other outdoor adventures.


Seasonal Adventures

Sleep over with the wolves, join us at a Big Clean volunteer weekend or attend an event with New Mexico State Parks in the fall. Backpack, rock climb, or practice campfire cooking in the spring. Sled, ski, snowboard, or relax by the fire at one of our winter weekends. The opportunities for outdoor adventure year round never stop.


Outdoor Winter Program

Experience the outdoors during the winter months at any of our several outdoor winter programs. Go sledding, learn to cross country ski, spend a weekend at Angel Fire Ski Resort, and enjoy hot cocoa by the fireside with your Girl Scout friends, old and new. 


Outdoor Core Training

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoors person or you’re just starting to learn you will need to be certified in Outdoor Core to take your troop or Juliette on camping experiences (or any experience where there is cooking over an open fire).

This online course will share tips for getting the Girl Scouts involved (the most important part), paperwork or notifications required by Council, and other tips and examples for planning your outdoor adventures.

  • Email us to request access to the online curriculum.
  • All participants must provide proof of adequate outdoor knowledge OR attend a Certification Campfire with an Outdoor Core Trainer in order to receive their certification.

COMING SOON: Not ready to take your troop out on your own? Attend “Camping 101” – a 24-hour training led by our Outdoor Core Trainers to give you practice and boost your confidence in outdoor skills like picking a campsite, maintaining a fire, and more. 

Additional Outdoor Opportunities

Girl Scout Ranger Program

National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites, or design their own experience or project to align with Journey work, badge activities, or a Take Action or Highest Award project.