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
- 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.