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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:


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 and 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 camp outs and other outdoor adventures.



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

Get the skills and confidence you need to take your Troop out hiking, camping, and backpacking with our Girl Scout Outdoor Core training. These sessions are taught by experienced outdoorswomen who love sharing their knowledge with other Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are built on a tradition of outdoor learning and exploration—join your sister Girl Scout in the wild!  Be sure to check our Events Calendar for upcoming dates.

Due to the importance and amount of information covered at the Outdoor Core training, all participants that arrive more than 30 minutes late will not receive their certification.”

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.