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:
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 camp outs and
other outdoor adventures.
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.
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.”