GSWPA Outing Club

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The GSWPA Outing Club is perfect for girls who love the outdoors and crave adventure.

Girls learn outdoor skills, make lifelong friends and get to experience some of nature’s most beautiful places. Completion of an Outing Club testing camp, where you’ll demonstrate skills in fire-building, outdoor cooking, shelter building, compass reading and basic first aid is required to join the club. Members of the Outing Club are eligible to attend members-only trips and events.

For Outing Club questions, please contact OutingClub@gswpa.org.

Upcoming Outing Club Programs

GSWPA Outing Club for Younger Girls
During this series, improve your outdoor skills and prove yourself worthy to go on an exclusive Outing Club-only backpacking trip to Shenandoah National Park. (Please note: You must register separately for the actual trip.) Come to just those sessions you need to brush up on your skills, or improve all your outdoor skills throughout the year. The final session of this series (testing camp) is mandatory if you’re interested in taking the Shenandoah National Park Trip. During testing camp, Session 5, rotate through stations that resemble the previous sessions, and upon passing your skills assessment, you’ll be granted entry into the GSWPA Outing Club and access to the trip.
Girls Grades: 4-8
Session 1: Firebuilding: Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Nov. 4
Session 2: GPS/Orienteering: Sunday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-noon
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Dec. 9
Session 3: Tents/Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-noon
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Jan. 13
Session 4: Basic First Aid: Saturday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-noon
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Jan. 22
Session 5: Testing Camp: May 8-9, Fri. 6:30 p.m.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Minimum Capacity: 20
Registration Deadline: April 30
Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Lane, Avonmore, PA 15618 – Armstrong County
Cost: $10 per session/$35 per series/$15 for sessions 1-4/$20 for session 5
Series Registration Deadline: Nov. 4

GSWPA Outing Club for Older Girls
During this series, improve your outdoor skills and prove yourself worthy to go on an exclusive Outing Club-only backpacking trip customizable for your troop. (Please note: You must register separately for the actual trip.) Come to just those sessions you need to brush up on your skills, or improve all of your outdoor skills throughout the year. The final session of this series (testing camp) is mandatory if you’re interested in a customizable trip for your troop. (See below.) During testing camp, Session 5, rotate through stations that resemble the previous sessions, and upon passing your skills assessment, you’ll be granted entry into the GSWPA Outing Club and access to the trip.
Girls Grades: 6-12
Session 1: Firebuilding: Saturday, Nov. 8, 2-5 p.m.
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Nov. 4
Session 2: GPS/Orienteering: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m.
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Dec. 9
Session 3: Tents/Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2-5 p.m.
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Jan. 13
Session 4: Basic First Aid: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2-5 p.m.
Minimum Capacity: 15
Registration Deadline: Jan. 22
Session 5: Testing Camp: May 8-9, Fri. 6:30 p.m.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Minimum Capacity: 20
Registration Deadline: April 30
Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Lane, Avonmore, PA 15618 – Armstrong County
Cost: $10 per session/$35 per series/$15 for sessions 1-4/$20 for session 5
Series Registration Deadline: Nov. 4

Primitive Camping 101
Bring your mom (or significant female adult) to experience primitive camping for the first time. Brush up on your outdoor skills as we review fire building, shelter building, basic first aid and orienteering. Cook all of your meals over a fire and experience primitive camping in a safe and close-to-camp location. Completion of this program will grant you entry into the GSWPA Outing Club.
Girls Grades: 4-8
Date/Time: May 8-9, Fri. 6:30 p.m.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Location: Camp Skymeadow, 164 Skymeadow Lane,Avonmore, PA 15618 – Armstrong County
Cost: $20 per person
Minimum Capacity: 20
Registration Deadline: April 30


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Outing Club Travel Trips

Shenandoah National Park - Outing Club for Younger Girls
Shenandoah National Park has more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or scenic overlook; others penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness. Outing Club members will have tons of options to choose from as they base-camp in this stunning national park. Entry into this trip is dependent upon testing into the Outing Club.
Girls Grades: 4-8
Dates: July 11-16, Sat.-Thurs. (5 nights)
Cost: $500 per girl/$50 per adult
Minimum Capacity: 8
Registration Deadline: May 23
Volunteer Opportunity: Outing Club trip leader for this and other Outing Club trips; any questions or inquiries for Outing Club trip leaders/coordinators, contact OutingClub@gswpa.org.

Custom Wilderness Trip Opportunities
Ever thought that you’d love to go on a backpacking trip in western Pennsylvania or the surrounding area, but didn’t have the equipment, experience or confidence to lead girls on a day or overnight trip? Let GSWPA be your guide and take you on your own custom wilderness trip. We’ll provide the equipment, a trained hiking guide and work with you and your group to plan your adventure. Take a trip to the scenic vistas of the PA Grand Canyon, see the waterfalls at Swallow Creek State Park in Maryland or create your own destination. Prices may vary depending on the location and start at $50 per person, per night. Please e-mail OutingClub@gswpa.org for more information and availability.

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