Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into the open air. Under her leadership, the first Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid—many of them for the first time! GSNI stays true to Juliette’s vision by continuing to help girls learn new things, particularly at our camps.
We believe that by attending a camp, especially one with an overnight stay, girls discover new talents and skills. Every camp session offers girls the opportunity to swim, make something in arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, and camp exploration. Some activities, such as archery, canoeing and kayaking, and crate stacking are only available to specific campers due to safety guidelines. GSNI follows all GSUSA safety activity checkpoints as well as safety standards provided by the American Camp Association.
Basic outdoor skills addressed in every session include fire building, cooking, hiking, environmental education, dressing for the weather, knife safety, knot tying, and first aid.
Activities at all our resident camps include arts, aquatics, archery, games, outdoor skills, team challenges, and many, many more options.
Our resident program centers on girl planning! Campers plan their activities and time at camp through individual and small group processes. This method of program allows campers the freedom to choose and express how they spend their time at camp. For more information on camp sessions, please click here to download our 2014 Resident Camp Guide.