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Year of the Outdoors

On the fence about renewing your membership? Girl Scouts will keep you engaged and active during the winter months, so make sure you renew now because wintertime is the BEST time to get outdoors throughout our council! 

Join us in December to officially kick off our Year of the Outdoors celebration with virtual events over Christmas break.

Then, each week in January our intrepid Camp Directors will challenge you and your girls to fun winter activities, and we’ll open up our properties for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hot cocoa.

Each month throughout the winter and spring, we’ll bring exciting, hands-on activities to your girls virtually and in-person—including:

  • a weeklong exploration of women in outdoors careers
  • outdoors-based Girl Scout Week and Earth Week activities
  • a focus on STEM in the outdoors and Citizen Science
  • another Great GSNYPENN Camp In Camp Out in June

Be sure to check back here for more info and how to register for events as we get closer—you won’t want to miss these amazing opportunities to get outdoors!


Let it Snow: Monthlong Celebration of Winter Fun!   
December 27, 2020-January 29, 2021
Virtual, free events

Join us on GSNYPENN Live! for weekly winter challenges hosted by your intrepid outdoor engagement team. Each Sunday, we’ll demonstrate a fun activity or experiment, and ask you to virtually participate with us! So, grab your warm winter gear, strap on your boots and get outdoors with us!  

Explore Our Camps in “Snow-motion!”  
January 9, 16 & 23, 2021 
10 a.m.-12 p.m. session OR 1-3 p.m. session
In-person, $2 per person, 10 person per group limit
Advanced registration required; this event is entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately!

Bring your family or troop to one of our four beautiful camps in January to explore winter in “snow-motion” on snowshoes or cross-country skis! We’ll provide all the equipment you need, and a roaring campfire and hot cocoa to keep you warm! What if there’s no snow? You’ll have the chance to explore camp on a self-guided nature hike! Of course, campfire and hot cocoa will still be included.

Women in the Woods   
February 15-19, 2021
Virtual, combination of free & paid events

What do you want to be when you grow up? Did you know there are a ton of careers in the outdoors, from park rangers, to zookeepers, to landscape engineers, and much more? We’ll talk to women in a variety of careers to find out what their jobs are like during this weeklong exploration of women in outdoors-related careers. 

Girl Scout(doors) Week: Celebrate Being a Girl Scout!   
March 7-March 13, 2021
Virtual, free events

“They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and camped. They learned to read the world around them—for instance, by studying a foreign language and telling time by the stars. They shared a sense of curiosity and a belief that they could do anything.” Celebrate 109 years of Girl Scouting with exciting activities all week long, hosted by your favorite camp directors and staff!  

Maple Weekends at Trefoil 
March 19-21 & March 26-28, 2021
Virtual or in-person, free events

Join us virtually or in-person to explore the maple sugaring operation at Camp Trefoil! Ranger Batman and Camp Director Smalls will guide you through the process, show you our Sugar Shack and let you taste the deliciousness! 

Earth Week
April 19-23, 2021
Virtual or in-person, combination of free & paid events

Join us for a weeklong celebration of the world around us through hands-on activities and community service projects, to ‘make the world a better place.’  Activities may include urban exploration, geocaching, community trash clean-ups, birding, gardening, and much more!

Spring Family Retreats
Dates coming soon!
In-person, paid events
Check back here at a later date for full details

Join us again for our popular family weekend retreats! Programs run Friday night through Sunday morning. You’ll get a whole unit to yourselves. We’ll provide outdoor cooking equipment, firewood and fun programming. Staff will be onsite to help you with anything you might need and to make sure you’re comfortable, happy and safe.

Spring Work Day  
Dates coming soon!
In-person, free events
Check back here at a later date for full details

Are you ready to get to work? Join us for a day of giving back to camp through a day of service! Each of our four camps will host a work day on the property, so get ready to get to work and get dirty!

Spring Troop Camp on Demand   
Dates coming soon!
In-person, paid events
Check back here at a later date for full details

At Troop Camp On Demand, we’ll provide everything you need to experience camp the way it’s meant to be. Troops get a whole pavilion to themselves. We’ll provide 1 hour of activity instruction of your choice. Options vary by camp and may include archery, slingshots, tomahawk throwing, fishing or boating. You’ll also receive an activity kit that includes instructions and all supplies needed to earn a badge or complete a training program in a day at camp. Staff will be nearby onsite to help you with anything you might need and to make sure you’re comfortable, happy and safe. 

Celebrate Citizen Science in the Outdoors  
Once per week throughout the month of May
Virtual, paid events

Ready to learn more about STEM in the outdoors? Then join us to virtually complete the Citizen Science Journey at all levels, right down to a Take Action project!  

The Great GSNYPENN Camp In Camp Out! 
Friday June 25-Saturday June 26, 2021
Virtual, paid event
Check back here at a later date for full details

Get excited for another Great GSNYPENN Camp In Camp Out with all your favorite camp staff! Camp with us from the comfort of your own backyard or home and join us for exciting hands-on activities. We’ll cook, craft, sing and have the best night ever!