A backpacking group might seem pretty straight-forward: girls learn how to pack a backpack, hike and camp overnight in the woods. But the GSSJC backpacking group gives girls so much more than these basic outdoor skills. Girls have the opportunity to develop confidence and independence, comradery with other Girl Scouts and connect with nature when they join the backpacking group. They also learn skills that will help them in college and beyond, like teamwork, problem-solving and the willingness to try something new.
Backpacking gives girls a chance to travel. During the school year, girls can opt to attend one-night backpacking trips to area state or national parks, which are offered twice per month. Girls can also choose to go on an extended trip lasting 7-10 days which occur two or three times per year. Past trips have taken backpacking Girl Scouts to the Rocky, Smokey and Appalachian mountain ranges in the United States. Girls also participate in service projects for state and national parks in Texas by rebuilding and preserving hiking trails for others.
Who can join: Girl Scouts Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 6-12)
How to join: Attend Backpacking Orientation – look for listing in The Golden Link and on the website under Activities