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Art & Nature Centers

The Art & Nature Centers at our Balboa Campus provide a space for girls to explore the world as they put their knowledge and skills to the test. They will work both individually and collaboratively to learn more about art, culture, nature, the environment –not to mention themselves! Programming is currently geared towards grades K-8 (Daisy-Cadette). Offerings include Brownie-Cadette badge workshops, customizable programs to compliment Daisy-Cadette Journeys, and service learning and/or projects.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

What are the Art & Nature Centers?

The Sandra Brue Art Center allows girls to delve deeper into culture, craft, and artistic traditions. Programming is designed to challenge girls’ creativity and provides a platform for them to explore the significance of art to both themselves and their communities. Trained instructors facilitate process-based lessons, usually resulting in take-home projects.

The Ellen Browning Scripps Nature Center is a designated space for girls to explore the nature of their environment. Programming is designed to challenge girls to think critically and empowers them to have ownership over their communities. Trained instructors lead interactive activities and lessons, often resulting in take-home projects.

Who can participate?

Programming for both centers is currently geared for grades K-8 (Daisy-Cadette).

If you are a mixed age group, programming will be tailored to meet the median age and can be scaled to meet the individual needs of younger or older girls.

If you would like to bring your nonprofit staff or corporate group to the Art & Nature Centers, please contact campdirector@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0754.

If you would like your encampment to participate, please contact encampments@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0782.

When are the Art & Nature Centers available?

The Centers are available for sessions weekdays and weekends, September through May (and is used for summer camp programs only June through August). Please check here for availability for your desired date.

How long is a session? How much does it cost?

The Art & Nature Centers are available to troops and groups by the session, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Each session is 2-hours in duration and costs $50. There is a maximum of 20 participants per session.

Who are the instructors?

Our trained instructors include both Girl Scout staff and educators from the community. In order to ensure you the best experience, each instructor has been chosen for their abilities in working with groups and is skilled in tailoring activities specific to your team's needs.

How do I sign up?

To book a session for your nonprofit staff or corporate group, please contact campdirector@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0754.

If you would like your encampment to participate, please contact encampments@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0782.

If you are a registered Girl Scout troop:

1. Go to sdgirlscouts.org/property.

2. Scroll to the "Reserve location" section under the Balboa Campus property. Click "Check available facilities."

3. Select "Activities" as the category.

4. First, select the date you want to reserve; you will then see available activities and times. Make your selections and follow checkout instructions.

5. You'll receive an automated email confirming your reservation. We'll email you an informational packet with further programming options within a few days of booking.

If you have questions or need assistance with booking, please contact campdirector@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0754.