2017 is Friday, Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m.! (See farther down this page for
2016's video presentations).
Every year, we offer great new outdoor adventures for girls and adults!
Designed for individuals, our three-step wilderness progression
safely takes girls and adults out of the campground and into the
woods. Wilderness Hiking lays a strong foundation of outdoor skills
and knowledge and is a prerequisite for our Basic Backpacking course
and Advanced Backpacking trips. Class fees include course materials
and a "10 Essentials" starter kit.
online for classes!
Use the Individual
Registration Form to register by mail or fax; these are not
First in the outdoor progression, this one-day training teaches
adults and girls (grade 6 and up) the essential skills and knowledge
necessary for exciting wilderness exploration. Our emphasis includes
safety, proper gear and equipment, the Leave No Trace ethic, building
independence in girls, and laying a strong foundation for more
extraordinary adventures, such as backpacking.
Basic Backpacking Training
Basic Backpacking teaches everything adults and girls (grade 7 and
up) need to know to begin a true, multi-night wilderness adventure.
Hikers gain the knowledge and skills they need to make important
decisions about gear, clothing and trip planning so that you can hit
the trail feeling confident and self-sufficient. Training includes
classroom instruction, group day hike and backpacking trip.
Special Session: Basic Backpacking at Camp Winacka
For girls (entering grades 8-12) only.
Adult leadership will be provided by council backpacking trainers and
camp staff. Girls train and practice at Camp Winacka, then set out on
a trip at the end of their stay.
For this trip only, Wilderness Hiking is
not a prerequisite. The Wilderness Hiking curriculum will
be covered extensively as part of the camp session.
Register through the resident
Advanced Backpacking Trips
This third step in training safely takes girls and adults on
unforgettable wilderness adventures, where they'll enjoy the majesty
of nature along with the camaraderie of fellow backpacking
enthusiasts, while building skills to a higher level.
Youth and adult leadership
We welcome new adult and youth leaders to help teach our hiking and
backpacking courses. You must be trained one level above your teaching
status (e.g., Basic Backpacking trained to teach Wilderness Hiking).
Youth and adult volunteers are a tremendous asset on any hiking and
backpacking trip. Our youth leaders particularly benefit from the
opportunity to teach others while upholding the high standards of our
program, and sharing not just their knowledge, but their passion for
the outdoors. Please contact Monet Richter, (619)
610-0818, for more information on how to volunteer.
Each year at Hikerfest, our Girl Scout hiking and backpacking
enthusiasts get together to share about past and future trips.
Cottonwood Lakes by Celeste J
by Marilyn S
Duck Pass by Isabella C
by Alison P
Hilton Lakes by Kayla M
Trail by Page H and Kevin H
Canyon by Kailee
San Jacinto by Haylie B
Uganda by J. Brown
Backpacking in Morocco video by Rebecca E.
Skyline to Sea photo slideshow by Alex
World Backpacking photo slides by alumna Katie
Minarets Trip video by Allison P.
After you're trained, go on your own adventure: Check out our local
day hike maps, Winacka and Whispering Oaks hiking
page and suggested backpacking trips.