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Outdoor Skills Weekend

Friday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.-Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.
Camp Winacka and Camp Whispering Oaks

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Register for Wilderness First Aid Certification during OSW
Register for Lifeguard Certification during OSW

Experience camp alongside hundreds of other adult volunteers at this annual tradition! You can come alone and make new friends, bring your troop adults, or grab a buddy you’ve been wanting to introduce to Girl Scouts.

Over the course of the weekend, you’ll get to design your own schedule to meet your needs, drawing from a host of offerings. Whether you would like to diversify your outdoor cooking repertoire, learn how to canoe, or discover new ways to engage your troop, there’s a session for you. You can also choose to relax and connect with other volunteers in this peaceful mountain setting. Those looking to check off some trainings can earn their Wilderness First Aid or Lifeguard certifications. However, please note that selecting these options are in lieu of general sessions.


Cost: $60 (includes meals, lodging, event t-shirt, and patch)

Certification courses require an additional fee. (Those participating in certification classes will not be able to attend any of the general session options.)

Wilderness First Aid certification $55; $75 for non-members

Lifeguard certification $100; $175 for non-members


Parking at camp is limited, so please use resources wisely by carpooling or taking the bus. The bus lets you explore the full camp experience. Buses will leave for camp on Friday at 4:30 p.m. from Balboa and stop at the Escondido Program Center at 5:45 p.m. The buses will leave camp for home at 11 a.m. on Sunday.


Check-in time begins at 5 p.m. Friday night. Four sessions occur throughout the day on Saturday. Check-out time is Sunday at 11 a.m., following a Girl Scouts Own ceremony and kapers.

For Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguard certifications, check-in time is 3 p.m. on Friday. Check-out time is Sunday at 8 p.m. 


Lodgings are spread across the two camps, as are activities and sessions. A shuttle will be available to move between the two camps (or you can hoof-it!).

  • At Camp Winacka, you’ll find rustic units and some modern lodges.
  • At Whispering Oaks you’ll be able to stay in modern cabins.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email inviting you to select your lodgings for the evening.

Your deadline to select or change your accommodations is Sunday, Sept. 23.

 Questions? Contact our Customer Care team for registration help, or our Adult Learning team, 619-610-0741, for program info.