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Lake Activities

All Girl Scouts San Diego properties are currently closed for usage due to current guidelines. Please reach out to   teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org if you have questions in regards to lake activities.

Gather up your Girl Scout friends and head on over to Upper Lake at Camp Winacka in Julian for some fun outdoor activities.

Check out detailed info and FAQs on Fishing and Canoeing below.

If you have questions or need assistance with booking, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.


Fishing

Our easy-paced, catch-and-release fishing programs are the perfect addition to your outdoor adventure! With bass, bluegill, and catfish, Upper Lake at Camp Winacka is a beautiful spot to spend a leisurely hour casting your reel and taking in the scenery. Our self-guided program provides all of the fishing equipment and instructions you’ll need for a successful outing.

Answers to frequently asked questions:
Who can participate?

Current Kindergarteners (Daisies) and older can participate.

If anyone in your group requires special accommodations, please contact us. We can work with you to plan the best experience for your entire group.

If you would like your encampment to participate, please contact encampments@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more information.

Can corporate or nonprofit groups participate?

If you would like to book a fishing experience for your nonprofit staff or corporate group, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more information.

When and where are fishing programs available?

Girl Scouts San Diego has a fishing program available at Camp Winacka near Julian, CA. Fishing sessions are available for booking weekdays and weekends, September through May (and are used for summer camp programs June through August). Please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 to check availability for your desired date.

What is the length, cost, and capacity of a session?

Fishing gear and access to the lake can be reserved in two-hour time blocks. Time blocks generally fall between 8:30a.m.-5:30 p.m.; times may vary due to scheduling and available day light.

Each session has a maximum of 20 participants to ensure everyone has ample opportunity to participate.

Cost for fishing gear and lake access: $40/two hour session

Who are the instructors?

You are! Our fishing programs are simple and self-guided: after booking we’ll email you a confirmation packet with the information and materials you’ll need to ensure your troop has a fun time. Then, our on-site camp host will meet with you (or another adult you’ve designated as your fishing lead) at the start of your session to ensure you have access to the fishing gear and go over any questions you have about the program.

You don’t need to have prior experience to have a successful time fishing with your girls! (And not to worry: no worms here! We provide hot dogs for your bait). 

How do I sign up?

To book a session for your nonprofit staff or corporate group, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.

If you would like your encampment to participate, please contact encampments@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.

If you are a registered Girl Scout troop:

  1. Visit our Property page.
  2. Scroll down to the Camp Winacka’s "Reserve location" section. 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 within a few weeks of your scheduled session.

If you have questions or need assistance with booking, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.


Canoeing

After learning the basics of equipment, safety, and paddling techniques, girls work together in their canoes, exploring the lake. They will be challenged to communicate effectively with their canoe partner to propel themselves in the desired direction, learn canoe terminology, practice water safety, and play games from inside their canoes. Canoeing teaches communication and teamwork, skills your girls will use, on and offshore, in their everyday lives.

Answers to frequently asked questions:
Who can participate?

Current Kindergartners (Daisies)* and older can participate.
*Daisies permitted only with an adult in their canoe on flat water, near shore, no current.

If anyone in your group requires special accommodations, please contact us. We can work with you to plan the best experience for your entire group.

If you would like your encampment to participate, please contact encampments@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more information.

Can corporate or nonprofit groups participate?

If you would like to book a canoe experience for your nonprofit staff or corporate group, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more information.

When and where are canoes available?

Girl Scouts San Diego has one lake with canoe equipment available: at Camp Winacka, one of our Julian properties. The canoe equipment and lake is available for sessions on weekdays and weekends, September through May (and are used for summer camp programs June through August). Please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 to check availability for your desired date.

What is the length, cost, and capacity of a session?

Sessions are two hours and four hours long; this includes equipment and water safety, paddling techniques, and water games. Two-hour time blocks are generally:

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Four-hour time blocks are generally:

  • 8:30-12:30a.m.
  • 1:30-5:30p.m.

Times may vary due to scheduling and available day light.

All participants must commit to the entire designated time period as best as possible. This gives each canoe buddy pair the best leadership, team building, and communication opportunities possible.

Cost for canoe equipment only:
$60/two hour session*; maximum 12 participants (with an instructor and a qualified assistant)
*Supplemental time can be added in increments of two hours, at the same rate. You may supply your own instructor who has a current American Canoe Association Level 1 or higher certification per  Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints ). 

Capacity:
While there is no minimum required number of participants, we recommend this experience for groups of at least six in order to have an equal distribution of girls in the canoes. Note that the session price is a flat rate regardless of number of participants.

Each session is limited to 12 participants or fewer.

Please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for large group reservations.

Who are the instructors?

All instructors must be American Canoe Association (ACA) Canoe Level 1 Instructor or higher. Groups may bring their own instructor, or may book a council-provided instructor.

How do I sign up?

To book a session for your nonprofit staff or corporate group, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.

If you would like your encampment to participate, please contact encampments@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.

If you are a registered Girl Scout troop:

  1. Visit our Property page.
  2. Scroll down to the Camp Winacka’s "Reserve location" section. 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 within a few weeks of your scheduled session.

If you have questions or need assistance with booking, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787.