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Team-Building Adventures

From hiking to mountain climbing, Girls Scouts of all ages and all skill levels are out in nature and challenging themselves to try something new every day. When Girl Scouts get together to push their limits, they learn how to work together and lift each other up (sometimes, quite literally!). 

After completing team building activities together, girls understand each other better. Collaboration through challenge improves communication and empahty, strengthens problem-solving and planning skills, and builds trust. Girls who learn to support each other today, will become women who support each other through life.

Check out detailed info and FAQs on Adventure Zone, High Ropes, and Low Ropes below.

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


Adventure Zone

At the Adventure Zone on Level 3 of our Balboa Campus, girls test their courage and build confidence in a safe, supportive environment. They'll challenge themselves with team-focused games, complete problem solving initiatives and attempt low elements, all under the leadership of certified staff. Current 4th graders (Girl Scout Juniors) and older can tackle the 40-foot climbing tower.

Answers to frequently asked questions:
 
What is the adventure zone?

The Adventure Zone course is a combination of logs, platforms, ropes, games, and activities. Each group’s session at the course is designed with progression in mind: Trained facilitators start with ground games and initiatives before graduating to activities and elements which involve some physical or emotional risk. When sharing individual successes and setbacks with a supportive team, participants gain self-esteem and practice working successfully in a group.

Who can participate?

Current 2nd graders (Brownies) and older can participate in all ground and low-element activities.

Current 4th graders (Juniors) and older can participate in all activities, including the climbing tower.

If you have a mixed-age group that includes at least one Brownie, the entire group will participate at the Brownie level in order to maintain team spirit. Group activities will be tailored to include the youngest participants, and the group will not go on the climbing tower.

If you would like to bring your nonprofit staff or corporate group to the Adventure Zone, 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.

What is the length and cost of a session?

Troops and groups can choose from the sessions below. Nonprofit and corporate groups can contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org for current offerings and rates.

Two-Hour Sampler Session—for current 2nd graders (Brownies) and older
Includes all ground activities and low elements. (May include the TP Shuffle, Don't Rock the Boat, Traverse Wall.)

$80/up to 15 participants; $40/additional 1-10 participants.

Four-Hour Session—for current 4th graders (Juniors) and older
Includes ground activities, low elements, and the 40-foot climbing tower.

$180/up to 15 participants; $80/additional 1-10 participants.

All participants must commit to the entire designated time period. This gives participants the best leadership and team building opportunities plus new found confidence and team spirit!

Who are the facilitators?

Our certified facilitators are continually-trained Girl Scout staff. In order to ensure the best experience for you, each facilitator 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 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. Go to our Property page.
  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 within a few weeks of your scheduled session.

High Ropes

The high ropes course at Camp Whispering Oaks in Julian lets girls test their courage and build confidence in a safe, supportive environment. As girls tackle the course, they cheer on their friends and receive the support of their team. They'll challenge themselves with team-focused games, complete problem solving initiatives and attempt low and high elements, all under the leadership of certified staff. Current 4th graders (Girl Scout Juniors) and older are eligible to participate.

Answers to frequently asked questions:
 
What is the high ropes challenge course?

The course is made up of several distinct elements involving cables, logs, platforms, ropes and other objects. Each high ropes session is tailored to the needs of the group participating; however, all sessions are designed with close attention to progression. The course offers participants the chance to share individual successes and setbacks with a supportive team, building self-esteem and group skills along the way.

Who can participate?

Current 4th graders (Juniors) and older can participate. Some advanced elements are reserved for 6th grade (Cadettes) and up.

If you have a mixed-age group, activities will be tailored to the level of the youngest participants. For example, if a troop has mostly Cadettes and one Girl Scout Junior, they will participate at a level appropriate for the Junior. Facilitators will not schedule groups for activities that are not age-appropriate for everyone participating.

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

Not ready for the high ropes? Try just the Low Ropes Challenge Course for a reduced price.

If you are looking for other teambuilding opportunities for Brownies, please see the Adventure Zone and Low Ropes sections, or 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 for more information.

Can corporate or nonprofit groups participate?

If you would like to bring your nonprofit staff or corporate group to the High Ropes Challenge Course, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more information.

When is the high ropes challenge course available?

The course is available for sessions weekdays and weekends, September through May (and is 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?

Length:
Sessions are four hours for 4th-12th grade registered Girl Scout members. Includes ground activities, low elements and high elements. Time blocks are generally 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-5:30 p.m.; times may vary due to scheduling and available day light.

All participants must commit to the entire designated time period. This gives participants the best leadership and team building opportunities possible, plus newfound confidence and team spirit!

Cost:
$260/session; maximum 15 participants.
Low elements only: $160/session; maximum 15 participants

Capacity:
While there is no minimum required number of participants, we recommend this experience for groups of at least five, in order to best make use of the team-focused nature of the course. Note that the session price is a flat $260 regardless of number of participants.

Each session is limited to 15 participants or fewer. Please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for large group reservations.

Who are the facilitators?

Our certified facilitators are Girl Scout staff who have completed a 40-hour, nationally-recognized training course and also participate in ongoing trainings. In order to ensure the best experience for you, each facilitator has been chosen for their abilities in working with groups and 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 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 Whispering Oaks property'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.

Low Ropes

The low ropes challenge course at Camp Whispering Oaks in Julian lets girls experience collaboration, cooperation, and a generous dose of team spirit! They’ll come together as they tackle problem solving initiatives, attempt low elements, and cheer on their friends through it all. Certified staff plan and lead each session. Current 2nd graders (Girl Scout Brownies) and older are eligible to participate.

What is the low ropes challenge course?

The course is made up of several distinct elements involving cables, logs, platforms, and other objects. Each low ropes session is tailored to the needs of the group participating; however, all sessions are designed with close attention to progression. The course offers participants the chance to share individual successes and setbacks with a supportive team, building self-esteem and group skills along the way.

Who can participate?

Current 2nd graders (Brownies) and older can participate. Some advanced elements are reserved for 4th grade (Juniors) and up.

If you have a mixed-age group, activities will be tailored to the level of the youngest participants. For example, if a troop has mostly Juniors and one Girl Scout Brownie, they will participate at a level appropriate for the Brownie. Facilitators will not schedule groups for activities that are not age-appropriate for everyone participating.

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

If you are looking for other teambuilding opportunities for older girls, please see the Adventure Zone or High Ropes sections, or contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more opportunities.

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 bring your nonprofit staff or corporate group to the Low Ropes Challenge Course, please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for more information.

When is the low ropes challenge course available?

The course is available for sessions weekdays and weekends, September through May (and is 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?

Length:
Sessions are two hours; this includes ground activities, and 2-3 low elements. Time blocks are generally 8:30-10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m., or 3:30-5:30 p.m.; times may vary due to scheduling and available day light.

All participants must commit to the entire designated time period. This gives participants the best leadership and team building opportunities possible, plus newfound confidence and team spirit!

Cost:
$165/session; maximum 15 participants. Add $50 for up to 10 more participants. 

Capacity:
While there is no minimum required number of participants, we recommend this experience for groups of at least five, in order to best make use of the team-focused nature of the course. Note that the session price is a flat $165 regardless of number of participants.

Each session is limited to 15 participants or fewer. Larger groups can be accommodated for an additional fee. Please contact teambuilding@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0787 for large group reservations.

Who are the facilitators?

Our certified facilitators are Girl Scout staff who have completed a full training course and also participate in ongoing trainings. In order to ensure the best experience for you, each facilitator has been chosen for their abilities in working with groups and 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 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 Whispering Oaks property'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.