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Outdoor Skills Weekend (OSW)

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Outdoor Skills Weekend
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9
Camp Winacka
Registration is closed.


Registered OSW Campers: if you have questions about what to expect at OSW, check your email inbox for the Zoom login for the “Everything OSW: Virtual Office Hours” on Thursday, Sept. 29, 6–7:30 p.m. 

Outdoor Skills Camp Guide

Familiarize yourself with the Camp Winacka property

Watch this video on Camp Winacka's history


What Is Outdoor Skills Weekend?

About Outdoor Skills Weekend (OSW)

Girl Scout Grown-ups: join us for Outdoor Skills Weekend! We are so excited to gather with you for this beloved tradition. A group of volunteer and staff thought partners plan a terrific weekend for fellow Girl Scout adults.

Think of OSW as part conference, part retreat—but ALL fun!

What Is Included?

Time with fellow volunteers at cherished Camp Winacka in Julian.

Food. Everything tastes great when you’re camping! All meals and snacks, from Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast, are provided.

Lodging. in your choice of cabins—from heated indoor cabins to open-air rustic units—there’s a mattress or cot for adventurers at all stages of experience.

Session activities. Spark your inspiration during your choice of over 50 learning and discussion sessions.

Traditions. While you’re learning and making new friends, get all the feels from campfire, kapers, songs, s’mores, skits, graces, flag ceremonies, and a Girl Scouts’ Own ceremony. They all add up to a meaningful group living experience that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Mementos. A t-shirt and commemorative patch are included (not guaranteed for attendees registered after Sunday, Sept. 18.)


$70 for adult members

$85 for adult out-of-council members

$100 for adult non-members

Troop funds may be used for volunteer events, like Outdoor Skills Weekend. Financial aid is also an option at the point of registration for one adult per troop.

Registration Dates

Registration will be open on the Events page. Lodging, Kapers, and Session selections will be sent to registered attendees via SignUpGenius.

Event Registration Opens: Monday, Aug. 8 at noon

Event Registration Closes: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Lodging, Kapers, and Session Selections for Registered Attendees Opens: Friday Sep. 1 at noon

Lodging, Kapers, and Session Selections for Registered Attendees Closes: Tuesday, Sep. 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Choose Your Sessions, Lodging, and Kapers

After registering for the event you will receive an email from SignUpGenius within 2 business days giving you access to choose your sessions, lodging, and kaper or camp job at OSW. Simply make a free SignUpGenius account using your Girl Scouts email if you don’t already have one and make your selections. Each SignUpGenius page has information explaining your options so please read thoroughly. You may edit your selections through Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11:59 p.m.




Fall 2022 Weekend Schedule

Overall Outdoor Skills Weekend Fall 2022 Schedule

Friday Oct. 7

Arrival, Check-in, and Welcome Activities 4–8p.m.


Saturday Oct. 8

Optional Sunrise Activities

Late Arrival Check-in


Session A

Session B

Lunch and Me Time

Session C

Session D

Dinners A & B

Campfire Program

Optional Night Activities

Sunday Oct. 9


Camp Kapers

Girl Scouts Own Ceremony

Check-out 11 a.m.



Check back now and then—we’ll update as more questions come up!

When and where is Outdoor Skills Weekend?

Outdoor Skills Weekend is at Girl Scouts San Diego’s Camp Winacka in Julian, CA Friday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.

How do I register for Outdoor Skills Weekend?

Registration for Outdoor Skills Weekend Fall 2022 opens on Aug. 8 at noon at Simply search “Outdoor Skills Weekend” and use your My GS login to register.

Why does OSW cost more this fall?

GSSD works to keep costs as low as possible for volunteer events. The registration fee for this year's Outdoor Skills Weekend reflects the rising costs for goods and services that prevail at this time. Troop funds may be used for volunteer events, like Outdoor Skills Weekend. Financial aid is also an option at the point of registration for one adult per troop.

How do I sign up for my sessions, lodging, or kaper?

Sessions, lodging, and kaper selections will open for registered attendees on Friday Sep. 1 at noon. You will receive an email inviting you to a SignUpGenius at that time. You’ll be able to review your options beforehand at If you register after Sep. 1 you will receive an invitation to make your selections within two business days.

How do I switch the sessions, lodging, or kaper I signed up for?

Once the sessions, lodging, and kaper SignUpGenius opens you will be able to switch any of your selections until Tuesday, Sep. 27 at 11:59 p.m. We’ll use that information to finalize plans and purchase supplies (including food!) to make sure everyone has what they need to be eat and have a great time at camp

Can other councils come?

Yes, adult members of other councils may attend. We’re glad to have new friends!

What is a kaper and why do we do them?

A kaper and the kaper chart is a classic Girl Scout tradition to divide a group’s responsibilities. In this case it will keep everyone fed and organized, and help us leave Camp Winacka better than we found it. It’s a great way for everyone to contribute to the group living experience of Girl Scout camping! 

Are the Outdoor Series trainings required to attend Outdoor Skills Weekend?

(Let’s Camp, Let’s Have a Campfire, Let’s Cook Out, Let’s Tent)

The Outdoor Series Trainings are not required to attend Outdoor Skills Weekend! We welcome adults at any stage of outdoor progression with Girl Scouts. This year there will be a special offering of Let’s Camp that covers two of Saturday’s sessions at OSW. The other trainings are not offered at this event. We use this special time in the mountains to dive deep into specific skills and activities we can’t cover in the general required trainings. You can learn more about the Let’s Have a Campfire, Let’s Cook Out and Let’s Tent trainings here and sign up at!

What about COVID safety?

Plans are being made based on guidelines found at At this time, that means that masks are strongly recommended indoors. That said, we do know some of our OSW participants will always appreciate an additional layer of protection. We know that participants will follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law and help each other feel included and safe. If guidance changes significantly, we’ll keep registrants up to date via email.

When should I arrive Friday?

Friday night check-in is from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Geico Reception Center for Outdoor Skills attendees. We’ll have fun welcome activities and space for folks to get to know each other when you get there and get settled. Remember to bring your own dinner Friday night! If you arrive Saturday, you must check in between 8 and 9 a.m. at the Geico Reception Center.

What should I bring?

Use the gear list found at Don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure, your desire to get away from it all, and a fondness for making new friends!

Do you provide tents for people who want to tent camp?

Tents are available to rent for Outdoor Skills Weekend through Girl Scouts San Diego Resource Centers. Those renting a tent, or any other gear are responsible for securing, caring for, and returning those items. 

Gear List

Gear List (updated 8/1/22)

Label everything with your name. Contact with questions.

o  Your dinner for Friday night. Pack a meal or stop at a local restaurant in Julian on your way up.

o  Completed Adult Heath History form printed (required)—keep it close in your name badge holder

o  Well-fitting mask, hand sanitizer

o  Refillable water bottle

o  Travel mug*

o  Mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, utensils, dunk bag)—for any cooking sessions

o  Sharp pocketknife*

o  Flashlight or headlamp

o  Camp chair / Sit Upon*—limited seating at some sessions

o  Warm sleeping bag—mattresses are provided in all cabins

o  Pillow*

o  Sheet or extra blanket*

o  Clothing (check the weather reports beforehand and be prepared for anything)

o  Jacket or sweatshirt

o  Hat for shade/warmth

o  Sunglasses

o  Bandana

o  Gloves*      

o  Two pairs of closed-toe shoes

o  Towel, washcloth, and soap

o  Toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, and other toiletries

o  Sunscreen, insect repellant

o  Any medications you take

o  Pajamas

o  Flip flops (for shower use only)

o  Daypack/fanny pack

o  Something to take notes with

o  Camera, binoculars, or book*

o  Small first aid kit

o  Rain jacket, poncho, or trash bag

o  SWAPS* (optional, 15-20 recommended)—or make some at the SWAPS session

o  Tent, sleeping pad, etc., if you are tenting

o  Any items needed for your learning sessions



Check out photos from 2019 and Spring 2022.
Questions? Contact our Adult Learning team.