|The Student Conservation Association
and GSUSA have collaborated in recent years to form the All Girl
Crew, with the goal of exposing more girls to the benefits of
spending time in nature. Last year, the All Girl Crew spent time
in the Olympic National Forest on the Pacific Coast to work on
conservation projects. This year, the All Girl Crew adventure
will be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Cherokee,
North Carolina from July 8-20 AND a second All Girl Crew has
been added in collaboration with the Appalachian Mountain Club
for July 20-27th in New Hampshire. The one week All Girl Crew in
New Hampshire will be a little less primitive. Positions will
be filled based on a first come, first serve basis. This is a
primitive camping experience and girls will be tasked with a
number of physical outdoor projects. |
If you have a Girl Scout aged 15-18 that would be interested in this extraordinary opportunity later this summer, please review the linked documents below.
There is no cost for the crew experience and there is $700 travel expense allotment for the girl's travel. Cost of the train/plane/bus ticket to the meetup site will be covered. For questions related to this opportunity, please contact Senior Program Manager, Katharina Fritzler.
Hear firsthand from one of our own what last year’s All Girl Crew
experience was like!
Hannah Casey, a Girl Scout from Black Diamond Council, was part of the All Girl Crew that traveled to Olympic National Forest last summer. This was her first time flying solo, but she enjoyed getting the chance to share her excitement about the All Girl Crew with her seatmate on the plane ride to Washington.
As for the different activities Hannah worked on last summer, she notes there was a wide variety. “One day we went out and cleared the branches for a special species of butterfly so that they could have more room to fly. We also did work with bees and actually went around and caught them in nets and put them in different containers to identify different species, and whether they were male or female. That was really cool to see the bees up close!”
Other work the crew performed involved old campsites. “We never did the same thing twice. We went to an old abandoned campsite. We tore up a bathroom and ripped up old fire pits, and painted new kiosks. And trail work involved making trails wider.”
But it wasn’t just all work, she had plenty of fun, too! “We had some days off and one we decided to actually go to the beach and see the Pacific Ocean. It was a bit of a drive but it was definitely worth it! We had dinner there and watched the sunset.”
In true Girl Scout fashion, the crew also flexed their strength and climbed a mountain on one of their days off. "Another day we actually climbed a mountain. Four of us decided to go up, which I had never done before. It was pretty difficult, but it was a lot of fun!”
We hope to have another Girl Scout from Black Diamond represent on the All Girl Crew this year and have an amazing learning experience like Hannah's!