We offer a variety of opportunities for girls to lead their own adventures, challenge themselves to try something new, and push their boundaries.
Experience exciting outdoor adventures that will challenge you and your group to a new level.
It is important to give our girls opportunities to develop or improve their outdoor skills in different areas. Research has shown that integrating Environmental Education and outdoor activities into children’s daily lives received lower ratings for behavioral conduct disorders, anxiety, depression, and obesity than peers with less access to nature. Only through hands on outdoor activities can we truly advance our efforts to have the nation’s youth develop a lifetime of emotional awareness of the natural environment.
GSCI offers a variety of outdoor adventures including summer camp (day, community & resident camp), equestrian (horseback riding) challenge course & climbing wall, boating and archery.
To request participation in our outdoor adventures, please complete our Outdoor Adventure Request Form. Outdoor requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the requested date.
Try your hand at using a bow and arrow. Learn tips on shooting style, form and work to improve your aim. In addition to learning basic archery, safety rules and range etiquette, you will have the opportunity to participate in a tournament.
Please Note: Must be 3rd grade or older to participate in archery activities. See the Outdoor Adventure Request Form for additional information and restrictions.
Did you get introduced to boating at camp over the summer, or have you always wanted to learn? Join us at camp for this fun boating workshop where we’ll go from the basics to sending you out on the water by yourself in just a couple of hours. First we’ll discuss boating safety issues and how to use paddles to get us where we want to go. After you master your skills on land, jump in a boat and see what you can do on the water.
Must be second grade or older to participate in the majority of boating activities. See the Outdoor Adventure Request Form for additional information and restrictions.
Develop and refine your group teambuilding, problem solving and communication skills as you work through a series of team elements on our low course. Once that’s mastered harness-up and faces new challenges at 20 or 40 feet on the High Ropes Courses or while scaling one of our three rock walls.
For the best group experience a group of 14 is the maximum 6 minimum. Climbers must be in grade 6 in order to participate in the majority of the elements. Climbers must be 45 - 275 pounds and 41/2 to 6 feet tall, those under 5 feet tall will face additional challenges on the high ropes course due to the height of the elements. Due to group dynamics it isn't possible to determine how much climbing your group will do or how much time the course will take. You may be done early or late.
Scale to new heights all year long at the indoor climbing wall at the Decatur Urban Program Center. Participants should be in grade 2 and up.
See the Outdoor Adventure Request Form for additional information and restrictions.
Grow in confidence and compassion through the equestrian program at Camp Tapawingo! Whether a girl is riding for the first time or she is a seasoned equestrian, she will experience the joys of connecting with a lovable horse.
GSCI is accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association. Accreditation means that GSCI voluntarily requested CHA to review our equestrian facilities, program and management to deem it as meeting CHA and equine industry safety and operational standards. The purpose of Certified Horsemanship Association is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. CHA is also recognized by GSUSA as an accredited horsemanship instructor training organization.