Girls' Leadership Program

SPRING WEEKEND: Fri, April 27 - Sunday, April 29, 2018:  Spectacular Survival Skills & Dare to Discover Weekend
Join other girls (Grade 6-12) for a weekend of fun while building leadership skills at our beautiful 264-acre Blairstown Campus located near the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area in New Jersey.  Learn to build your confidence, overcome your fears, take healthy risks, work cooperatively, and creatively solve problems as a team while you complete our challenge course elements, successfully navigate high ropes elements, rappel down a 35 foot dam, build rafts, and go canoeing!

The cost per person is $100 (early bird pricing of $85.00 available through September 8th!) and includes five professionally-prepared, healthy meals plus snacks, all programming costs, and lodging in rustic log cabins complete with bunk beds and wood stoves.  Nearby wash houses provide clean, modern facilities with hot water and showers. Space is limited to the first 60 participants.  Contact Pat Karl at pkarl@princetonblairstown.org for more information or to register.

While the main focus of the weekend is not on badge work, girls can work toward Cadette badges Common Ground and Trailblazing.  Like the girls from Troop 60518 who designed their own "Lead Yourself" badge, girls can work on completing these requirements.


It was evident all the planning and thought that went into making the weekend such a success. We are so glad we participated. Rainbow was a terrific facilitator and I know the girls really liked her—she had great rapport with them. My girls loved having their own cabin, too. They are all looking forward to coming back and doing more.
— Girl Scout Leader, Spring Girls' Leadership Weekend 2016

Our Program
The Girls' Leadership Program was originally designed by 11 girls aged 10-14 from Montgomery, New Jersey, members of Girl Scout Troop 60518. The girls began the process with a focus on core leadership attributes – problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, self-reflection, goal setting, and more. They used these attributes to build exciting outdoor adventure programs that will build confidence for girls as they uncover their own strengths and break through perceived limits. During the program design process, the Girl Scouts did test runs of their curriculum at the Blairstown Campus, surprising themselves in the process as they did hiking, high-ropes challenges, outdoor cooking, gardening, and even rappelling down a 35 foot dam.  

In September 2014, the Girl Scouts' leadership work was featured on the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl (IDG) Summit website.  Members of the Girl Scout troop also attended the Girls Speak Out at the United Nations on Friday, October 10, 2015. The Girls Speak Out featured girls' stories of leadership and social change around the world. 

For more information on the Girls' Leadership Program, please contact Meredith Murray at mmurray@princetonblairstown.org.