Girl Scouts Love State Parks

For the very first time, Girl Scouts are celebrating their love for the outdoors with Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend on July 13 – 14th! As one of the four pillars that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, getting outdoors allows for growth and learning that is an integral part of being a Girl Scout!

Camp17_UT_LM_22724 (2)When Girl Scouts get outside, they discover they can better solve problems and overcome challenges, develop leadership skills and build social bonds, and become team players that care more about protecting our environment.

Thousands of Girl Scouts across the United States will head to state parks to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. In collaboration with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will hold multiple events to get girls outdoors. Check out one of our council’s events!

Ventura County


McGrath State Beach

  • Oxnard, July 13th 2pm – July 14th 12pm

Join Girl Scouts for troop camping at McGrath State Beach! Girls will hear from park interpreters about local bird conservation efforts, learn Chumash history, and do a beach clean-up service project!


San Benito County

Nature Area

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  • Hollister, July 13th 1pm – 7pm

At the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Daisies will have the opportunity to earn their Eco Learner Badge, Brownies their Hiker Badge, and Juniors their Animal Habitat Badge. Troops also have the option to participate in an additional outdoor experience by booking an overnight campsite for $10.00 per site. All camping is on a first come, first serve basis!

San Luis Obispo County

Northern Elephant Seals (M. angustirostris) at sunrise early lig

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals

  • Cambria, July 13th 10:30am – 5pm

Girls that come by Hearst San Simeon State Park will have the opportunity to visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Coastal Discovery Center and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Sanctuary! Learn all about the ocean and its inhabitants, and see all of the seals on the beaches for molting season! The day will end with a hike in Hearst San Simeon.

 “We are so excited to celebrate the love Girl Scouts has for the outdoors”, said Tammie Helmuth, GSCCC CEO. “Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast offers amazing outdoor experiences for girls, including outdoor opportunities at our very own Camp Arnaz Program Center. We are so happy to be able to expand girls’ opportunities to explore the outdoors at our local state parks in the Central Coast.”

Yosemite15_E0563“GSUSA has always been a leader in getting girls outdoors, and we are excited to open our state parks specifically to the organization this July,” said Lewis Ledford, NASPD CEO. “Girls can flex their leadership and risk-taking skills while exploring the parks, learning something new, and, most of all, having fun.”

Are you planning on participating in Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend? You can now purchase an exclusive patch and other related merchandise from the Girl Scout Shop!

Whether it’s with your troop, at camp, or with friends and family, make some extra time to get outside for the upcoming weekend! Contact Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast at 800-822-2427, or email us at​ to learn more about Girl Scouts Love State Parks events in the Central Coast.