Camp Athena - Central - J/C/S/A

Camp Athena - Central - J/C/S/A
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Vandenberg Airforce Base, CA 93437, US
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What is Camp Athena?

Camp Athena is open to all girls in 5th - 12th grade and focuses on developing leadership skills through Outdoor Education. With adult staff guidance, youth staff members (OWLS) have worked throughout the year to develop plans for the camp. These include hiking, backpacking, archery, swimming and outdoor skills. We believe that the 11 facets of leadership are best taught in a setting where outdoor living and outdoor fun are the focus; and the skills learned are easily applied during daily camp activities. Camp Athena is a unique experience because unlike most day camps and Girl Scout camps, Camp Athena is run by girls for girls. A typical day at Athena may include swimming, sing-alongs, phase pride, legends, archery, ceremonies, hiking, camp spirit, and much, much more.

What is OWLS?

OWLS (outdoor warrior leadership sisterhood) is a year long program where the youth leaders learn to teach 11 leadership competencies while preparing and executing plans for camp, along with developing other skills in marketing, budgeting, event planning, counseling, etc. To be eligible to be a youth leader, all applicants must have completed 8th grade, be 14 years old by the time of camp, and a Phase Three graduate in addition to being interviewed and accepted into the program. OWLS meet for one weekend a month throughout the year.

What are Phases? Campers are divided into phases by age, camping experience, and maturity. Staffers will make final decisions regarding phase placement after reviewing each registration form and camper at the mandatory May Orientation Day. All 3 phases focus on learning leadership and outdoor skills. Completions of previous phases are not required for entrance into any phase.

What is Phase 1? Group/Patrol Leader Introduction Phase 1 is for girls entering grade level 5th – 6th grade; no camping experience is necessary. Girls will experience the dynamics and power of a close-knit patrol. They are exposed to the responsibilities of group and patrol membership as well as leadership skills. There will be one overnight backpacking trip between 2-4 miles.

What is Phase 2? Group/Patrol Leader Development Phase 2 is for girls entering grade level 7th-8th grade; camping experience and outdoor skills are desirable, but not necessary. Their training will assist them in becoming a leader of small groups. Participants are exposed to advanced levels of leadership competencies and are given guided opportunities to lead a group/patrol. There will be one overnight backpacking trip between 6-10 miles.

What is Phase 3? Advanced Group/Patrol Leadership Development Phase 3 is for girls entering grade level 9th-12th grade; skills and knowledge in first aid, cooking, and camping experience are preferred but not required. Participants practice leadership skills at the highest level in a high adventure setting. Girls will backpack for a total of approximately 20 miles during two backpacking trips.

  • No refunds after the registration deadline.
  • The Girl Scout membership fee of $25 is nonrefundable. This is GSUSA policy.
  • Refund requests should be made in writing to by the last day of registration for full refund minus the deposit and membership fee. Must include:
    • Name and date of the event/program/camp/training being cancelled
    • The session being canceled (if applicable)
    • Registrant's name and last name
    • Reason for the refund request
  • No refunds will be issued for no-shows.
  • Discounts and cookie credits cannot be reused if registration is cancelled.
  • No refunds will be issued if registrant leaves before the end of the event/program/camp/training due to disciplinary action, homesickness, or upon parental request
  • No refunds will be issued if a registrant is dropped prior to the event/program/camp/training due to incomplete or missing paperwork or not meeting prerequisites.
  • If you have a family emergency (severe sickness or death in the immediate family) after the registration deadline that is preventing you from attending, send an email to with the information stated above for a refund request. Request must be received in writing within 24 hours of the event start day for the refund request to be considered
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