Backpacking Interest Group (BIG) for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts in the Northern California Council

Love hiking and camping and want something more challenging? Try backpacking with other Girl Scouts! You'll learn new outdoor and team skills, meet girls with interests like yours, and enjoy the beauty of the out of doors.

BIG welcomes both independent scouts or members of a regular troop.

Members need not attend all events: once you're trained (attend one evening training and then attend a Beginner trip) you can go on as many trips as you want. Girls should be capable of carrying a backpack and hiking 3-5 miles for the beginner trips.

Resources for Leaders: Here are some tips (including the weekend packing list) that we've developed over the years.

 

 

2016/2017 Backpacking Group Events

Last updated 11-14-16

Get started by attending any one of the trainings listed below then come on a weekend trip. Can't make any of those training dates? Email us!

For the time being we meet either at a church near Foothill Expwy & Grant Road in Los Altos or in Palo Alto depending on the day.

September 2016
14

7:00-8:00pm (you can shop with a discount afterwards)


Information Night @ Sports Basement, 1177 Kern Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
21
7:00-8:30pm

Training for New Members
October 2016
12
7:00-8:00pm
Pack Inspection at 6:30pm

Pack Inspection/Planning for Weekend Trip
15 - 16


Beginner Trip
19 7:00-8:30pm
Training for New Members
November 2016
9 7:00-8:00pm
Pack Inspection at 6:30pm

Pack Inspection/Planning for Weekend Trip
12 - 13


Beginner Trip
January 2017
4
7:00-8:00pm
Pack Inspection at 6:30pm

Pack Inspection/Planning for Weekend Trip
7 - 8

Advanced Beginner
18
7:00-8:30pm

Training for New Members
February 2017
8
7:00-8:00pm
Pack Inspection at 6:30pm


Pack Inspection/Planning for Weekend Trip
11 - 12


Beginner Trip
March 2017
8 7:00-8:00pm
Pack Inspection at 6:30pm


Pack Inspection/Planning for Weekend Trip
11 - 12


Advanced Beginner
April 2017
TBD
7:00-8:00pm
Pack Inspection at 6:30pm

Pack Inspection/Planning for Weekend Trip
TBD

Advanced Beginner
May 27-29: Back Country Trip over Memorial Weekend for Wilderness Training
June/July/August 2017
Summer Prep Hike Schedule TBD
Scouts and Families All Welcome! Wednesday night (7 miles) and Weekend (10 miles) Training Hikes for Summer Sierra Miler
TBA
  Summer Miler Trip (30+ miles)

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Planning Meetings start earlier for girls who need a a Pack Inspection.

We can arrange trainings at troop meetings or come talk to your troop about backpacking.

2008-2010 BIG event photos

2005-2009 BIG event photos

Check out our pictures at pbase.com/big_santaclara and our wildflower gallery.

2004-2005 BIG event photos

2003-2004 BIG event photos

2002-2003 B.I.G. event photos

2001-2002 B.I.G. events (links & pictures)