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Join astronomers for solar observing by day, deep sky observing by night, and camp in the beautiful Deschutes National Forest of Central Oregon. - FULL

15 16 17-18 2018 Careers Domestic STEM
About the Trip


Join astronomers for solar observing by day, deep sky observing by night, and camp in the beautiful Deschutes National Forest of Central Oregon.

Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO), set in the beautiful Deschutes National Forest of Central Oregon, offers a unique opportunity to observe the skies from mountain-top telescopes and learn about astronomy. On this Destination, you will learn to operate the telescopes and do plenty of observing. You will collect data, learn how to manipulate data into an image, and explore fun astronomy activities that you can take home to your troop and or younger girls.  Join University of Oregon undergraduate women, the Observatory Director, and other professional instructors to develop your STEM skills and learn about careers in astronomy. You will also flex your leadership muscles as you share your new astronomy expertise at an Observatory program for the visiting public on Friday night. Meeting new friends from across the USA, sleeping out under the stars in a National Forest, geocaching, and campfires (weather dependent) will round out your Astronomy Adventure experience!

 (photo credit: Justin Hartney 

Where You Go

Pine Mountain Observatory, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

What to Know

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in astronomy.
  • Ability to stay up very late at night for observing the skies.
  • Sincere interest in interacting with the visiting public on Friday night, showing your leadership skills.
  • Physical readiness to hike at elevation of 6,300 feet.
  • Readiness for camping in a National Forest. This is a primitive campground with pit toilets, and no running water or electricity. YOU MUST ENJOY CAMPING. (The group will have occasional access to showers and bathrooms at the Observatory.) Pine Mountain Observatory is at an elevation of 6,300 feet; therefore, temperatures can drop near or below freezing, even on summer nights.

Applications will be accepted during Round 2 (check the Destinations main page for your council’s Round 2 deadline), and all applications received by the Round 2 deadline will be reviewed before the final 10 girls are selected.

The Dates

July 10 - 14, 2018

You must be at least 15 years old at the start of the camp, and must still be a high school student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

What to Bring

A detailed packing list is contained in the confirmation kit you receive upon acceptance to this event. This will include a sleeping bag and warm clothing.

The Cost

Program Fee: $100.00

Most of the costs associated with this Destination are sponsored by a generous grant from NASA. Transportation from your home to the Destination IS INCLUDED. Girl Scouts will book and pay for each girl’s transportation to and from the event. All costs (meals, camping, program, and equipment) will be covered on-site. Each participant also receives a T-shirt and group photo.

This program includes a significant grant for each participant, provided by the “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” grant from NASA. As part of this grant, all participants must deliver an astronomy activity to a group in their home community by December 1, 2018 and send a report of the activity back to Girl Scouts. The activity could be for a Girl Scout troop, class, or other community group. Plans and ideas for the activity will be discussed during the Destination.

Financial aid is available for girls in need. Girls who may need assistance to cover the $100 Program Fee and the cost of equipment (sleeping bag, warm outdoor clothing) can email to request a financial assistance form.

Download Application Forms
Destinations 2018-2019 Application
Contact Information

Emily Henehan
Older Girl Travel Manager
(212) 852-5723