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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.

15 16 17-18 2020 Careers Domestic Outdoors 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 spend evenings observing under the star filled sky. You will learn to manipulate data into an image, and explore fun astronomy activities. Extend your experience and plan to share an activity you learned with girls in your home community.  Join University of Oregon undergraduate students, 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 the weekend. Enjoy a day of earth science programs on the Oregon coast, then travel through mountains and high desert on your way to the Observatory. Meeting new friends from across the USA, exploring regions of Oregon, sleeping out under the stars in a National Forest, geocaching, white-water rafting and campfires (weather dependent) will round out your Astronomy Adventure experience!

Check out this video of the 2018 Astronomy Adventure Destination!

 (photo credit: Justin Hartney http://www.justinhartney.com/) 

Read the details below & apply here!

Where You Go

Pine Mountain Observatory, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

What to Know

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in astronomy.
  • Ability and willingness 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 walk up a steep hill to the observatory several times and day, and do physical activity at at elevation of 6,300 feet.
  • Readiness for camping in a National Forest. Interest and experience in camping is preferred. 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.
  • Willingness to deliver an astronomy activity learned from this Destination to a group of girls in your home community when you return home.

All complete applications received by the Round 1 December 1st deadline will be reviewed before the final girls are selected. There are only 10 spaces on this Destination and many applications are expected.

The Dates

July 12 - July 21, 2020

You must be at least 15 years old at the start of the camp, and must still be a high school student for the 2020-2021 academic year. (Rising Juniors and Seniors).

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” that is led by SETI Institute and funded by NASA. As part of this grant, all participants must deliver an astronomy activity to a group in their home community by March 1, 2021 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 destinations@girlscouts.org to request a financial assistance form.

Download Application Forms
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Contact Information

Jennifer Akins
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
travel@girlscoutsosw.org