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Catching up with friends on a hike.  One of many activities at the Gathering. 

DAYTIME ACTIVITies

Here are some of the offerings already planned for this year:

Adventure Recreation

Instruction

  • Paddling Leader Training
  • Converting a mini-van to camper van on the cheap
  • Introduction to Backpacking
  • Beginning Djembe African Drum

Arts & Crafts

  • Theater Games and Improv
  • Book Making with Nature
  • Lantern Making
  • Navaho Weaving

Workshops From Prior Years:

(to give you ideas!)

Adventure Recreation

  • Orienteering
  • Wildflower walk

Instruction

  • Outdoor camping or living skills
  • Bike Maintenance and Repair
  • Take It Or Leave It — What We Carry for Low and High Peaks
  • Nature Photography
  • Mountain Biking: Notes from the Trail

Spiritual

  • Create a labyrinth
  • Qi Gong
  • Yoga
  • Meditative Hike

Arts & Crafts

  • Tie-dying
  • Nature Crafts
  • Batik

    Volunteer-led workshops are a long tradition at our Gathering, allowing women to take on leadership roles and share their skills and passions in a supportive environment.

    Some of our members have a lot of      experience and find it easy to step forward and lead – we love you and you probably already submitted a workshop!

    Other of our members might be unsure about leading a workshop – the Gathering is your chance to start!

    • Think you don’t have enough experience? Pick a well-documented hike or bike ride from the activities on this page and offer to lead a small number of women.
    • Find a friend and co-lead if you don't feel like leading an activity by yourself
    • Feeling more artsy?  Then coordinate an art & crafts workshop
    • Have some expertise to share?  Give a talk and share your knowledge
    • Are you into lawn games?  Bring a corn-hole set or some other game
    • Do you have a musical talent? Bring your instrument and/or voice and serenade the crew
    • Worried nobody will be interested in what you have to offer? Well, you won’t know until you try, and you might just find a few fellow enthusiasts.
    • Searching for ideas? Contact us at the email listed below!

    If you already submitted a workshop when you registered you’ll be contacted before the Gathering to iron out the details. If you have already registered and now want to volunteer to lead a workshop send an email to workshops@womenoutdoors.org

    Silent Auction

    Our ever-popular silent auction is back! Bring your gently used outdoor clothing and gear for our silent auction. Read More

    Start collecting now!

    Evening ACTIVITies

    Talent Show

    We are excited to bring back the Talent Show to this year's line up of fun at the Gathering!

    Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, write/recite poetry/stories, are you a comedian, magician or have a talent you'd like to entertain us with? Or create a skit with others when you arrive! There will be a prop box with fun and interesting items. Look for the sign up sheet at the Gathering, please sign up for a 5 minute slot. See the organizers, Stef and Monica, for questions.

    Sock Hop Nouveau

    We’ll be swinging to some popular 1950s songs as well as some newer, popular songs.  Read more!

    Camp Fires

    We'll be having two campfires again this year. Friday's theme: Bring your drums and other musical instruments. Saturday's theme: Singing and S’Mores.

    Game Nights

    • Thursday Game Night: Many board games will be provided, or bring your own!
    • Friday: Goofy Icebreaker Get-to-know-you games

    If you want to help with one of these, or if you have your own fabulous idea for an evening activity, please sign up during registration, or send us an email to: gathering@womenoutdoors.org

    Annual Meeting

    This is your chance to participate on the national level in Women Outdoors. Find out what's happening from the board of directors. Participate in the election process, and perhaps join the board. All members are encouraged to attend.

    Paddling/Swimming




    We'll be kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, and swimming on Snyder's Lake: 100-acres, 0.7 mile length, 1.9 miles of shoreline. There is swimming, boating and fishing (license required) in the pond. A swim dock provides waterfront activity choices. 

    We will have available to us 6 canoes and 12  sit-upon kayaks, as well as paddles and PFDs. You can bring your own kayak, canoe, SUP, and/or paddles and PFDs. 

    We are planning on offering kayaking and canoeing classes again led by ACA certified instructors Bonna and Deb. Stay tuned! 

    Free time paddling on your own or with friends will always be available.



    Off-Campus Hiking


    There's no shortage of hiking trails and waterfalls in the area, most less than 10 miles from Camp Scully.

    ​​​Barberville Falls

    Only 7 miles from camp, the 92-foot waterfall is one of the most iconic spots on the Rensselaer Plateau. There are 3 trails available.  Map & Directions

    Read More  

    Burden Pond Preserve Trail

    ​​​This gem with stunning falls is  nestled in the heart of Troy. There are several side trails to explore, some inclines, but not difficult. Map & Directions  

    Rensselaer Tech Park

    A 13-minute drive will get you to two options ending in waterfalls. Map & Directions

    Peebles Island State Park

    At the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, this park offers spectacular river and rapids views. Map & Directions

    Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve

    The Staalesen Preserve includes 24 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands, and is bordered on one side by the Wynants Kill. You'll find an open-park section, as well as floodplain forest and a marsh with a beaver dam. Map & Directions.

    Please come prepared and download and print the maps for  trails you would like to hike.

    Off-Campus Biking 





    Please come prepared and download and print the maps for trails you are interested in riding.

    Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail

    This trail traverses through residential neighborhoods, woods, and fields, with a significant portion riding parallel to the Mohawk River and resulting in some beautiful views. Map & Directions

    Albany County Rail Trail

    Follows the path of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad, with paved trails perfect for biking, running, and walking. Map & Directions

    Zin Smith Bike Trail

    This multi-use trail extends 9 miles. Starting out a gravel portion of the trail runs from a swampy area up through woods and residential neighborhoods. Approximately 3 miles in, the trail becomes paved for the rest of the route.

    Map & Directions


    More Info from NY Trails Heads

    More Resources/Contact

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    Please note: Gathering attendance is for Women Outdoors members only. If you are not a member, please Join Now or Renew your membership!

    For more information on registration fees and dining:    Main Gathering Page

    For detailed information on our lodging options:     Lodging Options 

    Our growing schedule is available online:  Full Schedule

    For additional resources such as menus, packing list, paperwork, and more:  Resources

    Need help? For workshops and evening activities: workshops@womenoutdoors.org

    For all other questions: gathering@womenoutdoors.org

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