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We'll be back at Camp Scully again! Make plans to join us for an exciting weekend near Albany, NY.

Join us for three or four wonderful days of fun, laughing and learning as we bring women together to sing and play, to make new friends and cherish their old ones, from all across the country. Whether you hike, bike, kayak, swim, gaze at the birds or at the stars, paint, play the ukulele or drum or you name it, sing, start campfires from scratch, scale walls, write or read, the Women Outdoors Gathering has something for almost everyone.

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Gathering 2023 Pages 

Our 30th Gathering at Sargent Center, NH, May 2009

Past-Year Photos!

Our 40th Gathering at the Berkshire Outdoor Center, September 2019

Gathering 41 at Camp Scully, September 2021

(Photo taken late in the weekend so only half the group.)

Gathering 42 at Camp Scully, August 2022

Gathering 43 at Camp Scully, August 2023 - Oops, it came out fuzzy, but we're here!

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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.

At every Gathering you will find Daytime Activities for:

  • Adventure recreation (hiking, biking, paddling, bird watching, etc.)
  • Outdoor skills instruction
  • Arts & crafts
  • Enrichment instruction (yoga, tai chi, music, etc.)
 And in the Evening we may have: 
  • Game night
  • Talent shows
  • Dances
  • Camp fires
  • And more!

Check out prior years for some examples.


You can also check out our Photo Gallery. Have you attended past Gatherings? We'd love to see your best photos of attendees and activities for any year.  Photo Gallery

The Jan Brown Memorial Scholarship Award

In 2019, our 40th year, we introduced a scholarship award to honor the memory of Jan Brown. Jan was one of our beloved founding mothers. She was an historian and office manager whose contributions to Women Outdoors were vast: Jan tracked our organization's history and publications, as well as kept a comprehensive bibliography of books written by and about women's voyages and adventures in the outdoors that has now been donated to Mount Holyoke College, along with our Women Outdoors archives. She was a world traveler who visited far-flung lands and regaled us all with her marvelous photos and stories. To pay tribute to Jan's countless contributions and her inspiring life, we will be awarding a full scholarship to attend the National Gathering. Future winners will be announced at the Gathering. Don't miss the announcement, timing to be determined—the recipient won't know until you ALL know!

RIP, Jan, we love you, and we miss you.  Read More about Jan

Our Winners

Lisa Vaas  Presented August 27, 2022

In honor of outstanding leadership and service, the Women Outdoors Board of Directors gratefully award Lisa Vaas, in recognition and appreciation of your exemplary leadership and long-standing dedication to Women Outdoors, the 2022 Jan Brown Memorial Scholarship. Image above of Lisa with Mary presenting the award.

Mary Charney Presented September 11, 2021

Granted in recognition of meticulously reasoned & researched communications on issues facing the Board, problem-solving of leadership issues at the organizational/procedural & personal leader level, and devising a procedure to vet & recruit board members. Image below Anna & Mary

Anna & MaryMary has requested that the award monies – full cost of tuition to the Gathering – be redirected to the regional funds of her Finger Lakes chapter, to be used towards funding The 2022 Anna M. DeSousa Memorial Spring Service Project.

Sandy Zohari   Presented September 7, 2019

For excellence in web design and support of our online presence.

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