Join us at Our 41st National "Back to Basics" Gathering!!
From its inception, Women Outdoors has sponsored an annual Gathering for all members. In 2018, we moved from Sargent Center in NH, our home for over 20 years, to the Berkshire Outdoor Center. This year, with BOC still closed due to COVID, we will be at a new location. Camp Scully is a "rustic" summer camp for kids situated on a beautiful lake near Albany, NY.
What do we mean by “Back to Basics”? There will be no staff, and we will be handling things and providing all services for ourselves, including activities, food service, meal cleanup, taking out trash as needed, etc. We will be able to keep our operating costs much lower than recent years and will be passing the savings on to attendees by keeping fees as low as possible. In return, we will be asking everyone to pitch in with one or more tasks that best suits their interest and capabilities.
Join us for three 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.
Camp Scully is located on Snyder’s Lake in North Greenbush, approximately 10 miles from Albany and Troy in New York.
We'll have exclusive use of the entire facility, with RV, tent, cabin, and cottage options. For those not in a cottage, there are central bath houses with showers, toilets, and hot water.
24 Camp Scully Way,
Wynantskill, NY 12198
To keep costs down, we will not be hiring any staff, with the exception of possibly a chef. When you register, we'll ask how you can help make this a successful Gathering.
Food/Meals - Help out in the kitchen
We recommend that all of our members, especially those attending the Gathering, get one of the COVID-19 vaccinations.
We will be keeping track of CDC guidelines and New York State mandates, and will make a final decision on vaccinations, mask wearing, and social distancing for the Gathering, by August 10. We may restrict the Gathering to women who have been fully vaccinated, with the possible exceptions for those of you who medically cannot receive the vaccination.
If the final decision is to require COVID-19 vaccinations, we will request that you provide proof of vaccination. You will have until August 15 to cancel without penalty. So feel free to sign up now and avoid the late fee.
Meanwhile, during the registration process for the Gathering, we will ask your vaccination status. This information will be used while making the final decision in August. We will also ask if you want/require to be housed with vaccinated women only. If we allow non-vaccinated attendees, we will house them separately.
Lodging – 3 Days / 2 Nights: from $160-$180
Friday noon to Sunday 4 pm
Includes 6 meals, 2 nights lodging, and all activities:
Saturday – 1 day: $55
Includes lunch and dinner, and all Saturday activities.
Some partial scholarships are available. To apply for a partial scholarship to the Gathering, download the request form as PDF or DOC, and return your completed application no later than July 12 to the Gathering coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register and Pay by August 15
Camp Scully doesn’t provide meal service, so we are currently researching options.
If you or someone you know has experience and interest in catering or coordinating camp meals, send an email to email@example.com.
Meals will be served in the camp's dining hall.
Breakfast: 8 am (Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 pm (Saturday, Sunday)
Dinner: 6 pm (Friday, Saturday)
Special Dietary Requests
We will ask during registration if you have any special dietary needs or allergies. Please register by Aug. 15 so that we can try to accommodate you!
Note that you may need to bring food to supplement what we are able to provide. Storage is available for your perishables.
Like in our Sargent Center days, activities will be led by volunteers among us. The camp has hiking and paddling opportunities and space for indoor and outdoor activities.
Off-campus there are nearby waterfall hikes and biking trails.
Check out all of the various options and possible workshops and evening activities that will be offered:
More Links / Contact
If you have any questions or special request, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out these pages for more info!
For additional resources such as packing list, paperwork, directions, and more: This page coming soon
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.