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Gathering 41 - September 2021

(Photo was taken after many had already left. There were 47 of us!)

YES!  We are having a Gathering this year. Make plans to join us for an exciting weekend near Albany, NY.

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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.

Registration is Closed

Camp Scully

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

Campus Map


To keep costs down, we will not be hiring any staff, with the exception of possibly a kitchen coordinator. When you register, we'll ask how you can help make this a successful Gathering.


  • Lead a workshop
  • Lead a hike or bike ride on/off campus (we will have maps and directions)
  • Organize an evening activity

Food/Meals - Help out in the kitchen

  • For one meal - prep, setup
  • For one meal - cleanup


  • Take a turn at the registration table (we have enough volunteers)
  • Take-down and final clean-up sweep before we leave

COVID Policy

We recommend that all of our members get one of the COVID-19 vaccinations.

Based on current information about the Covid-19 pandemic, Gathering attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated. All attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination when they complete their health questionnaire.

To reduce the risk of bringing Covid-19 to the Gathering, attendees are asked to be extra-careful during the two weeks before coming to Camp Scully. During that time:

  • Please mask up when indoors with people outside of your family/household.
  • Cancel your registration if you
    • are exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID -OR-
    • you start experiencing COVID symptoms (headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, or loss of smell).
    • Note: You will receive a full refund if you need to cancel for these reasons.

We will continue to track CDC and state recommendations between now and the Gathering and adjust our plans as needed. Wherever possible Gathering activities are being scheduled outside (we are Women OUTDOORS, after all!), and anticipate that masks will be required during indoor activities if 6-foot distancing is not feasible.

We have also decreased the number of attendees in each cabin, to enable everyone to spread out more.

Registration Details

Lodging – 3 Days / 2 Nights: from $160-$180 

Friday noon to Sunday 4 pm

Includes 6 meals, 2 nights lodging, and all activities:

  • Friday: Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch
Check out our Lodging Options!

Saturday – 1 day: $55 

Includes lunch and dinner, and all Saturday activities.

Scholarships are available today. To apply for a scholarship to the Gathering, download the request form as PDF or DOC, and return your completed application no later than August 12 to the Gathering coordinator at

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

Registration is Closed

Register and Pay by August 15
to avoid a $25 late fee!

Registration Closes on September 5!

Cancellation Policy - If you cancel:

  • By Aug 15: Full refund 
  • Aug 16 - Aug 25: $25 cancellation fee
  • After Aug 25: No guaranteed refund


Camp Scully doesn’t provide meal service, but we have identified some great local caterers to provide some of our entrees, and Saturday we’ll be grilling out at the pavilion!

Meals will be served in the camp's dining hall or outside in the large outdoor pavilion. 

Our MENU is now available on the new Resources page.

Meal Times:

Breakfast: 8 am (Saturday & Sunday)

Lunch: 12:30 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:

Programming & Activities

More Links / Contact

More Information:

If you have any questions or special request, please send us an email to

Check out these pages for more info!

Lodging Options       Programming & Activities        Resources

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

Presented September 11, 2021

Mary Charney

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.

Presented September 7, 2019

Sandy Zohari   

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

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