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About Interest Groups

Interest Groups encourage all girls to participate in a series of programs with the same group of girls relating to a specific theme or purpose (e.g., high adventure and travel groups, robotics teams, and after school programs where girls complete the "Change Your World" or "It's Your Planet" journey over a six-week period). All Girl Scouts are welcome to join interest groups whether they are independent scouts or members of a traditional troop. 

For more information about interest groups or if your interested in starting an interest group please contact Bree Ponce,  

B.I.G. - Backpacking Interest Group
H.A.G.S. - High Adventure Interest Group
M.S.S. Tradewind - Mariner Scout Ship Tradewind
O.G.A.P. - Older Girl Adventure Program
Space Cookies - Girl Scout NASA Robotics Team

B.I.G. - Backpacking Interest Group 

Backpacking Interest Group

BIG is open to all Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts (middle or high school girls). 

Love hiking and Hiking but want something more challenging? Try backpacking with Girl Scouts. You'll learn new skills, meet girls with interests like yours, and have a great time outdoors. BIG runs overnight trips to local Bay Area destinations throughout the year, culminating in an extended summer trek, usually in the High Sierras. No prior backpacking experience is needed. Our one evening training session will prepare you for your first trip, and all further skills are taught on the outings. Meetings are held in Los Altos.  Check us out at

For further information please contact Christine Fawcett at

H.A.G.S. - High Adventure Interest Group

New this year! H.A.G.S  is open to all girls 5-12 grade.

Girls who are interested in making new friends, learning camping skills, and tackling new adventures. Some H.A.G.S members are active in regular GS troops, others are Juliette scouts without a base troop experience, are welcome in H.A.G.S, so bring a friend! Interested parents are welcome to come as chaperones.  As a group, the girls brainstorm, research and vote on four high adventure trips each year. Trips take place on weekends and include an on overnight campout. Scouts plan the meals, cook them and clean up after them.  They typically do a service project as part of each trip. In the past several years H.A.G.S. has rappelled and spelunked at Moaning Caverns, kayaked in Elkhorn Slough, snow tubed in the Sierras, white water rafted on the American River.


We'd love to have you join us for future adventures!


Our contact information is Joanne Westendorf, , Dona Foster,, and Katja Rault-Wang,


M.S.S. Tradewind - Mariner Scout Ship Tradewind

M.S.S. Tradewind is open to all Girl Scouts grades 8-12. 

M.S.S. Tradewind is based at the Port of Redwood City. Their purpose is to enable girls to participate in all facets of team building, leadership, and fun adventures involving boating and sailing.  They maintain their boats themselves with plenty of scrubbing, swabbing and polishing! The TRADEWIND is a preeminent Mariner Girl Scout program in California.  They provide an accepting environment for young women to develop leadership, teamwork, values and self-worth.  Through community service, problem solving, and applying skills both on our vessel and in our lives, they have fun, learn, and form friendships while achieving their goals in a welcoming setting. Visit their website at

For more information, please contact Skipper Teri Marzano at 1-888-Y GO TO SEA or  

O.G.A.P. - Older Girl Adventure Program

O.G.A.P. is open to all Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts (middle or high school girls). We welcome both independent scouts or member of a regular troop.

OGAP pictureAre you a Girl Scout and want to participate in some exciting adventures above and beyond your troop meetings?? Then plan on joining us at OGAP (Older Girl Adventure Program). OGAP offers a chance to meet other older Girl Scouts who want to do activities such as horseback riding, skiing, fun in the sun, etc. At our initial planning meeting in September, the girls will finalize the activities and dates for the year and then signups, payment and final details are handled at our subsequent monthly planning meetings.  OGAP tries to offer about five adventures a year plus a few events during the summer. Girls can participate in just one or as many events as they choose.


For more information contact OGAP Coordinator - Cheryl Elliot at

Space Cookies - Girl Scout NASA Robotics Team

Space Cookies is open to all Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts (high school girls). We welcome both independent scouts or member of a regular troop.

Team 1868 is an all-girl robotics team for high school girls. They compete in the US FIRST Robotics Competitions and are sponsored by both NASA Ames Research Center and the Girl Scouts. They build their robot in the NASA Robotics Lab in Mountain View in January and February and compete against other high school teams at events in March and April. Team positions include designing and building the robot, creating marketing materials and delivering presentations to sponsoring companies and younger girls. No prior technical experience needed. Visit their website at
Space Cookies
For more information please contact Ann Wettersten at