Hull, IL – In partnership with Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Gardner Camp has designed a series of four outdoor experiential activities exclusively for girls. In an encouraging environment, girls will try shooting sports including archery; experience and learn more about outdoor cooking; slow down and work on a piece of art inspired by nature; and spend some time looking at the stars. The series is geared toward girls ages 10-14 (going into 5-8th grades).

Series begins on July 19th with an archery and shooting sports program where girls will learn safety and perfect their shooting technique at standard bullseye targets as well as 3-D targets in the woods.  Creating natural artwork and stargazing will be the focus in August and September, as Fall begins.  The series will wrap up with an outdoor cooking skills event in October.

“Allowing girls at this age an opportunity to try hands-on outdoor skills they may not normally try, within a supportive environment, is important,” states Amy Lefringhouse, Gardner Camp Executive Director. “We hope that girls come away from this experience with the confidence to explore the great outdoors on their own.”

The cost for the full series is $25 per attendee (financial assistance is available) and registration is necessary. For more detailed information and to register for the complete 4-session series, please visit or call 217/432-1999.

Gardner Camp, located outside of Hull, IL, is a not-for-profit, private foundation established by the generosity of the late John Willis “Jack” Gardner, II.  Mr. Gardner appointed State Street Bank Trust Department to develop Gardner Camp into an outdoor education and recreation center for youth organizations.  Guided by a local advisory board, Gardner Camp offers mentored youth hunting, shooting sports and outdoor education year-round.