GSHCC - Tomales Bay Sea Expedition with ETC - 6/14-6/16
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Date: Fri Jun 14, 8:00 AM PDT - Sun Jun 16, 5:00 PM PDT
  • Outdoor
  • Cadettes,
  • Seniors,
  • Volunteers,
  • Ambassadors,
  • Juniors

This program is hosted by Girl Scouts of Heart of Central California. 

Cadettes, Senior and Ambassadors: Tomales Bay is a paddlers dream. With pristine water, beautiful scenery, and plentiful wildlife, join Environmental Traveling Companions expert staff, GSHCC staff, and your fellow Girl Scouts as you experience first hand this remarkable jewel of west Marin County. During your trip you will first learn the basics of kayaking, then explore Tomales Bay by water while paddling to our beach campsite for an afternoon of exploring and an evening spent under the stars. The next day youll enjoy a morning paddle to end your memorable trip on Tomales Bay. This trip is great for novice to advanced paddlers of varying abilities and backgrounds. This is a camping experience in tents. Fee includes all meals, equipment, guides, activities, and instruction, and a fun patch. Campers are required to bring appropriate clothing, water bottles, sleeping bags, and other personal items.

Important Note: Campers will be transported to and from Sacramento.

Program facilitated by: Environmental Trekking Companions (ETC) and GSHCC staff.

Program Fee: $382 for girl members.

Program Fee Includes: 3 Day, 2 Night trip, all meals, equipment, guides, activities, and instruction, and a fun patch.

Supplies Needed:

  • Campers are required to bring appropriate clothing, water bottles, sleeping bags, other personal items.
  • Permission forms (will be emailed)
  • Required pre-trip paperwork will be emailed prior to the event and must be completed digitally no later than 3 weeks before the trip date.
  • Full supply list will be included in your MYGS after registering for the event

General Location: Inverness, CA

  • Exact address can be found in your MYGS after registering for the event, and will also be included in the information letter.

Note: This event takes place in an outdoor setting.

Adult Supervision: Girl Scout supervision will be provided by GSHCC staff.

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC): have been providing outdoor adventure opportunities to people of all abilities and backgrounds since 1972. Beginning on the banks of the Stanislaus River, ETC began using volunteers to take people with disabilities and youth from under-resourced backgrounds on whitewater rafting trips. Decades later the organization has grown to include four main programs: whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, cross country skiing, and youth leadership development courses and is recognized as a pioneer in the industry of accessible outdoor adventure. With this growth, ETC has still maintained a strong community, where most trips are staffed by volunteer guides and participants are fully engaged in all aspect of the adventure. An ETC adventure is a unique opportunity to experience nature, achieve growth through challenge, and develop stronger bonds with fellow adventurers. ETC has volunteer and paid staff Guides who are highly experienced and trained in whitewater rafting, first aid/CPR, Swiftwater Rescue and working with people of all abilities and backgrounds. All Guides are enthusiastic, caring, and responsible individuals who give generously because they enjoy sharing outdoor adventure and beautiful place with diverse groups.

Essential Eligibility Criteria: Be able to manage all personal care and mobility independently or with the assistance of a friend, family member, or attendant. Be able to breathe independently, not require medical devices to sustain breathing Perceive, understand and respond to commands given by a guide independently or with the assistance of an interpreter. Be able to effectively signal or notify guides or other trip participants of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. If taking prescription medications, be able to maintain proper dosage by medicating independently or with the assistance of a personal care attendant or staff member. Be prepared to participate in physically strenuous activities that may require physical ability beyond what many people are accustomed to in their day-to-day lives. For overnight trips, be able to move about the campsite or building independently or with the assistance of a companion, on trips that include overnight camping. Be able to remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat-related illness, sunburn and frostbite. Be able to wear all safety equipment correctly such as, but not limited to, helmet, spray skirts, or personal flotation device. Be comfortable traveling in remote settings where access to advanced medical care may be significantly delayed. Minimum Age: 10 years old. Minimum Weight: 60 pounds. All minors must have a chaperone on the trip. Independently turn from face down to face up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted personal flotation device (life jacket). Remain seated and balanced in a floating raft with the use of adaptive equipment, if necessary. Adaptive equipment cannot impede or lessen the effectiveness of the safety procedures or equipment. No one may be strapped or belted into a watercraft. Be able to spend extended time in outdoor environments, where the air temperature can exceed 100 degrees F and the water temperature may be below 55 degrees F. During the trip there may also be exposure to wind, precipitation, uninterrupted sun.

Registration: A minimum of 8 registered participants are required to hold this event. In the event that the minimum is not met, you will be notified before the event date, and a full refund will be processed.

Media Release Disclaimer: There may be photos or video taken during this event. By registering for this event, you give permission for GSHCC and GSHCC program partners to use photos/videos of your girl to promote Girl Scouts. If you would like to opt out of photographs/videos, please notify staff at event check-in.

Information Letter: Once you have registered you can find the information letter by logging in to your My Account, go to My Events and select the event. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the information letter under Additional Documentation. An e-mail will be sent out 1 week before the scheduled event with the information letter for the event. If you register after this time, you will need to go through your My Account to get the information letter or reach out to customer care.

Not a member? Join now and save! Become a member before registering for this event to take advantage of our member pricing, plus save on other GSHCC events for the rest of the year! A Girl Scout membership is $25 a year. A membership year runs from October to September.

Troop Treasure: After registering, please follow the instructions on this form to pay with Troop Treasure.

Financial Aid: Financial assistance is available to girls/adults that have current memberships with Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Payee must submit the Financial Aid Request form after registering to finalize your request. You may still be responsible for a portion of the fees. 


  • If the activity requires a deposit, deposits are non-refundable.
  • You may swap participants up until the 3 weeks before the activity.
  • All other activities will be processed as follows:
    • 60 calendar days before the activity 100%
    • 59 or fewer calendar days before the activity No refunds.

Once in a while, GSHCC may have to cancel an event. If Girl Scouts Heart of Central California finds it necessary to cancel an activity or training, all troops/groups or individuals having submitted registrations and payments will receive a full refund.

Note: In the event of extenuating circumstances such as illnesses, deaths in the immediate family, and other catastrophic events, GSHCC will consider refunds on a case-by-case basis.
All refund requests should be submitted in writing to Customer Care.