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2016 GSTA Girl’s Retreat

The 2016 Girl’s Retreat through the eyes of a gold star teen

2016 GSTA Girl’s Retreat


One of the Gold Star Teen Adventure camps I look forward to every fall is the Girl’s Retreat held at Boulder Crest Retreats in Bluemont, Virginia. I love having the opportunity to take a break from my chaotic schedule of classes to spend time with my GSTA family.

This trip was definitely not an outdoor adventure camp, but we did complete similar activities.We sailed into a relaxing day at the spa where everyone was treated with facials, massages, and mani-pedis. We scavenged for food during the Iron Chef Competition, and prepared wonderful dishes for our judges using avocado as our secret ingredient. We had an epic shootout at the archery range until there was only one woman standing. Lastly, we finished a marathon of a fashion show walking down the runway showing off our Goodwill flair. Oh, and we cannot forget about the strenuous hike up the parking lot into IHOP!

This is my second time attending the Girl’s Retreat, and I love it more each time. I had the chance to meet new friends, expand my family, and make memories I’ll never forget. I cannot wait until my next expedition with Gold Star Teen Adventures!

Written by gold star teen, Summer Padgett

If you would like to view more photos from our awesome weekend, please visit our Flickr Page