GEMS for G.I.R.L.s

GEMS for G.I.R.L.s

.entry-content a {font-weight: bold;text-decoration: underline;} Introducing “GEMS for G.I.R.L.s” from Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd (GEMS) and Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council! This unique set of experiences for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors...

What’s so great about learning in the “great outdoors”?

At Mountain Shepherd, we believe each person, regardless of life experience, can learn to navigate the outdoors and respond to unexpected challenges. We also agree that learning outdoors, about anything, and even shifting activities typically done indoors out to a...

Time in the Wild

GEMS camp explores the connections between learning survival skills and learning to lead. by Beth JoJack ’98 If Allie Mitchem ever finds herself among the cast of TV’s Survivor, she’s certain to be in high demand as an alliance partner—even at the tender age of 13....

What’s so great about learning the “great outdoors”?

At Mountain Shepherd, we believe each person, regardless of life experience, can learn to navigate the outdoors and respond to unexpected challenges. We also agree that learning outdoors, about anything, and even shifting activities typically done indoors out to a...

Middle school girls learn survival skills, confidence at camp

Posted on The Roanoke Times: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:45 pm By Kylee Sapp kylee.sapp@roanoke.com 981-3435 During their last hike of the week, four middle school girls showed off their survival skills when they came across a small “crashed” plane and one of their...

Meet the GEMS creators

Dina Bennett Interests: Hiking Learning Teaching Traveling Creating new experiences Quilting (aka mastering the art of imperfection) Dogs – All but most important to my heart are Holly, Scout, Levi and Riley Music Slacklining/Unicycling – brand new and somewhat scary...

Situational Awareness – Be vigilant to Survive

The madness continues. Reports of horrfic acts of violent terrorism, on foreign soil and in our back yards, clog our airwaves and news feeds. This constant bombardment of fear based news achieves its goal, it sparks fear. Some cancel or postpone trips. Others avoid...

Worth the cost of the course!

Reggie, About two years ago my fiancee and I took the survival 101 course. The course was great we both learned a lot. I thought it was worth the cost of the course just to learn how to build a fire. That was until this weekend. My 11-year-old future stepson,...

Cast a vote to emPOWER women!

Mountain Shepherd Survival School is applying for a grant to provided a unique and personal interactive learning experience for high school junior/senior girls to reflect on their leadership style, educational life and personal lives. By learning the Seven Priorities...

Thank you for visiting!

Thank you for visiting Mountain Shepherd Survival School’s website! We know you have options and we appreciate the time you are investing to learn about our school. As you research check credentials and background when evaluating survival schools and...

Mountain Shepherd students are Top Notch!

Best selling author Michael Koryta attended a Humble Thunder course a couple years back.  Read about what he learned about survival in his latest thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead”. Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey enjoyed the book so much he interviewed Reggie...