Obtaining equipment can be the most challenging component of taking Girl Scouts backpacking. Here are some resources that may help reduce costs for your girls.
Donations and Borrowing
Gear Forward helps connect donors with youth organizations in need of gear. Groups request gear, potential donors provide lists of what they can provide, and Gear Forward matches donors with groups. Additionally, when they need gear to meet current requests or have gear donors that they can't match, they advertise this on their website.
Hiker Direct is a program by Alps Brands that provides discount camping and backpacking gear to members of various scouting organizations in the United States including the Girl Scouts. Once you are registered with them, you will gain access to browse and purchase the available gear on their website.
Rentals and Second-Hand
Arrive Outdoors is a company that provides premium outdoor equipment rentals at a very low cost. You reserve equipment on their website, and your order is shipped to any destination in the United States including hotels or FedEx affiliate locations. When you are finished with your trip, you ship back the equipment with their free return label or purchase and keep. This would be a great option for troops just starting out or to avoid lugging equipment through airports.
Eddie Bauer has partnered with Arrive to provide outdoor equipment rentals and resales utilizing previously purchased product that was returned. Just like Arrive's own market, you reserve equipment on the Eddie Bauer website, and your order is shipped to any destination in the contiguous United States including hotels or FedEx affiliate locations. Either ship back the equipment with their free return label or purchase and keep your equipment. You can also purchase straight away.
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