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Outdoor Like a Girl

Girl Scout Outdoor Adventures inspire girls to lead through experiences, self-discovery, and collective achievement.

#OUTDOORLIKEAGIRL  

NOW MORE THAN EVER 
Girl Scouts envision a world where girls and young women access nature as a foundation for learning, discovery and empowerment. We recognize outdoor/nature-based programs as resources for building life skills and teaching values of inclusion, confidence, empathy, innovation, and stewardship. These programs continue to establish a community of girls with the vibrancy and resiliency now, who will conserve their shared legacy with nature for generations to come.  

For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has created opportunities for girls and women to grow into strong leaders, critical thinkers, and compassionate citizens. Combining outdoor adventure with social emotional learning for girls of any age is a critical steppingstone of development though, it is particularly important with girls in adolescence.  Participating in ropes courses, archery, wilderness skills, adventure backpacking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities throughout New York, girls are mentored by experiential educators and skilled volunteers to challenge themselves, work as a team and to reach their full potential.

Our pledge is to ensure that any Girl Scout who seeks opportunities in the outdoors is enabled to do so. We encourage girls to find their own adventure – on any level, with the support they need from our council.

BENEFITS OF HER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES...


Girls can also apply for an Outdoor Scholarship to help cover program costs using grant money. For more information, please see the bottom of this page


 LEARNING ABILITY:

  • Her body and mind will be learning tool to test critical thinking, problem solving, persistence and self-knowledge

 LONG-TERM BEHAVIOR:

  • She's likely to have a 64% greater chance of retaining her cooperation, leadership ability, her self-confidence and her coping skills.

 SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • She'll enhance her own positive, complex and self-determined interactions with peers.

 Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character...

  • 72% of girls improved a skill through their outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts.
  • 29% of girls had overcome a fear of the outdoors through their outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts.
  • 50% of girls said they could not have done a certain outdoor activity (such as archery, horseback riding, or canoeing/kayaking) were it not for Girl Scouts.

Year-Round Outdoor Program

  • Our year-round outdoor adventures are opportunities for girls to learn skills to resolve conflict, accept differences, get along with others, and work together to achieve a shared goal. The atmosphere of acceptance and sharing helps girls thrive. Click  here to find year-round outdoor programs in your area or at your favorite camp property!
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Program Expectations, Policies, and Procedures

Program Expectations

Unless otherwise noted, all programming occurs outside. Appropriate clothing and footwear is required. Participants should check the weather forecast and come prepared: If it’s cool, bring warm layers. If it might rain, bring a rain jacket. If it’s sunny or buggy, bring sunscreen and bug spray. We require sturdy, closed toe shoes unless council says otherwise. In winter, participants must wear waterproof boots and bring: hats, gloves, snow pants and waterproof jackets. 

All programs will run in warm, cold, rain, snow, or sunshine unless weather conditions become unsafe. Every opportunity to be outdoors is a learning opportunity but, weather is unpredictable! We will modify program content as necessary for the weather conditions. 

Policies and Procedures

How will I be notified that my registration is confirmed? An email will be sent to all registrants using the email address they provided at registration two weeks before the registration deadline. All programs will have a waitlist. If you must cancel, please be courteous and notify Customer Care at customercare@gswny.org, so others on the waitlist are able to attend.

When will I receive more information about the program I am attending? An informational email will be sent at least 10-12 days before overnight programs (including a packing list) or at least 7-10 days before day programs. To ensure that all registrants receive the information, these emails will always be sent to the email address you have provided, after the registration deadline has passed. 

What is the cancellation policy? It is GSWNY policy that participants should notify council of their cancellation by contacting customer care at customercare@gswny.org. This should be done as soon as possible as a courtesy to others on the program waitlist. Refunds will be issued for customer cancellations occurring before the registration deadline. Full refunds will be issued for any programs cancelled by council and registrants will be notified by phone as soon as possible and no later than the morning of the event. 

What are the appropriate adult ratios at program? Program spaces allotted to adults are determined by the GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints. Keep in mind that independence is a critical skill for girls in adolescence and we advocate for girl-led programs. Please be considerate of girls wanting to attend - only register the minimum number of adults needed to fulfill your group’s girl:adult ratio.

When should I bring my health forms? These forms will be collected for outdoor programming. These forms will not be returned to you. Do not bring your only copy. 

Is there a policy on bringing food and beverages? Please bring REUSABLE water bottles in observance of the Girl Scout Law: “...use resources wisely, make the world a better place.” Single use bottles are wasteful, harmful to the environment and most importantly, not healthy for your children, https://www.livestrong.com/article/131685-health-effects-plastic-water-bottles/. If you or your child has food allergies, please notify council immediately so we can adjust food purchases as necessary.