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Outdoor Adventures

From the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long, storied, and successful history of getting girls outdoors. In fact, many Girl Scouts tell us “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience. It’s true: connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.

Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. But as a Girl Scout, she’ll have plenty of opportunities to create her own outdoor adventures and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors—whether with her troop, at camp, or with friends and family.

And that’s great news—because when Girl Scouts get outside, they:

  • Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
  • Become team players and care more about protecting our environment

When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. View our 10 Easy Steps to Camping guide and Outdoor Progression chart for tips & ideas to challenge yourself in the Outdoors!

Take advantage of the wide variety of outdoor adventure programs and activities available at our camp properties. Options vary by property based on individual camp facilities, equipment, season, and trained staff availability.

Troops may request outdoor adventures anytime, for a few hours or as part of a camping overnight. Look below for activity availability at our camps, including approved age levels, months available, and locations. Once you’ve chosen an activity, follow the directions to submit a request. If you are planning a Service Unit Camp Out (SUCO) or any other troop camp event, please see our Troop Camping Page for more information.

 

Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of the wide variety of outdoor adventure programs and activities available at our camp properties. Options vary by property based on individual camp facilities, equipment, season, and trained staff availability.

Troops may request outdoor adventures anytime, for a few hours or as part of a camping overnight. Look below for activity availability at our camps, including approved age levels, months available, and locations. Once you’ve chosen an activity, follow the directions to submit a request. If you are planning a Service Unit Camp Out (SUCO) or any other troop camp event, please see our Troop Camping Page for more information.

  • Hiking/Backpacking
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Team Building Games 
  • Ropes Challenge Courses: Levels I, II, III, IV & V
  • Climbing Wall: Indoor or Outdoor
  • Ropes Challenge Course: High
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Orienteering/Aidless Navigation
  • Other Outdoor Badge Programs
  • Camping

 


Outdoor Badges and Patches

Outdoor Adventures are an epic way to earn new Girl Scout awards and badges. Explore nature, discover what interests you, learn new skills—and show the world what you can accomplish. Not sure which badge applies to an activity? Try the Award and Badge Explorer system and see how  your outdoor interests fit!”


Spotlight Badge: Eco Camper Badge   

 

Launched in 2017 with the Eco Camper badge for Juniors, our new suite of Environmental Stewardship badges are now available for every grade level. These badges strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental advocacy.


More Ways To Earn Badges & Patches
  • Eco Trekker:  Girls learn how to minimize impact on the environment while planning and taking an outdoor trek.
  • Adventure Camper: Girls plan an adventure, like kayaking, mountain biking, or rock climbing, and combine it with overnight camping to make the most of their outdoor experience.
  • High Adventure Team
  • Outdoor Adventures Progression Patch
  • Jr Ranger-National Parks Patch
  • Intrepid Journey Program

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OUTDOOR SKILL-BUILDING VIDEOS

Are you new to hiking and camping? Maybe a little nervous about taking girls on an outdoor journey for the first time? Don't worry! These videos from GSUSA will help you prepare for a fun, safe adventure with your girls. (And be sure to read our Safety Checkpoints for specific safety guidelines on everything from archery to whitewater rafting.)

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
Taking the Journeys Outside
Planning Your Troop's First Campout
Introduction to Campsite Set-up
Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
Outdoor Songs and Games
Introduction to Fire Building