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 - connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.
When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually through:
- Discovering that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
- Developing leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
- Becoming team players and care more about protecting our environment
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. View our 10 Easy Steps to Camping guide and the Adventure Training Sequences Chart for tips & ideas to challenge yourself in the Outdoors!
GSWNY Adventure Training Sequences
The new GSWNY Outdoor Adventure Training Sequences provide a non-limiting, guided path to outdoor adventures with programs designed to build skills for Girl Scouts who want a truly rigorous outdoor experience. The series includes three complimentary program sequences: Ace Adventurer, Trailblazer and Master Camper. The sequences encourage girls to challenge themselves with programs of increasing difficulty (defined as “degrees”). There are however, no mandated conditions to progress. Just move at your own pace, take the Readiness Self-Assessments (1, 2, & 3) to see where you fit in and once you feel proficient with skill milestones for each degree, you can decide how to test your own limits. Girls graduating to the 3rd degree of Expert in any sequence will have opportunity for an adventure of a lifetime with a multi-day, minimalist backpacking trips in locations such as the Adirondack High Peaks, Alleghany State Park, or Finger Lakes National Forest!
Readiness Assessments and Skills Guide
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
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