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
- 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
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 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.
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.)