Now it's even easier for Girl Scout volunteers to introduce girls to the wonders of hiking and camping. Whether you're a camping pro, or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors.
Taking girls outside can be a fun time for everyone as girls develop outdoor skills and a passion for nature.
Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, GSUSA has created new outdoor skill-building videos especially for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside.
These videos can help volunteers give girls a sense of empowerment in the outdoors, show them how to use natural resources more wisely (including respecting our environment and wildlife), and help them become lifelong stewards of the land and our natural resources.
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls' outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls' skills in an age-appropriate way.
It's easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how!
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead--and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts.
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!
Propane, charcoal, box ovens--there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it. Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily "Leave No Trace" when exploring and enjoying the outdoors.
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.
This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games.
Remember to check Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF) or Volunteer Essentials (PDF) to keep up to date with safety and risk management guidelines, and take appropriate outdoor training before starting any activity.
Explore Venture Out!, an online resource that provides guidance to volunteers who may be less familiar with taking younger girls outdoors. You’ll find: