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Outdoor Experiences

Outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts provide opportunities for girls to discover, connect, and take action in ways that build courage, confidence, and character. These experiences increase girls’ understanding and curiosity about the natural world and shape girl leaders who are environmentally conscientious.

Spending time in the outdoors is a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The all-girl environment and proven programming show girls the benefits of outdoor experiences in ways that encourage them to take healthy risks and overcome their fears. Explore all the outdoor experience that Girl Scouts has to offer!

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Outdoor Progression with Girl Scouts

Progression allows girls to learn the skills they need to become competent in the outdoors, including how to plan and organize outdoor activities. This valuable chart can help adults acknowledge a girl’s mastery of an outdoor skill and invite her to challenge herself further.

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Outdoor Progression Chart

 

Earn Outdoor Badges, Fun Patches and More!

The Great Outdoors Challenge
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The 2019-2020 Great Outdoors Challenge is here!

The Great Outdoors Challenge is all about getting outside and getting excited about the amazing natural world around us! Each month, complete a challenge like day hiking, geocaching or gardening and document it in your nature journal. Complete the challenge by June 2020—National Great Outdoors Month—and receive a special fun patch!

Ready to claim your Great Outdoors Challenge fun patch? Send a photo and story from your journal to outdoorprogram@girlscoutsosw.org to claim your patch!

Outdoor Badges and Journeys
Outdoor Badges and Journeys

Girl Scout outdoor badges and Journeys are available for all Girl Scout grade levels, from Daisies all the way up to Ambassadors! Through hands-on and age-appropriate experiences, girls build problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills as they learn to be capable and confident in the outdoors, whether in their backyard or the backcountry.

Explore outdoor badges available to all grade levels >

The North Face Move Mountains Initiative

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and The North Face are teaming up in conjunction with the launch of The North Face’s first-ever global initiative focused on women: Move Mountains. The collaboration includes funding for GSUSA to create 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges rolled out by summer 2020, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. The North Face will also lend its expertise in design and tap its network of subject matter experts to inform the badge activities. There are 6 new outdoor adventure badges available now!

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Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scout Ranger Program   

National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites, or design their own experience or project to align with Journey work, badge activities, or Highest Award project.

Step-by-Step Guide >

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Girl Scouts State Parks Passport
Girl Scouts State Parks Passport

This BRAND NEW Girl Scouts State Parks Passport will help you document your travels as you visit different parks and try various outdoor activities. Completing the passport will earn you a GSOSW fun patch! Some of the activities in this passport recommend use of the internet. Be sure to complete the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge before you start!

To print, download the Girl Scouts State Parks Passport to your computer and  open from your files. When printing, select “booklet." Once your passport prints, fold the papers hamburger style so that it makes a half page sized booklet. 

Hike Selection Guide

Are you hoping to expand your hiking and outdoor skills? Use this guide to help determine what an appropriate hike is for you at this time. Step 1 helps you determine what your current hiking level is. Then, Step 2 will help you understand what types of hikes may be a great fit for you. Finally, you can get ideas for where to hike in Step 3. Happy trails!

GSOSW Hike Selection Guide

 

 

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Get Outdoors Map


This map is an interactive resource made just for you. Click on the icons on the map below to check out local, fun things Girl Scouts can do outside.

New Location Submission

Get Outdoors Map Location Submission

Have you been somewhere awesome and would like to share this place with other Girl Scouts? Fill out this form (with as much detail as possible!) to submit a location for consideration. Approved locations will be added to the map within 10 business days!

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 Aquatic Activity
 Bike Trail
 Campground
 Hiking Trail
 Horse Stable
 Nature Center
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 Daisy
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 Adult
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Add More Info or Photos

Have additional information, or photos that you think would make a great addition to the Get Outdoors map? Email them to communications@girlscoutsosw.org!