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Girl Scouts and the Outdoors

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Outdoor October

FACT: When Girl Scouts get outside, they thrive. That's why we're dedicating this month's programming to the great outdoors! Get ready for...

  • The Great Girl Scout Campout - Pitch a tent anywhere from your backyard to the backcountry, and join our state-wide celebration of Girl Scouting’s long legacy of exploring the outdoors!
  • Canoe Rendezvous for Experienced Paddlers - Canoeing pros, come get your paddle on! Buckle up your life vest and practice advanced canoe skills on the Colorado River.
  • Ghoul Scouts Canoe - Join us for a spooktacular evening canoeing the Colorado River, just in time for Halloween!
  • Archery Scouts - Choose from a morning or afternoon session at the range to hone your archery skills and improve your shot. Bulls-eyes encouraged!
  • Sleep Out, Girl Scouts! - Is your Daisy or Brownie ready to take the first step on her Girl Scout camping journey? Sign her up to spend the night with her Girl Scout sisters under the stars!
  • Sonoran Naturalist - How well do you know the desert we call home? Spend an afternoon at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and become an expert!
  • Plus, four exciting opportunities to earn your Girl Scout Ranger certificate and explore Saguaro National Park East.

 Need that reminder on your fridge? Download our  Outdoor October flyer and don't miss a single event!

 

dividerFrom the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long, storied, and successful history of getting girls outdoors. Girls develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else — like building a campfire, pitching a tent, and canoeing across a lake.

We live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. But with 52 outdoor badges (and counting!) available to earn, Girl Scouts have plenty of opportunities to unplug, explore the world around them, and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature—whether with their troops, at camp, or with friends and family. 

 Check out our Outdoor badges!

 Check out our Girl Scout Camp opportunities!

Outdoor Programs & Resources at GSSOAZ

We offer all kinds of outdoor programs at council, led by staff or our community partners! Explore recurring programs below, and be sure to check out our council calendar to find other upcoming programs.

Archery Scouts

Ready, aim, fire! This monthly program led by our council's Outdoor Specialist gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to spend a day at the archery range. Girls hone their skills and improve their shot by participating in archery games and competitions. All levels of experience are welcome!

Cadettes earn their Archery badge, but girls at every Girl Scout level are invited to learn new skills and collect a fun patch.

Safety is always emphasized, and bullseyes are encouraged!

Register for an upcoming Archery Scouts session.

Epic Adventure Squad

Epic Adventure Squad is girl-led outdoor adventure club just for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Girls choose outdoor adventures to embark on as a group, and set off together  to explore their strengths, test their limits, unleash their inner risk-takers, and lead the way!

Whether they find themselves hiking a trail, climbing a peak, backpacking in the backcountry, or paddling upstream, members of Epic Adventure Squad learn new skills and take healthy risks in the great outdoors, while exploring the world around them.

This program is coordinated by our Outdoor Specialist, Xitlaly Reyes. Contact her at xreyes@girlscoutssoaz.org for more information.

Complete this permission slip to join Epic Adventure Squad.

Outdoor Badge Boxes, Training Videos, and Troop Visits

Camping, hiking, backpacking, geocaching—where does the journey begin?

You don't need to be an outdoors expert to help your Girl Scout explore nature, seek challenges outdoors, and earn badges. Check out these resources designed to help you lead every troop meeting and camping trip with confidence.

  • Volunteer Toolkit: Find step-by-step meeting plans and resource guides for every Outdoor badge and Journey. Log-in to your "MyGS" account above, then use the drop-down menu to select "Volunteer Toolkit" and get started!
  • Outdoor Progression and Training: Get certified in pitching a tent, starting a fire, and so much more. And remember—Girl Scouting is all about progression. Start with a walk in the park, and grow from there!
  • Outdoor Videos: In partnership with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, Girl Scouts has developed eight outdoor skill building videos especially for Girl Scout volunteers and older girl members taking younger girls outside. Check them out!
  • Outdoor Badge Boxes: Coming soon! We're designing readymade kits with supplies and instructions for earning specific Outdoor badges, which you will be able to check out from council and return after earning the badge. 
  • Outdoor Troop Visits: Our Outdoor Specialist, Xitlaly, not only organizes outdoor programming for our council but is also available to help your troop. She can get your girls started on an outdoor badge or activity, connect you to outdoor resources, and offer guidance and suggestions to volunteers on getting girls outdoors. Contact her at xreyes@girlscoutssoaz.org to learn more.
Girl Scout Ranger Program

It's cool to be a Girl Scout Ranger in the National Parks!

The Girl Scout Ranger Program is a partnership connecting girls with National Park Service sites across the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites. 

To participate, girls and troops can visit the National Park Service website to find a park near their home and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and caregivers can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided tours. 

What’s more, Girl Scouts can design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey, various badges, or a Take Action project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded Girl Scout patches and certificates from the National Park Service.

To learn more, visit the NPS website, or check out this guide to the Girl Scout Ranger Program.

  

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Did you know? When Girl Scouts get outside, they: 

  • Discover 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