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gettinggirlsoutdoors

Getting Girls Outdoors

When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Volunteers need to be confident in their outdoor skills in order to lead the best safe and fun-filled outdoor experience for their Girl Scouts! We are here to help you if you’re not feeling confident or even just want to brush up on some outdoor knowledge.

Taking Activities Outdoors
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Venture Out:  Learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside with Venture Out!, a fun, interactive “outdoor” adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

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Step-by-Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls:  At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls’ outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls’ skills in an age-appropriate way. 

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Taking the Journey Outside:  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!

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How to Leave No Trace Outdoors:  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.

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Outdoors Songs and Games:  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. 

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<-- Keep an eye out for the tree icon in Volunteer Toolkit! This icon indicates an activity can be taken outdoors!

Camping with Girls
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Planning Your Troop’s First Campout: 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.

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Introduction to Campsite Set-Up:  A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

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Introduction to Cooking Outdoors:  Propane, charcoal, box ovens—there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

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Introduction to Fire Building:  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.

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Not ready to take your troop out on your own? Check out our event calendar to find upcoming Troop Adventure Camp or Troop Adventure Day opportunities! At these events, you and your volunteers will supervise your troop while GSHPA staff faciliate outdoor activities. 

Volunteer Trainings

Outdoor Trainings are available throughout the year for any outdoor enthusiast or adventure seeker. You’ll have fun, learn something new and be able to provide your troop with an awesome new experiences like:

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Archery

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High Ropes (Facilitation)

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Low Ropes (Facilitation)

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Check our event calendar for upcoming training opportunities.

Reserving a Camp Property

Visit our Property Reservations page to take a virtual tour of our camp properties, view pricing, and reserve a camp property for your next camping trip!

 

GSHPA + DCNR Partnership
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Pennsylvania State Parks offer a variety of professional development opportunities for  teachers as well as non-formal environmental
educators. We provide hands-on, cross-curricula training for teachers from all grades (Pre-K - College). Learn more!

 

Have questions about getting girls outdoors? Reach out to our Member Services team at 800-692-7816 or MemberServices@gshpa.org.