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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Get Outdoors Challenge!

This patch program challenges you to Get Outdoors in every season!

Find the Get Outdoors Challenge requirements for each season in the Forms section of the website. These challenges can be completed independently—or you could challenge your troop to a point-earning competition! Bring completed forms to your nearest council shop.

Outdoor Challenge Kick-Offs
Join us for seasonal Outdoor Challenge Kick-Offs at Camp Hawthorn Hollow! Check the event calendar for details. 

Get Outdoors Challenge
Outdoor Education Advocate

WANTED: Outdoor Education Advocates

Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with local, one-day outdoor events or help leaders make outdoor education connections in the community. Commitment is as big or small as you want it to be! For additional information, email the Outdoor Education team at outdooreducation@gssem.org.

High Adventure

New High Adventure Troops for 8th Grade Cadettes and Up!

Experience next-level adventures in Council-run, girl-led troops. Girls from Troops and Juliettes are welcome! We'll offer events to troop members throughout the year for high adventure, conservation projects, and outdoor career development opportunities. These are secondary troops, so girls don't have to give up their current troop or Juliette status.

For more information, please contact Liz Bruer, Lead Outdoor Education Specialist, at lbruer@gssem.org or 800-482-6734 (Ext. 2511).

Trailblazers

The Girl Scout Trailblazers have had an extraordinary history in Girl Scouts since the mid-1950s. This special interest troop develops girls' trail-based skills in topics like trail hiking, primitive camping, caving, rock climbing, and taking action in parks and wilderness areas.

Additional Resources
  • Safety Activity Checkpoints
  • Girl Scout National Park Ranger Program: Play in the Park
    Learn all about the Girl Scout Ranger Program, planning a trip with your Girl Scouts to one (or two or three!) of the more than 400 national parks across the U.S., earning cool Girl Scout badges and completing Journeys while adventuring outdoors, learning and making the world a better place through nature and service, and so much more. In addition to any badge or Journey requirements girls complete, the National Park Service will award Girl Scouts the Girl Scout Ranger certificate and/or a patch for participation—yes, please!
  • Girl Scouts in State Parks
  • Girl Scouts Get Outdoors!
    Are you curious about all the outdoor badges Girl Scouts has to offer? Find them here.

For more additional resources or information, please contact Liz Bruer, Lead Outdoor Education Specialist, at lbruer@gssem.org or 800-482-6734 (Ext. 2511).