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Outdoor Education

Get Outdoors Challenge!

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

Find the Get Outdoors Challenge requirements for the season in the Forms section of the website.

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Outdoor Skills Patch Program

We're making it even easier to gain outdoor skills and earn patches by bringing Outdoor Skills programming to a community near you.

Our GSSEM Outdoor Education Specialists are planning outdoor fun in your backyard—or pretty close to it—throughout the year. The Outdoor Skills Patch Program is designed to get girls outdoors more often. As long as a Girl Scout has learned about the topic and practiced the skills, she's earned the Outdoor Skills mini patch. Then, she can take action by getting outdoors and sharing her skills with others.

Girls can earn patches by attending Outdoor Skills Days, Outdoor Adventure Days, and Outdoor Round-Ups! Keep checking for the comprehensive list of programs and events on the event calendar.


OUTDOOR SKILLS DAYS


Outdoor Skills 1
Enjoy a fun day of outdoor games! Girls will learn how to always be prepared, have environmental awareness, and how to leave our world a better place.

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Outdoor Skills 2
Continue to develop amazing skills and up your outdoor game! This level will cover packing for a day hike, trip planning, and navigating the trails. Learn to team-build, make new friends, and navigate with a map, compass, and letterboxing.

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Outdoor Skills 3
Learn how to prepare for a basic camping trip at a campground or in your backyard. Learn about tents, basic knots, the different gear needed for a night in a tent, and how to build a fire.

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Outdoor Skills 4
This is the ultimate Get Out­doors day! Learn about meal planning and packing—and cook yourself a meal using a stick, foil pack, and Dutch oven techniques. Learn basic trail and camp­site first-aid, backpack fitting, trip planning, and the basics of preparing for a long or overnight hike.

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Outdoor Adventure Days
Discover hidden gems in your community with Outdoor Adventure Days! Earn mini patches for the Outdoor Skills Patch at these themed events that offer the opportunity to learn and practice new skills in the outdoors. Offerings include canoeing at a state park, horseback riding workshops, fly fishing, archery, snow-shoeing, and bicycle tour events. There are different Outdoor Adventure Days for each Girl Scout level! Check the event calendar for new adventure listings all year long.

Outdoor Round-Ups
Experience Council-wide events that offer a variety of outdoor adventures with sister Girl Scouts from around the area! Keep checking the event calendar for more 2019 Outdoor Round-Ups!

Questions?
Please feel free to contact our Lead Outdoor Education Specialist, Liz Bruer, if you have more outdoor education questions at lbruer@gssem.org or at 800-482-6734 x2511.

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
  • Trailblazers - More information coming soon!
  • Mariners - More information coming soon!
Additional Resources
  • 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.