At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls' outdoor skills and inspire
girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a
tool you can use as you advance girls' skills in an age-appropriate
Outdoor Skill Building
Now it's even easier for Girl Scout volunteers to introduce girls to the wonders of hiking and camping. Whether you're a camping pro or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors.
Taking girls outside can be a fun time for everyone as girls develop outdoor skills and a passion for nature.
Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, GSUSA has created six new outdoor skill-building videos especially for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside.
These videos can help volunteers give girls a sense of empowerment in the outdoors, show them how to use natural resources more wisely (including respecting our environment and wildlife), and help them become lifelong stewards of the land and our natural resources.
Watch the videos now!
Step-by-Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
Taking the Journeys Outside
Planning Your Troop's First Campout
Introduction to Campsite Set-up
Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
Outdoor Songs and Games
Introduction to Fire Building
How the videos can help
- Each video includes helpful tips that can be used when planning outdoor adventures.
- Service units can use these videos when planning camporees and skill-building weekends.
- Older girls (program aides, counselors-in-training, or volunteers-in-training) can learn new outdoor skills to use when working with younger girls.
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls' outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls' skills in an age-appropriate way.
Remember to check Safety Activity Checkpoints or Volunteer Essentials to keep up to date with safety and risk management guidelines, and take appropriate outdoor training before starting any activity.
Here’s another great resource
Explore Venture Out!, an online resource that provides guidance to volunteers who may be less familiar with taking younger girls outdoors. You’ll find:
- Inspiration and confidence to use the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to connect more girls with the outdoors
- An opportunity to practice decision making when leading outside activities
- Tips for how to make the outdoor experience more girl-led
- Practical knowledge and real-life stories from other volunteers about getting girls outdoors
- Ideas for dealing with common outdoor challenges
- An appreciation that outdoor experiences don’t have to be perfect
Let’s get outside and have fun!