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Year of the Outdoor Girl

Year of the Outdoor Girl

Since the beginning of Girl Scouting, outdoor experiences have been fundamental to the Girl Scout movement. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, took girls outside to hike, play basketball, and get active more than a century ago because she knew that experiencing the glory of nature instills something special in girls.

Armed with this information, we have devoted resources, energy and focus in the coming year to ensuring that all girls have access to outdoor experiences. So dive in — you are here. It’s the Year of the Outdoor Girl and there is something for everyone.

Below are some of the new and exciting programs being offered in the Year of the Outdoor Girl. We look forward to seeing you in the great outdoors!

Earth and Sky Day Camp

Day Camps are a tradition in Girl Scouting and a great way to make memories with your girls. GSMH wants to make it easier for Service Units to hold Day Camps, so we have done the hard part for you– the planning! We have created a program plan for a three-day “Earth and Sky Day Camp.” 

Activities for Earth and Sky will focus around exploring the two topics of the Earth and the sky. Girls will learn about what we can do to help protect the Earth as well as making crafts out of recycled items. The sky portion of the program focuses on space exploration with lots of fun hands on science activities and space related crafts. 

These guides include schedules and activities for each day, instructions for all activities and crafts, supply lists, and more!

Get Outdoors Challenge

The deadline for the Get Outdoors Challenge has passed. Thanks for all of those that participated in getting outdoors in the Year of the Outdoor Girl!

Outdoor Skills Patch Program

The Outdoor Skills Patch Program is a progressive, six-level program to help Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors learn and become proficient in outdoor skills. Through this patch program, girls explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. The program is intended to supplement the existing Girl Scout program. It is not meant to replace working on Journeys, badges, or outdoor programming at camp. Below are just a few of the skills!

Find the complete curriculum here.  

Create a kaper chart
Plan and prepare a simple snack
Learn the overhand knot

Learn how to follow trail signs
Learn knife safety
Learn how to dress for the weather

Learn Leave No Trace principles
Build a fire and cook a simple meal
Learn the clove hitch

Learn first aid basics
Learn to how to use a compass
Learn methods of purifying water

Learn how to read a topographical map
Learn how to build a trench fire
Make a meal with a box oven

Make dehydrated food
Learn how to use a hatchet
Learn wilderness first aid basics

Outdoor Training Challenge

Volunteers who complete outdoor trainings or attend outdoor training events will receive a free charm at each training or event they attend!

  • Outdoor Level 1: Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a Fire Charm.
  • Outdoor Level 2: Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a Cabin Charm.
  • Outdoor Extravaganza: Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a custom charm.
  • Leader’s Weekend: Upon participation at this event each participant will receive a custom charm.
Service Unit Outdoor Challenge

The Service Unit Outdoor Challenge is designed to help Service Units get Troop Leaders trained and confident in taking their girls outdoors! If the following requirements are met, the Service Unit will receive $100!

1. Complete a Service Unit Outdoor Community Service Project. Examples include: an Outdoor Journey Take Action Project, a National Park Service Girl Scout Ranger Program, an Outdoor Community Service Project, or participate in a State Park patch program.

2. Host an Outdoor Event. Events must require badge work. Try the Earth and Sky Day Camp or Get Out! with Girl Scouts curriculums!

Then, to receive the Service Unit Outdoor Challenge Bonus, complete Service Unit Challenge Report Form online.

Year of the Outdoor Girl Patch
Year of the Outdoor Girl Patch

Exclusively for the Year of the Outdoor Girl, we are offering this amazing patch! This fun patch will be available in all retail stores and at a variety of our outdoor program events. This new patch design allows girls and adult members to collect various outdoor-inspired charms that display beautifully on the patch itself. Most charms have no requirements—they're there so you can match your patch your own!

You can purchase charms in any of our retail stores, but some charms will be exclusive to specific outdoor events and outdoor challenges. In these cases the charms can only be collected by participating and meeting the requirements of those events or challenges. So, get your patch ASAP, start having amazing outdoor experiences, and begin collecting those charms!

...more outdoor fun!

Girl Scouts of the USA’s Outdoor Journeys and Badges are a fantastic way for girls to explore their world.

Outdoor Journey
Outdoor Journey Overview - All Grade Levels

Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, our Outdoor Journey will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girls get outside to explore and enjoy nature while completing a sustainable Take Action project. Fun, safe activities ranging from backyard camping to high-adventure exploration build essential outdoor skills and inspire girls to become environmental stewards.

Outdoor Badges

Girl Scout badges are a great way for a girl to explore her interests and learn new skills—and to remember every adventure and show the world what she’s accomplished. Check out the badge explorers below to see the outdoor badges available for each grade level, including photos and steps to earn each badge.

Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for Daisies
Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for Brownies
Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for Juniors
Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for Cadettes
Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for Seniors
Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for Ambassadors
Badge Explorer - Outdoor Badges for All Grade Levels

For more information on these badges, visit the Girl Scout Shop.


We're here to make sure you and your girls have big and bold outdoor adventures this year. Give us a call or send us an email—we can be your outdoor adventure planning partner and your greatest resource.