Richard King Mellon Foundation

Richard King Mellon Foundation has committed $1 million to encourage more Girl Scouts to embrace the outdoors more often, a need clarified by a recent Girl Scout Research Institute study. The funding is launching pilot outdoor internship programs at five Girl Scout councils across the United States from 2016-2017, supporting a 2016 summer Girl Scout All Girl Crew Destination trip to the Shenandoah National Park, and enhancing the online Volunteer Toolkit with outdoor activity options for volunteer leaders.

GSUSA is collaborating with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to implement the pilot internships and national park trip that are part of this initiative. SCA’s mission—to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land—aligns closely with Girl Scouts’ goals.

About the Richard King Mellon Foundation
Since 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future of and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania, and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

About Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s largest and most effective youth conservation service organization. SCA conserves lands and transforms lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead, while they protect and restore our natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders, and 70 percent of its 80,000 alumni are employed or studying in conservation-related fields. SCA is headquartered in Washington, DC, and maintains regional offices across the country. For more, visit

Through the grant, we created a tip sheet based on the participating councils' findings. This handy tool will help other councils and volunteers create outdoor training for adults and provides resources and ideas for outdoor programming for girls.

 Get Girls Outdoors: Four Tips for Council Success (PDF)