Adventure-Lovin’ Girl Scout Daisies Learn and Grow Outdoor...
Adventure-Lovin’ Girl Scout Daisies Learn and Grow Outdoors
When it comes to outdoor adventure, the girls of Daisy Troop #4890
from Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines are always up for it!
Thanks to their troop leaders, Shanna Stinehour, Kate Berlin, and Karl
Jicha, the girls (15 of ‘em!) have gotten valuable outside time early
and often. Although at first it was mainly a way to help them bond
with one another since they don’t all attend the same school, it soon
became obvious that outside is where these girls shine their brightest.
“Our first meeting of the year (2017) was a park playdate over the
summer. We had a few activities planned, but everyone had the most fun
hiking, exploring the woods, and climbing trees,” Shanna said.
“We took that as a cue that we needed to be getting outside a lot
with this group. Each troop has their own personality, and our girls
are all very active and curious. One of the best parts of Girl Scouts
is how each troop can reflect the interests of the girls. There are so
many different activities to choose from.”
According to Shanna, Girl Scouts has provided her young explorers
with opportunities to do things they might not have tried otherwise.
The program has also given the girls a unique opportunity to explore
the outdoors in an all-girl environment, where they’re always free to
discover new things and be themselves, and to try, fail, and get right
back up again, no matter how many times it takes. And the memories and
sense of community they build in the process are priceless.
At their fall camporee, the girls did archery, went canoeing, roasted
marshmallows, and sang campfire songs. They also got to spend time
with older-girl troops that planned the camporee, observing them in
important leadership roles. This was the third camping trip for some
of the second-year Daisies, who are by now visibly more comfortable
with camping and other Girl Scout traditions—they were even able to
help guide their younger, kindergarten counterparts, showing that
great mentors can start early! Shanna recalls the girls’ excitement
and laughter at the event as contagious; there’s something really
special about having that kind of an adventure with 14 of your BFFs,
she noted. The girls just love it.
Grace, age six, says she really enjoys outdoor treks with her Girl
Scout troop. “When we go hiking, I can point out all the things I see
in nature, and the other girls point out things they see. Like
sometimes someone else will see a beetle that is blended in with the
dirt. I might not have seen it on my own, but I’m so glad I did,
because it’s really beautiful.”
Camille, seven, loves spending time with her best Girl Scout buddies
and figuring out new things together. “I really like camping!” she
said. “I liked learning about animals, trying archery for the first
time, doing crafts outdoors, and cooking with my friends.”
Getting outside and gaining relevant safety skills builds the girls’
confidence and self-reliance, Shanna explains. “These skills are so
important, especially for young girls. When they learn to paddle a
canoe or shoot an arrow, it helps them to face other challenges with
the confidence they need to be successful. They know that they are
strong and that they can do hard things, whether it be on a camping
trip, in the classroom, or on the playground.”
Troop co-leader Karl also believes in the power of getting young
girls outside often. “It teaches them teamwork skills and shows them
how everyone can have an important role in group activities. The girls
just seem more interested in participating when they have an actual
task they’re responsible for. And the camping trips—they just offer so
many activities that the girls wouldn’t normally find around their community.”
Karl’s favorite part of taking girls on outdoor adventures is
watching them immerse themselves in the activities of the day and
seeing the sheer excitement on their faces when they try something
they’d never before considered—and that they end up loving. “We really
do have a tremendous group of girls, and they seem so comfortable
taking on just about any challenge when they’re together.” That’s the
power of community, Karl!
It’s a fact: hitting the great outdoors is good for girls’
research shows that regular outdoor exposure increases girls’
challenge-seeking and problem-solving know-how, as well as drives
their leadership development, improves their health overall, and
offers them important opportunities to practice cooperation and
teamwork and try new things, and build confidence throughout. And the
best part? Research shows girls really enjoy outdoor activities at
Curious to see how far your girls’ confidence and sense of adventure
can soar in the great outdoors? Learn more.