From the backyard to the backcountry, Girl Scouts has a long, storied, and successful history of getting girls outdoors. In fact, many Girl Scouts tell us “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience. It’s true: connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.
Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. But as a Girl Scout, she’ll have plenty of opportunities to create her own outdoor adventures and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors—whether with her troop, at camp, or with friends and family.
And that’s great news—because when Girl Scouts get outside, they:
- Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
- Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
- Become team players and care more about protecting our environment
When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
New Outdoor Badges
Launched in 2017 with the Eco Camper badge for Juniors, our new suite of Environmental Stewardship badges are now available for every grade level. These badges strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental advocacy.
Eco Trekker: Girls learn how to minimize impact on the environment while planning and taking an outdoor trek.
Adventure Camper: Girls plan an adventure, like kayaking, mountain biking, or rock climbing, and combine it with overnight camping to make the most of their outdoor experience.