Adventure-Lovin’ Girl Scout Daisies Learn and Grow Outdoors

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 its 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.

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’ well-being. Our 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 Girl Scouts.

Curious to see how far your girls’ confidence and sense of adventure can soar in the great outdoors? Learn more.