Outdoor Support and Resources
Whether they’re discovering the wildlife in their own backyard, swimming in a lake for the first time at summer camp or being a citizen scientist and observing bees in their neighborhood park, every outdoor adventure grows a Girl Scout's “I’ve got this” attitude. And once you unlock that confidence, she'll aim as high as the stars she sees outside her cabin window.
As a volunteer, getting Girl Scouts outdoors is a rewarding, but sometimes daunting, task. Remember to engage girls in the planning process for any outdoor adventure - even if it's just a walk around your local park - and utilize the resources provided below to help you feel confident and prepared.
These are just a few of the experiences awaiting Girl Scouts who are ready to explore the great outdoors. Camp and outdoor experiences can be enjoyed during summer camp, day camp, or year-round.
Girl Scout outdoor experiences are based on a system of progression. We encourage girls to start at their comfort level, learn new skills at their own pace, and keep building their confidence in the outdoors.
Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has several progression guides you can use to help your Girl Scouts set outdoor goals:
Ready to become a leader in the outdoors for your Girl Scouts, but not sure where to start? We've got your back! GSCB offers a variety of outdoor training opportunities in-person, so you can get hands-on and learn by doing with our staff and volunteer experts.
Head over to our Event Calendar for an up to date list of all of our in-person training opportunities. Keep in mind that some trainings do involve an online pre- or post- work requirement.
Interested in learning or teaching a specific skill? Consider becoming an Outdoor Facilitator or an Outdoor Instructor!
As an instructor or facilitator, you can narrow your focus to any of these categories:
|Outdoor Skills||Instructor Role Description||Facilitator Role Description|
|Leave No Trace||Instructor Role Description||Facilitator Role Description|
|Archery||Instructor Role Description||Facilitator Role Description | Junior Facilitator Role Description|
|Small Craft||Instructor Role Description||Facilitator Role Description | Junior Facilitator Role Description|
|Challenge Course||Supervisor Role Description|
|Hatchet/Slingshot||Instructor Role Description||Facilitator Role Description | Junior Facilitator Role Description|
|Zipline and High Ropes||Facilitator Role Description|
Learn the outdoor skills you need to successfully guide your troop on their next adventure - on your time, at your pace, and in the comfort of your own home! Whether you're a night owl, an early bird, or just need to fit training into your busy schedule, our online outdoor trainings in gsLearn were created with you in mind.
In your gsLearn content library, search for "Outdoor" and find a number of available trainings you can take right now including Outdoor Basics, Knot Tying, Protecting Yourself from Poisonous Plants and Dangerous Insects, and more. Check back often for additional trainings, or request a training you'd like to see available.
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