Camping can often play a central role in most of the 48 program features troops may choose as a monthly theme. During a monthly outing, each of these features can serve to provide a focus for activities that are relevant and engaging.
In between the responsibilities reflected in the patrol duty roster, there are numerous activities to consider. Most any challenge or game that is fun during a troop meeting can be played in the outdoors during a camping trip. (Refer to: Categorized Activitiesin Troop Program Resources.)
On many camping trips, meaningful activities are centered around the campsite itself, where Scouts are cheerfully pulling together towards the common goal to make and keep their camp comfortable and organized—everyone doing their part and helping one another. There’s fun inherent in using the timeless Scout skills they’ve acquired, to create a campsite that is well-working and enjoyable. The Scouts’ campsite can be considered their very own, personalized outdoor home away from home, and they can take pride in what they’ve accomplished as reflected by their ability to function as a well-working Scout patrol.
Camp and Outdoors
We live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why you can focus your Girl Scout experience on getting outdoors.
You’ll develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, and canoeing across a lake.
Hey, how about adding some horseback riding, rock climbing, and archery to the mix? Round things out with a ropes course, some ziplining, and maybe a week-long back-country trek, and you’ll find out how much fun it can be to unplug and explore the world around you.
Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week, or longer, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults.
Here are just a few Girl Scout camp experiences for you to check out:
Day camp is for girls in kindergarten and up, with activities on three or more consecutive days for four hours or more. The occasional overnight camp may be offered.
Weekend camp is for girls in kindergarten and up, and typically lasts for two days and one overnight. Weekend camps are planned and carried out by a group of girls and volunteers, using council-approved sites.
Travel camping is for experienced girls and adult campers. The group travels from one site to another on foot or via motorized or non-motorized transportation over a period of three or more nights, staying at different campsites along the way.
Resident camp is for girls who have finished kindergarten. Girls camp for three to fourteen days and nights (the average is five nights). They plan activities with their counselors/volunteers, taking advantage of the resources available at the campsite.
Be a Girl Scout Ranger in a National Park
Our Girl Scout Ranger Program is a partnership connecting girls with National Park Service sites across the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.
To participate, girls and troops can visit the National Park Service website to find a park near their home and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and parents can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided tours.
What’s more, Girl Scouts can design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey, various badges, or a Take Action project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded Girl Scout patches and certificates from the National Park Service.
Get started—and get outside!
Outdoor Resources for Volunteers
Check out these videos and other resources to make getting outdoors even more rewarding for both girls and volunteers.