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Outdoor Programs Advisory Committee – 10.23.13 meeting report

Outdoor Program Advisory Committee Meeting
10/23/13

Committee Members

First Name
Last Name
Role
Betsy
Till
Outdoor Programs Director
Haley
Peel
Assistant Outdoor Programs Director
Sharyl Kay
Lawson
Adult member
Debbie
Wiggins
Adult member-Day Camp Task Force
Alonit
Cohen
Adult member
JoAnne
Busch
Adult member
Bonnie
Ledet
Adult member
Abby
Weiske
Girl member
Jill
Marostica
Adult member
Anna
Beucler
Adult member
Jean
Beucler
Adult member
Krista
Beucler
Girl member – Older Girl/Girl Led Task Force
Monica
Elliott
Girl member – Older Girl/Girl Led Task Force
Connii
Rogers
Adult member– Older Girl/Girl Led task Force

Expectations of Committee Members

We brainstormed how we wanted to work together as a committee.

  • Work positively as a team together
  • Respect each other, listen, be open to ideas
  • NEED: create a mission/position statement
  • Create/implement/increase/promote council-wide
  • Be an example of the Girl Scout Promise
  • Be considerate of each other’s time
  • Be prepared
  • Ask questions/ask questions about processes
  • Be ready to share ideas and take action
  • Help share talking points about outdoor programs with other volunteers

Suggested Reading List:

Last Child Into the Woods
The Nature Principle

Both by Richard Louv

What is Outdoor Programs? – Brainstorm

  • Getting girls outside in any manner
  • Developing skills, with a progression of challenge
  • Year-round
  • Specific to unique geographic areas and options within our state
  • No Child Left Inside
    • If we want to pass on our heritage, we cannot ignore needs of children to explore, get dirty, get their hands wet – NATURE PLAY – in a safe & unstructured environment
    • Alleviating Nature Deficit Disorder
    • Develops self efficiency and new experiences
    • Simple – Affordable – Accessible (Inclusive)

In your experience, what were you lacking when you first started leading girls in the outdoors? What have you seen lacking for other leaders/volunteers?

  • Wasn’t aware of manuals that already existed for Day Camps
  • Wish I had a list of trails listing if they are easy, medium, hard and if they are marked or not
  • Where was all the equipment, what was available?
  • Wish I had a mentor or “training buddy”
  • Wish they trained volunteers as well as girls from day 1 in Daisies
  • Wish I had a list of program-level appropriate outdoor activities
  • Wish it was more integrated into the 6 GSUSA pathways: trop, travel, events, camp, events, virtual
  • Resources established in areas outside of what we normally see – recreation districts, park districts, community service groups, schools – easy program partners or already ready to deliver programs to scouts but not connected with them
  • Trainings – more affordable and less repetition of content, ways for people to test out…
  • Communication & Marketing of opportunities: Service Unit communication, council newsletter, regions, website, blog, facebook, and?
  • Simple-don’t need lots of planning (easy-meaningful-fun)
  • Outdoor volunteer opportunity list
  • Cultivate programs for PA’s outdoors-specialize in assisting activities we provide resources for, good for new leaders to have girls shot them the way
  • Older girl programming aside from PA/CIT stuff
  • Cultivate love for being outdoors and doing outdoor activities for the sake of love of doing it (rather than doing something to get something)
  • Have Get Outdoors Days – every so many months – like Troop Tuesday
  • Cultivate the ethic of being out there – not being out there to get something

3 Ideas for Outdoor Programs

Each committee member submitted 3 ideas in their application. We will compile that list and vote on them in a survey before we meet again. We’ll publish our prioritized list after our next meeting.