Tag Archives: Outdoor Badges

Helping our community

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs worked on earning a new petal and the “Eco Learner” badge by helping their community with a trash pick-up day. The girls picked up trash with their parents and troop leaders around Pagosa Springs Elementary School and Pagosa Springs Town Park. The girls also placed quilted hearts for “I Found A Quilted Heart” around the trash pick-up locations to show random acts of kindness and to hopefully brighten someone else’s day. The girls said, “It is so much fun working together and helping our community.”

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Get your troop outdoors and earn badges for FREE

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for troops at each Girl Scout level to participate in a research study on the use of outdoor badges, made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

What’s Involved

Selected troops will:

  • Be assigned to complete one, two, or three outdoor badges between November 16, 2018 and June 1, 2019. You choose the dates, we choose the number of badges. Troops will be able to choose from a menu of four badges, including camping, environmental stewardship, art in nature, and naturalist badges.
  • Complete and submit to GSUSA a pre- and a post-program survey, or a one-time post-only survey (girls only) after the completion of badge(s). Surveys can be taken on paper or online; survey type will be assigned by GSUSA.
  • Complete an online volunteer survey (leaders only) after the completion of badge(s).

Who Can Participate

  • We are looking for troops at all Girl Scout levels (multi-level welcome).
  • Troops with any level of outdoor experience welcome. No outdoor experience required.
  • Troops that participated in the 2018 outdoor survey pilot study are not eligible.

Benefit to Troops

Participating troops will have the opportunity to help Girl Scouts of the USA understand how our programs benefit girls. Participating troops will also receive all earned badges free of charge!

How to Apply

Interested troops can apply here. A troop leader must complete the entire application by October 31 to be considered.

G.I.R.L. stories: Troop 63572 goes backpacking and earns new badges

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Girl Scouts from Troop 63572 completed their Primitive Camper (Cadette) and Adventure Camper (Senior) badges by backpacking to Sandbeach Lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. The girls worked on elements of the badges over the past few months building up to the trip. First, they learned what size and type of backpack works for them by visiting Jax in Broomfield. Then, they worked on learning about meal planning and cooking for backpacking, and how to find and reserve a location to camp. After a few trials with the backpacks, they did a day hike on the trail to Sandbeach Lake to gauge its difficulty. As the final step, they spoke to a ranger about safety in the trail area and learned about bear proof canisters for food and smellables.

Finally, the plan was executed and backpacking trip commenced. While the trip to the lake was a challenging 4.5 hours of uphill hiking, the views and beach at the lake were worth the effort. How often do you get to have dinner at the beach in Colorado? The group camping site is very close to the lake and far enough away from other camp sites to be quiet. It is absolutely beautiful!

Our troop recommends this hike for those who are interested in a personal physical challenge. Take your trekking poles, water filter, and binoculars and be prepared for an amazing trip!

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Girl Scouts conquer a 14er

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver

Conifer

Girl Scouts from around the metro-area gathered this past weekend for a Colorado adventure! We camped in Buena Vista, visiting The Trailhead store to learn more about outdoor gear. Then, we spent the evening learning about Leave No Trace and prepping for our hike.

The next morning, we got up super early and headed over to Mt. Sherman! It was a steep, grueling hike, but in the end, seven girls ended up making it all the way to the 14,036 foot summit. It was the first 14er ever for five of the girls!

The girls earned the new “Eco-Trekker” badge and parts of the “Primitive Camper” badge while on this trip. If this kind of adventure sounds fun to you, please email Elizabeth at elizabeth@285girlscouts.org for information about next year’s mountaineering adventure!

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Working to earn the “Primitive Camper” badge

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

We got the girls together outdoors to start working on the “Primitive Camper” badge. The girls learned about plants that could be edible in the wild and also primitive shelter building. They built two very different structures based off what they could find around them. They had an amazing time and are talking about more they want to do outdoors!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Girls’ Choice badges: We have a winner!

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is in. So, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce . . .

The next Girls’ Choice badge will be Troop Camping! What a great way to build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence, and character. After all, camp life is the best life!

Many thanks to everyone who voted and shared the poll with girls. That’s how we keep this process girl-led, which is so important!

We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get started on these badges. Daisies will get a first taste of the camping fun and excitement in their first-ever Girls’ Choice badge, and then the Brownie Ambassador badges will build on that foundation.

Badge requirements will be available for download on June 15, 2017; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August. Keep an eye out for the badge design poll, which will be open from February 13 to 17. We will share that link in February.

In the meantime, start thinking about where this adventure will take you: Troop Camping awaits!

And girls, always remember, it’s your world.

 

Girls’ Choice Badges are back: Voting is open through January 22!

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

At Girl Scouts, girl-led programming that speaks to and nurtures girls’ interests and skills (they have so many!) is at the very core of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. At every turn, we want her to know the world is hers, and so we give her countless opportunities to unleash that inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who will take the lead to change her world, and ours.

That’s exactly why Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re so excited! This year, girls can choose their favorite badge topic from four new and exciting options. And for the very first time, there will be a Girls’ Choice badge for our littlest (and sometimes mightiest!) Girl Scouts. That’s right—Daisies will get a Girls’ Choice badge of their very own. Yes!

Here are this year’s choices.
Outdoors
• Troop Camping
• Outdoor Cooking

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

• Water Around Us
• The Secret Life of Plants

The poll is officially open, so go on and vote now for your favorite badge topic. Voting is open through January 22. We can hardly stand the suspense! 

 

Once the winning topic is selected, girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge—awesome! The design poll will be open from February 13 to 17, so stay tuned.

For now, we ask you to encourage every Girl Scout you know to vote, vote, vote. We need every adult standing with us to make sure girls take advantage of this very important opportunity to create their own Girl Scout experience and make their voices heard. It’s such an important part of the magic and leadership potential that Girl Scouts unleashes in girls every day.

The time to vote is now.

Using cookies to earn our Outdoor Badges

Submitted by Kristin Ulma

Fountain

Pikes Peak

Our troop is a multi-level troop in Fountain, CO. Our troop is earning money to help our local deployed military and food pantry. In addition, we are planning a trip to LaJunta and Bent’s Fort. We want to earn our outdoor badges for camping, horseback riding, archery, and rock climbing.

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Girls’ Choice Badges Are Back: Voting Is Open Through November 15!

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

That’s right! Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re SO excited. This year, girls get to vote for one of three awesome badge categories, and they’ll also get to select a badge topic of their choice. Here are this year’s choices, all full of big learning, fun, and adventure—they’re so Girl Scouts!

Outdoors
• Art in the Outdoors
• Camping Skills
• Outdoor Cooking

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
• Engineering
• Coding/E-textiles
• Life/Forensic Science

Financial Literacy
• Financing Your Fun Stuff
• Watching Your Dollars Grow
• Social Entrepreneurship

Now, the real fun begins. From October 31 through November 15, girls can vote for their favorite category. What will it be? Outdoors, STEM, or Financial Literacy? That’s a tough one! At the same time, girls will vote for their favorite topic under the category they choose. It’s going to be amazing.

Once the winner is selected, we will be working super hard alongside subject matter experts to develop the badge content and test the activities with girls before we make final decisions. This will help us make sure we create badge activities that truly resonate with girls, and get them really excited about joining in on all the fun and discovery.

Girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge—cool! Stay tuned for info and dates around the design poll. But for now, we encourage you to empower every Girl Scout you know to vote, vote, vote! We need every adult to help girls make sure their voices are heard, and encourage them take advantage of the opportunity to create their very own Girl Scout experience—it’s such an important part of the magic! The time to vote is now.

Longmont girls tackle the Paddling Badge

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Longmont

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Girls from troops 73488 and 70710 came together on October 4th, to tackle the new Senior Outdoor Paddling badge. Cool weather and clouds were not a deterrent to the girls learning something new and having fun.

Dawn Wildes, owner of Growing a Branches Yoga and certified Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, provided instructions on water safety, paddleboard safety and paddleboard technique at McIntosh Lake in Longmont. Afterwards the girls had the opportunity to try out several different paddleboards and kayaks. The paddle board they liked the most was the inflatable one. If you want to check out what is the difference between a regular paddle board and an inflatable one – this comparison of inflatable sups should work good. Otherwise read inflatable paddle board reviews and see what other people say about their experience.

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