Tag Archives: Outdoor Badges

Claim your “Trail Adventure” badge

Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who attended a Trail Adventure meet up with Girl Scouts of Colorado in September! To encourage Girl Scouts to complete a Trail Adventure Badge, GSCO teamed up with The North Face to offer Girl Scouts who attended any Trail Adventure meet-up the opportunity to receive a FREE* badge. If you did, don’t forget to complete your requirements and the online notification form by January 7, 2020.

Registered Girl Scouts must have attended a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in September 2019 and must complete all of the requirements to earn her Trail Adventure Badge by January 1, 2020 to be eligible*.  A parent/guardian or troop leader must fill out this online notification form. This form will close on January 7, 2020. Badges will be mailed in January to the address provided. Badges are earned by Girl Scouts and must be completed according to the appropriate program level. Check out the online Badge Explorer for specific badge requirements for each program level.

With a shared purpose of encouraging exploration, Girl Scouts and The North Face understand the importance of providing the next generation of girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor adventure experiences. By giving girls the opportunity to experience the outdoors, Girl Scouts and The North Face hope to enhance leadership skills and confidence in young girls, while encouraging them to seek new challenges through outdoor adventure.

If you have any questions, please reach out to inquiry@gscolorado.org.

* This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from The North Face. Only registered Girl Scouts ages 5-18 may receive a free badge upon participation in a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in September 2019 and completion of all program level-appropriate badge-earning requirements by January 7, 2020.  Troops may complete badgework together or Girl Scouts may earn individually.

Girl Scout “High Adventure” badge event presented by The North Face

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: 

The North Face

322 S. Main Street

Breckenridge 80424

Registration End Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 (at 5 p.m.)

Program Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, Adult/Volunteers

Cost: Free

Link to register: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/girl_scout_high_adventure_badge_event_presented_by_the_north_face_mc_12_15_2019 

Try activities inspired by Girl Scouts’ brand new Outdoor High-Adventure badges and meet climber and photographer Savannah Cummins (www.thenorthface.com/about-us/athletes/savannah-cummins.html).

A way to inspire you, to earn one of the BRAND-NEW Snow, Climbing Adventure or Trail Adventure badges! Lots of fun activities and giveaways!

Hands-on and age-appropriate activity stations spark curiosity and challenge girls to push their boundaries:

  • Hike station
  • Snow station
  • Climb station
  • Run station
  • Leave No Trace station
  • Meet The North Face athlete Savannah Cummins!

Important Notes:

  • The event is FREE for Girl Scouts, but registration is REQUIRED! Please view the event flyer here.
  • Girls must be accompanied by an adult or troop leader. This is NOT a drop-off event.
  • Girls MUST bring event waiver to participate. Please click here to download and print the waiver.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership. Girls attending without their parent must be with an approved volunteer.

If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.”

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

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!

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

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!

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

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.

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