Tag Archives: Outdoor Badges

Three Sets of Sisters Complete the Daisy Trail Adventure Badge

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Daisy Abbie has an older sister who is a Cadette. Daisy Elizabeth has an older sister who is a Senior. Daisy Summer has an older sister who is a Junior. All three Daisies set out to complete the requirements of the Daisy Trail Adventure badge with their sisters who were eager to assist. Elizabeth said the best part of her jog around the park was “being a unicorn.” Abbie’s favorite thing was “galloping like a horse.” Summer said the best part of her hike was the water.

Abbie and Elizabeth are new Girl Scouts and each also earned her Promise Center before planning their hike or jog.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts and Inclusion

Submitted by Kristy F.

Metro Denver

Commerce City

My daughter Michaela is 9-years-old and has been a Girl Scout with Troop 66794 for more than three years. Michaela has cerebral palsy due to a brain injury at birth. She is in a wheelchair, nonverbal, and has cognitive deficits. Despite those things, she is very social and loves to be around her friends. I took a chance and signed her up for Girl Scouts and I am so glad I did. She has gone to Rockies games, summer camp, and she gets to attend meetings twice a month with her fellow Girl Scouts. She even sold more than 800 packages of cookies her first year. The troop leaders have welcomed Michaela with open arms and they do their best to make the meetings and events as accessible as possible. This summer, the troop had to go on three hikes to earn the Trail Adventure badge. The last hike they did all together at Wilderness on Wheels in Grant. This place provides access to nature for ALL abilities. It has a one-mile boardwalk that allowed all the girls to hike together. This troop deserves to be recognized for being so accepting and treating Michaela as if she is no different than the other girls. Being aGirl Scout has been so good for her. She learns so much from the other girls. At the same time, the girls learn from Michaela.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Fall Trail Adventure Kickoff

Ready to earn your Trail Adventure badge? We have a special guest ready to teach you how to gear up to hit the trails this fall! Join the GSCO Outdoor Program team and Aliyah Cohen, equipment designer at The North Face, on these virtual webinars to learn more about how to plan, prepare, and train for your outdoor adventure. We will walk you through each step of the Trail Adventure badge and give you special tips, tricks, and resources to help you earn your badge.

We are offering two Trail Adventure Kickoff webinars this fall. One is for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The other is for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

To learn more and register for the Daisy/Brownie/Junior webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_trail_adventure_Oct6.html

To learn more and register for the Cadette/Senior/Ambassador webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_trail_adventure_Oct7.html

After the webinar, girls will have access to an activity packet to help them complete badge requirements. Girl Scouts who complete all of the requirements to earn their Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE*. A link to an online notification form will be sent to all webinar attendees and will be available on our website for parents/guardians or troop leaders to fill out.

Can’t make it to the webinar? No worries! We will be recording the webinars and posting them to the GSCO YouTube channel. We will also post the activity packet and the link to request a free badge on our website after the webinars.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Magic Sky Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day: Spaces Still Available

UPDATE: Registration is now closed as we have reached capacity.

Spaces are still available for Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch!

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fee: $20 (Grants available)

Join us for a day of outdoor rock climbing and outdoor skill building to complete some of the requirements for the Rock Climbing Adventure badge. Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring up the rock wall. After climbing, girls will learn Leave No Trace and other outdoor skills to be prepared for future adventures.  No prior climbing experience is required, and this event is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/092020_rock_climbing_NC.html

This is not an individual girl drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their own adult supervision. All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID -19 guidelines in relation to in -person events and have completed a COVID waiver.

An event letter with more information about COVID polices and procedures during the event will be emailed to participants two weeks prior to the event.

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

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

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.